[MHN Jeeyoung Shin reporter] South Korean performer Youn Yuh-Jung has made Oscar history by winning the best-supporting actress Oscar for her role in Minari at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Youn Yuh Jung is the first Korean and second Asian to take home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress since the Japanese American actress and singer Miyoshi Umeki has won for Sayonara in 1958.
Youn exclaimed earlier this month in a Morning Edition interview about her performance, “I feel like I’m an Olympian just competing for my country.”
In 'Minary', Youn plays Soon-JA, the recently arrived grandmother to young David, who comes from Korea to stay with the family on their farm in Arkansas. David tends to disdain his elderly relative.
But their relationship gradually involves something beautiful and lyrical. Minari is the seeds that Soon-Ja brings with her that give the title of the film. She later finds a spot to grow the seeds that can thrive here. That is how she sees her grandson David.
Youn defeated many other candidates, including Glenn Close for ‘Hillbilly Elegy’, Olivia Colman ‘The Father,’ and Amanda Seyfried ‘Mank.’ She thanked the Academy whole-heartedly and praising the Minari ‘family’, particularly the film’s director Lee Issac Chung.