Minari has made it into the Golden Globes, but there is a flurry of controversy over it being snubbed after being categorized as a “foreign” film.
The Hollywood Foreign Journalists Association (HFPA), which hosts the Golden Globes, announced the full list of nominations for the 78th Golden Globe Award on Wednesday (Feb 3).
And Minari was completely shut out, only winning Foreign-Language Film nomination. With this, Minari (USA) will compete with Another Round (Denmark), The Life Ahead (Italy), Two of Us (France/USA) and La Llorona (Guatemala/France) for the trophy.
Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. Steven Yeun, Han Ye Ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh Jung, and Will Patton starred in the film.
After the announcement, however, many started to point out how Minari was shut out and calling the choice made for Minari one of “Golden Globes Movies Snubs.”
New York Times pointed out, “Minari must compete as a Golden Globe foreign-language entry, even though it was filmed by an American director in the U.S. and financed by U.S. companies. The film won’t be considered for the top prize because the characters predominantly speak Korean.”
Deadline also commented, “Minari was named a Movie of the Year by AFI and has won over 50 prizes from film critics associations and festivals since debuting at Sundance in 2020, but it only scored one Globe nomination today.”
The omission of Minari continued on to Actors’ Awards. Not only was Steven Yeun, an American actor, left out from the nomination, Youn Yuh Jung, who won 20 Best Supporting Actress Awards at various awards and critics awards, earned no nomination.
New York Times wrote, “While the family drama “Minari can boast two critically acclaimed performances by Steven Yeun and Youn Yuh-Jung, it earned nominations for neither.” TIME also stressed, “But Minari was also shut out of every other category except for foreign language film, meaning no nomination for Lee Isaac Chung’s exquisitely paced and tempered screenplay or veteran actress Youn Yuh-jung’s twinkling, foul-mouthed turn as the family matriarch.”
Meanwhile, the 78th Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast live on NBC and online on Feb 28.
“Minari” must compete as a Golden Globe foreign-language entry, even though it was filmed by an American director in the U.S. and financed by U.S. companies. The film won’t be considered for the top prize because the characters predominantly speak Korean. https://t.co/plWn67nR3a pic.twitter.com/lTcZVayzqZ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 3, 2021