Several of the cast members and staff of the movie “Parasite” are officially members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization serves the purpose of awarding the Oscars at the Academy Awards each year.
Actors Choi Woo Sik, Jang Hye Jin, Jo Yeo Jeong, Lee Jung Eun, Park So Dam, the movie’s editor, costume designer, and more were welcomed to the group this year. Director Bong Joon Ho and lead actor Song Kang Ho had already joined back in 2015.
The Oscars have been long criticized for not having enough diversity in its ranks as #OscarsSoWhite even trended back in 2015. They had vowed to diversify their team and include industry professionals of different backgrounds by 2020.
As the organization continues to strive to have a more diverse representation for the industry, Dawn Hudson, their Chief Executive announced that they exceeded their initial goals set for 2020 and will continue their efforts. She stated, “We take great pride in the strides we have made in exceeding our initial inclusion goals set back in 2016, but acknowledge the road ahead is a long one. We are committed to staying the course.”
Parasite is a 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won. It stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin, and Lee Jung-eun and follows the members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals.
“Parasite” made history last year as it became the first foreign-language film to win “Best Picture”, as well as an arm full of other prestigious awards. The cast and crew that worked hard to achieve such success will now be joining in to help pave the way for more diversity in the film industry.