On April 4, 2021, at the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards presented by SAG-AFTRA, Korean actress Youn Yuh Jung got the recognition she deserves for her role in the movie Minari with the “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role” award.
Though worried about her English, Youn Yuh Jung thanked SAG-AFTRA for the recognition and the award in a pleasantly surprised speech.
I don’t know how to describe my feelings, I’m being recognized by Westerners. Oh, it is very, very honored. Especially by my actor fellow, choose me as a supporting actress. I don’t know. Am I saying right? My English is not good? I’m very pleased and happy. And thanks to SAG-AFTRA. I’m sorry, everything is not familiar. Thank you so much. Thank you, Olivia, and Glenn Close, Maria [Bakalova], and everybody. Thank you.
— Youn Yuh Jung
Youn is now the first Asian winner and first Asian woman winner in any individual SAG motion picture category. Sandra Oh is the only Asian woman who has won an individual SAG Award on the TV side.
And as the SAG Awards often serves as the “precursor” for the Academy Awards, hopes remain high for the actress. She is currently nominated for the “Best Supporting Actress” award at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Minari is the story of a Korean family that starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas, in which Youn Yuh Jung plays the eccentric grandmother Soon Ja.
Watch her acceptance speech here.
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