Yuh-Jung Youn Makes Historical past As First Korean Performing Winner For ‘Minari’

Veteran actress Yuh-Jung Youn made historical past when she turned the primary South Korean actress ever to obtain an Oscar nomination within the supporting actress class, and once more made historical past tonight as the primary Korean ever to win an appearing Oscar for her portrayal because the feisty grandma in Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari.

A visibly shocked and considerably star-struck Yuh-Jung Youn first thanked presenter Brad Pitt, telling him, “I”m so honored to satisfy you.” When requested backstage if she’d need to work with Pitt, she mentioned “That may by no means occur with my English and the age, I don’t assume so, so I don’t dream the unimaginable dream.”

Onstage, she thanked members of the Academy “for voting for me,” and a particular shout-out to Chung, “With out him I couldn’t be right here tonight, he was our captain and my director.”

She additionally paid tribute to her fellow nominees, saying “I don’t imagine in competitors. We’re the winners for various motion pictures, we performed totally different roles so we can’t compete with one another. Tonight, I’m right here as a result of I had a bit of little bit of luck, I feel, I”m luckier than you.”

With the win tonight following each SAG and BAFTA award nods, Yuh-Jung Youn additionally turned solely the second Asian to win an appearing Oscar since Japan’s Miyoshi Umeki, a winner for Sayonara in the identical Supporting Actress class on the 1958 Oscar ceremony.

Minari is nominated for six Oscars tonight, together with greatest image, director for Chung and lead actor for Steven Yeun.

Backstage, the Oscar winner was requested how she felt about seeing totally different Asian tales instructed.  “I feel it’s about time,” she mentioned. “The sharing totally different tales may be very good to grasp one another, and we must always embrace one another, as a result of with out figuring out our lives, persons are categorized like black white yellow brown one thing like that. That’s not a pleasant approach to divide like that. I feel if we put all shade collectively make it extra prettier. Even a rainbow has seven colours. So shade doesn’t matter, gender doesn’t matter. Males and lady, I don’t prefer to divide like this, man, lady, or Black and white, yellow, brown or the gender, homosexual or straight or one thing like that. I don’t need that type of factor,” she continued. “We’re equal human beings, we now have the identical heat coronary heart. It’s a possibility for us to share the story collectively.

Yuh-Jung Youn beat out fellow nominees Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Glenn Shut for Hillbilly Elegy, Olivia Colman for The Father and Amanda Seyfried for Mank.

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