Yuh-jung Youn won the coveted best supporting actress grant for her role in “Minari” and became the first Korean actress to win in that category.
During her speech, Youn spoke about how she would watch the Oscars back home in South Korea and that it was a surreal experience to be at the ceremony.
“Me being here by myself I cannot believe I’m here … let me pull myself together. Thank you to the Academy,” she said.
Minari is about a family from South Korea who move to Arkansas to begin new life. It winds up being more challenging than expected so they have their grandma, played by Youn, come live with them.
The film, just as Youn, have gotten critical acclaim throughout awards season with Youn winning a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA before her Oscar win on Sunday.
Towards the finish of her discourse, Youn said, “I don’t believe in competition,” and that she had since a long time ago respected Glenn Close, who was also nominated in the category.
“Minari” is also nominated for best picture.
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