After becoming a summer breakout star, starring in films like Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, the 29-year-old actress is set to host the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
The awards show will be a big night for Awkwafina, as her hit romcom movie, Crazy Rich Asians, will be recognized during the ceremony with the Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award for its talented cast, which also includes Henry Golding, Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan and Ken Jeong, among many others.
"I just want to say, and this is a true story, back in 2000 I came here to 30 Rock and waited outside when my idol Lucy Liu hosted SNL," she recalled during her opening monologue. "I was a kid and I didn't have a ticket, so I knew that I wasn't getting in. I just wanted to be near the building and I remember how important that episode was for me, and how it totally changed what I thought was possible for an Asian American woman."