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Awkwafina Makes History With Golden Globes Win

She is the first Asian American to win as lead actress in a movie
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2020 7:39 AM CST
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Awkwafina attends the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – Included in the winners' list at the Golden Globes on Sunday night is a name that marks a milestone: Awkwafina became the first Asian-American woman to win a Globe as best actress in a film, reports the New York Times. The 31-year-old won in the musical or comedy category for her role The Farewell. “If I fall upon hard times, we can sell this,” Awkwafina said in her acceptance speech. “So that’s good.” In a more serious vein, she thanked writer/director Lulu Wang for giving her the "chance of a lifetime." The movie is about a family trying to keep the news of a grim medical prognosis from their elderly matriarch, and Awkwafina plays her granddaughter. As CNN notes, the film was adapted from a first-person story Wang told on NPR's This American Life. (Read more Awkwafina stories.)

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