Actress Youn Yuh-jung’s chance of winning the best supporting actress Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards is increasingly solidifying. She is currently the first South Korean actor to ever be nominated for an acting award at the U.S.-based Academy Awards.
Following her best supporting actress win at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards earlier this month on Apr. 4, Youn also took home the award for best supporting actress at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) this past Sunday. With the two monumental wins now under her belt, Youn is increasingly being predicted as the top candidate to win the Oscar for best supporting actress at the upcoming Oscars ceremony on Apr. 25.
Youn received acclaim for playing Soon-ja, a non-stereotypical Korean grandmother, in the film “Minari” that was helmed by Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung. In the film, Soon-ja is a member of a Korean family who relocate to U.S. state Arkansas in the 1980s.
“Minari” began to receive attention after winning the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Audience Award last year at the Sundance Film Festival, which is the largest independent film festival in the U.S. The film has won more than 100 awards at various awards and film festivals, big and small, in the U.S. More than 20 of them have been awarded to Youn for her acting performance.
If Youn wins at the Academy Awards later this month where she is being highly favored to win after her wins at the SAG Awards and the BAFTAs, her win will become a first ever Oscar for acting for a South Korean in the 102-year history of South Korean films.
The SAG Awards is an awards ceremony that is organized by the American Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) union and many actors who are members of the SAG-AFTRA union are also members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which puts on the annual Oscars ceremony. Actors make up the biggest group of AMPAS, so the winners of the SAG Awards also often go on to win at the Academy Awards.