Shortly after making history as the first Korean actor to get an Oscar nomination, veteran star Youn Yuh-jung has flown out to Los Angeles, California to grace the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards.
On April 14, her agency Hook Entertainment revealed, “Youn Yuh-jung has been officially invited by the Academy for having been nominated as Best Supporting Actress.”
Youn, 73, has been receiving high regard for her role in the American drama film Minari (2020). She played Soon-ja, a grandmother whose purpose for relocating to the United States is to take care of her grandchildren. Youn’s outstanding portrayal in the film recently won her a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best Supporting Actress. On her trip to Los Angeles, she shared through her agency, “As I have decided to attend the Academy Awards after thorough consideration, I ask for your understanding that I will be leaving the country quietly to prevent possible COVID-19-related damage.”
Minari is inspired by the life story of its director, Lee Isaac Chung, and follows a family of South Korean immigrants who try to make it in the rural American state of Arkansas during the 1980s. It stars Steven Yeun (Burning), Han Ye-ri (Champion), Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh-jung (Lucky Chan-sil), and Will Patton (Hammer). Lead actress Han has also been invited to attend the 93rd Oscars, while Parasite (2019) director Bong Joon-ho is expected to participate as a presenter.
The 2021 Academy Awards is set to take place at multiple hubs in Los Angeles, Paris, and London due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be broadcast live to 225 countries on April 25 via the television channel ABC.