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AC­TOR Lee Byung- hun and so­prano Sumi Jo at­tended the 88th Academy Awards, with Lee be­com­ing the first Korean ac­tor to present an award at the Os­cars.

Lee, a widely recog­nised star in South Korea, has ap­peared in a num­ber of Hol­ly­wood movies, in­clud­ing the G. I. Joe se­ries, Red 2 and Ter­mi­na­tor Genisys.

Stand­ing next to Lee at the award pre­sen­ta­tion for the cat­e­gory of for­eign lan­guage films was Colom­bian ac­tress Sofia Ver­gara, best known for her role in the sit­com Mod­ern Fam­ily.

Lee’s in­vi­ta­tion to present at the Academy Awards is con­sid­ered ered an im­por­tant milemile stone for the acto or, who suf­fered a slump last year in n the af­ter­math of a per­sonal blac ck­mail scan­dal.

Late last year, h he re­deemed him­self in the pub blic eye with his ex­cel­lent t per­for­mance in the hit f film In­side Men, fol­lowed by the an­nounce­ment off the Os­car pre­sen­ta­tion.

The fact that Le ee pre­sented at the Osca ars this year, when the aw wards had been crit­i­cise ed for ex­clud­ing mi­nori ities, is also sig­nif­i­cant.

In ad­di­tion to L Lee and Ver­gara, this year’s list of pre­sen­ters in­cluded In­dian ac­tress Priyanka Cho­pra, , Bri­tish ac­tor Dev Pa­tel and nu­mero ous African- Amer­i­can n names, in­clud­ing Kerry Wash­ing­ton and WhoopiW Gold­berg – a dive erse list in stark con­trast tot the all- white nom­i­nee es in the ma­jor awards s cat­e­gories, stir­ring su us­pi­cions that the rac ially di­verse list of pre es­en­ters was meant to quell some of the anger r over the “# Os­carsSoWhite ” con­tro­versy.

This year also s saw a nom­i­na­tion for best orig­i­nal songg for David Lang’s Sim­ple Song # 3 onn the sound­track of f Paolo Sor­rentino’ ’ s Youth, per­formedd by Jo. Al­though Kore ean fans had been look­ing for­ward to see­ing the col­oratura so­prano per­form on the Os­cars stage, she was not able to reach an agree­ment with the cer­e­mony’s or­gan­is­ers to cut the six- minute song into a shorter for­mat.

Mummy is­sues

HERE’S a com­mon dilemma that Korean ac­tresses face: when to start play­ing mums.

Ac­tress Kim So- yeon says she had to think long and hard about whether she should ac­cept the role of Bong Hye- ryeong, an un­happy house­wife in the up­com­ing drama Gah­wa­mansaseong. The ti­tle is a Korean s say­ing that roughly trans­lates as “a happ y fam­ily makes for an easy life.”

The 35- year- old is bet­ter known for her re­al­ity sh ow ap­pear­ances. She was on MBC C’s Real Men - Fe­male Sol­dier Spe­cial, in which she got a taste e of the Korean mil­i­tary life, and d We Got Mar­ried, where she w was vir­tu­ally mar­ried to ac­tor r Kwak Si- yang. “Since las st year, I started telling my­selfm I shouldn’t miss out on good shows just be ecause I’d be play­ing a a mother,” she said at a news con­fer­ence in SeoulS re­cently. “I’ve do one that in the past and re­gret­ted it.”

She says she was wor­riedw the role wouldw set a prece­dentd for all her fu­ture ones.

“I was wor­ried I’dI never be cast into a younger role after­ward,”a she said. “But now I’m like -- what was I think­ing?”

Ac­tor Lee Sang­woo will play the hand­some neu­ro­sur­geon who in­tro­ducesd an el­e­ment of ex­cite­ment to Bo ong’s oth­er­wise un­happy mar­riage to Yoo Hyeon- gi ( Lee Pil l- mo). – Korea Heer­ald/ Asia News Ne et­work

Kim is fine play­ing a mother on screen, as long as it’s a good role. — Filepic

— AP

Lee and Ver­gara ap­pear to have fun dur­ing the re­hearsals for the Os­cars.

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