Minari Actress Yuh-Jung Youn received the biggest (canned) laugh of the night at virtual BAFTAs yesterday when she joked that she was happy to be crowned Best Supporting Actress by voters in the org because the British are “snobbish”.
Receiving the award virtually from presenter David Oyelowo, the visibly shocked Yuh-Jung Youn also paid tribute to the late Prince Philip in his brief acceptance speech.
“I would like to express my sincere condolences to your Duke of Edinburgh,” she commented. “Thank you very much for this award. Every price is meaningful, but this one in particular [to be] recognized by the British, known as very snobbish people and they approve of me as a good actor, so I’m very, very privileged.
Later, at the virtual BAFTA press conference, Yuh-Jung Youn was asked if she could expand on the “snobbish” remark, which led her to confirm that she meant the improvised comment of a light way.
“Yes, that comes from my personal experience of course. I have visited Britain many times and had a scholarship to Cambridge College 10 years ago as an actor. In one way or another [Cambridge] felt very snobbish but not bad – you [the Brits] have a long history. As an Asian woman I felt these people [Brits] are very snobbish, that’s my honest feeling, ”she said with a smile.
Yuh-Jung Youn’s BAFTA adds to her Screen Actors Guild award, and she now looks like an Oscar favorite in two weeks time.