The first-time Golden Globe nominee was emotional when he took the stage, thanking his “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” director Steven Spielberg.
“I was raised to never forget where I came from, and to always remember who gave me my first opportunity. I am so happy to see Steven Spielberg here tonight,” Quan said. “When I started my career as a child actor in ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,’ I felt so very lucky to have been chosen. As I grew older, I started to wonder if that was it, if that was just luck. For so many years, I was afraid I had nothing more to offer. No matter what I did, I would never surpass what I achieved as a kid. Thankfully, more than 30 years later, two guys thought of me. They remembered that kid, and they gave me an opportunity to try again.”
Quan continued, “Everything that has happened since has been unbelievable. [‘Everything Everywhere’ directors] Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, thank you so, so much for helping me find my answer. You have given me more than I could have ever hoped.”
This is Quan’s first acting nomination and win at the Globes, and he is the second actor of Asian descent to win the Globe for supporting actor (the first was Haing S. Ngor for his role in “The Killing Fields”). Quan, who began his acting career playing Data in “Goonies” and Short Round in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” was also nominated with his cast mates Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis. Directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan were triple-nominated for directing, screenplay and best picture.
Quan’s role in “EEAAO” as Waymond Wang ignited a firestorm of positive reviews for his performance. Playing the sweet husband to Yeoh’s Evelyn, the two run a laundromat together in the Daniels’ wild multiverse.
The actor has earned lots of recognition for his part in the A24 picture, and has already taken home hardware from the Gotham Awards, National Society of Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle.
Next up, Quan will appear in “The Electric State” and Marvel’s “Loki.”
Watch his speech below.