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Oscar Special: 'Minari' and the American Dream

On April 25, in a face-to-face event, the 93rd edition of the Oscars will take place. The film, directed by Lee Isaac Chung, promises to shine at the Hollywood gala .

Frame from the movie 'Minari'

Among the films that promise to shine is the American production 'Minari: Historia de mi familia'. Photo: YT-A24

LatinAmerican Post | Sonia Trujillo

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Leer en español: Especial Óscars: 'Minari' y el sueño americano

The Oscars are already around the corner . They will be held in the heart of Hollywood on Sunday, April 25, in a face-to-face gala that will take place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles , and which will bring together the best of the world's cinema. Among the films that promise to shine, there is the American production "Minari", directed and written by Lee Isaac Chung, nominated in 6 categories , including best film.

The "American Dream" in the 80's

The film is a drama based on the director's own childhood story, who takes us back to the 80's and tells us the events of a Korean family living the "American dream" on a small farm in Arkansas, where they try to earn a living.

The plot revolves around the family and the difficulties faced when looking for a new life in the United States, and the grandmother, played by Youn Yuh-Jung, who arrives to revolutionize everything within the home .

The film, which premiered worldwide at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020 , also stars Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Noel Kate Cho, Alan Kim and Will Patton .

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The other nominations

In addition to the best picture nomination, Minari has five other Hollywood Academy Award nominations. These are:

  • Best Direction, by Lee Isaac Chung.

  • Best Leading Actor, for the performance of Seteven Yeun.

  • Best Supporting Actress, for the performance of Youn Yuh-Jung.

  • Best original screenplay, also written by the director of the film.

  • Best Soundtrack, by Emile Mosseri.

Thus, with the awards that the production has already received, such as that of the grand jury and the public of the Sundance Film Festival , or the awards obtained from the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association , among other film institutions of the In the United States, the film has a great chance of winning one or more of the awards given by the Oscars.

We only have to wait what will happen with the other films such as Mank, by David Fincher that has 10 nominations for the Academy Awards, or with the productions Te Father, Judas and the black messiah; Sound of metal; The Trial of the Chicago or Nomadland , which also have 6 nominations.

Shines with its own light

The film deserves the nominations it has been awarded and shines with its own light, not only for the simple way it portrays the situation of a family that emigrates to the United States , but for the depth of the dialogues, for the approach to relevant issues like the commitment of the working class, the role that religion and faith play within society and the importance of the family in different spheres ; all highlighted through the sensitivity with which the characters are interpreted, the events are narrated and a story that touches the hearts.