Steven Yeun just made history with his Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards, becoming the first Asian-American actor in history to receive the honor. Before the official announcement, it was speculated that Yeun was in the Oscars conversation based on her acclaimed performance in Minari. On Monday, the full list of nominations for this year’s annual Academy Awards was revealed, officially confirming Yeun’s nomination.
Riz Ahmed, the British Pakistan star of Metal sound, is also nominated in the same category as Yeun. This is the first time that two men of East or South Asian descent were nominated for Oscars in the same year. They join a small handful of actors of Asian descent to receive Oscar nominations, including Yul Brynner (The King and I in 1956), Topol (Fiddler on the Roof in 1971) and Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi in 1982 and House of sand and fog in 2003).
The other nominations for Best Actor in The Academy Awards this year they are Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s black ass), Anthony Hopkins (The father), Old Gary (Deficiency). In the meantime, Minari It is also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director for Lee Isaac Chung, Best Supporting Actress for Yuh-jong Youn, Best Original Screenplay for Chung, and Best Original Score for Emile Mosseri.
Written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, Minari follows a family of South Korean immigrants who moved to rural America in the 1980s in search of the American Dream. When it was released, it received universal praise from critics, who currently have a near-perfect 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The performance was also especially praised, and while people are upset to see other names snubbed by the Oscars this year, everyone seems to agree that Yeun’s nomination is well deserved.
It has been an interesting journey for Steven yeun like an actor. Early in his career, he found his breakthrough role as zombie apocalypse survivor Glenn Rhee on the AMC horror series. the Walking Dead. He served as one of the series’ most popular characters before being controversially assassinated after starring for six seasons. When his character left, so did millions of Living Dead fans and many said that Yeun’s departure officially marked the beginning of the end. Ratings have been falling rapidly since then, and the show is now set to wrap up after its upcoming 11th and final season.
Yeun has also starred in the acclaimed Joe Lynch horror. Violence among other films since his Living Dead go out, like OK yes, Fire, Y Sorry to bother you. He has also done a lot of voiceover work, including a starring role in the Amazon animated series. Invincible since the Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Yeun is also attached to the upcoming drama. The humans alongside Jayne Houdyshell, Beanie Feldstein, Amy Schumer and Richard Jenkins.
Congratulations to Yeun on his first Best Actor nomination. The Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC.
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