The 2019 Golden Globes was a glittering occasion filled with Hollywood A-listers. It was a special night for many winners but it was Sandra Oh who made history 3 times.
Besides carrying out hosting duties with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg, the hostess also won a trophy for her performance as Eve Polastri in BBC spy drama “Killing Eve”.
To quote Vox, Oh made history 3 different times, with 3 different major milestones:
1. She was the first person of Asian descent to host the Golden Globes. On why she accepted the job, Oh explained during the opening monologue, “I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change.”
2. The first Asian actress with multiple wins. Oh previous won first Golden Globe in 2006 for her role as Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy”.
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3. The first Asian woman in 39 years to win a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama. She joins Yoko Shimada (of Japanese descent), who won the category nearly 4 decades ago, in 1981, for NBC’s “Shogun”.
According to South China Morning Post, the 47-year-old star’s latest win also makes her one of the very few hosts to win an award while emceeing the Globes. The previous actress was Amy Poehler who went home victorious for her role in “Parks and Recreation” in 2014 while co-hosting.
In addition to Oh and Shimada, other Asian descents who have won Globes include:
- Ben Kingsley, British-Indian – best actor for “Gandhi” in 1983.
- Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian – best supporting actor for “The Killing Fields” in 1985.
- Aziz Ansari, Indian-American – best actor for “Master of None” in 2018.
We raise our glass to more Asian representation in award shows. Feel free to check out our top 10 highlights at this year’s Golden Globes here.