Awkwafina’s Golden Globes Acceptance Speech Is Equal Parts Endearing and Tear-Jerking

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Congratulations are in order for Awkwafina, who won an honor at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. The 31-year-old actress snagged the award for best actress in a movie, musical or comedy, for her role in The Farewell. It was a historic accomplishment as she became the first actress of Asian-American descent to win in that category. Taking the stage to accept the trophy, Awkwafina gave a few sweet shout-outs to her loved ones. “I’d like to dedicate this to my dad, Wally. I told you I’d get a job, dad,” she joked. “And to my grandma, my best friend, the woman who raised me, and to my mother, Tia, who I always hope was watching from somewhere above, and I hope that she’s watching now.”

The Farewell centers around Awkwafina’s character, Billi Wang, who visits her dying grandmother, Nai Nai (Zhao Shuzhen), in China. Unbeknownst to Nai Nai, she’s been diagnosed lung cancer and only has a short amount of time left to live. The theme of love and familial relationships certainly struck a chord with Awkwafina. Watch her heartfelt acceptance speech ahead!

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