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The Golden Globes kicked off with the expected light-hearted antics expected from awards shows, but once the intro's jabs and zingers were out of the way, co-host Sandra Oh took a moment to get real. Oh addressed the audience ahead of any awards getting handed out, and she shared the real reason why she agreed to be on the Globes' stage with Andy Samberg to host the ceremony.
To take a moment here, in all honesty, 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. And I'm not fooling myself; next year 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.
Sandra Oh's full meaning may not have been explicitly laid out, but the audience and viewers likely knew the Golden Globes co-host was referring to this unique period of diversity that Hollywood is celebrating right now. The Killing Eve star wanted to look out and see the crowd, which was composed of multi-cultural talents of all flavors. Oh's words were met with applause and acknowledgement from the crowd, who seemed to appreciate her statement greatly.
It's fitting that such a statement would come from an actress like Sandra Oh, who just last year set an Emmy milestone relevant to her Globes-centered point. As the first Asian woman to have ever been nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series, Oh is certainly someone who can say she's experienced diversity changes in Hollywood and beyond firsthand, as could many others sitting in the audience.
For all her talk of fear of hosting on stage, Sandra Oh went through the motions of hosting rather fearlessly. Of course, few expected the former Grey's Anatomy and current Killing Eve actress to be anything less than flawless, except maybe her mother.
Sandra Oh made sure the Golden Globes producers cut to her parents seated in the crowd, just after she made a Crazy Rich Asians joke about Asian mothers' stereotypical states of disapproval.
There's nothing but joy on the face of both of those parents, which is understandable, given the killer career Sandra Oh has had. That ride is far from over, since Killing Eve is coming back with Season 2 for more white-knuckle drama than ever. The future is looking bright for the actress, but as she said, she's not fooling herself anytime soon. While it's nice diversity is peaking in Hollywood, it's a trend that could be gone as soon as next year.