Oscars Week Review – Parasite (2019)

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parasite_282019_film295_star_rating_system_5_stars Though I think it’s completely justified, all of the diversity talk about this year’s Oscar nomination has caused one great achievement to be slightly overlooked. Bong Joon-Ho has become the first Korean director to be nominated and his film Parasite is the first Korean film to be nominated for Best Picture. It’s a massive achievement and one that has been a long time coming. Bong Joon-Ho has been making amazing films for so long but has been overlooked by Western awards. The nominations come on the back of the film’s groundbreaking win at Cannes where it was awarded the Palme d’Or. Maybe somewhat making up for the controversy surrounding his film Okja at the 2017 Cannes Festival. It all came about because of Netflix and the way the film industry felt about the streaming service. Something that hasn’t moved on much since then. You just need to look at Marriage Story and The Irishman to see that. Still, Bong Joon-Ho appears to be on much stronger ground with his latest film. It’s something I’ve been dying to see and I was glad that its inclusion on the Best Picture list meant I would get around to sooner.