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Big night for Chloe Zhao & Alan Kim at Critics Choice Awards

Alan Kim as David in Minari. A24 photo

By Louis Chan, AsAmNews National Correspondent

Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland and Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari won Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film Sunday night at the Critics Choice Awards.

Nomadland also received honors for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

The Critics Choice Award also named 8-year-old Alan Kim Best Young Actor/Actress for his performance in Minari.

Kim broke down in tears during his acceptance speech as he thanked his family and all those who made the film.

“Oh, my goodness, I’m crying,” he said.

Kim turned in a memorable performance in Minari. His touching and real relationship with his grandmother (Yuh Jung Youn) in the film hit a raw nerve for many who could relate to an Americanized young boy feeling shame and discomfort with his Korean grandmother who seemingly came from a different world.

The Critics Choice Awards also continued a streak for Nomadland. Zhao also won Best Director at the Golden Globes and the film also took home the prize at the Globes for Best Picture in the Drama category.

“I’d like to dedicate this award to Michael Snyder who was the production/sound mixer on both Nomadland and The Rider,” Zhao said after accepting the Best Director award. “Sadly he just passed away…thank you Wolf, we honor you and we’ll see you down the road, my friend.”

The Globes also awarded Minari best Foreign Language Film.

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