With everyone seated, the presenters opened the show with a monologue where Oh highlighted the importance and significance of the box office smash Crazy Rich Asians, which featured an all Asian cast.
Emma Stone, who played a half-Chinese and half-Hawaiian airforce pilot in the film, shouts 'I'm Sorry!' at Oh, which she acknowledges. What made the joke even more memorable was a sudden outburst from someone in the crowd.
Sandra Oh took a moment to congratulate Crazy Rich Asians for getting a Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy nomination but in doing so she ended up getting an apology from Emma Stone. 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.
"I've learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is", Stone told The Guardian.
The camera didn't cut to her, which perhaps adds to the notion that this apology was unplanned, and that Emma really, really means it.
Stone, however, did defend being picked as the film's lead saying, "the character was not supposed to look like her background which was a quarter Hawaiian and a quarter Chinese". "It's ignited a conversation that's important". In an interview with news.com.au the year the film was released, Stone said, "I've become the butt of many jokes".
Accepting her award, the Canadian actress thanked her parents, who had given her a standing ovation when her name was called out.