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Youn Yuh-jung's historic triumph at the Oscars Updated: 2021-04-26 14:07:58 KST

South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung, on Sunday evening Eastern Standard Time, won this year's Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film "Minari."
Not only is she the first Korean actress to bag an Oscar, but also only the second Asian actress to do so in the almost century-long history of the Academy Awards.

"I would like to thank my two boys who made me go out and work. So beloved son, this is the result because mommy worked so hard."

Ahead of the ceremony, Youn strutted down the red carpet in her elegant navy-colored Marmar Halim gown.
She would end the evening by achieving a huge milestone in Asian cinematic history.
But Youn maintained her humility.
She emphasized in her acceptance speech and her backstage interview that she didn't believe in competition.

"I don't believe in competition. How can win over Glenn Close?? Win over Glenn Close. I've been watching so many of her performances. So this is just, all the nominees, five nominees, we are the winner for the different movie, different role."

In the interviews following her triumph, Youn Yuh-jung talked about diversity and how she hated how some people divide up others based on race, saying "We are all equal human beings with the same warm heart."
She said the Academy wall has been too high for Asian people, even higher than quote "Trump's wall."
Youn Yuh-jung also praised the script and the director of "Minari," while cleverly deflecting the compliments directed at her.

"People always emphasize first place, the best. Why don't we ditch all that and just all be valuable together and live together? I don't know if this is my best moment. The Academy isn't everything."

During a press conference following the Oscars, a reporter asked what her next move would be, to which she simply said that she would live the same way that she has always lived.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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