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Youn Yuh-Jung Makes History After Winning Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

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Youn Yuh-jung gave an unforgettable speech after making history as the first Korean actress to win an Academy Award on Sunday night.

The 73-year-old star, who has 50 years of film and television credits, won best supporting actress for her performance in “Minari” — Lee Isaac Chung’s semi-autobiographical tale of a Korean family that immigrates to rural Arkansas in the 1980s.

Golden Globes Snubs ‘Minari’ Over Controversial Foreign Language Rule

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Although “Minari” has received praise from critics, the Golden Globes placed the film under the foreign-language category due to a rule created by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

According to the HFPA, at least 50% of a film’s main language must be English for it to be placed under two of the most competitive categories at the Golden Globes, Entertainment Weekly explains.

‘Minari’ Named the Best Picture of 2020 by The New York Film Critics Online

The New York Film Critics Online have recently published their Top 10 Films of 2020 list, with “Minari” winning awards such as Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film.

“Minari” was directed by Lee Isaac Chung and produced by A24. The film follows a Korean American family who moved to Arkansas in the 1980s to search for their American dream, according to Variety.