One Indian American star shone bright at the 75th edition of the Golden Globe Awards held Jan. 7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Aziz Ansari scored a history-making win at the annual awards when he took home the trophy for the ‘Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy’ for his monumental work on Netflix’s “Master of None.” The win makes the Columbia, South Carolina native the first Asian American actor to win an honor in that category.
And no one was more surprised that Ansari himself.
“I genuinely didn’t think I was going to win because all of the websites said I was going to lose,” Ansari joked when he took to the stage to give his acceptance speech to a room full of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
But Hollywood is witnessing a revolution, and host Seth Meyers made it amply clear at the outset that things were going to be different this time when he opened his monologue with: “Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen,” referencing the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and the Weinstein ripple effect, which has led to the sacking of dozens of prominent men who were abusing their power. “It’s 2018, marijuana is finally allowed, and sexual harassment finally isn’t. It’s gonna be a good year!”
Ansari was nominated for the same award during the 2016 Golden Globes, but lost to Gael García Bernal for “Mozart in the Jungle.” Reacting to that, Ansari said: “I’m glad we won this one because it would’ve really sucked to lose two of these in a row; it would’ve been a really sh*tty moment for me, but this is nice.”
Ansari beat Anthony Anderson of “black-ish,” “I Love Dick’s” Kevin Bacon, William H. Macy from “Shameless,” and Eric McCormack of “Will & Grace.”
He also gave a shout-out to the country that inspired the second season of the dramedy. The second season saw 30-year-old actor Dev, played by Ansari, pursue a new passion in Italy, dive back into the New York dating scene and wrestle with big questions as he seeks to reboot his life.
“I want to thank Italy for all of the amazing food we ate in season two,” he stated.
He went on to thank the cast and crew of “Master of None,” the breakout hit which he created and stars in, and which has won two Emmys for ‘Outstanding Writing.’
“The only reason my acting is good in that show is because everyone else holds me up,” he quipped before thanking his parents “for giving me so much love” and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
After collecting his shiny trophy, Ansari stopped at Sunset Boulevard’s In-N-Out Burger for a little celebration. Accompanying Ansari was his “Master of None” co-star Eric Wareheim.
Ansari told NPR in May 2017 that while fans may be awaiting the third season of his Netflix show, he is, for now, focusing on himself.
“Let me relax for a second,” he said. “Let me just live my life. Forget Season 3 of ‘Master of None,’ I’m also doing season 34 of Aziz Ansari!”
“Master of None” however, failed to win the ‘Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy’ award. The honor went to Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is a group of around 90 international journalists based in Southern California who distribute news about television and film to publications around the world. India-born Meher Tatna is the president of the association.
Mumbai-born journalist Tatna assumed the position in June 2017. She has been a member of the HFPA since 2002 and has served in its administration for the past 12 years, including as vice president, treasurer, and executive secretary.
Tatna has previously written for various publications in India, and currently writes for Singapore daily The New Paper.
The night will also be remembered for Oprah Winfrey’s stirring speech and for serving as a platform for the Time’s Up movement, an initiative taken by 300 prominent women from the entertainment industry to fight sexual harassment, assault and inequality for women across all industries.
Most of the Golden Globe attendees were draped in black as a symbol of protest against sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood. Some were also spotted sporting the initiative’s black pin.
Those who ditched black included Tatna, who opted for a bright red embellished dress, but for a good reason.
“My mom and I planned this together a couple of months ago, it is a cultural thing,” Tatna explained to ET’s Kevin Frazier while on the red carpet. “When you have a celebration, you don’t wear black. So, she would be appalled if I were to (have) worn black. And so, this is for my mom.”
“She is watching in Mumbai,” she added. “Well, maybe not the live show, but she will watch. I love you, Mom.”
Tatna did show her support to women who have suffered abuse by wearing the Time’s Up movement’s pin.
“I do have my Time’s Up button, so (I’m) standing in solidarity with all these other women," she expressed. “The HFPA is 60 percent women, we’ll have our stories. We are also journalists, so anybody who expresses themselves, especially on this topic, we are in solidarity with.”