Veteran Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung has won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award! The BAFTA awards are known as the British equivalent of America’s Academy Awards or Oscars.
On April 11, Youn became the first Korean actress to win Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film Minari (2020). Upon receiving the honor, Youn’s endearingly funny acceptance speech went viral, where she joked that this award is especially meaningful to her because she has been recognized as a good actress by the British people, who are known for being “snobbish.”
Minari is a drama film written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung. The film is semi-autobiographical in nature and inspired by Lee’s childhood. It stars Steven Yeun (Burning), Han Ye-ri (Champion), and Youn Yuh-jung (Lucky Chan-sil), and child actors Alan Kim and Noel Kate Cho.
The film explores the struggles of a South Korean immigrant family trying to make a life in rural America in the 1980s. It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, leading to controversy as the film is shot entirely in America and explores a distinctly American immigrant experience. Minari then went on to earn six nominations each at the 74th British Academy Film Awards and the 93rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture at the latter.
Watch Youn Yuh-jung’s historic and hilarious BAFTA acceptance speech below!