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.
I haven’t seen a film more American than #Minari this year. It is the story of an immigrant family, IN America, chasing the American dream. We really need to change those old-fashioned rules that characterize Americans as just English speakers. https://t.co/1NZbkJFE9v
– Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) December 23, 2020
The film equivalent to be said to return to your country, when that country is actually America. https://t.co/kwEf8eO9v8
– Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) December 23, 2020
… And without spoiling anything, it is a BEAUTIFUL story of a family of immigrants trying to build a life from scratch.
What could be more American than that?
– Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) December 23, 2020
(not that it matters, but MINARI is also the best “narrative” resource I’ve seen this year. in any language).
– david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) December 23, 2020
In case you don’t think this is racist, Inglourious Basterds received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture and is only ~ 30% in English https://t.co/Ptz4OEbxhR
– Jacob Oller (@JacobOller) December 23, 2020
Don’t even get me started on Babel
– Jacob Oller (@JacobOller) December 23, 2020
Minari is the most / best American film I saw this year. This is complete nonsense. https://t.co/Raufj2QtMG
– Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman) December 23, 2020
A sad and disappointing reminder that a film about the American dream, set in America, starring an American, directed by an American and produced by an American company, is somehow foreign. #Minari https://t.co/u8VVfp0Sf4
– Andrew Phung (@andrewphung) December 23, 2020
Let us not forget that Inglorious Basterds was not almost entirely in English and was not classified in the same way. https://t.co/HjMktWUV8F
– Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) December 23, 2020
It was done by Americans.
It was filmed and set in Arkansas. https://t.co/jt1NWcdTEP
– Hanna Ines Flint (@HannaFlint) December 23, 2020
It is not surprising. As a 4th generation American of Asian descent, I still have to explain to people that my books are not the same as Japanese manga. (The amulet is not even published in Japan) As long as you look certain, you will always be considered a visitor in your own home. https://t.co/dkdP8LOiYf
– Kazu Kibuishi (@boltcity) December 23, 2020