Awkwafina speaks out on “The Farewell” Oscars snub

Awkwafina’s Golden Globe-winning performance just isn’t good enough for the Academy Awards but she doesn’t mind. In fact, the actress/rapper is still “grateful” despite the Oscar snub.

Many expected to see Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” in the lineup of films vying for an Oscar this year. And the film’s lead star arguably deserves a spot among the actresses recognized with a nomination. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to leave both the movie and its star out of the roundup.

At a press junket for her Comedy Central sitcom, “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens,” the actress addressed the Oscar snub. She revealed that the team behind The Farewell exchanged text messages on the day Academy Award nominations were announced.

“We appreciated the run of the film since it came out last January at Sundance and all the attention it’s gotten,” she said.

Awkwafina added that the Oscar nominations this year were justified. But despite the lack of female helmed movies receiving nodes, she says that “I feel very grateful where we’ve come from.”

Now the star is focused on her new comedy series which will debut on January 22. Fans expect the show to be a hit and it already received a second season renewal ahead of its premiere. The show is based on Awkwafina’s real-life experiences as a young adult who grew up in her native Queens, New York.

“What’s great about the show is that it takes existential questions and explores them in different ways through Nora’s lens,” said Lucia Aniello, the show’s executive producer. “People who love Broad City will love this as well.”

Ben Hornery
Ben Hornery
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.
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