Last night saw the 76th Golden Globes take place at the Beverly Hilton, kicking off 2019 award season.
Unlike previous years, the 2019 ceremony remained relatively free of drama, with no envelope mishaps or big falls.
The big wins of the night went to Green Book and The Kominsky Method, with predicted front-runner A Star Is Born coming away with just one Golden Globe for best original song.
But it wasn’t the winners or their speeches that made viral news, instead it was the opening monologue, read by this year’s hosts, Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg.
The two personalities delivered a friendly introduction, praising all of the films and TV shows honoured, but even they couldn’t resist a little jab.
The recipients of the jab in question? Emma Stone and Scarlett Johansson.
Whilst Sandra praised the awareness raised around Asian representation by 2018 rom com Crazy Rich Asians, even she couldn’t resist hashing up past controversies on the subject.
‘It is the first studio film with an Asian-American lead since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha,’ she announced to the audience – two films that caused controversy for casting non-Asian leads in Asian roles, Scarlett and Emma.
Emma, who rustled feathers back in 2015 for portraying an Asian woman in Aloha, took the moment to publicly apologise, shouting ‘I’M SORRY!’.
Sandra Oh: ["Crazy Rich Asians"] is the first studio film with an Asian American lead since "Ghost in the Shell" and "Aloha."
Emma Stone [in the crowd]: I'M SORRY! pic.twitter.com/YI1S7sLvPH
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 7, 2019
‘I’ve become the butt of many jokes,’ Emma has since explained of the role. ‘I’ve learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is. It’s ignited a conversation that’s very important.’
Don’t worry, Emma. Your very public apology during Sandra’s speech seems to have gone down well!