Guatemala-born Oscar Isaac not only starred in one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, but he’s now also a Golden Globe winner. Speaking backstage following his win on Sunday, the actor addressed diversity in film and television, and his hope for the future.
“The guy from Star Wars is not Latino, that’s from a galaxy far, far away a long time ago,” he said. “Look it’s still happening. There’s not a lot of us and it’s difficult for people that look not like the status quo in this country to get great roles, and it’s happening a little bit more and I feel humbled and honored and blessed to have the opportunity to do that.”
He continued, “hopefully that’ll happen more, the people that cast films and TV shows, hopefully they will able to see past their limited ideas of what ethnicity is.”
Isaac won a Golden Globe for playing Nick Wasicsko in HBO’s Show Me a Hero. “Really I want to thank Nay Wasicsko [Nick’s wife], who shared so much of her life, and her pain, and her joy, and without her generosity I would not be standing here.”
Watch his acceptance speech above.