It’s easy to be cynical about awards shows. Rich celebrities patting each other, and themselves, on the back for 3+ interminable hours? No thanks.
Right now we are in the thick of it, with last week’s Golden Globes kicking off a cavalcade of ceremonies that will ultimately peak with the Academy Awards.
Occasionally these shows yield surprises, whether an unexpected win we hate, an unanticipated win we love, an on-stage wedding proposal, or great, or horrible, musical performance, or a genuinely moving acceptance speech, as opposed to a pre-ordained winner’s rambling and/or well-rehearsed gratitude, complete with a long list of names.
During the Critics Choice Awards that were held Sunday night, we got one of those rare, genuine speeches, and the person who delivered it should be pretty safe from your cynicism. Because he’s 8 years old.
Alan Kim won Best Young Actor for his performance in Minari, a moving story about a Korean family pursuing the American dream in Arkansas. The young boss was overwhelmed with emotion and couldn’t even make it through his first sentence, in which he thanked the critics who voted, and his family, before breaking down.
Trust me when I say that by the time he asks “is this a dream?”, there’s an excellent chance you’ll break down too:
ALAN KIM 😭😭😭💓💓💓 pic.twitter.com/ieHUdZ3PmF
— karen han (@karenyhan) March 8, 2021