Lee Chang-dong’s film Burning has been nominated in the 91st Academy Awards.

Burning has become the first Korean film to be nominated for an Oscar in the Foreign Film category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the news on Tuesday with the release of Oscar shortlist in nine categories.

The film is included in a shortlist of nine candidates for the Best Foreign Film category and may compete with some familiar rivals. In particular, Burning is up against Shoplifters (Japan) which won the Palm d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, beating out Lee’s film. Also on the list of contenders is Alfonso Cuarón’s critically acclaimed film, Roma. The list will be narrowed down then introduced formally by the Academy.

However, Burning has earned several accolades in its own right with many critics citing great narrative, cinematography, and acting. Moreover, this is not unfamiliar territory for the director either. This is the second time that one of Lee’s films have been nominated for an Academy Award.

Earlier this year, Bong Joon-ho’s Okja was listed as a first-round candidate in the visual effects category but failed to gain a final nomination. If Burning is included as a finalist, it will be the first Korean film to be officially admitted to the Academy.




Translated by O.C