“Minari,” an A24 drama directed by Lee Isaac Chung, has been categorized as a foreign language film for the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards in February, and social media is accusing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of racism.
The HFPA has kept “Minari,” which won awards following screenings at the Sundance and Middleburg film festivals
, from being nominated for the Best Picture categories, a similar decision faced by Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” last year.
“Minari” will instead be competing for the foreign language film category “because it is primarily in Korean,” Variety
first reported earlier this week.
and Yeri Han will still be eligible for the leading actor and actress categories.
The decision not to nominate “Minari” for the Best Picture categories has sparked a massive backlash from Asian American celebrities, including “The Farewell” writer and director Lulu Wang.
“I have not seen a more American film than Minari this year,” Wang wrote. “It’s a story about an immigrant family, IN American, pursuing the American dream. We really need to change these antiquated rules that characterizes American as only English-speaking.”
Others expressed the same sentiment, with many accusing the HFPA of being racist and xenophobic towards a movie that centers around a Korean immigrant family that moves to a small farm in Arkansas.
“Minari,” which had a limited release earlier this month, will roll out with a wide release on Feb. 18, 2021.