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South Korea's Youn Yuh-jung wins best supporting actress Oscar for Minari

South Korea's Youn Yuh-jung wins best supporting actress Oscar for Minari

Youn Yuh-jung arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)

South Korean film icon Youn Yuh-jung won the best supporting actress Oscar on Sunday (Apr 25) 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 nation ever to clinch an Academy Award nomination. She's also the first Asian actress to win in the category since Japanese-born Miyoshi Umeki picked up the trophy for Sayonara in 1957.

While South Korean film Parasite won four awards including best picture and best director at last year's ceremony, none of its actors were nominated for Oscars.

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 Korean immigrant family that starts a farm in Arkansas.

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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.

READ: Minari actress Youn Yuh-jung nonchalant about new fame outside South Korea

Her fellow supporting actress nominees included Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Glenn Close for Hillbilly Elegy, Olivia Colman for The Father, and Amanda Seyfried for Mank.

In her acceptance speech, Youn told her fellow nominees that she was just "luckier" than them for receiving the award. 

She teased actor Brad Pitt when she went onstage to collect the award from him, saying, "Mr Brad Pitt, finally, nice to meet you! Where were you when I was filming?”

(Source: Reuters/CNA)

Source: Reuters/sr

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