Golden Globes history was rewritten as Ali Wong and Steven Yeun secured coveted golden statuettes on a recent Sunday, clinching the titles of best actress and actor in a limited series for their stellar performances in Netflix’s intense road rage drama, “Beef.”
This groundbreaking achievement marked a pivotal moment, with Wong and Yeun becoming the trailblazing first and second actors of Asian descent to triumph in their respective categories. (It’s worth noting that Darren Criss broke ground in 2019 by winning the trophy for his role in “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”)
Sunday’s dual triumph not only added a glittering accolade to both Yeun and Wong’s careers but also marked their maiden nominations and victories in the prestigious awards ceremony. In her gracious acceptance speech, Wong expressed gratitude to Yeun, the cast, and the crew, emphasizing that the friendships forged on the set of “Beef” would forever remain the most cherished outcome of the project.
Acknowledging her ex-husband Justin Hakuta, with whom she co-parents two children, Wong added a personal touch to her thank-yous, recognizing him for enabling her to navigate the challenging path of being a working mother.
Yeun, in his acceptance speech, humorously referenced the Disney movie “Frozen” while mentioning his children. Reflecting on his journey, he shared, “The story I usually tell to myself is one of isolation and separateness. And then you come up here, and you have this moment, and you can only just think about everyone else.” Playfully likening his experience to the plot of “Frozen,” Yeun expressed deep gratitude, acknowledging the countless acts of compassionate love and protection that paved the way for his success.
The acclaimed debut season of “Beef” premiered on Netflix in April to widespread critical acclaim. The dark comedy, headlined by Yeun and Wong, unfolds the gripping narrative of two strangers entangled in a road rage incident, setting off a tumultuous feud and a thrilling adventure as they succumb to their impulsive instincts. This historic recognition at the Golden Globes further solidifies the impact of “Beef” and the exceptional performances that have now etched Ali Wong and Steven Yeun into the annals of Hollywood history.