Korea Celebrates Youn Yuh-Jung Oscar Win, China Quiet on Chloe Zhao

South Korean media were quick to celebrate the Oscar win, as best supporting actress in “Minari,” for veteran Youn Yuh-jung. It was a first ever acting win for a Korean actor. Official Chinese media, on the other hand, were much quieter about the triple triumph for “Nomadland” by Chloe Zhao.

The Korea Herald newspaper ran a splash story and picture as the lead in its English language edition on Monday morning local time. The Korea Times did the same and included a Yonhap news agency follow-up story titled “Korean Film Industry People Shine At Oscars For Second Year In A Row.”

Korea Herald celebrates Youn Yuh-jung’s Oscar successKorea Herald

The Korean Film Council did not immediately update its website, but used its Kobiz Twitter account to announce the facts: “Youn yuhjung Wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.”


Netflix Korea got in on the act, taking to Twitter to recycle part of Youn’s acceptance speech. “There is no competition in our society. I just got the award because I was a little more lucky.” Congratulations to Yoon Yeo-jung’s first Korean actor to win an Oscar.