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S. Korean Youn Yuh-jung of 'Minari' wins best supporting actress at U.S. film critics award

All News 11:09 February 09, 2021

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung has been awarded her 21st best supporting actress award from a U.S. film critics association for her performance in the immigration drama "Minari."

The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) said Monday (U.S. time) that the annual WAFCA Award's best supporting actress title went to Youn, who took the role of an eccentric grandmother in Lee Isaac Chung's semi-autobiographical film.

"Minari" depicts first-generation immigrants from Korea pursuing their own American dream on an Arkansas farm from the point of view of a 7-year-old boy named David (Alan Kim) and his parents, Jacob (Steven Yeun) and Monica (Han Yeri). The family's life faces changes after the boy's grandmother, Soon-ja (Youn), arrives in the United States from Korea.

This image captured from the Twitter account of the Washington, D.C. Area Film Association (WAFCA) shows Youn Yuh-jung of "Minari" winning best supporting actress at the 2020 WAFCA Award on Feb. 8, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

It is the 73-year old actress' 21st title in the ongoing award season in the run-up to the Oscars, with other titles including one from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

She is considered a leading contender for the Oscars' best actress category and expected to become the first South Korean actor or actress to get the nod from the world's most coveted film awards. This year's Academy Awards will be held on April 25.

At the same time, Alan Kim, who portrays lovely grandson David in "Minari," won best youth performance at the WAFCA Award.

This image captured from the Twitter account of the Washington, D.C. Area Film Association (WAFCA) shows Alan Kim of "Minari" winning best youth performance at the 2020 WAFCA Award on Feb. 8, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

"Minari" has become one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the Oscar circuit, bagging a total of 61 titles, including the jury and audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival early last year.

The film is also eying more honors in the upcoming awards, as it has been nominated in three categories including best ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards slated for April 4.

For the 26th Critics Choice Awards on March 7, "Minari" has landed 10 nominations, including best picture, best actor and best supporting actress.

This image provided by Pancinema shows a scene from "Minari." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

brk@yna.co.kr
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