In-Depth Reddit Review: “Insights on Parasite as a Korean”

The following article is an in-depth review of the South Korean suspense movie Parasite (2019) and was posted on Reddit. The article is written by a South Korean national with the intent of sharing a native perspective and interpretation of the film as it was intended for a native language speaking audience. Spoiler Alert: The following article does contain several details from the movie regarding plot and character development, so proceed through the reading material with caution if you have not seen the movie yet.

Overlooked Nominations: The Oscar 2020 Snubs

The full list of nominations for the 2020 Oscars were announced on Monday morning and the editorialized Snub Lists are starting to populate across the country. Many names and movies will appear on multiple snub lists, usually pulled from the same pool of mainstream movies that were widely seen by the critics, audiences, and Academy members. In many cases, some of the overlooked candidates that were not included in the final list of nominees were in contention for recognition earlier in the awards season, such as the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards.

So, throwing an opinion into the overflowing pool of Oscar Snubs, here is The Buzz Track list of overlooked nominees for the 92nd annual Academy Awards:

Actor, Actress in a Leading Role

  • Lupita Nyong’o, Us
    For the movie, Lupita had to manage double duty with creating and performing two separate characters who are polar opposite from each other, but in a minor way they are also the same person as well. Have you seen the movie? Then you would know the duality of the characters within the story.
  • Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
    The last time Adam had ever really pushed himself this far into a drama movie was back in 2002 for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love. He has demonstrated the potential for being a contender during the awards season, but tends to stick around in the comedy world more often than not.
  • Robert De Niro, The Irishman
    Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker, and many others were individually nominated for their contribution for this movie. So, why was Robert De Niro overlooked?
  • Awkwafina, The Farewell
    She made history by being the first Asian American woman to win a Golden Globe award for the leading actress category. Within just a couple of years time she skyrocketed to fame, but The Farewell is a movie that really helped her prove she can act.
  • Song Kang-ho, Parasite
    Hailed as being a great contemporary character actor by Bong Joon Ho, the director of Parasite, it was rather surprising that Kango-ho Song was not considered for any of the acting awards this year. His performance in this movie was top notch! There are several moments in the movie where the audience is reeled right into his character’s emotional journey.

Actor, Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
    One of the best character actors still working to this day, nominated for an Oscar in four separate years; this movie should have been his fifth nomination and hopefully the first win.
  • Park So-dam, Parasite
    She is the one person in the entire movie who stole the attention in almost ever single scene she appears. The laughter from the audience was genuine when she was on screen. She held so much power and control of her character that it was very easy for the audience to fear and respect her at the same time.

Best Director

  • Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse
    Only his second feature length movie in five years, the first movie being The VVitch (2015), he should not be overlooked. He’s a writer and director with a strong skill in brainy storytelling. In due time, he will be given a well deserved recognition by the Academy.
  • Lulu Wang, The Farewell
    She arrive on scene with a splash for The Farewell by showing us a genuine and heartfelt story of what it’s like to be an Asian-American woman having to bridge the gap between two cultures within the same family.

Best Original Screenplay

  • Robert Eggers & Max Eggers, The Lighthouse
    Writing a feature length screenplay with a prominent use of Old English syntax and grammar can be a daunting task. Trying to limit the movie to only two characters for the vast majority of the entire story is a very steep hill to climb. The only other character to appear in the movie is a mermaid who does not speak and would be an implied hallucination for one of the two main characters. Yep, the writing duo accepted the challenge and did a pretty good job at pulling it off.
  • Lulu Wang, The Farewell
    The story is based upon her own real life experience, so Lulu was able to bring a lot of raw emotion to the movie that connected on an emotional level with the audience. It was genuine and heartfelt, which is a must-have selling point to pull the audience right in.

The 92nd Oscar Nominations

The announcement of the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards will be take place in a two-part live presentation on Monday, January 13th and will cover all twenty-four categories. Actor and producer John Cho alongside actor, writer, and producer Issa Rae will serve as hosts of the two-part live presentation from approximately 5:18 a.m. to approximately 5:41 a.m. Pacific Time. The announcement will be broadcast live on multiple platforms, including an online live stream on the Academy’s websites and social media accounts along side a satellite feed that will be relayed on linear television by local and national broadcast stations.

The ceremony for the 92nd annual Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9th at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. Eastern Time (5 p.m. Pacific). The ceremony’s preceding broadcast “Oscars: Live on the Red Carpet” will air at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time (3:30 p.m. Pacific).

You can watch the live stream of the Oscar nominations announcement below. Following the announcement, the full list of Oscar nominees will be posted on Academy Awards website as well as here on this web page.

There were a few names of individuals who were not included in the nominations this year for a well deserved category, or not at all. Visit the Oscar Snubs article to view the list of individuals that we believe should have earned a spot of recognition for their work this year.

The Official List of Nominations

Actor in a Leading RoleAntonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Actor in a Supporting RoleTom 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
Actress in a Leading RoleCynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy
Actress in a Supporting RoleKathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Adapted ScreenplaySteven Zaillian, The Irishman
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Joker
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Animated Feature FilmHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis & Bonnie Arnold
I Lost My Body
Jérémy Clapin & Marc du Pontavice
Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh & Marisa Román
Missing Link
Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner & Travis Knight
Toy Story 4
Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen & Jonas Rivera
Animated Short FilmDcera (Daughter), Daria Kashcheeva
Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry & Karen Rupert Toliver
Kitbull, Rosana Sullivan & Kathryn Hendrickson
Memorable, Bruno Collet & Jean-François Le Corre
Sister, Siqi Song
Best PictureFord v Ferrari
Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping & James Mangold
The Irishman
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal & Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Jojo Rabbit
Carthew Neal & Taika Waititi
Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper & Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Little Women
Amy Pascal
Marriage Story
Noah Baumbach & David Heyman
Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren & Callum McDougall
Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh & Quentin Tarantino
Kwak Sin Ae & Bong Joon Ho
CinematographyRodrigo Prieto, The Irishman
Lawrence Sher, Joker
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse
Roger Deakins, 1917
Robert Richardson, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Costume DesignSandy Powell & Christopher Peterson, The Irishman
Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit
Mark Bridges, Joker
Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
Arianne Phillips, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
DirectingMartin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
Documentary FeatureAmerican Factory
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert & Jeff Reichert
The Cave
Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod & Sigrid Dyekjær
The Edge of Democracy
Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris & Tiago Pavan
For Sama
Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts
Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska & Atanas Georgiev
Documentary Short SubjectIn the Absence
Yi Seung-Jun & Gary Byung-Seok Kam
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Carol Dysinger & Elena Andreicheva
Life Overtakes Me
John Haptas & Kristine Samuelson
St. Louis Superman
Smriti Mundhra & Sami Khan
Walk Run Cha-Cha
Laura Nix & Colette Sandstedt
Film EditingMichael McCusker & Andrew Buckland, Ford v Ferrari
Thelma Schoonmaker, The Irishman
Tom Eagles, Jojo Rabbit
Jeff Groth, Joker
Yang Jinmo, Parasite
International Feature FilmCorpus Christi (Poland)
Honeyland (North Macedonia)
Les Misérables (France)
Pain and Glory (Spain)
Parasite (South Korea)
Live Action Short FilmBrotherhood
Meryam Joobeur & Maria Gracia Turgeon
Nefta Football Club
Yves Piat & Damien Megherbi
The Neighbors’ Window
Marshall Curry
Bryan Buckley & Matt Lefebvre
A Sister
Delphine Girard
Makeup and Hair StylingKazu Hiro, Anne Morgan & Vivian Baker, Bombshell
Nicki Ledermann & Kay Georgiou, Joker
Jeremy Woodhead, Judy
Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten & David White, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis & Rebecca Cole, 1917
Original ScoreHildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
Alexandre Desplat, Little Women
Randy Newman, Marriage Story
Thomas Newman, 1917
John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Original ScreenplayRian Johnson, Knives Out
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Won, Parasite
Original SongI 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 II
Stand Up, Harriet
Production Design and Set DecorationThe Irishman, Bob Shaw (Design) and Regina Graves (Decoration)
Jojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent (Design) and Nora Sopková (Decoration)
1917, Dennis Gassner (Design) and Lee Sandales (Decoration)
Once upon a Time…in Hollywood, Barbara Ling (Design) and Nancy Haigh (Decoration)
Parasite, Lee Ha Jun (Design) and Cho Won Woo (Decoration)
Sound EditingDonald Sylvester, Ford v Ferrari
Alan Robert Murray, Joker
Oliver Tarney & Rachael Tate, 1917
Wylie Stateman, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Matthew Wood & David Acord, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Sound MixingGary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson & Mark Ulano, Ad Astra
Paul Massey, David Giammarco & Steven A. Morrow, Ford v Ferrari
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic & Tod Maitland, Joker
Mark Taylor & Stuart Wilson, 1917
Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler & Mark Ulano, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
Visual EffectsDan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken & Dan Sudick, Avengers: Endgame
Pablo Helman, Le&ro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser & Stephane Grabli, The Irishman
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones & Elliot Newman, The Lion King
Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler & Dominic Tuohy, 1917
Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach & Dominic Tuohy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker