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“Minari” won its lone nomination at the Golden Globes on Sunday — and got a stirring speech from its director.
The acclaimed drama about a Korean-American family was named best foreign language film, weeks after the Globes drew criticism for not making “Minari” eligible in its best motion picture categories due to the movie not being predominantly in English.
“Minari,” an American film with primarily Korean dialogue, is based on the real-life experiences of director Lee Isaac Chung growing up on a farm in Arkansas.
“‘Minari’ is about a family,” Chung said during Sunday’s acceptance speech. “It’s a family trying to learn to speak a language of its own. It goes deeper than any American language and any foreign language. It’s a language of the heart, and I’m trying to learn it myself and to pass it on, and I hope we’ll all learn how to speak this language of love to each other, especially this year.”
The movie stars Steven Yeun and Yeri Han as a married couple from Korea who move to the United States in hopes of establishing a life for their family.
It’s nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards, including best ensemble cast, which is that show’s top honor.
“Minari” has a 98% fresh rating out of more than 220 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.