‘Minari’ Actress Youn Yuh Jung Wins SAG Awards for Best Supporting Actress

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Youn Yuh Jung won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Minari in the Screen Actors Guild Award (SAGA).

The 27th SAG Awards was held online on the 5th at 10 AM KST. Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by SAG every year, serve as a reliable barometer for the Oscars. And this year, Youn Yuh Jung won the trophy for Best Supporting Actress. She competed with Maria Bakalova (Borat 2), Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy), Helena Zengel (News of the World), and Olivia Colman (The Father).

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In the film Minari, Youn plays an old lady Soon Ja who visits America to meet her grandchildren. Unlike other old ladies, Soon Ja is a tough and unique woman who shows unwavering maternal love. This 73-year-old actress added one more trophy to her awards list, including 32 acting awards like IFJA, Sunset Circle, and NBR.

Youn Yuh Jung expressed pure joy in her acceptance speech. “I don’t know how to describe my feelings. Westerners have recognized me. I’m very honored. And I want to thank my fellow actors for choosing me as the best supporting actress. I’m very pleased and happy. Thank you.”

With today’s feat, Youn’s race to the Oscars saw a green light. If she wins the Oscars for the best-supporting actress, she will be the first Asian actress to win an acting award in Academy’s 64-year history.

Meanwhile, Minari tells the story of a Korean immigrant family struggling to achieve the American dream. The film became nominees in six different Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Original Score categories.

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  • As a “Westerner” who is enthralled with Korean dramas and actors, I am especially pleased to see Youn Yuh Jung get this award. It’s about time that Korean stars and movies the given global recognition they deserve. I rarely watch US TV anymore as I find it boring.

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