A film about a Korean-American immigrant family "Minari" is looking like a strong contender at this year's Academy Awards.
On Monday local time, director Lee Isaac Chung's movie received six Oscar nominations including 'Best Picture' and 'Best Supporting Actress'.
Experts say it wasn't such a surprise given the film has shown the same momentum as Bong Joon-ho's Oscar-winning 'Parasite' garnering more than 90 awards and countless nominations already.
"The momentum is certainly built over the last few weeks and Youn Yuh-jung in particular was winning a number of critique awards and that gives the momentum it needs, it is part of an award conversation."
Worth watching out for among the six nods is South Korean screen veteran Youn Yuh-jung's nomination for 'Best Supporting Actress' the first time in Korean film history, along with Steven Yeun for 'Best Actor'.
This recognition for the cast is an achievement that not even the Oscar-winning 'Parasite' could manage.
An expert says Youn got the nomination as her endearing and frank persona comes through on the screen.
"I never even dreamed about being nominated for an Oscar. Oscar is a far away from us because I'm living and born and raised in Korea. Very big event from some other part of the world."
"She is just incredibly natural, and any demanding performance that comes across was really authentic,… I think it really does attract attention and she is just so beautiful in the film it almost seems effortless."
The category of 'Best Picture' is filled with deserving competitors such as 'Nomadland' which tells the story of a woman traveling throughout the United States in a van, searching for work.
Yet, anticipation is high for 'Minari's chances of winning the award as the story shares moments of joy and sadness, and its themes connect with the audience.
"I think it is resonating in America especially because it is story about immigrants and immigrants play big part in United States and it is right they are shown on screen."
"With the announcement of this year Oscar's nomination even triumphing where 'Parasite' fell short on the recognition of cast's acting, eyes are on 'Minari' whether it will open up another door for Korean cinema.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News."