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Youn from South Korea wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for ‘Minari’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – South Korean film icon Youn Yuh-jung won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress on Sunday for her role as a spirited and unconventional grandmother in ‘Minato’. Youn, 73, is the first South Korean actor to win an Oscar and the first actor from that country to ever land an Academy Award nomination. Young’s win was announced onstage by Brad Pitt, last year’s supporting actor winner. “Mr. Brad Pitt,” Youn said to Pitt as she walked to the microphone. “Finally, nice to meet you.” Youn led the way for an Oscar after winning dozens of trophies this year for her role in ‘Minari’, a tender tale of a South Korean immigrant family who starts a farm in Arkansas. In the film, based in part on the life story of director Lee Isaac Chung, Youn’s character travels from South Korea to help care for her two grandchildren Youn has been a sensation on Korean screens for decades, playing mostly witty, thought-provoking characters. The nominees for Youn’s other supporting actress were Maria Bakalova for ‘Borat Subsequent Movie Film’, Glenn Close for ‘Hillbilly Elegy’, Olivia Colman for ‘ The Father ‘and Amanda Seyfried for’ Mank ‘. “I don’t believe in competition,” said Youn, acknowledging her fellow nominees in the category. “I’m just a little bit lucky, I guess, maybe. I’ve got more luck than you. (Reporting by Nichola Groom; edited by Andrea Ricci and Jonathan Oatis)