Olivia Munn, whose mother is Chinese, made a cutting reference to the lack of Asian American nominees while presenting the award for best actor in a drama series with Niecy Nash.
Munn was about to announce the winner when she was interrupted by Nash.
“Wait, wait, wait. If it’s Sterling K. Brown, can I say it?” Nash interrupted.
Munn looking a little puzzled, asked why.
“Cuz he’s Black. I mean, but you can say anybody’s name who is Asian that’s nominated.”
“I think its just White guys and Sterling K Brown, but I’ll take one of the White guys,” said Munn.
Turns out Brown did win and, true to her word, Munn allowed Nash to announce the winner.
Of course, both Nash and Munn knew there were no Asian Americans nominated in that category.
Aziz Ansari was nominated for outstanding actor in a comedy series, but chose to stay away following the fallout from accusations he sexually violated a date who said she made it clear to Ansari she did not want sex. Ansari has since apologized saying he misread his date’s cues. Ansari did not win, losing to William Macy of Shameless.
Hong Chau of Downsizing also did not win. The award went to Allison Janey of I, Tonya in the category of outstanding actress in a supporting role. Chau also loss to Janey in the same category earlier this year at the Golden Globes.
The cast of The Big Sick, which starred Pakistani American Kumail Nanjiani, was shut out. Instead Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture.
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