The Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning announced that Awkwafina has received a nomination for best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy for her performance in The Farewell.
She is the second Asian American in two years to receive a best actress nomination from the Golden Globes. Constance Wu garnered one last year for Crazy Rich Asians, but did not win.
Others to be nominated in this category are Ana de Armas for Knives Out,
Cate Blanchett for Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Beanie Feldstein for Booksmart and Emma Thompson in Late Night.
The Farewell also received a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in a foreign language. Crazy Rich Asians also received a Best picture nomination last year, but again, did not win.
It will go up against Les Misérables, Pain and Glory, Parasite and
Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
Today’s announcement will only increase speculation that Awkwafina could also get a nod for an Oscar nomination, becoming the first Asian American women ever to be given the honor. Academy Award nominations are scheduled to be announced January 13.
Gold Derby last month placed the odds of Awkwafina winning an Oscar nomination at 15/2. This weekend, the IndieWire wrote “Awkwafina is poised to become the first Asian American woman ever nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award.”
The last Asian to be nominated in the category was Merle Oberon in 1935 for The Dark Angel. Oberon was born in what was then called British India.
A Golden Globe nomination is not a guarantee of an Oscar nomination. Last year, the Academy Awards snubbed Crazy Rich Asians.
Also receiving a Golden Globe nomination was the husband and wife team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for their song Into the Unknown from Frozen 2. Lopez is Filipino American and a frequent winner on award shows. He is one of only 15 people to have won an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award. He composed the music for Broadway’s The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q. He is also behind the music of Frozen and Coco.
The Golden Globes will be telecast live on NBC on January 5.
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