Golden Globe revolt over ‘Minari’ Best rejected film: ‘Racist’

Lulu Wang, Daniel Dae Kim, Simu Liu and many others are demonstrating against the Golden Globe.

The 2021 Golden Globe nominations are still more than a month away, but the upcoming ceremony is already at the center of controversy after Variety confirmed that Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” is being excluded from the race for Best Picture and relegated to the Best Foreign Film category. A similar fate befell Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. Both films were rejected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) from competing in the main Best Picture races because they are predominantly in foreign languages.

News of the best “Minari” film excluded at the 2021 Golden Globe has sparked outrage on the social networks of film critics and Hollywood talents like Wang, Daniel Dae Kim and Simu Liu, star of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings” . As Wang said in his reaction to contempt: “I haven’t seen a film more American than ‘Minari’ this year. It is the story of a family of immigrants, in America, chasing the American dream. We really need to change those old-fashioned rules that characterize Americans as just English speakers. “

Daniel Dae Kim added: “The cinematographic equivalent to be told to return to your country when that country is actually America”.

Several film journalists noted HFPA’s hypocrisy for excluding “Minari” from Best Picture while nominating films such as “Inglourious Bastards” by Quentin Tarantino and “Babel” by Alejandro González Iñárritu in the main races for Best Picture in the past. Like “Minari”, these films also featured predominantly foreign languages. “Babel” even won the Best Drama Award for Cinema.

The “Minari” Globes’ decision is being criticized as “racist” and “complete bullshit”, with actor Andrew Phung from “Kim’s Convenience” adding: “A sad and disappointing reminder that a film about the American dream, set in in America, starring an American, directed by an American and produced by an American company, it is somewhat foreign. “

“For the record, ‘Minari’ is an American film written and directed by an American filmmaker that takes place in America with an American leading actor and produced by an American producer,” wrote Simu Liu. “What could be more American than that?”

“Minari” won the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the US Dramatic Audience Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Although the film is not eligible for the Best Film Award from the Globes, actors like Steven Yeun can still get nominations. HFPA will announce the 2021 Globe nominees on February 3, 2021. The A24 is scheduled to release the film on February 12.

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