It did well at the box office, earned near-universal praise from critics and is up for six Oscars, including best picture.
But despite the accolades for Bong Joon-ho’s biting drama, none of the film’s actors received nominations, and their performances were given little consideration this awards season beyond the SAG trophy.
“Both Asian and Asian American actors tend to be [perceived as] anonymous and vaguely foreign, and therefore sort of invisible in the minds of prospective academy voters,” Yang said.
“It’s even harder in some way for Asian films, as they’re often relegated to the foreign-language or best international film categories.
Therefore the visibility of Asian actors is almost nil.”For an actor, winning an Oscar represents industry respect, more meaningful roles or better career opportunities.