"Minari" scores Oscar Nominations for alum Lee Isaac Chung

March 16 2021

Lee Isaac Chung, MFA alumnus of the University of Utah Department of Film & Media Arts, has made history this morning with six Oscar nominations for his film "Minari," including Best Picture. The film, which Chung wrote and directed, follows David, a 7-year-old Korean American boy in the 1980’s who is faced with new surroundings when his family moves to rural Arkansas and his Korean grandmother joins them in the United States. The film draws on Chung’s own background and childhood memories. You can read more about Chung and his journey to making "Minari" here

In addition to Chung’s nominations for Writing and Directing, "Minari’s" nominations mark a long-overdue landmark for Asian and Asian-American representation in the Oscars. Steven Yeun, nominated for Actor in a Leading Role, is the first Asian-American ever nominated for the award, and Yuh-Jung Youn, nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role, is the first Korean nominated in her respective category. 

"Minari" is currently in theaters and streaming on demand. See the full list of nominations below: 

  • Best Picture - Christina Oh, Producer
  • Directing - Lee Isaac Chung
  • Writing (Original Screenplay) - Lee Isaac Chung
  • Actor in a Leading Role - Steven Yeun
  • Actress in a Supporting Role - Yuh-Jung Youn
  • Music (Original Score) - Emile Mosseri