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Sandra Oh: making awards history

Sandra Oh made history twice at the 76th Golden Globe Awards: she became the first Asian host of the ceremony, and the first woman of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes. By taking home the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama television series, Oh, who was awarded for her role as Eve Polastri in the drama series “Killing Eve”, became only the second Asian woman in Golden Globes history to win the award in 38 years.

Hosting on Jan. 6 alongside Andy Samberg, Oh opened the show by acknowledging her appreciation for those who kept an open mind about a slowly-diversifying industry.

“I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here and look out onto this audience and witness this moment of change,” Oh said.

Even though other stars have won and hosted at the same time, the last woman to do so was Amy Poehler for best actress for “Parks and Recreation” in 2014.

Oh’s acceptance speech was filled with joy and disbelief. After thanking those who worked alongside her in “Killing Eve,” Oh tearfully thanked her parents for the support they have given her throughout her career.

Backstage, after the show, Oh could not contain her excitement for her achievements that night.

“My parents are amazing people and they are so happy. For Asian kids to make our parents happy, it is so fulfilling,” Oh said.

In 2006, Oh won her first Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on the television series on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Since leaving the show, Oh has been working on small projects before starring in “Killing Eve” in June 2017.

As the first Asian American woman to both win and host the Golden Globes, Oh has broken boundaries in the film industry. Her win has not only expanded Hollywood’s diversity, but she has proven that women of color can also succeed in a field that once was not so accepting.