‘Minari’s’ Youn Yuh-jung makes history with SAG award win

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Yuh-jung Youn stars in “Minari.” [A24 photo]

“Minari” star Youn Yuh-jung made history Sunday night when she won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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”).

Boseman’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” co-star earned the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role award, beating out Amy Adams of “Hillbilly Elegy,” Vanessa Kirby of “Pieces of a Woman” and the formidable competition of Frances McDormand of “Nomadland” and Carey Mulligan of “Promising Young Woman.”

Daniel Kaluuya of “Judas and the Black Messiah” won in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role category, beating out Boseman for “Da 5 Bloods,” Sacha Baron Cohen for “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Jared Leto for “The Little Things” and Leslie Odom Jr. for “One Night in Miami.”

In the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) was declared the winner. The other nominees were “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix), “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix), “Minari” (A24) and “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios). Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” which has been so dominant throughout awards season, wasn’t nominated, likely because it isn’t a true ensemble piece, focusing primarily on McDormand’s character.

In the TV categories, “The Crown” won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series; “Ozark’s” Jason Bateman won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series; “The Crown’s” Gillian Anderson Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.

“Schitt’s Creek” received Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, with the show’s star Catherine O’Hara earning Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series and “Ted Lasso” led Jason Sudeikis garnering Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series.

Anya Taylor-Joy of “The Queen’s Gambit” was named Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, and Mark Ruffalo of “I Know This Much Is True” earned Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

In the stunt categories, “Wonder Woman 1984” won Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture, while “The Mandalorian” was named Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series.

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