Last year, Korean black comedy, Parasite, made waves at the Oscars by winning the Best Movie and several other accolades. This year, Minari won a Golden Globes award for the best foreign-language film on Monday, March 1, 2021.
It is a moving drama about a Korean immigrant family starting a farm in rural Arkansas in the 1980s in search of their own American Dream. The family dynamics change completely with the arrival of an incredibly loving but sly, foul-mouthed grandmother. The movie is about challenges in the rural Ozarks and the family’s undeniable resilience to make a home.
It’s a semi-autobiographical drama that has won several other accolades and nominations including at the SAG and Critics Choice awards.
Since its debut at the Sundance film festival last year, Chung’s film has gained steam as an award contender in the run-up to the Academy Awards slated for April.
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung, the movie depicts a family trying to learn how to speak a language of its own. In his acceptance speech during the Golden Globes after winning for Minari, Chung said, “It goes deeper than any American language and any foreign language. It’s a language of the heart. I hope we all learn how to speak this language of love to each other, especially this year.”
Minari and the Oscars?
Minari did not qualify for the Best Picture award like Parasite as it is mostly in the Korean language. According to Hollywood Foreign Press Association, to contend in the category, a film must feature “more than 50 percent English dialogue.”
Many Korean-Americans and others with Asian origins in the U.S. entertainment circle have complained about the decision, saying that “Minari” is about an American family made by a U.S. director and production company.
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