Sandra Oh gets emotional making history as first Asian Golden Globes host

Sandra Oh was clearly moved as she gave a speech about diversity in her opening monologue as the first person of Asian descent to host the Golden Globes.

Part of the awards' opening paid tribute to Crazy Rich Asians, the celebrated 2018 film that broke ground as a rare Hollywood feature with an all Asian American lead cast.

Oh made fun of the film's reception by throwing to her parents in the audience, before joking about the 'Asian flush' that may be triggered by alcohol.

After making several jokes with her co-host Andy Samberg, the former Grey's Anatomy star got serious.

"I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change," said Oh.

"I'm not fooling myself. Next year could be different; it probably will be. But right now, this moment is real. Trust me, it is real. Because I see you. And I see you. All these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else."

Oh's speech is the latest example of Hollywood embracing greater diversity. Crazy Rich Asians was championed not just by Asian Americans, but by people all around the world.

Aaron Yap, a Kiwi film critic of Asian descent, wrote passionately about the importance of the film when it was released.

"For an Asian audience, particularly for Chinese immigrants who are 'stuck between two worlds' so to speak, Crazy Rich Asians can be a deeply personal event, powerful enough to trigger bouts of uncontrollable weeping," said Yap.

"It's difficult not to get caught up, misty-eyed, in its tremendously loaded significance. If you're someone whose culture it represents in a context that's rarely manifested, Crazy Rich Asians can be a singularly surreal experience."

As well as presenting, Oh won a Golden Globe for her role in TV show Killing Eve, which was also nominated for Best TV Series (Drama) at the 2019 ceremony.