While last night's Golden Globes was high-key disappointing, there was an interesting trifecta of diverse award firsts. Oprah Winfrey was the first black woman to win the Cecile B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Sterling K. Brown became the first black actor to win Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama, and Aziz Ansari, who took home Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, became the first Asian-American to do so.
During his acceptance speech, Ansari didn't necessarily make reference to the historical feat, although he did drop a sly comment about the critics who didn't see him snagging the win for his performance during season two of Master of None. "I genuinely didn’t think I would win because all the websites said I was going to lose."
While Aziz was seen hitting some of the Globes after-parties, one of the more iconic images was alongside Master of None co-star Eric Wareheim, Golden Globe in hand, posted in the In-N-Out.
A number of fellow Asian-Americans in Hollywood took some time out to give Ansari his due.
Aziz Ansari won Best Actor in a Comedy! I was in shock and I think he wasn’t expecting it either. Not because he didn’t deserve it (he absolutely did) but, cuz racism. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/NM168JPFHr— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) January 8, 2018
Props to Aziz for his win, as well as Sterling and Oprah, but Hollywood still has some work to do.
Aziz Ansari is the first Asian male actor to win a 'Best Actor' #GoldenGlobes in Television, and the second Asian 'Best Actor' winner (Ben Kingsley was 1st) in the history of the award. No Asian woman has ever won a 'Best Actress' #GoldenGlobe in any category. pic.twitter.com/wAPKz7hWgw— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) January 8, 2018