Cast and director of 'Minari' are all Asian-Americans and the dialogue is predominantly Korean but under long standing rules drawn up by the Golden Globes organisers, contenders for its best drama award must feature at least 50% English dialogue.
Asian-American filmmakers have expressed dismay that South Korean drama "Minari" will compete for honours at next year's Golden Globes in the foreign language category, rather than the more high-profile best drama field.
"Minari," the story of a Korean family that moves to Arkansas to start a farm in the 1980s, won the top prize at the Sundance film festival earlier this year and is expected to be a strong contender in the 2021 awards season.
“A staggeringly powerful story of the American dream.”@A24 presents #Minari, from writer/director Lee Isaac Chung and starring @SteveYeun, Yeri Han, and Yuh-Jung Youn. Coming Soon 🌱 pic.twitter.com/xgD72uInii— Minari (@MinariMovie) September 30, 2020
Its cast and director are all Asian-Americans and the dialogue is predominantly Korean but under long standing rules drawn up by the organisers of the Golden Globes, contenders for its best drama award must feature at least 50% English dialogue.
I have not seen a more American film than #Minari this year. It's a story about an immigrant family, IN America, pursuing the American dream. We really need to change these antiquated rules that characterizes American as only English-speaking. https://t.co/1NZbkJFE9v— Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) December 23, 2020
Former "Hawaii Five-0" actor Daniel Dae Kim said on Twitter the rule felt like "the film equivalent of being told to go back to your country when that country is actually America."
Jacob Oller, who covers movies at Paste Magazine, was among some who called the rules racist.
Nominations for the Golden Globes will be announced in February.
The Oscars have different rules, allowing South Korean drama satire "Parasite" to become the first foreign language film to win the coveted Academy Award for best picture in February. "Parasite" was excluded from the best drama race at the Golden Globes in January but won in the foreign language field.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose members from publications around the world choose the Golden Globe nominees and winners, declined comment on Wednesday and the cast and director of "Minari" could not be reached for comment.
Hollywood has made efforts to increase diversity behind and in front of the camera and at award shows since 2016 when all 20 Oscar-nominated actors were white for the second straight year.