(2nd LD) “Minari” Receives Six Oscar Nominations, Including Best Supporting Actress for Youn Yuh-jung | YONHAP PRESS AGENCY

SEOUL, March 15 (Yonhap) – “Minari”, directed by South Korean-American filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung, received six Oscar nominations this Monday, including Best Film and Best Supporting Actress for South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung.

In the final list of nominations unveiled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ahead of the Oscars ceremony next month, “Minari” is in the running for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Film Music.

These six nominations equal those of “Parasite” by director Bong Joon-ho, which won four statuettes and which became the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for best film.

For the best film award, “Minari” will compete with “The Father”, “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “Mank”, “Nomadland”, “Promising Young Woman”, “Sound of Metal” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7 ”.

In the Best Director category, Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung is neck and neck with Thomas Vinterberg of “Another Round”, David Fincher of “Mank”, Chloe Zhao of “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell of “Promising” Young Woman ”.

“Minari”, written by Chung based on his childhood memories, will compete for the title of best original screenplay with “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “Promising Young Woman”, “Sound of Metal” and “The Trial of the Chicago” 7 ”.

Two of its actors are also in the running for awards.

Steven Yeun, who plays the role of Jacob, the father of the family, was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, alongside Riz Ahmed in “Sound of Metal”, Chadwick Boseman in “My Rainey’s Black Bottom” , Anthony Hopkins in “The Father” and Gary Oldman in “Mank”.

Yeun is the first Asian-born actor to be among the last five selected for Best Actor in over 90 years of Oscar history.

Youn, who plays an eccentric grandmother in “Minari”, is among the five nominees for the award for Best Supporting Actress, with Maria Bakalova in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”, Glenn Close in “Hillbilly Elegy”, Olivia Colman in “The Father” and Amanda Seyfried in “Mank”.

At 73, this South Korean screen veteran rewrote local film history by being nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 93rd Academy Awards, a first for a Korean actor.

She is also the fourth Asian actress to earn a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category, after Japanese actresses Miyoshi Umeki of “Sayonara” (1957), Shohreh Agdashloo of “House of Sand and Fog” (2003) and Rinko Kikuchi of “Babel” (2007). Umeki is the only Asian actress to win the Oscar.

“Minari” will be shortlisted for Best Original Music Award alongside “Da 5 Bloods”, “Mank”, “News of the World” and “Soul”.

“Minari” tells the story of a family of Korean immigrants in the 1980s in pursuit of their American dream.

Yeun stars as Father Jacob, who relocates his family to rural Arkansas and dreams of running his own farm. He brings his stepmother Soon-ja (Youn Yuh-jung) to the United States to comfort his wife Monica (Han Yeri) and look after their two children.

Since its successful Sundance Film Festival debut early last year, “Minari” has grown into one of the most critically acclaimed films of the Oscar season, garnering numerous titles and nominations from the Oscars. circles of film critics.

He has been nominated in six categories of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and has also been selected by major guilds in the film industry, such as the Producers Guild of America (PGA), the Screen Actors Guild ( SAG) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

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(2nd LD) “Minari” Receives Six Oscar Nominations, Including Best Supporting Actress for Youn Yuh-jung | YONHAP PRESS AGENCY

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