Awkwafina just made history by winning the best actress in a musical or comedy award at the Golden Globes, for her role in the The Farewell – making her the first woman of Asian descent to ever win a Globe in a lead actress category. Despite this coup, a week later she was unceremoniously snubbed by the Oscars, with her name nowhere on the list of nominees, announced on January 13. The actress born Nora Lum broke out into the mainstream with her supporting roles in Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's 8 , and is also a successful rapper with two albums under her belt. But there is still much more to this multifaceted woman that many do not know. Who were the big winners at the Critics’ Choice Awards? She really admires Lucy Liu Born in Queens, New York, at the age of 11, Awkwafina forced her father to take her to see Lucy Liu live on Saturday Night Live . This was revealed during Awkwafina’s own monologue in 2018, when the actress became the second Asian-American to host the show – after Liu did almost two decades earlier. View this post on Instagram Two queens girls. And years later, we finally met. Love you Lucy @lucyliu A post shared by AWKWAFINA (@awkwafina) on May 31, 2019 at 4:03pm PDT Awkwafina recalled how she waited in line to watch Liu with her own eyes, saying, “I just wanted to be near the building. I remember how important that episode was for me and how it totally changed what I thought was possible for an Asian-American woman.” After the heartfelt shoutout, Liu responded and posted a picture of the rapper, writing “shine on fellow warrior” on Instagram. View this post on Instagram Thank you gorgeous @Awkwafina for the epic @nbcsnl shoutout and performance. Shine on Fellow Warrior! A post shared by Lucy Liu (@lucyliu) on Oct 11, 2018 at 7:31am PDT She had a diverse education The 31-year-old actress has always been a creative soul. She attended the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she trained in classical music and played the trumpet. Awkwafina also majored in journalism and women’s studies at The State University of New York at Albany. During this time, she also interned at Gotham Gazette and Times Union , and worked as the publicity assistant for publishing house Rodale. View this post on Instagram Had so much fun with @priyankachopra this afternoon. Thanks for the talk!! #justonething @youtube A post shared by AWKWAFINA (@awkwafina) on Jan 21, 2019 at 5:24pm PST The best and worst-dressed celebrities at the Golden Globes 2020 She comes from a family of restaurant owners Awkwafina might not spend a lot of time in the kitchen nowadays, but the actress-rapper actually comes from a long line of restaurateurs. Her great-grandfather, who was a Chinese immigrant, opened the Cantonese restaurant Lum’s in Flushing neighbourhood in Queens, while her grandmother also ran an eatery in Port Jefferson, New York. In an interview with The New York Times, the actress, of Chinese-Korean descent, stated that she can make zongzi (sticky rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves), loves lap cheong sausages and lives on ramen and Korean jajangmyeon. View this post on Instagram Happy turkey day to you guys! I Found the thanksgiving menu from my family’s old restaurant, Lum’s on Northern Blvd. It was founded by my great-grandpa Jimmy Lum, who came to the US in the 1940s through a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act. He slept on concrete floors and worked in kitchens and laundromats from the Bronx to Manhattan, without a penny to his name. But by what can only be described as the dankest hustle mentality ever, my great-grandpa managed to open his own restaurant: the first and most well-known Chinese-American joint in the five boroughs. Moving into the 1960s, and with JFK newly in office - the Chinese Exclusion Act was lifted, and with his newfound financial success, Jimmy Lum was able to bring my grandma, Grandpa and Lil ones to the US. To this day, I meet people who remember Lum’s, and it makes me proud that his legacy is still remembered. Thanksgiving (while historically and politically kind of fucked up...) is an American tradition and an amazing excuse to eat a Christmas ham and drink Mikes hard lemonade. But this year, I wanted to give thanks to my great-grandpa, a true self-made man who beat out the odds. Thank you for bringing us to New York City. #happythanksgivng A post shared by AWKWAFINA (@awkwafina) on Nov 22, 2018 at 11:20am PST She supports Asian inclusivity and diversity Awkwafina told Net-a-Porter that she doesn’t want to be stereotyped and feels she has responsibilities as an Asian-American actor. “For me, I have a responsibility to my community to represent them because there are so [few] of us. So when you say NO [to a stereotyped role], that in itself is a privilege,” she said. However, the actress is optimistic about the new trends happening in Hollywood. As she told People , “I think the difference is between diversity and representation. Diversity is the illusion of representation whereas representation actually speaks to people. I think they’re [Hollywood] figuring that out in a way that I feel very optimistic about.” View this post on Instagram My CRA gals @criticschoice @crazyrichasians RG: @imdb A post shared by AWKWAFINA (@awkwafina) on Jan 13, 2019 at 10:32pm PST The 20 worst-rated movies ever – how many have you seen? She is close to her grandmother in real life Just like her character Billi in The Farewell , Awkwafina is also very close to her grandmother in real life. After her mother died, Awkwafina was raised by her grandmother (or as she affectionately calls her, “Grandma-fina”) who got her singing lessons, laughed at her dirty jokes, and whom she still talks to every day. “My grandmother was everything to me, she taught me that Asian women are strong, they’re not meek orchard-dwelling figures. She always knew I had something, not even star power, but spunk,” she told The Guardian . View this post on Instagram My grandma was on TV today! Thank you @todayshow and @hodaandjenna @savannahguthrie and of course @williegeist for bringing flowers. My grandma thinks you’re very handsome. Go see @thefarewell out nationwide 8/2!!! My amazing team: @itsmatin @josueperezhair @ecduzit @kovertcreative Wearing @therealphilliplim : @casi.moss A post shared by AWKWAFINA (@awkwafina) on Jul 17, 2019 at 7:59am PDT Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .