While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated a lot of white people for the Golden Globes this year (just like they did last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that…), there are noticeably more movies and TV shows made by and starring people of color, competing in many categories.
Co-host Sandra Oh made note of this during her opening monologue with fellow co-host Andy Samberg, breaking from the jokes to celebrate the successes of creative works like Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, Pose, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Blakkklansman.
“I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,” said Oh, who won Best Actress in a TV Drama for her performance in BBC America’s Killing Eve later in the night. “I’m not fooling myself. Next year, it could be different. It probably will be. But right now, this moment is real. Trust me, it is real. Because I see you, and I see you — all these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else.”
Earlier in the monologue, Oh joked that Crazy Rich Asians was the first major Hollywood studio film with an Asian-lead since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha, two films that starred white women — Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone, respectively — playing Asian women on-screen. The Los Angeles Times reports that Stone yelled “I’m sorry!” from her seat in the audience after Oh told the joke. That’s enough, Emma!