Awkwafina just made Golden Globe history after being hailed as the first Asian woman to win the Best Actress award in a comedy/musical. She bagged the title for her role as Billi in Lulu Wang's The Farewell, a film about a woman whose family flew back to China under the guise of a fake wedding to say goodbye to their grandma—the only person who doesn't know she only has a few weeks to live.
The LA Times tweeted a video of Awkwafina backstage where she talked about her historic win. "I actually just heard that fact, and it was pretty mind-blowing," she says. "It feels incredible, but I think there’s also this other feeling that you want there to be more. I hope this is just the beginning."
Prior to Awkwafina's win, her nomination was also the talk of the town. "I would never have expected something like this to happen, especially when we were filming," she shared in an interview. "We just wanted to tell the story. So to see that it’s getting recognition and to see the news today is really awesome."
Awkwafina is the first Asian woman to win the said award and the second woman of color since Angela Bassett's win in 1993. Meanwhile, Awkwafina is the second Asian woman to have been nominated for the same category. She followed her Crazy Rich Asians co-star Constance Wu, who lost the title last year to Olivia Colman for her performance in The Favourite.
Congratulations for a well-deserved win, Fina!