Mexican actor Diego Luna made a simple yet powerful statement at this year's Golden Globes when he took the stage with his Rogue One: A Star Wars Story co-star Felicity Jones to present the award for Best Screenplay. Luna, who attended the awards with his longtime friend and Globe nominee Gael García Bernal, addressed the audience mostly in Spanish.
"Silencio, por favor," he said at first to quiet the show's attendees, who were still mingling after a commercial break.
"Buenas noches a todos," Luna continued as a greeting. He even uttered the famous line "And the Golden Globe goes to ..." in Spanish: "Y el Globo de Oro es para ..."
"You got that, right?" he cheekily asked the crowd as he opened the envelope to reveal the winner — Damien Chazelle for La La Land.
Many on Twitter praised Luna for sending a message of Hollywood diversity.
Several viewers also noted how refreshing the moment was in contrast with actress Sofía Vergara's earlier presenting bit, which appeared to make fun of her accent.
Luna, who kept his own accent in Rogue One, recently highlighted the importance of onscreen diversity by sharing a fan's touching story about taking their Mexican father to see the film. "As we drove home he started telling me about other Mexican actors that he thinks should be in movies in America," the fan wrote. "Representation matters."
Actress Meryl Streep sent a similar message of inclusion Sunday night in her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, during which she shared the varied national origins of several nominees. "Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners," she said. "If you kick 'em all out, you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts."