Minari star Yuh-Jung Youn joked that she was happy to win a Bafta award because British people are known as “very snobbish people”.
The South Korean actor also paid tribute to the late Prince Philip in her acceptance speech at the Bafta Film Awards on Sunday night (11 April).
Youn beat Niamh Algar (Calm with Horses), Kosar Ali (Rocks), Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Dominique Fishback (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Ashley Madekwe (County Lines) to take home the award for Best Supporting Actress.
Speaking via video link, Youn said: “I’d like to express my deep condolences for your Duke of Edinburgh. Thank you so much for this award. Every award is meaningful, but this one especially.
“Recognised by British people, known as very snobbish people, and they approved me as a good actress... I’m very very happy.”
Viewers delighted in the line, with filmmaker Edgar Wright posting on Twitter: “Yuh-Jung Youn just won the whole award season with that snobbish line.”
“I have tuned into the #BAFTAs for 2 minutes and got to see Youn Yuh-jung calling British people snobbish,” wrote someone else. “Can’t get better than that. Calling it a night.”
The 2021 Bafta Film Awards were split over two days (10 and 11 April), taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Going into the weekend, Nomadland and Rocks led the pack with the most nominations each (seven), followed by The Father, Mank, Minari and Promising Young Woman, which all had six.
You can find a full list of the winners here.