Golden Globe Awards: Indian American actor Aziz Ansari makes history
Los Angeles: “Big Little Lies” from the television world and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” from the movie universe won four awards each at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, which saw Indian American actor-comedian Aziz Ansari make history for Asians.
Ansari, born to a Muslim family from Tamil Nadu, won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for “Master of None”, which he also writes and directs.
His win reportedly marked the second time an actor of South Asian descent has won a Golden Globe in 35 years. Ben Kingsley, who is of Indian descent, won for Best Actor – Motion Picture, Drama in 1982.
The Golden Globe Awards ceremony this year, which had celebrities crusading against sexual harassment and gender bias, saw special moments and statements galore.
Among the big winners, “Big Little Lies”, an HBO series, won three honours in individual acting categories — Nicole Kidman (Best Performance by an actress in a limited series of a motion picture made for TV), Laura Dern (Actress Supporting Role) and Alexander Skarsgard (Actor in a supporting role).
It also won the Best limited series or motion picture made for television.
Kidman shared the honour with fellow executive producer and star Reese Witherspoon as well as co-stars Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley.
Kidman, who plays Celeste Wright — a victim of domestic abuse — shared a message of hope: “‘The character that I play represents something that is the center of our conversation right now: abuse. I do believe and hope that we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them.”
The movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ was named Best Motion Picture – Drama.
Frances McDormand won Best Actress, Sam Rockwell nabbed the Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Martin McDonagh bagged the Best Screenplay honour for it.
Apart from Ansari, among those who registered a first at the gala were actor Oprah Winfrey who became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Sterling K. Brown who became first African-American male actor ever to win a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Drama for the role of Randall Pearson in hit series “This Is Us” and Gary Oldman — Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for “Darkest Hour”.
Rachel Brosnahan also scored her first Golden Globe win and was named Best performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.
Guillermo del Toro got the Best Director nod for “The Shape of Water”, beating out an all-male nominee line-up. “Lady Bird” won the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, James Franco won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for “The Disaster Artist”, Allison Janney won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for “I, Tonya”.
“Coco” won Best Animated Film, while the Best Foreign Language Film was Germany’s “In The Fade”.
In the music department, the Best Original Score and Best Original Song for a motion picture went to Alexandre Desplat (“The Shape of Water”) and “This Is Me” (“The Greatest Showman”) respectively.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” was named Best Television Series – Drama, and in the musical or comedy category, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won.