Golden Globe awards highlight diversity, inclusion

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Golden Globes awards highlight diversity, inclusion

The 76th Golden Globes awards took place in Los Angeles Sunday night and this was the year of true diversity in Hollywood.  Films like “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” were front and center making it very clear that representation matters and is here to stay.

CGTN’s May Lee reports from Los Angeles.

A year ago, the Golden Globes was draped in black in support of the Me Too movement against sexual harassment. But this year, color was back in the form of fashion, and more importantly, diversity.

Jon M. Chu, Director of “Crazy Rich Asians”, said ““To be here with our movie “Crazy Rich Asians”, to see all these beautiful people of color everywhere from our movie to “Black Panther” this is truly a landmark year.”

“It means so much to be here” said actress Michelle Yeoh. “It tells us we’re part of the community. We should be part of, for a very long time. “

This year’s award show proved that Asians are definitely part of the community beginning with Golden Globes co-host, Korean-Canadian actress Sandra Oh, the first Asian woman to host the event.

But she also made history by winning best actress in a TV drama, the first Asian woman to do so in almost 40 years. She is also now the first Asian actor to win multiple Golden Globes. Oh gave special thanks to her parents saying “I love you” in Korean.

Darren Criss, whose mother is from the Philippines, won for best actor in a limited series or TV movie, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”.

“As we’ve seen it’s been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood” said Criss in his acceptance speech. “And I’m so enormously proud to be a teeny tiny part of that as a son of a firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu who dreamed of coming to this country and getting to be invited cool party like this.”

Best actor in a comedy or musical film went to Christian Bale for his portrayal of Vice President Dick Cheney in “Vice”. He thanked Satan for inspiring him to play the role.

Best actress in a musical or comedy was awarded to Olivia Colman for “The Favourite”.

For Best picture, comedy or Musical, “Green Book” beat out fellow nominee “Crazy Rich Asians”, which featured an all Asian cast for the first time in 25 years.

Bohemian Rhapsody” took home two of the night’s biggest awards, Best Picture Drama and Best Actor, Rami Malek for his portrayal of Queen’s frontman, Freddie Mercury.

“This is a profound honor to receive this” said Malek.

Best actress in a motion picture drama went to veteran Glenn Close for “The Wife”.

Best Director was awarded to Alfonso Curon for “Roma”, which also won Best foreign language film.

And the inaugural Carol Burnett award was presented to the legendary comedienne Carol Burnett for her six decades in show business.