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Brad Pitt 39;Minari39; star YuhJung Youn scolded a reporter who asked her what

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Mon, 26 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700

Yuh-Jung Youn made history becoming the first South Korean actress to take home an acting Oscar on Sunday


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Yuh-Jung Youn made history by winning best supporting actress at the Oscars on Sunday, becoming the first South Korean actress to take home an Oscar in an acting category.

The 73-year-old actress won for her performance as an eccentric grandmother in Lee Isaac Chung’s family drama “Minari.”

She was handed her award by the film’s executive producer, Brad Pitt, and after the show, a reporter in the awards press room asked Youn what Pitt smelled like during the ceremony. Youn laughed and quickly responded: “I didn’t smell him. I’m not a dog. No.” 

Youn continued to say that she has admired Pitt’s work for many years and she “couldn’t believe” it when Pitt announced that she had won the award. 

“Maybe I just blacked out for a couple of seconds,” she said. “What should I say, ‘Where am I?’ Or something like that? But I kept asking my friend: ‘Am I saying it right? Do they understand what I’m trying to say?’ I’m still not myself, so don’t ask me too many questions, please.”

Yuh-Jung Youn also made a jovial reference to Brad Pitt during her acceptance speech. When she picked up the award, she turned to the actor, laughed, and said: “Mr. Brad Pitt, finally. Nice to meet you. Where were you when we were filming in person?”

Youn seemed to be implying that Pitt did not visit the “Minari” set while the film was in production in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2019. She then continued to note that the majority of award-show hosts and attendees tend to mispronounce her name but “tonight,” she said, “you are all forgiven.”

Youn also paid tribute to her fellow best-supporting actress nominees — Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”), Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”), Olivia Colman (“The Father”), and Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”).

“I don’t believe in competition. How can I win over Glenn Close?” Youn said. “I’ve been watching so many of her performances. I have a little bit of luck, I think. I’m luckier than you. Or maybe it’s the American hospitality for the Korean actor, I’m not sure.”

Before ending her speech, Youn thanked South Korean filmmaker, Kim Ki-young, the first director she worked with. And her two sons who she said forced her to go out and work. She said: “I’d like to thank my two boys who made me go out and work. This is the result because mommy worked so hard.”

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Mon, 26 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700

Brad Pitt appeared to tear up while watching actress Youn Yuh-jung accept her award at the 93rd Academy Awards


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Brad Pitt appeared to tear up while watching actress Youn Yuh-jung accept her award at the 93rd Academy Awards.

Pitt was on hand to present the award for the best supporting actress category. Yuh-jung ended up winning the award and making history as the first Korean actress to win an Oscar in that category for her role in the film “Minari.” The movie sees her play tough and determined matriarch of an Asian family who leaves California to pursue their dream of owning a farm in Arkansas.

After announcing her as the winner, Pitt stood off to the side while Yuh-jung gave her heartfelt and acceptance speech. However, at one point the camera briefly cut to Pitt who appeared to be fighting back tears as he listened to her words. 


Brad Pitt, right, poses with Yuh-Jung Youn, winner of the award for best actress in a supporting role for “Minari,” in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)

The two had a sweet moment together on stage prior to that as Yuh-jung opened her speech by briefly acknowledging she was a little star struck by the “Ad Astra” star’s presence. 

“Mr. Brad Pitt, nice to meet you finally,” she said while giggling. “Where were you when we were filming?” 

Pitt wasn’t the only star she name-dropped in her speech. 


“How can I win over Glenn Close? I’ve been watching her so many performances,” she said of her fellow supporting actress nominee. “So this is just, all the nominees, five nominees, we are the winners for the different movies. We play the different roles, so we cannot compete each other.”

“I think I have just a little bit of luck, I think. Maybe I’m luckier than you, and also maybe it’s American hospitality for the Korean actor? I’m not sure,” she added.


Pitt himself is no stranger to the Oscars stage. During last year’s show, he took home the best supporting actor award for his critically acclaimed performance in the Quentin Tarantino-directed film “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood.”


The occasion marked the actor’s first ever solo Oscar win despite previously being nominated for his acting work in the films “Twelve Monkeys,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Moneyball.” He had previously won an Oscar for producing the 2014 best picture hit “12 Years a Slave.”

– April 26, 2021
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