Youn Yuh-jung wins BAFTAs best supporting actress, thanks ‘very snobbish’ Brits

Published April 12, 2021, 7:51 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

Youn Yuh-jung

Korean actress and “Minari” star Youn Yuh-jung won best supporting actress at the 74th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 11 and cracked up presenter, actor David Oyelowo, and viewers by thanking the “very snobbish” British voters for the plum.

All the nominees including Youn Yuh-jung attended the awards show virtually.

The 73-year-old actress won the award over Niamh Algar of “Calm with Horses,” Maria Bakalova of “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Kosar Ali of “Rocks,” Ashley Madekwe of “County Lines” and Dominique Fishback of “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

In her acceptance speech, Youn Yuh-jung made everyone laugh, saying her BAFTA award is especially meaningful as it came from the “very snobbish” British people.

“I don’t know how to say … I was very honored to be nominated… oh I’m the winner now. First expression. Let me express my deep condolence for your Duke of Edinburgh and thank you so much for this award.,” she said.

The actress added, “Every award is meaningful but this one especially recognized by British people known as very snobbish people and they approved me as a good actor so I’m very, very privileged and happy. And thank you, thank you so much. Thank you for the voter who vote me. Thank you very much BAFTA, very much.”

Her win at the BAFTAs came a week after bagging the best supporting actress at the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

“Minari” was also nominated in five categories at BAFTAs: Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Music and Best Casting.

Youn Yuh-jung is nominated for best supporting actress for “Minari” at the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards that will be held on April 25 in Los Angeles.

Including hers, “Minari” is vying in six categories at the Oscars. “Minari” is also nominated for best picture, best director and best original screenplay for Lee Isaac Chung, best actor for Steven Yeun and best original score.