Asian-American filmmakers dismayed at Golden Globe rule on 'Minari'
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Asian-American filmmakers on Wednesday expressed dismay that South Korean drama "Minari" will compete for honor in next year's Golden Globes in the foreign language category rather than for the better known best drama.
"Minari," the story of a Korean family who moved to Arkansas to open 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.
The cast and director are all American from Asia, and the dialogue is largely Korean. According to longstanding rules established by the organizers of the Golden Globes, candidates for the Best Drama Award must include at least 50% of the English dialogue.
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"It's a story about an immigrant family in America pursuing the American dream. We really need to change these outdated rules that characterize Americans as English-speaking," tweeted Lulu Wang, Sino-American director of The Farewell.
Former Hawaii Five-0 actor Daniel Dae Kim said on Twitter that the rule felt like "the movie equivalent of asking you to return to your country when this country is indeed America".
Jacob Oller, who covers films for Paste Magazine, was one of those who called the rules racist.
Nominations for the Golden Globes will be announced in February.
The Oscars have different rules, so that the South Korean drama satire "Parasite" was the first foreign language film to win the coveted Oscar for best picture in February. "Parasite" was banned from the best drama race at the Golden Globes in January, but won in the foreign language section.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose members select the Golden Globe nominees and winners from publications around the world, declined to 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 year in a row.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Alistair Bell)
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