Yuh-Jung Youn Is an Oscar Frontrunner. There’s an Important History Behind Her Awards Season Success

Yuh-Jung Youn Is an Oscar Frontrunner. There’s an Important History Behind Her Awards Season Success

These historical oversights gained more widespread attention when, across awards shows, Parasite collected heaps of accolades for the film itself but few for its individual performers in acting categories—and none at the 2020 Academy Awards. While no Asian performer has won an Oscar for Best Actress, no actor of Asian descent has won for Best Actor since Ben Kingsley in 1983 for his performance in Gandhi. Since Ngor, no Southeast Asian actor has been nominated at the Academy Awards. But she notes that the general public can play a role in boosting the visibility of Asian actors. And when they do, to cast Asian American actors as leads—which remains rare.

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