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'Minari' Star Thanks 'Snobbish' British People at BAFTA Awards

'Minari' Star Thanks 'Snobbish' British People at BAFTA Awards
Youn Yuh-jung attends the "Da-reun Na-ra-e-suh" Premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 12 April 2021 10:28 AM

'Minari' Star Yuh-jung Youn delivered a memorable acceptance speech at Sunday's British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).  The 73-year-old South Korean actress won best supporting actress at the event and speaking via Zoom to the assembled crowd, thanked the  "snobbish" British people for their support.

"I don't know how to say, I'm just very honored to be nominated — not nominated, I'm the winner now," she began. "I would like to express my deep condolence for your Duke of Edinburgh," she continued. "Thank you so much for this award. Every award is meaningful, but this one especially [to be] recognized by British people, known as very snobbish people and they approve me as a good actor, so I’m very, very privileged."

Youn later explained during the virtual BAFTA press conference that her "snobbish" comment was meant in a light-hearted way. 

"Yes, it comes from my personal experience of course. I visited Britain a lot of times and I had a fellowship at Cambridge College 10 years ago, as an actor," she said, according to Deadline. "Somehow it [Cambridge] felt very snobbish but not in a bad way – you [the Brits] have a long history. As an Asian woman I felt these people [Brits] are very snobbish, that’s my honest feeling.”

Last month Youn was surprised with a SAG Award win for her role as the free-spirited grandmother in "Minari."  During her acceptance speech, she was equally delighted.

"I don't know how to describe my feelings. I'm being recognized by Westerners!" the actress said, according to USA Today. "I'm honored, especially (that) actor fellows chose me as their supporting actress."

In an interview with Esquire, Youn admitted that receiving the SAG award was unreal to her. 

"This country is so big," she said. "[When I got the SAG nomination] they said, 'You should appreciate this award, especially.' So I said, 'Okay, I understand now.' I understand now."

During the interview, the conversation steered to BTS, the South Korean boy band that has taken the world by storm. Youn said she was happy that the world was noticing South Korea for its pop culture and not for its dark past.

"I'm so glad the world could notice that about Korea, because me, living in that country such a long time and in my time, nobody knew about South Korea. All they remember is the Korean War, so it was kind of, you know, shame—or it's not shame, but it's not a good memory about remembering that country," she said.

"But I know, my people — the Korean people — are very talented. Especially singing. Everybody could sing, except me. I'm out of tune. Everybody is a singer. And now I think the world will recognize that, because of BTS and ... what do you call that? Their calculated and almost acrobat dancing."

Youn added: "So I'm glad I am able to see the world recognize the Korean people's talent before I die."

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'Minari' Star Yuh-jung Youn delivered a memorable acceptance speech at Sunday's British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs). The 73-year-old South Korean actress won best supporting actress at the event and speaking...
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