‘Minari’ Yoon Yeo-jung, Korea’s first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Award

Minjun Son

Actress Yoon Yeo-jung (74) became the first Korean actress to receive the American Academy Award for Acting. This is the only achievement that director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite”, who was the first Korean movie to be nominated in six categories and won four awards in the last year, was not able to achieve.

On the 25th (local time), Yoon Yeo-jeong won the Best Supporting Actress Award for the role of ‘Sunja’, an American independent film, “Minari” at the 93rd Academy Awards. With this, Yoon Yeo-jung became the first Korean actress to receive an Academy Award for Acting. She is the second Asian female actress after Miyoshi Umeki in Sayonara (1957). She is also the third oldest winner in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Yun Yeo-jeong’s winning has been predicted to some extent. In January of last year, Minari has consistently been well received by receiving the Jury Awards and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival, the representative American independent film festival.

For about a year, the awards were marched on at large and small film festivals and awards ceremonies, and about 30 of the 100 awards received by Minari were the acting awards received by her. After that, her name began to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

The name of the winner was made directly by actor Brad Pitt, who founded A24, the production company of ‘Minari’

Minari is a film written and directed by Korean American director Lee Isaac Jeong based on an autobiographical story. The story is about a Korean family who moved to a farm in Arkansas in the southern United States in the 1980s.

The New York Times also praised the Korea’s first Oscar winning actress. NYT named Yoon Yeo-jung as the winner of the ‘Best Acceptance Speech Award’ in an article entitled ‘The Best and Worst Moments of the 2021 Oscars’.

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