Diversity in Media: Sandra Oh’s Historical Win


Sandra Oh, Golden Globe winning actor, stars in the BBC America show, Killing Eve

On Jan. 6, 2019, actress Sandra Oh made history by becoming the first Asian to win multiple Golden Globes and the first person of Asian descent to host the show.  She won her first award in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress in a Series. She won her second award in 2019 for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama.

In her speech, she thanked her parents followed by, “Mom and dad, I love you.” in Korean, which brought attention from people like Jenny Hahn, the author of To All the Boy’s I’ve loved Before, who tweeted, “Omg I just heard Korean at the Golden Globes?? IS THIS REAL LIFE?!!”

Diversity in media and the representation of people of color has been increasing in the past years with movies like Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, Coco and many more, being praised for their representation of many cultures.

Zaki Hamid, film instructor at EvCC and program director at Humanities Washington, states that the film industry used to be dominated by whites. Now that there are other film production companies outside of Hollywood, like Netflix, diversity has increased.

According to Hamid, this has made new opportunities available not only for actors, but for people behind the camera as well. “It’s not only about the actors,” he says. Whoever is working behind the camera is who determines if the representation on camera is appropriate.

“If you’re going to make a movie on Arab culture, have Arab writers,” Hamid said. “This way the culture is accurately represented.”