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Sandra Oh Makes History As The First Asian Chosen To Host The Golden Globes

You know this Korean-Canadian actress from her 12-year role on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Cristina Yang and Killing Eve as Eve Polastri. 

But this year, Sandra Oh has added two very important credits to her filmography and roster of awards: she became the first Asian actress in history to be nominated for a lead role for a drama at the Emmy Awards, and just this week, she was chosen to host the 2019 Golden Globes, effectively making her the first Asian (and Canadian) talent in Hollywood to be given the opportunity. 

 

 

The 47-year-old will be hosting the evening alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andy Samberg, giving the ceremony's international audience much to look forward to in terms of deadpan delivery, friendly banter, and quirky humor. 

The gig will be the first of its kind for Sandra who has mostly lent her comedic prowess to many a TV series, movie, and occasional animation, but her biggest fans are confident in her ability to translate her talents into onstage-appropriate performance. 

 

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You can check out a sneak peek of what Sandra and Andy have to offer as an unlikely (but hilarious) pair in their short time together onstage at the Emmy Awards. The two presented an award together, and the few minutes they had onstage were enough to make them choice pick for hosts at an event as prestigious as the Golden Globes. 

 

 

The announcement follows the recent trend of Hollywood's most prestigious awards ceremonies to support a socio-cultural movement. In this case, many believe that America's entertainment industry is sending a message about racial and cultural diversity, a topic which has gained worldwide attention since the US' current administration has made its stance on racial issues clear. 

 

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Of course, that is not to say that Sandra's own acting skills didn't play a part in her choosing. 

To date, she's been nominated at least 20 times for her big and small screen roles in dramas and comedies, winning nine of them including multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe, and a Critics Choice Movie Award. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While the actress has graciously accepted the offer with a big smile, she intends on carrying out the role with a sense of responsibility.

More than once, Sandra has expressed her sentiments towards Hollywood's underlying discrimination towards Asian actors in the industry. Having used herself as an example (and the trend of producers and directors often casting her as a lead's friend or sidekick), Sandra points out how her Emmy nomination as a leading lady and her hosting of the Golden Globes might possibly mark a change in attitudes towards non-Caucasian talents in entertainment. 

 

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With an innate passion to support causes closest to her heart, Sandra can successfully bring a deeper meaning to one of the most watched Hollywood awards season in the world. Being a testament to what she believes in and advocates for, she brings new hope to Asians with dreams of making it big in entertainment.

Now that's what we call a history maker! 

 

Photos from @iamsandraohinsta