"Crazy Rich Asians is nominated tonight," Oh said. "It is the first studio film with an Asian lead since Ghost In The Shell and Aloha."
The joke was directed at white actresses like Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone, who have both faced criticism for playing characters of Asian descent.
In Aloha, Stone played Allison Ng, a woman of Chinese-Hawaiian-Swedish descent. It's a role that the actress has said taught her important lessons for her career.
“I’ve learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is," Stone said in 2015. "It’s ignited a conversation that’s very important.”
But it seems she's not done apologising. After Oh's joke at the Globes, the was actress allegedly overheard screaming "I'm sorry!" from the audience.
It seems like Stone really has learned from her casting mistake — and that she can take a joke. In any case, the show is off to a good start.