In a matter of months, Sandra Oh has broken through barriers for Asians in Hollywood. But she’s not done yet — because the beloved Killing Eve star has just made history again.
The Korean-Canadian actress was announced as the co-host of this year’s Golden Globes alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg, whom she presented with at the 2018 Emmy Awards. Oh will be the first Asian to host a major U.S. awards show — ever.
— Sandra Oh (@IamSandraOh) December 6, 2018
At this year’s Emmys, Oh became the first Asian woman to be nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as MI5 agent Eve Polastri in BBC America’s Killing Eve. At the Globes on Jan. 6, in addition to hosting, Oh will be up for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama. Having previously won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress as Dr. Christina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy, if Oh snags the Golden Globe again, she will be the first entertainer of Asian descent ever to win multiple accolades from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
And let’s all face it: It’s about time. The actress said waiting 30 years for a leading role is “heartbreaking.”
“I want to make [clear] that this is not a personalized grief, it’s not a personalized heartbreak — I feel it for my community,” Oh said in an interview with Elle. “This is a heartbreak that I feel for my community of Asian-Americans and people who are just not represented, who are not reflected — not a personal heartbreak that I speak about.”
Though it took four years for the Ottawa native to land the right role after leaving Grey’s Anatomy, she couldn’t have picked a better time for a killer (pun intended) comeback in a hallmark year for Asian representation in Hollywood.
Between the summer blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, Lana Condor starring in the Netflix rom-com To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Akwafina becoming only the second Asian woman to host Saturday Night Live since Charlie’s Angels star Lucy Liu, Hollywood may be on the cusp of a much-needed Asian renaissance.
Some of Oh’s fellow groundbreaking Asian entertainers were also nominated for Golden Globes including Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu for best actress in a musical or comedy and the rest of the Crazy Rich Asians cast and crew for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy.
While Dr. Yang may no longer be Meredith Grey’s person, Sandra Oh has now become everyone’s “person” giving the internet the “gift we all need this holiday season.”
See all the best tweets of the internet singing Oh’s praises:
— Ashley Hart (@AshleyM_Hart) December 6, 2018
— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) December 6, 2018
@IamSandraOh You know you deserve the world right????? you are the most talented human being that exists and I am here to applaud your success, I exist to exalt you, you are extraordinary pic.twitter.com/ZO4MFJ4pqx
— Stan Oh 👑 (@QueensanOh) December 6, 2018
— Nᴜxᴀʙʟᴇ 🌙 (@Garzee) December 6, 2018
— Violeta Montoya (@VioletaMontoy11) December 6, 2018
@IamSandraOh is hosting AND nominated for the Golden Globes. I don’t think I have ever been more excited for an award show.
— s o p h i e 🐝 (@itssophieslife) December 6, 2018
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