Awkwafina Reacts to 'Surreal' Golden Globes Nomination, Still Not Sure If She's Invited
By John Boone
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Awkwafina slept in on Golden Globe nominations morning. "Just woke up to this exciting news and am incredibly honored," she said in a statement on Monday, hours after the nominations were announced and she became a Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy nominee.
"I am beyond grateful to the HFPA, and to be grouped with such insanely talented actresses. I grew up watching the Golden Globes every year, cheering for my favorite films and actors," she continued. "It is surreal that I now get to go! Wait, I do get to go right?"
Following her nomination, ET's Kevin Frazier caught up with Awkwafina at the premiere of her new film, Jumanji: The Next Level, and she gushed over her "incredibly exciting" day.
"Man, it's surreal," she told ET. "I couldn't believe it. I woke up to a flurry of stuff. It's just been a crazy day and now I'm here."
As for how she'll pick her outfit for the January ceremony, Awkwafina quipped, "I think as long as I have the right Spanx I'll be OK."
Taking to Instagram following the announcement, Awkwafina praised her fellow nominees. "Congrats to my @thefarewell family, @thumbelulu and to all the other nominees!!" she wrote.
Awkwafina, 31, is nominated for her performance in The Farewell, alongside fellow nominees Ana de Armas (Knives Out), Cate Blanchett (Where'd You Go, Bernadette), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) and Emma Thompson (Late Night).
The Farewell was not eligible for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy -- as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association stipulates nominees in those categories must feature 50 percent English dialogue -- but did earn a nomination for Best Foreign Language Motion Picture.
While the Farewell family has plenty to celebrate, Monday's Globe nominations come hand in hand with co-star Zhao Shuzhen being blanked in the Best Supporting Actress category (justice for Nai Nai) and writer-director Lulu Wang missing out on Best Director. (Yet again, the HFPA recognized all-male nominees.)
Jumanji: The Next Level hits theaters on Dec. 13, while the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will air live coast-to-coast on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on NBC.