Last night was a big night for Awkwafina. Not only did she crush it in a chic Dior skirt suit, but she also made Golden Globes history.
The 31-year-old The Farewell star became the first woman of Asian descent to win a Globe for Lead Actress in a Movie Comedy/Musical.
After her monumental win, Awkwafina opened up about how it felt to achieve that major first. “I actually just heard that fact, and it was pretty mind-blowing,” the rapper turned actress told The Los Angeles Times. “It feels incredible, but I think there’s also this other feeling that you want there to be more. I hope this is just the beginning.”
Awkwafina is no stranger to getting attention for her roles. She was a fan favorite as Peik Lin in Crazy Rich Asians and also garnered fan praise as Constance in Ocean’s Eight. The Farewell, however, was the actress’s first foray into a more dramatic role (yes, the movie was submitted in the comedy/musical category, but still). Written and directed by Lulu Wang, the film centers on Billi (Awkwafina), an American woman who receives a terminal diagnosis but decides to keep the news from her grandmother in China.
This marks the second time a woman of Asian descent has been nominated in the Lead Actress in a Movie Comedy/Musical in two years. Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu was nominated in the category last year, but Olivia Colman ended up taking home the award for her The Favourite performance. At last year’s Globes, Sandra Oh also famously became the first actor of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes.