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.
‘Minari’ Star Youn Yuh-jung delivered an emotional acceptance speech for her historic win on Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards show.
The 73-year-old star became the first South Korean and first Asian actress to win the Award for Best Supporting Actress in the movie category, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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.
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.
Two Asian directors have the potential to get an Oscar nod this year, a historical first for the category.
Observers are betting on “Minari” director Lee Isaac Chung and “Nomadland” filmmaker Chloé Zhao to be nominated for the Academy Awards’ Best Director.