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1.08.2018

Aziz Ansari makes history with Golden Globe win

Master of None star is the first Asian American lead actor to win a Golden Globe for television.



In case you missed it, Aziz Ansari made a little history on Sunday night at the 75th Golden Globe Awards. The comedian and star of Netflix's Master of None took home the the trophy for Best Actor In A Television Series Musical or Comedy, making him the first Asian American lead actor to win a Golden Globe for television.

"I genuinely didn't think I would win because all the websites said I was going to lose," Ansari joked during his acceptance speech. He was up against some pretty heavy hitters in category, including Anthony Anderson for Black-ish, Kevin Bacon for I Love Dick, William H. Macy for Shameless and Eric McCormack for Will & Grace.

In addition to thanking his cast and crew, Ansari thanked the entire country of Italy "for all the amazing food we ate in season two," and, of course, his parents, for giving him "so much love."



Ansari previously received a Golden Globe acting nomination for season one of Master of None. He's also won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the standout season one episode "Parents," co-written with Alan Yang, and the much-lauded season two episode "Thanksgiving" with Lena Waithe.

In the 75-year history of the Golden Globes, there have only been a handful of winners of Asian descent in the acting categories, including Sandra Oh, who won Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture for TV for Grey's Anatomy in 2006, and Haing S. Ngor, who won Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for The Killing Fields in 1984.

Here's hoping we don't have to wait that long for the next winner to come along.