LOS ANGELES – Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced on Monday with “Parasite” making history as the first South Korean movie to be nominated for Best Picture.
“Parasite” has secured six Academy Award nominations in total including Best International Feature Film, Best Production Design, Best Editing, and Best Original Screenplay.
“It’s so metaphorical. Thank you The Academy,” the film’s Twitter page said shortly after the nominations were announced.
Neon, the company that acquired the North American rights to the film, tweeted: “PARASITE Best Picture at TheAcademy Nomination.
“In a century of Korean cinema, Parasite Movie is the first Korean film to ever be nominated for Best Picture.”
Directed by Bong Joon-ho, the movie, which takes aim at class discrimination in the Asian country, will have to take on Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood,” Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit” directed by Taika Waititi, “Joker” by Todd Phillips, Great Gerwig’s “Little Women,” Noah Baumbach’s drama “Marriage Story,” Sam Mendes’ “1917” and “Ford v Ferrari” directed by James Mangold.
“Joker,” which features a chilling performance by Joaquin Phoenix, also nominated for Best Actor, took the lead with 11 nominations.
The American actor and producer who recently bagged a Golden Globe award will battle it out with Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”) and Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”).
Nominated to the Best Actress category in a leading role are Renee Zellweger (“Judy”), Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”), Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”), Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”) and Cynthis Erivo (“Harriet”).
In the Best Director category, Scorsese, Tarantino, Bong, Mendes and Phillips, all men, will compete for the coveted award.
The nominations were announced by Insecure creator Issa Rae and Korean American actor John Cho.
The Oscars, an annual prize giving event, will take place on Feb. 10 at the Los Angeles Dolby Theatre.
This year the ceremony will not have any hosts.