Asian Representation at the Globes– Finally
In many ways, the Golden Globes ceremony last week was similar to the 75 that came before it. The Golden Globes is a ceremony through which the people behind television and movies are awarded and honored. Actors and actresses take home a 24 karat gold plated zinc dye cast top shaped in golden globe form mounted on a wooden platform as a symbol of their talent and unparalleled skill. Much like the Oscars, the Golden Globes ceremony features iconic glitzy dresses and a humorous monologue by its hosts.
One key difference, though, was that the 2019 Golden Globes kicked off the year with a promising and well-deserved display of Asian representation. Historically, the Oscars and the Golden Globes have been notoriously lacking in diverse racial representation. But many blame that on the fact that protagonists of color in major films are still a rarity in Hollywood Movies, not the award shows themselves.
This year, the Golden Globes were hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, who is of Asian descent. Not only is Sandra Oh the first person of Asian descent to host the Golden Globes, but she is also the first Asian woman to win multiple golden globes in one night and the first Asian woman in 39 years to win the award for best actress in a TV drama.
Last June, Crazy Rich Asians rocked the box office earning a total of 238.4 million dollars. The movie was not only beautifully acted, filmed, and consistently well reviewed, but was unique in that is featured an all Asian cast.
The most recent Golden Globes could further signify the beginning of a more progressive and inclusive trend in Hollywood for Asian Americans.