BEVERLY HILLS, California - Ke Huy Quan won a best supporting actor award on Tuesday at the first Golden Globe awards since a scandal knocked the glitzy Hollywood ceremony off television.
The 51-year-old was honoured for his role as Waymond Wang in the multiverse-hopping sci-fi film Everything Everywhere All At Once, which also starred Michelle Yeoh.
Quan – who shot to fame as a child star in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) – grew emotional as he admitted he had begun to fear he “would never surpass what I achieved as a kid”.
“Thankfully, more than 30 years later, two guys thought of me. They remembered that kid, and they gave me an opportunity to try again,” he said, referring to directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan.
Black Panther actress Angela Bassett was named best supporting actress in a drama film for her role as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, a sequel that was rewritten after the death of star Chadwick Boseman.
“We showed the world what black unity, leadership and love looks like beyond, behind and in front of the camera,” Bassett, 64, said as she held her trophy.
Celebrities and broadcaster NBC abandoned the 2022 Globes because of ethical lapses at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the group that hands out the awards.
A larger, more diverse membership and other changes by the HFPA persuaded many of the biggest movie and TV stars to support this year’s ceremony, which provides publicity for winners and nominees and often boosts their chances at the Oscars.
Comedian and host Jarrod Carmichael opened the show joking, “I’m here because I’m black.”
“One day you’re making mint tea at home. The next day you’re invited to be the black face of an embattled white organisation,” he said at the ceremony, which was broadcast live on Comcast’s NBC network and streamed on Peacock.
Big names in attendance included Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Elvis star Austin Butler, a favourite for a best actor trophy. REUTERS, AFP