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Minari gets snubbed but Chloe Zhao makes history at Golden Globes

The 2021 Golden Globe Nominations was announced today and “Minari” got snubbed. According to Vanity Fair, the movie only got a nomination in “Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language.” This pissed off many people who thought the picture should have been nominated in the “Best Motion Picture, Drama” category because it was a US production and at its core a movie grounded in the American dream. But the film was mostly in Korean so it did not qualify. For a film to be nominated in Best Picture, Drama, the dialogue has to be 51 percent English. However, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious basterds was nominated for Best Picture, Drama in 2010 even though the English dialogue in the movie is 13 percent.

People were also pissed that Minari was shut out from the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories. They felt Steven Yeun should have been nominated along with Youn Yuh-jung.

The director of Minari, Lee Isaac Chung was also snubbed in the Best Director category but he told Vanity Fair earlier this month that “Minari” slotting into Best Foreign Picture was under the direction of A24, the studio behind the movie.

“From what I understand, that decision was made from the studio side as they were submitting the film, because they had had an experience with The Farewell,” he said. “…[They had suspected] The Farewell was not going to qualify for best picture, as a drama or a comedy, and it had to be in the foreign language category. So, they decided that we needed to do the same with Minari, that there’s no choice available for us otherwise.”

In better news, Chinese-American Chloe Zhao made history as the first Asian woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe in the best director category, reports The Los Angeles Times. She directed the critically acclaimed “‘Nomadland” starring Frances McDormand.

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