Special Focus: Youn Yuh-jung

The American Academy of  Motion Picture Arts and Sciences added the categories of best supporting actors, male and female, to the Oscar awards in 1937. One of the several thousand gold-plated statuettes presented since the event began was awarded to the much-loved Korean actor Youn Yuh-jung at the last Oscar ceremony in April 2021. It was in recognition of her powerful and deeply humorous supporting role as halmoni/ grandma Sunja in Lee Issac Chung’s remarkable film Minari. Youn not only won that Best Supporting Actress Oscar but the Screen Actors’ Guild and BAFTA versions as well, among many other accolades. In Korea the reaction was overwhelming.