By Jonathan Landrum Jr.
The Associated Press
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Awkwafina said she had a “mind-blowing” experience after learning backstage she made history at the Golden Globes.
The rapper and actor last Sunday became the first woman of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy film for her starring role in “The Farewell.” She’s best known for her comic role in “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Born Nora Lum to a Chinese American father and a South Korean immigrant mother, Awkwafina grew up in Queens, N.Y.
Awkwafina believes she has more to prove.
“It’s pretty mind-blowing,” she said. “It feels incredible. There’s also another feeling that you are going to do more. I hope this is just the beginning.”
Awkwafina shifted course to play a young woman in a Chinese family that is keeping their matriarch’s cancer a secret from her in director Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell.” She said she particularly related to the film.
“Immigrants in this country who were raised to feel very American … and when we go back where, you know, we’re told that you don’t belong here and you go back to where you belong,” she said. “You feel like a stranger there and this constant feeling of being lost in translation. And I think that’s what really resonated with me in ‘The Farewell.’”
The win is part of a breakout two-year run for the 31-year-old actress, who had a breakthrough year in 2018 after appearances in “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Ocean’s 8.”
She may now see an Academy Award nomination, though best actress winners in the Globes’ separate comedy category don’t always see Oscar nods.
Additionally, ‘Parasite,’ directed by Bong Joon-ho became the first South Korean movie to win best foreign language film in the history of the awards. Historically, this foreign language film award has been handed out to European films.