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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -South Korean film icon Youn Yuh-jung won the best supporting actress Oscar on Sunday for her role as a spirited and unconventional
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -South Korean film icon Youn Yuh-jung won the best supporting actress Oscar on Sunday for her role as a spirited and unconventional grandmother in “Minari.”
Youn, 73, is the first South Korean actor to win an Oscar and the first actor from that country ever to clinch an Academy Award nomination.
Youn’s win was announced onstage by Brad Pitt, last year’s supporting actor winner.
“Mr. Brad Pitt,” Youn said to Pitt as she stepped up to the microphone. “Finally, nice to meet you.”
Youn was the front-runner for an Oscar after picking up dozens of trophies this year for her role in “Minari,” a tender story about a South Korean immigrant family that starts a farm in Arkansas.
In the film, which is based partly on the life story of director Lee Isaac Chung, Youn’s character travels from South Korea to help care for her two grandchildren.
Youn has been a sensation on Korean screens for decades, most often playing witty, thought-provoking characters.
Youn’s fellow supporting actress nominees were Maria Bakalova for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Glenn Close for “Hillbilly Elegy,” Olivia Colman for “The Father,” and Amanda Seyfried for “Mank.”
“I don’t believe in competition,” Youn said, acknowledging her fellow nominees in the category. “I have just a little bit luck, I think, maybe. I’m luckier than you.”
(Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Andrea Ricci and Jonathan Oatis)
Sun, 25 Apr 2021 19:00:00 -0700
The beloved South Korean actress won the Oscar Sunday for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Lee Isaac Chung's “Minari
Yuh-Jung Youn has made history, again.
The beloved South Korean actress won the Oscar Sunday for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari,” crediting “American hospitality” for the achievement — as well as a bit of luck.
The “Woman of Fire” actress is now the first South Korean actor to win in the Academy Award’s Best Supporting Actress category.
Youn also couldn’t miss the opportunity to flirt with Brad Pitt, who presented the award — and who could blame her?
“Mr. Brad Pitt, finally. Nice to meet you,” she chuckled. “Where were you while we were filming, in person? Still, honored to meet you.”
(No, she did not smell him. “I didn’t smell him, I’m not dog,” she told Extra TV with a laugh when asked how the “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” star smelled.)
Youn went on to mention how many people get her name wrong.
“As you know, I’m from Korea and actually my name is Yuh-Jung Youn. Most of European people call me Youn Youn and some of them call me Yuh-Jung. But tonight, you are all forgiven. When I’m living in the other part of the world, I just watch the television” she noted, as far as the Oscars. “I cannot believe I’m here. Let me pull myself together.”
Youn thanked her “wonderful ‘Minari’ family,” and particularly, Chung, her “captain,” without whom she said she wouldn’t be accepting an Oscar.
The “Taste of Money” actress also spoke to the category’s other contenders — Maria Bakalova, Glenn Close, Amanda Seyfried and Olivia Colman.
“We play different roles, so we cannot compete with each other,” said Youn, noting her win might be due more to fortune than the work itself. “Tonight, I’m luckier than you.”
She added: “And also maybe it’s American hospitality for the Korean actor?”
Youn also thanked her sons, saying, “This is the result, because Mommy worked so hard,” drawing laughs.
Best Picture nominee “Minari,” inspired by Chung’s childhood, is a drama about a South Korean family trying to make their way in 1980s rural Arkansas.
Youn previously won a BAFTA, Critics Choice Award, and Independent Spirit Award for her role as the spirited grandmother who leaves her home in Korea to help look after her two young grandchildren while their parents work to build a better life.
Youn’s win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards earlier this month was another milestone, making was the “Dear My Friends” star the first Asian winner of a best acting SAG Award.
– April 26, 2021