Bong Joon-ho’s continues to make international film history as he scoops up two of the most prestigious awards at the London Film Critic’s Circle Awards last night.
Following a huge run of successes, the Parasite director has now added Director of the Year and Film of the Year to his increasingly heavy belt.
The Film of the Year winner Parasite, is a highly praised black comedy, which stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, and Park So-dam. It follows the efforts of a poor family to become employed by a rich family by pretending to have impressive qualifications.
Parasite’s success began at the Cannes Film Festival last May, when it became the first South Korean film to be awarded the Palme d’Or. Since then Bong has enjoyed box office success and enormous critical adulation, totting up a total of 170 awards and counting.
More recently, he has received nominations at the upcoming British Academy Film Awards and U.S. Academy Awards. His nominations at the British Academy Awards comprise Best Film, Best Foreign language Film, Best Direction, and Best Original Screenplay. Parasite is only the second Korean Film to receive nominations at this awards ceremony.
There is excited speculation that Bong’s film could make unprecedented history during the final stretch of this year’s awards season, by winning Best Picture at the Oscars.
A foreign language film has never before won Best Picture, and Parasite is only the 11th foreign language film to be nominated in the top category in the history of the Oscars’ 92 awards ceremonies. After the incredible successes Bong has enjoyed this year, however, Oscar prognosticators have high hopes for him.