LA Film Critics celebrate ‘Parasite’

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LA Film Critics celebrate ‘Parasite’

Director Bong Joon-ho and actor Song Kang-ho were each given awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for their roles in Palme d’Or winner “Parasite,” the organization announced Monday.

Bong was named Best Director while Song was given the title of Best Supporting Actor. Perhaps most impressively, “Parasite” was awarded Best Film, beating out heavyweights like Martin Scorsese’s crime film “The Irishman.”

“Parasite” was named runner-up in Best Production Design and Best Screenplay, coming behind Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” respectively.

The film, which depicts the entrenched social class system through the lives of two families, has performed well in North America and has become a hopeful to win an Oscar.

Since arriving in North American theaters in October, “Parasite” has raked in nearly $20 million in ticket sales stateside, the highest-grossing Korean film in the United States ever.

It took home the awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Foreign Film at this year’s Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, while it also won the Best Foreign Language Film award from the National Board of Review.

While the film continues to be singled out as the best film of the year in various influential film associations, expectations are growing for the local film’s shot at winning at the Academy Awards in February.

By Lee Jae-lim, Yonhap
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