Awkwafina Made History at The 2020 Golden Globes Awards

Awkwafina became the first performer of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe Award on Sunday. She’s the sixth woman of Asian descent to be nominated in the lead actress in a musical or comedy category and the first to win the award in the lead actress film category.

Awkwafina joins a small group of performers of Asian lineage who have won Golden Globe awards since the show started. Sandra Oh is the only performer of Asian descent to have won twice.

In “The Farewell” Awkwafina plays a young woman of a Chinese family with a secret. They are trying to keep the family’s grandmother from learning that she has cancer.

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Awkwafina said she could really connect with the movie.

“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…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.”

Writer and director Lulu Wang adapted a personal story she first told on NPR’s “This American Life.”
In her acceptance speech, Awkwafina said Wang gave her “the chance of a lifetime” and “taught me so much.”
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Awkwafina believes she still has more to prove.

“It feels incredible,” she said. “There’s also another feeling that you are going to do more. I hope this is just the beginning.”

Awkwafina’s real name is Nora Lum. She was born in New York in 1988. She got her start in entertainment in hip-hop music. In 2014, she released her first professional rap album, Yellow Ranger. Another, In Fina We Trust, came out in 2018.

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She dedicated her award to her father.
“I told you I’d get a job, dad.”
So leading ladies, when you feel like you cannot ‘make it’ because of your difference, remember that your difference is what makes you unique and you can do anything and win anything once you set your mind too. Cheers to more wins ahead.
Source: CNN and VOA.

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