Korean Media Celebrates Oscar Nominations for ‘Parasite’
Mainstream Korean media gave pride of place to Monday’s (13 January) unprecedented haul of six Oscar nominations for Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite. The dark satire was nominated in categories including best international feature film, best screenplay and best picture.
Digital editions of The Korea Herald newspaper made Parasite its front page lead. The story was accompanied by a picture of Bong receiving a Golden Globes award.
The text was supplied by official news agency Yonhap, which called the film a “sensation,” but otherwise reported without flourish or quotes. That may have reflected the time of day that the story broke – early morning in Los Angeles is late evening in Seoul. But Yonhap happily noted that the film has earned $24 million (Approx. 32 million SGD) at the North American box office – “the most popular subtitled film of the year.”
The Korea Times also used Yonhap material, but added: “It is the first time that a South Korean-produced film made it to the final nominees list of the Academy Awards.”
Photo Credit: Golden Globes Awards