SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) – South Korean actress Yoon Yoh Jung won an award from the American Screen Actors Guild (SAG) for her supporting role in the drama “Minari”.
At the 2021 SAG Awards televised Sunday (US time), Yeon won Best Supporting Actress, beating Maria Bacalova from Borat Subsequent Moviefile (Borat, the next documentary), Glenn Close from Hillbilly Elegy, Olivia Coleman . From “Father”, Helena Zingle, from “News of the World.”
“I don’t know how to describe my feelings,” said Yoon in a passionate acceptance speech. “I have been recognized by Westerners. It is a very great honor that my fellow actors have chosen me as the best supporting actress. I am very pleased and happy. Thank you. Thanks SAG.”
Yoon became the first South Korean actress or model to win a SAG Solo Acting award. Last year, Oscar-winning “Parasite” was named Best Actor, but none of its actors were nominated in the other acting categories.
The 73-year-old veteran actress plays Grandma Son Ja in Lee Isaac Chung’s movie “Minari”. The film tells the story of a South Korean immigrant family who settled in rural Arkansas.
Yoon has also been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award at the upcoming Academy Awards, scheduled for April 25, making her the first South Korean actress or model to receive a nomination for one of the most desirable movie awards in the world.
The SAG Awards are one of the primary precursors to the Academy Awards, along with other events organized by filmmakers’ guilds, including the Directors Guild of America (DGA).
Minari was also nominated for a SAG Best Cast and Best Actor. But the winners were “The Trial of Chicago 7” and the late Chadwick Bosman from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, respectively.