"White dudes can’t be counted on to identify with anyone who doesn’t look or live like they do"
Crazy Rich Asians was awarded a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy.
Speaking on behalf of the film at the awards, producer Nina Jacobson said that representation cannot be left to solely caucasian actors.
“When I was coming up in the business, my bosses — white guys — told me that while every audience member can identify with a white male protagonist, white dudes can’t be counted on to identify with anyone who doesn’t look or live like they do,” said Jacobson after collecting the award with the film’s cast and crew on stage behind her.
“Jon [M Chu], Kevin [Kwan] and our cast and crew were united by a sense of purpose and identity,” she continued. “They knew how much was riding on the success of this movie. Representation is power, and our movie — like so many of those nominated today — reminds us that audiences are hungry to see that power redistributed.”
Sandra Oh also won a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in Killing Eve.