Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Nonconformist Youn Yuh-Jung Becomes First South Korean Oscar-Nominated Actress

 Septuagenarian Youn Yuh-Jung, the first South Korean actress nominated for an Oscar, has spent decades portraying nonconformist characters, from a vicious heiress to an ageing prostitute, challenging social norms in both her career and life.


Her role in “Minari”, a family drama about Korean immigrants in the US, is more conventional: grandmother to a mischievous young boy trying to fit into rural Arkansas.

The film secured six Academy Award nominations last week, also including best picture, best director and best actor.

That raises the prospect of a second multi-Oscar haul for a Korean-language film in successive years after “Parasite” became the first non-English Best Picture winner in 2020, though it did not snag any acting nominations.

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