“Minari” Earns 6 Nominations At The British Academy Film Awards

It is the first time any Korean actors have received nominations.

American Korean drama film Minari has been nominated for six awards at the 2021 British Academy Film Awards.

It is nominated for “Film Not in The English Language,” “Best Film Music,” “Best Casting,” and “Best Direction.” Yuh-Jung Youn is nominated for “Best Supporting Actress” while 8-year-old Alan S. Kim is nominated for “Best Supporting Actor.” Kim recently won the award for “Best Young Actor or Actress” at the 2021 Critics Choice Awards.

Yuh-Jung Youn and Alan Kim in Minari

The 2020 BAFTAs included primarily white nominees resulting in backlash on social media. This year, we’ve seen a lot of improvement since their system overhaul. Within the past year, they have committed to adding new members to the committee while also limiting the amount of money that studios can spend in their nomination campaigns. This has resulted in more than half of the actors nominated this year being people of color.

The Handmaiden was the first Korean film to both be nominated and to win a BAFTA award for “Best Foreign Language Film.” Last year, Parasite won “Best Foreign Language Film” and “Best Original Screenplay” out of its four nominations.

Bong Joon Ho receiving award at 2020 British Academy Film Awards | BAFTA

This year, however, is the first time that any Korean actors have been nominated for a BAFTA award. Since Korean films have done well the few times they’ve received nominations, we’re believing to see Minari pick up a few wins.

Minari is the story of a Korean family that starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas. Watch the trailer below:

Source: British Academy Film Awards