Parasite

Neon

The 2020 Academy Awards is months away, but there are already important moves being made.

The Korean Film Council has selected Bong Joon-ho's black comedy thriller "Parasite" to compete for an Oscar nomination in the Best International Feature Film category, Deadline reports. The submissions will be screened by Academy members, who will then decide which ones will be nominated for the award. Each country is allowed to select a single film as their official entry, so it's a huge honor to even be submitted for consideration.

There's been Oscar buzz surrounding "Parasite" for months already. It proved to be an critical darling in May when it took home the coveted Palme D'Or prize -- by unanimous decision, no less -- at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Not long after, Neon, the film's North American distributor, gave the film an awards season release date, Oct. 11, in New York and Los Angeles.

This will be the second time South Korea has submitted one of Bong's films, as Variety notes. While the other, 2006's "Mother," did not get a nod, "Parasite" seems to have a good shot. The film currently has an impressive 100% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.

The 2020 Academy Awards nominations will be announced in January, and a shortlist of contenders in the International Feature Film category will be revealed shortly before. The 92nd Oscars itself will be held Sunday, Feb. 9.

[via: Deadline]