Minari star Youn Yuh-jung made history when she won this year’s Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, April 5, 2021.
She became the first Korean performer to ever win in the category, besting Maria Bakalova in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Glenn Close in Hillbilly Elegy, Olivia Colman in The Father and Helena Zengel in News of the World.
Youn becomes the first Asian winner and first Asian woman winner in any individual SAG movie category. Sandra Oh remains the only Asian woman who has won an individual SAG Award in the television categories.
“I don’t know how to describe my feelings,” said Youn, a first-time SAG nominee, in her acceptance speech. “I’m being recognized by Westerners. … I’m very pleased and happy.”
Youn wasn’t the only Asian nominee at this year’s COVID-shortened and pre-recorded SAG Awards: Riz Ahmed, the British Pakistani star of Sound of Metal and Steven Yeun, Youn’s Korean-American Minari co-star, were nominated in the best actor category. The late Chadwick Boseman won for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Also nominated for best actor were Anthony Hopkins (The Father) and Gary Oldman (Mank). Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.