By Jana Monji, AsAmNews Arts & Culture Reporter
Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton, Ke Huy Quan was emotional as he accepted the Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture at the 80th Golden Globe Awards. Quan played Waymond Wang, a hard-working immigrant husband and owner of a laundromat who is on the verge of divorcing his wife before visitors from an alternative universe disrupt the couple’s life in The Daniels’ R-rated hit, Everyone Everywhere All at Once.
Quan kissed his Golden Globe statue as the audience cheered. Quan said:
Thank you thank you so much. I was raised to never forget where I came from and to always remember who gave me my first opportunity. I am so happy to see Steven Spielberg here tonight. Steven, thank you. When I started my career as a child actor in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I felt so very lucky to have been chosen. As I grew older, I started to wonder if that was it. If that was just luck. Through so many years, I was afraid I had nothing more to offer. That no matter what I did, I would never surpass what I achieved as a kid. Thankfully, more than 30 years later, two guys thought of me. They remembered that kid. And they gave me the opportunity to try again. Everything, everything that has happened since has been unbelievable. Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert Thank you so so much for helping me find the answer. You have given me more than I ever hoped. Thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this incredible honor. Thank you to A24, Ley Line Entertainment and AGBO. Thank you to our incredible producer Jonathan Wang. Thank you to Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Stephanie Hsu and our entire EEAO family. and last but not least I want to thank the most important person in my life, the one person who never stopped believing in me, my wife, Echo, I love you with all my heart. Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Ke Huy Quan ís the second actor of Asian descent to win the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and the first Vietnamese-born actor to win. The first actor of Asian descent to win in this category was Dr. Haing S. Ngor for the 1984 The Killing Fields.
Quan wasn’t the only former child actor receiving an award that night; Tyler James Williams who was the TV series Everybody Hates Chris, won a TV supporting actor in a comedy or drama Golden Globe.
Everything Everywhere All at Once received six nominations, and scored two wins. Michelle Yeoh won for Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for an Actress. There was one other win for people of Asian descent: M. M. Keeravani and Chandrabose won for Best Original Song, Naatu Naatu for the film RRR.