Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” has been one of the best reviewed films of the year, beginning its journey at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won an audience and grand jury award. One of the big questions has surrounded its theatrical release plan, and Variety Especially learned that the film’s qualifying run will take place on 11 December in New York and Los Angeles, with a wider rollout beginning on 12 February, which is Korean New Year. The film will continue its expansion going into Oscar nominations, currently scheduled for March 15, 2021.
The film follows a Korean family in the 1980s as they visit a farm in rural Alabama.
The A24 film has thus far received outstanding reviews, currently sitting 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is proving to be a strong player in categories such as Best Picture and Director, and star Steven Yeun has emerged as one of the leading contenders for Best Actor. If he is nominated, he will be the first Asian American nominee for the lead actor. Other actors of Asian descent have been nominated such as Yule Bryner (“The King and I”) and Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi” and “House of Sand and Fog”).
Along with Yun, Yari Han is a black horse for a Best Actress nomination, while Alan S. Kim, Will Patton and Yoo-jung Yun will fight for recognition in the supporting categories.
This year the A24 will also campaign for Kelly Reichard’s “First Cow”, emerging as a strong prospect in the best-adapted screenplay. He has partnered with Apple TV Plus in the documentary feature “Boys State” and the Sofia Coppola comedy “On the Rocks” with Rashida Jones and Bill Murray.
The A24 has had very good luck with the Academy in the past, winning the best picture in 2016 for Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight”.
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