Yuh-Jung Youn Makes History As The First Korean Actor To Win An Oscar

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South Korean actress Yuh-Jung Youn made history at the Oscars!

The Minari star is the first Korean performer in history to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She won the award for playing the role of Soon-ja, an outspoken grandmother that moves with her daughter’s family to a farm in Arkansas.

Yuh-Jung Youn is also the second Asian actress in history to win an Oscar. Miyoshi Umeki was the first Asian actress to win an award for Best Supporting Actress in 1957.

During her acceptance speech, the 73-year-old thanked the film’s director, Lee Isaac Chung, and fellow cast members which included Steven Yeun, Han Ye-Ri, Noel Cho, and Alan Kim.

“I don’t believe in competition. How can I win over Glenn Close? I’ve been watching her, so many performances. So this is just, all the nominees, five nominees, we are the winner for the different movie,” she said. 

“We play the different role, so we cannot compete with each other,” she continued. “Tonight, I’m here, it’s just, I have a little bit luck, I think, maybe. I’m luckier than you.”

Congratulations to Yuh-Jung Youn on her historic win!