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
One Golden Globes Winner Made History
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)

(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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