You will always be enough. Crazy Hit Asians, the box-office hit set in Singapore, took home the trophy for best comedy at the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday (Jan 13).
The film, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, beat out Deadpool 2, The Death Of Stalin, Game Night, Sorry To Bother You and The Favourite to clinch the award, its only win for the night.
Upon the announcement, the entire cast took to the stage, while producer Nina Jacobson spoke on the cultural significance of the film, which grossed US$238.4 million (S$322.71 million) worldwide on a US$30 million budget.
“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," Jacobson said.
“[It was] the ultimate combination of mansplaining and manspreading all balled up into one convenient premise which was, and still is, a bunch of bulls***.”
“You don't have to be crazy, rich or Asian to relate to Kevin Kwan's storytelling, but you sure as hell have to be Asian to star in it,” said the veteran producer. “And [director] John Chu assembled an insanely gifted cast of all-stars, anyone of whom could and should star in a movie of his or her own.”
“John, Kevin and our cast and crew were united by a sense of purpose and identity,” Jacobson added. “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, who took home the award for best actress in a drama series for Killing Eve, ran up to the elated cast and embraced the actresses as they all posed for photos.
Crazy Rich Asians was also nominated for best acting ensemble and best production design, which it lost to The Favourite and Black Panther, respectively.
Constance Wu, who played the lead character of Rachel Chu in Crazy Rich Asians, lost best actress in a comedy to Olivia Colman of The Favourite.