Shining the brightest among big name Hollywood stars at the 93rd Academy Awards was Korea's Youn Yuh-jung whose 5-decade acting career culminated in an acting prize at the Oscars.
Youn's historic win and its implications it's the topic of our in-depth tonight, let's talk about it with Film director and writer, Chin Won-suk.
Director Chin, great to have you on the show.
'Minari' grandma Youn Yuh-jung made history today becoming the first Korean and the second Asian woman to clinch an acting prize in the Oscars. What's your response to this, and tell us more about the significance.
Youn is known for her honest and witty acceptance speeches. And today she started off by saying "nice to meet you " to award presenter Brad Pitt and cracking about the different pronunciations of her name adding "they're all forgiven" inducing laughs from the crowd. (She also said that she's just luckier than the other nominees and that maybe it's a result of American hospitality for a Korean actor.) How did you see her speech and what are the reactions from the film industry?
'Minari' netted six Oscar nominations including best picture, best director and best original screenplay but Youn was the only one to take home the trophy. What do you make of this?
South Korea now has Oscar winners of best director, best picture, best original screen play and best supporting actress under its belt thanks to 'Minari' and 'Parasite'. As a film director, did you foresee such remarkable achievements, and what implications do they have on the future of Korean cinema?
Nomadland's Chloe Zhao became the first woman of color to win the best director award. How are you observing the changing landscape of white-dominated Oscars?
Film director Wonsuk Chin joining us tonight. Thank you for your perspectives.