Yuh-Jung Youn flirts with Brad Pitt during Oscar speech

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Watch: Oscar winner Yuh-Jung Youn reacts to Brad Pitt introducing her

Yuh-Jung Youn enjoyed a little flirt with Brad Pitt in her brilliant acceptance speech as she accepted her Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards last night (April 25th). 

The 73-year-old veteran star made history with by becoming the first South-Korean actor to win an Oscar in the academy's 93-year history. Youn won for her performance as Soon-ja in Minari, for which she has also won a BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award. 

"Mr Brad Pitt, finally," Youn joked as she received her award on stage to laughter from the audience. "Nice to meet you. Where were you when we were filming? I'm very honoured to meet you..." 

Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

The actress then pointed out that Hollywood has been mispronouncing her name - which is Yuh-jung Youn, before quipping: "But tonight, you are all forgiven."

"I can't believe I'm here - OK, let me pull myself together," she continued. "Tremendous thanks to the Academy, thank you to the Minari family. Lee Isaac Chung (Minari director), without him I couldn't be here tonight. He was my captain and my director."

 She then referenced fellow Best Supporting nominee Glenn Close, saying: "I don't believe in competition. How can I win over Glenn Close. I've been watching her for so many performances. So all the nominees, we are the winners for the five different movies. We play the different role, so we cannot compete against each other. I have a little bit of luck, maybe - I'm luckier than you. Or maybe American hospitality for the Korean actor?"

She added: "I'd like to thank my two boys, who make me go out and work."

Youn was nominated alongside Close (who has been Oscar nominated eight times since 1983) for Hillbilly Elegy, Olivia Colman for The Father, Amanda Seyfried for Mank and Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. 

The star's TV and film career spans over five decades, with credits including acclaimed thriller The Housemaid, and Netflix's post-apocalyptic drama Sense8.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, the actress had said of her nomination: "It's stressful. I feel like I'm competing for my country. It's like the Olympics," she says. "I don't believe in competition, especially comparing acting to one to another. So being nominated to me, means I already got the award."

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