'Parasite' director says 'language barrier' broken after Oscar nod

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Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho has expressed his surprise, and delight, at receiving six Oscar nominations for 'Parasite'.

The dark comedy about the gap between the rich and poor in South Korea has been nominated for best picture, best director, best editing, best production design, best original screenplay and best international feature nomination.

Bong said it marked a historic moment for South Korea's film industry. "Every time they announced the new nominations, it was so thrilling, because we didn't really anticipate any of this," he told Reuters.  

The director added that international films are finally breaking the "language barrier" globally.

"We can say that thanks to the internet, social media and these streaming services, the entire society is experiencing less of these language barriers and perhaps 'Parasite' benefited from that global trend.".

Here's the complete list of all Oscar nominees

Best picture
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Parasite

Best actor
Antonio Banderas - Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio - Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Adam Driver - Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
Jonathan Pryce - The Two Popes

Best actress
Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan - Little Women
Charlize Theron - Bombshell
Renee Zellweger - Judy

Best director
The Irishman - Martin Scorsese
Joker - Todd Phillips
1917 - Sam Mendes
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood - Quentin Tarantino
Parasite - Bong Joon-ho

Best supporting actor
Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins - The Two Popes
Al Pacino - The Irishman
Joe Pesci - The Irishman
Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Best supporting actress
Kathy Bates - Richard Jewell
Laura Dern - Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson - Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh - Little Women
Margot Robbie - Bombshell

Best adapted screenplay
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

Best original screenplay
Knives Out
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Parasite

Best animated feature
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best cinematography
The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Best costume design
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Best documentary feature
American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Best editing
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

Best international feature film
Corpus Christi - Poland
Honeyland - North Macedonia
Les Miserables - France
Pain and Glory - Spain
Parasite - South Korea

Best make-up and hairstyling
Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Best original score
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best original song
I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away - Toy Story 4
(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again - Rocketman
I'm Standing With You - Breakthrough
Into the Unknown - Frozen 2
Stand Up - Harriet

Best production design
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Parasite

Best sound editing
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best sound mixing
Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Best visual effects
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best animated short
Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

Best documentary short
In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best live action short
Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors' Window
Saria
A Sister

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