'WHAT A MOMENT': Youn Yuh Jung's sign language gesture for Troy Kotsur wins hearts at Oscars 2022

The Korean actress said, 'Congrats, I love you' in sign language to Troy Kotsur after announcing him as the winner and warmly welcomed him to the stage


                            'WHAT A MOMENT': Youn Yuh Jung's sign language gesture for Troy Kotsur wins hearts at Oscars 2022
Youn Yuh Jung and Troy Kotsur (L) stole the show at the 2022 Academy Awards with their heartwarming sign language conversation (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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The 94th Academy Awards has already created history with its remarkable nominations and winners from many walks of life. Notably, Troy Kotsur became the first deaf man to win an Oscar in the best supporting actor category this year. But it was the beautiful sign language conversation between Kotsur and Korean actress Youn Yuh Jung that stole the show. Apart from that, Yuh Jung’s wittiness and humor were also praised during the awards ceremony and received plenty of positive comments from fans. 

Youn Yuh Jung, who won an Oscar award in 2021, recently appeared at the 2022 Academy Awards and stole the show for several reasons. She was the presenter of the 'Best Supporting Actor' award category this year. Before announcing that the winner is Troy Kotsur for his role in 'CODA', the actress mentioned her speech from the 2021 Oscars that made the crowd chuckle. She said, “Last year, I complained about mispronouncing my name publically…I am sorry because I’ve looked at the nominees of the incredible actors in this category, and now, I have to pronounce them. Please forgive me.” 

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Back in 2021, Youn Yuh Jung won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the film 'Minari' at the 93rd Academy Awards. She bagged the award on April 26, 2021, and became the first Korean actress to win an Oscar. In her acceptance speech, she had said, “As you know, I’m from Korea. And actually, my name is Yuh Jung Youn, and most of you people call me Yuh Youn and some of them call me You Jung. But tonight, you are all forgiven.” Alluding to that moment, her 2022 speech regarding name pronunciation was lauded by viewers.

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However, along with her funny remark, Yuh Jung also showed that she took time to learn about the actors she would be addressing. Youn Yuh Jung's caring behavior to award winner Troy Kotsur made headlines. To present the award, she learned how to say Kotsur's name in sign language. Yuh Jung said, "Congrats, I love you" in sign language to Kotsur after announcing him as the winner and warmly welcomed him onto the stage. After that, the actress stood at Kotsur's side, holding his Oscar as he gave his speech.

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Many people flocked to social media to discuss the touching moment, congratulating Youn Yuh Jung for taking the effort for inclusiveness. 


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Fans took it to Twitter to express how wonderful Yuh Hung's gesture towards Kotsur was. One fan wrote, “Not me crying Youn Yuh Jung is so sweet announcing Troy Kotsur’s best suporting actor win and staying in frame holding his trophy when he has to do sign language and congratulate him in Sign language too 😭😭😭😭😭😭.”

Another wrote, “Yuh Jung Youn staring intently at Troy Kotsur while he signs his acceptance speech is one of the most incredible moments I've ever seen.”

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Another fan wrote, “Watching Yuh Jung Youn announced Troy Kotsur's win with signs at her best ability then helped to hold his Oscar cuz he needs to sign for his speech then just STARED at him and admired him right up close. WHAT A MOMENT. #Oscars.”


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