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Arts Culture Oscars 2021: Youn Yuh-jung Is First Korean To Win Best Supporting Actress

Oscars 2021: Youn Yuh-jung Is First Korean To Win Best Supporting Actress

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 25: Yuh-Jung Youn, winner of Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "Minari," poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 25: Yuh-Jung Youn, winner of Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "Minari," poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello-Pool/Getty Images)
By Christine Andas
By Christine Andas
April 26, 2021
Minari star Youn Yuh-jung makes history as the first Korean to win Best Supporting Actress at the 2021 Oscars

Youn Yuh-jung makes groundbreaking history by winning Best Supporting Actress on the 93rd Academy Awards. Yuh-jung has won the award for portraying Soon-ja in the Oscar-nominated film Minari, which follows the story of the Yi family, a Korean immigrant family residing in Arkansas.

Related: Minari: Get To Know The Cast Of This Historic Oscars 2021 Best Picture Nominee

Photo: IMDb
Photo: IMDb

The moment Youn Yuh-jung donned the stage with the golden statuette on the pedestal, she turned to presenter Brad Pitt, who stood at the corner, and said: "Finally, Brad Pit... nice to meet you," with glee. While the South Korean actress charmed the audience with her genuine warmth and quirky character—at the theatre and at home—she has become a living inspiration for millions of Asians across the globe.

The cast of Minari. | Photo: IMDb
The cast of Minari. | Photo: IMDb

Yuh-jung's win is a triumph as she has just become the first Korean actor to win an Academy Award. With humility and glamour, the South Korean actress remarked, "I cannot believe I'm here," during her speech before thanking the Academy and the whole team behind Minari and calling them family.

Read more: Oscars 2021: Steven Yeun Makes History As The First Asian-American Best Actor Nominee

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