Critics’ Choice Awards 2021 winners: Minari’s Alan Kim sobs


Somebody pinch Alan Kim (but not too hard).

The 8-year-old actor may have taken home the Critics’ Choice Award 2021 for Best Young Performer thanks to him role in acclaimed drama “Minari,” but it was his adorable acceptance speech that stole the show — at one point asking himself “Is this a dream?”

Kim stars opposite Steven Yeun in the film about a South Korean family in the 1980s who moves to the rural US. On Sunday night, the youngster broke down in tears upon receiving the award.

During the virtual ceremony, Kim started by thanking the critics who voted for his performance, but soon collapsed in tears especially as he began to list the family and loved ones who helped him through his breakout film debut.

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Alan Kim, 8, took home the 2021 Critics Choice Award for Best Young Performer on Sunday, March 7.
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Through sobs he added, “I hope I will be in other movies.”

“Is this a dream? I hope it’s not a dream,” he asked while accepting the award.

Film still from "Minari"
Alan Kim stars opposite Steven Yeun in the film “Minari,” about a South Korean family in the 1980s who moves to the rural US.
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A clip of Kim’s “adorable” speech quickly went viral on social media.

“well alan kim winning a critics choice award just made me cry in the bath,” tweeted writer and producer Fran Tirado.

“OMG WHY IS ALAN KIM THE CUTEST KID EVER???? CRYING DURING HIS SPEECH!!! I WANT TO GIVE HIM A HUG!!!,” proclaimed awards show pundit Matt Neglia.

“Alan Kim is star, protect his tender heart at all costs,” wrote Canadian gender equality advocate Farrah Khan.

film still featuring Alan Kim in "Minari"
Alan Kim during his Critics Choice Award speech: “Is this a dream? I hope it’s not a dream.”
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Yet as fans fawned over the sobbing actor, Kim consoled himself with a special treat as reward for his big win — and how better to comfort oneself than with junk food?

“Today is a special day! So I got permission to drink mountain dew!” said Kim in an Instagram post shared after last night’s win.

“Minari,” an Oscars 2021 best picture contender, also scored the Critics’ Choice award for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as a Golden Globe last month for the same award category.

Here’s a full list of winners from the 2021 Critics’ Choice Awards 2021 virtual ceremony:

Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Best Supporting Actress: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Michael K. Williams, “Lovecraft Country”
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Donald Sutherland, “The Undoing”
Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Uzo Aduba, “Mrs. America”
Best Young Actor or Actress: Alan S. Kim, “Minari”
Best Actor in a Drama Series: Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”
Best Actress in a Drama Series: Emma Corrin, “The Crown”
Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit”
Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: John Boyega, “Small Axe”
Best Comedy: “Palm Springs”
Best Comedy Special: “Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill” & “Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia”
Best Acting Ensemble: “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”
Best Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso”
Best Drama Series: “The Crown”
Best Talk Show: “Late Night with Seth Meyers”
Best Limited Series: “The Queen’s Gambit”
Best Movie Made for Television: “Hamilton”
Best Short-Form Series: “Better Call Saul: Ethics Training with Kim Wexler
Best Song: “Speak Now,” by Leslie Odom Jr. — “One Night in Miami”
Best Director: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”
Best Cinematography: Joshua James Richards, “Nomadland”
Best Film Editing: TIE — Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, “Sound of Metal” & Alan Baumgarten, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Best Visual Effects: “Tenet”
Best Hair and Makeup: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Best Costume Design: Ann Roth, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Best Production Design: Donald Graham Burt (production designer), Jan Pascale (set designer), “Mank”
Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Best Original Screenplay: Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Minari”
Best Original Score: Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, “Soul”
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”
Best Picture: “Nomadland”





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