‘Minari’ actress Yuh-Jung Youn delivered a hilarious, heartfelt speech while accepting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and made history by becoming the first Korean actor to win an Academy Award.
During her speech, Youn spoke about how she would watch the Oscars back in the days at home in South Korea. She has always longed to be a film star, and finally got to live the experience directly at Oscars.
“Me, being here by myself, I cannot believe I’m here … let me pull myself together,” she said, before thanking the Academy.
“Minari” is about a family from South Korea who moved to Arkansas to start a new life. It ends up being more challenging than expected, so their grandmother, played by Youn, comes to live with them.
The movie, as well as actress Youn, have received critical acclaim throughout awards season, with Youn winning a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA before her Oscar win.
During her speech, Youn mentioned how her name was mispronounced so many times but tells everyone that they are all forgiven.
Youn also blushed a bit and shared her appreciation and admiration for Brad Pitt, who presented her the award.
“Mr. Brad Pitt finally nice to meet you!” she said.
Cheers to Youn and looking forward to many more accomplishments in her acting career.