Minari actress Youn Yuh-Jung made history when she won Best Supporting Actress award in the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday - and made the most of her on-stage time with Brad Pitt...
Youn portrayed Soon-ja is only the second Asian woman to win at this category and is the first South Korean.
The first Asian actress to win an Oscar since 1957 and the second in history. Congratulations to Youn Yuh-jung, wi… https://t.co/HtEUB5cpNb— TIFF (@TIFF) 1619402070
Approaching the stage to accept the award and give her speech, the 73-year old began with a bit of an ode to Brad Pitt, who seems to be her and a majority of the world’s celebrity crush.
“Mr Brad Pitt, nice to meet you finally,” she told the heartthrob, who gave her the award. “Where were you when we were filming?”
She also poked fun at the mispronunciation of her name, saying she’ll “forgive us for the night” and acknowledged the other nominees within the category.
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“Tonight, I have just a little bit of luck, I think,” she said. “I’m luckier than you. And also, maybe it’s American hospitality for the Korean actor. I’m not sure.”
Her historic win didn’t bypass fans’ radars at all as they took to the internet to share their excitement.
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“Everyone all over the world knows about the Oscars,” said Youn in a pre-show. “It’s a very famous awards ceremony. As a Korean, as an Asian woman — I think in Korea I’m the first nominee for the Oscars so it’s a very historic moment for us. It’s very exciting and very strange to me, actually."
Strange?! She deserved every bit of it!