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South Korea’s Bong in Oscars race marked by lack of diversity

South Korea’s Bong in Oscars race marked by lack of diversity

Director of the film Parasite, Bong Joon-ho said he marvelled and overjoyed when his work protected 6 Oscar elections, a historical first for South Korea‘s movie market and an indication perhaps that language was no longer a barrier to worldwide success.

A dark comedy about the vast space in between the rich and poor in South Korea, snagged a coveted Best Photo election, Finest Director for Bong, and Finest Movie script in addition to its finest global feature nomination.


” Every time they announced the new elections, it was so thrilling, due to the fact that we didn’t really prepare for any of this,” Bong told Reuters Tv in an interview in California.

Bong had formerly gone over the challenges of worldwide films breaking the “language barrier” worldwide however stated the elections suggest those barriers may now be falling.

” We can say that thanks to the internet, social networks and these streaming services, the entire society is experiencing less of these language barriers and possibly Parasite benefitted from that international pattern,” he stated.

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In a video shared online by production company NEON, one of the program’s stars, Tune Kang-ho, managed to keep a firm grasp on his cup of coffee as he and others in the room celebrated the news.

” The sign you’re an international super star: You do not spill your coffee when your movie is chosen for Finest Photo,” the company said.

Oscar-nominated film, St Louis Superman, is directed by Smriti Mundhra (2nd left) and Sami Khan (right), and tells the story of Bruce Franks Jr It was produced by Malaysia-born filmmaker Poh Si Teng (left) [File: Dave Kotinsky/Getty/AFP]

Films contending against Parasite for Best Image at the 92 nd Academy Awards, consist of Todd Phillips’ superhero film Joker, which got an overall of 11 elections in general, Martin Scorsese’s elegiac criminal activity movie The Irishman, Quentin Tarantino’s 1960 s Los Angeles fairy-tale When Upon a Time … in Hollywood and Sam Mendes’ moving war epic,1917

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Lack of variety

Although a record 62 ladies (or about a 3rd of candidates) were nominated on Monday, the academy put the a lot of weight behind a handful of arrogant male-driven and men-made movies asserted on virtuosity, spectacle and star power.

For the 87 th time, the academy selected all-male directing candidates although Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Ladies protected a nod for Finest Picture.

This year’s Oscars field is also the least diverse given that the fallout of #OscarsSoWhite pressed the academy to widen its membership.

US starlet and director Greta Gerwig won a nomination for her film “Little Women” however was overlooked in the Finest Director category [File: Nina Prommer/EPA]

Awkwafina, who was commonly expected to end up being simply the second Asian American nominated for best actress (the first, 1936 nominee Merle Oberon, concealed her South Asian heritage) for her acclaimed efficiency in The Farewell was overlooked, as was Beyonce, for her Lion King song.

So too was Jennifer Lopez, long thought about a supporting starlet frontrunner for her efficiency in Hustlers.

Documentary candidates

In documentaries, and Sami Khan, were nominated for Documentary (Short Subject) for their 25- minute movie St Louis Superman, which follows an African-American rapper, who ran for a legislative seat in the US state of Missouri, following police-related gun violence in the city of Ferguson.

In a post on social media, Mundhra said she was “shell-shocked, overwhelmed and profoundly grateful” for the nomination.

The film’s producer, Malaysian documentary filmmaker Poh Si Teng, commented: “An excellent morning.”

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The US-based manufacturer commissions movies for Witness, an Al Jazeera documentary program.

A 2nd Al Jazeera documentary, In the Lack, about South Korea’s Sewol ferry disaster, was likewise chosen for an Oscar in the very same category.

The film is directed by Seung Jun-yi and Gary Byung Seok-kam.

The Academy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles on February 9.

Awkwafina won Best Starlet (Musical or Comedy) at the Golden Globes in January for her efficiency in The Goodbye however was ignored for the Oscars [File: Mike Blake/Reuters]

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