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Ethan Hawke Acclaims ‘Minari’ Star Steven Yeun After He Became The First Asian-American To Receive An Oscar Nom For Best Actor

Hollywood star Ethan Hawke, who rose to fame with his role in the cult film ‘Dead Poets Society‘ became sociable the other day to praise his actor fellow Steven Yeun who captured numerous acclaims for his performance in Lee Isaac Chung-directed ‘Minari.’

On March 15, shortly after the Academy Award nominations were declared, Hawke went to his verified Instagram account and released a photo of the Zoom interview with Yeun, Chung, and child star Alan Kim. Alongside the photo, the ‘Before‘ trilogy star added a lengthy caption to celebrate Yeun’s Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Hawke began his message by introducing the movie starring Han Ye-ri, Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh-Jung, and Will Patton alongside Yeun:

“I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Steven a few times over the last few years and was so impressed by him and his performances – especially in Minari, a beautiful film about a Korean-American family that finds themselves living in Arkansas.”

Then the 50-year-old actor referred that Yeun became the first Asian-American actor to receive this nomination, and continued:

“Today, he became the first Asian-American nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. While it is positively embarrassing that this moment of history has taken till 2021, I am so elated for him. @steveyeun @minarimovie”

Following the post, a great number of notable names in the movie industry jumped into the comments section to send congratulatory messages to Yeun. As for Hollywood actor Alyssa Milano thanked Hawke for using his platform “in this way.” 

As known, Yeun, best known for his role in ‘The Walking Dead‘ also became the first Asian-American actor to get a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in ‘Minari.’

Head this way to Hawke’s mentioned Instagram post.

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