Awkwafina on 'Crazy Rich Asians' Oscars' Snub Despite Golden Globe and SAG Nominations

Although the blockbuster movie was nominated for the top honors at both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards this year, it failed to feature in the Oscars Best Picture race

Awkwafina isn’t sweating Crazy Rich Asians‘ Oscar snub.

Although the blockbuster movie was nominated for the top honors at both the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards this year, it failed to factor into the best picture race at the upcoming Academy Awards. But the star of the movie — who played Constance Wu‘s hilarious best friend Peik Lin — said that’s not what matters most about the comedy.

I don’t really know the exact reasoning behind it, but yeah, of course it would have been cool,” Awkwafina said about about the oversight while promoting a new project at the Sundance Film Festival. “But we did have an amazing awards run. We were up for tons of awards and we actually won the Critics’ Choice best picture…we’re very grateful for the attention that it’s gotten.”

She added, “I don’t think we anticipated it to be nominated for any awards, so the fact that it got as much recognition as it did, I think that’s enough.”

cyw_sag_people_004
Cast of Crazy Rich Asians at the PEOPLE’s SAG Awards Gala. Colin Young-Wolff for People

Crazy Rich Asians is the first studio film since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club to feature an entirely Asian cast.

Wu opened up to PEOPLE ahead of the movie’s August release about the progress that Crazy Rich Asians represents in Hollywood.

“I loved the story and thought, ‘I could play this.’ But it seemed impossible,” Wu said. “I had never seen an Asian-American woman be the leading role in a movie or saw a face that looked even close to mine that Hollywood deemed worthy of its own fairy-tale story.”

The announced sequel — based on China Rich Girlfriend, the second book by Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan — will in part focus on the romance between Harry Shum Jr.‘s and Gemma Chan’s characters.

Related Articles