History has been made at the 77th Golden Globe Awards!
In a groundbreaking moment, Asian American actress Awkwafina came out victorious with her historic win, taking home the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. As the first performer of Asian American descent to have won in that category, the 31-year-old is making headlines for achieving such a tremendous feat with her dramatic role in The Farewell.
In her acceptance speech, Awkwafina said, “I’d like to dedicate this to my dad, Wally. I told you I’d get a job, Dad.”
She continued, “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.”
Born to Chinese and South Korean immigrant parents, Awkwafina showed interest and talent in arts and music at a young age. She started rapping when she was 13 and participated in stage shows at 16. The turning point in her performance career was in 2012 when the music video of her song “My Vag” garnered over four million views.
Gaining public attention and growing in popularity online, she entered the entertainment industry as a rapper a year later and soon branched out into acting. Awkwafina participated in highly-anticipated Hollywood films – Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. Both were commercial blockbusters, to say the least, and her comedic performances in the movies undoubtedly left a deep impression among viewers.
Her work in The Farewell was also another comedic role, but it differed from her previous comedies in that the film takes upon more personal and solemn themes, and comedic scenes are seen to create effective dramedy.
Having lost her mother at the young age of four and having a close relationship with her grandmother, Awkwafina highly related to The Farewell, which was based on the real-life experiences of director Lulu Wang. In addition to winning the golden statue, the movie was a meaningful project for the actress.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.