Yuh-Jung Youn thanked “snobbish” Brits for voting her for Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTAs.
The 73-year-old South Korean actress was honoured at the EE BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday (11.04.21) for her role as Soonja in ‘Minari’ and she garnered a laugh from the virtual live audience as she admitted she was incredibly shocked to have received the award because the British are known to be a bit “snobbish”.
In her acceptance speech, she said: “Wow Britain! I am Korean actress, Yuh-Jung Youn, and I don’t know what to say. I’m very honoured to be nominated for this award … First, I’d like to express my deep condolences for your Duke of Edinburgh and thank you so much for this award. Every award means a lot but this one, especially recognised by British people known as very snobbish people, who chose me as the winner – I’m very grateful. Thank you very much.”
The comment set the virtual audience into fits of giggles and when the screen cut back to host Dermot O’Leary, he was seen pulling a funny face and smiling at the camera as the show continued on.
Youn has also been nominated for an Oscar and she previously admitted her movie “bought her a lot of gifts”.
She said: “Me, a 73-year-old Asian woman could have never even dreamed about being nominated for an Oscar. Minari brought me a lot of gifts … It’s embarrassing. Most people fell in love with the movies or fell in love with theatre. But in my case, it was just an accident … To tell you the truth, I didn’t know what acting was. I tried to memorise the line and do whatever they asked me to do. At the time, I didn’t know if I was enjoying it or if I disliked it.”