This year, history was made at the Golden Globes. First, Awkwafina picked up the award for best actress in a movie comedy/musical—it was the first time someone of Asian descent had won an award for that category.
In her acceptance speech, she thanked the people she worked with on the film The Farewell, for which she was nominated for, including the director Lulu Wang, as well as Zhao Shuzhen, the actress who played her grandmother. She also didn’t miss the chance to insert her brand of humour, joking, “If I fall upon hard times, I can sell this.”
She also thanked her father with a witty line: “I’d like to dedicate this to my dad, Wally. I told you I’d get a job, dad.”
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Awkwafina was not the only Asian who made history at the awards show. Acclaimed Korean director Bong Joon Ho picked up the award for best foreign film for Parasite. A few of the Parasite cast members such as Song Kang Ho and Cho Yeo Jeong were present at the show.
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The director delivered his acceptance speech in Korean, and it was during that time that he basically shaded all Americans with one line: “Once you overcome the inch-tall-barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”
Director Bong Joon-ho upon receiving a Golden Globe award for PARASITE:
“Once you overcome the 1 inch tall barrier of subtitles, you’ll be introduced to so many more amazing films.”
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After hearing his speech, netizens were in awe at his not-so-subtle shade. They were also impressed at how his translator, Sharon Choi, could translate everything succinctly and accurately. As it turns out, Sharon is also a filmmaker. During an interview backstage, Joon Ho told the emcees that “she is also a great filmmaker”. Nawww, kudos to Joon Ho for giving her the spotlight!
— Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film) January 6, 2020
During the pre-interview, when asked how he feels about South Korea leading the way in creativity and vision, Joon Ho humbly said that his influence wasn’t as great at BTS. He said, “Although I’m here at the Golden Globes, BTS has thousand times the amount of power and influence that I have. I think Korea produces a lot of great artists cause we’re very emotionally dynamic people.”
— BTS Daily Stats (@btsdailystats) January 6, 2020