Awkwafina, the award winning actress of The Farewell, made history last night at the 2020 Golden Globes.
Having become only the sixth woman of Asian descent to be nominated in the lead actress in a musical or comedy category, Awkwafina came away victorious on the night and becomes the first woman of Asian descent to claim victory in the category.
“If I fall upon hard times, we can sell this,” Awkwafina joked in her speech. “So that’s good,” she added while raising it in the air.
“First of all, thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press,” she continued in her speech. “I’ve never been to the Golden Globes, so I’m here now, and it’s this and it’s great. I’d like to thank everyone at A24, Peter Saraf, Dani Melia, Big Beach and Andrew Miano.
“I’d like to thank the woman who plays my grandma in ‘The Farewell’, Zhao Shuzhen. Thank you, and most importantly, to Lulu Wang, our incredible director. You gave me this chance, the chance of a lifetime, and you taught me so much. And just filming this story, being with you, was incredible. I’d like to dedicate this to my dad, Wally.
“I told you I’d get a job, Dad. And to my grandma, my best friend, the woman who raised me. And to my mother, Tia, who I always hoped was watching from somewhere above, and I hope that she’s watching now. Thank you all, thank you.”
See her backstage reaction, below.