Emma Stone has yet to escape the controversy surrounding “Aloha”.
“The Favourite” actress played Allison Ng – a quarter-Chinese, quarter-Hawaiian, and half-Swedish character – in the 2015 box office bust. 2019 Golden Globes host Sandra Oh cracked a joke at the expense of “Aloha” and the Scarlett Johansson-led “Ghost in the Shell” during Sunday’s opening monologue.
Oh acknowledged “Crazy Rich Asians” as “the first studio film with an Asian American lead since ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and ‘Aloha’.” What made the joke even more memorable was a sudden outburst from someone in the crowd.
“I’m sorry!” Stone could be heard yelling from the audience and social media quickly took note of the spontaneous apology.
“Aloha” was a critical and box-office bust, earning just $26.3 million against a budget reportedly upwards of $57 million. Fortunately, the film’s blockbuster cast – which included Bradley Cooper and Stone – faired much better in 2018 with critically acclaimed roles in “A Star Is Born” and “The Favourite”, respectively.
“Crazy Rich Asians” was a resounding success earning $238.4 million against a $30 million budget. It currently holds a 91 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The 2019 Golden Globes aired Sunday, Jan. 6. Click here to see who took home awards.