Yeun's nomination surprises me. Maybe I'm biased since the subject is familiar, but he was not convincing as an immigrant from Korea. Not trying to judge his acting in general; this is just not an interesting or deep role IMO.
Also, completely unrelated but I am still troubled by the actions of the grandma character and the potential repercussions of introducing non-native flora into ecosystems.
I actually have seen virtually none of the films nominated this year. So I'm pretty in the dark about who does and doesn't deserve anything. I hope to catch up with Minari soon, and Chicago 7 and Mank are up my alley (I wrote a thesis in college on the Chicago 7 trial!).
Anyways, I would be astounded if the late Chadwick Boseman does not win Best Actor. I haven't seen the film and have no idea if he deserved it, but much like Heath Ledger a decade ago, he was important enough that they will want to honor him posthumously.
Nonetheless a great, historic moment for Yuen. How rare is this?
I also dread (*dread*) that Glenn Close is going to win the Best Supporting Actress. I have not seen Hillbilly Elegy, so maybe it's brilliant, but every clip I've seen of her, she looks and sounds ridiculous. It seems to be one of the worst performances of her career (she's been getting Razzie buzz!), but she's long overdue (she's never won!), so they will probably give it to her.
I watched Minari a couple nights ago. To answer the question of this thread - no, it's not the next Parasite. Minari was good, but surely will never be as popular. Parasite was much more fun. Minari is great, but much more quiet and contemplative. Love that they mostly speak Korean, as an immigrant family surely would. The big scene at the end seems a bit too much piled on and contrived, though. And, haha, I was not bothered by the introduction of non-native flora (I assume/hope that complaint was a joke) - that ship has long ago sailed. In short, I enjoyed Minari but have no desire to see it again. Parasite I loved a lot, and watched it again within a couple weeks of first seeing it.
The evening’s co-host Dermot O’Leary didn’t know quite how to react to Youn’s comment, raising a surprised eyebrow and moving swiftly on.
However, in the press conference following her speech, Variety asked Youn to expand on her comments and whether her not-so-flattering (but probably quite accurate) views come from personal experience.
“Yes it comes from personal experience. I’ve visited Britain a lot of times and I had a fellowship in a Cambridge college ten years ago as an actor. Somehow it felt every snobbish, but not in a bad way,” Youn said. “You have a long history and then you have your pride. As an Asian woman, I felt these people are very snobbish, that’s my honest feeling.”
LOL. I think she means that the British, being snobby, would not easily give an award to a foreigner unless she really deserved it. It was a snarky way of saying that she was happy they gave it to her.
Yuh Jung Youn called the British "snobbish" at the BAFTAs. I was looking forward to her dissing Americans tonight, but she was actually complimentary...saying her win was the result of "American hospitality." Great speech though.