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Elated, says Indian American Aziz Ansari on first win at Golden Globe Awards

Monday January 8, 2018 3:16 PM, & Agencies

Aziz Ansari

Los Angeles:
Indian-origin actor Aziz Ansari finally took home the Golden Globe this year as he emerged winner in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Musical/Comedy category for his role in "The Master Of None".

The 34-year-old actor said he was elated on his first win at the annual awards as going by the websites he thought he had already lost the award this year too, according to PTI.

"I genuinely didn't think I would win as all the websites said I was gonna lose. Also, I am glad that we won this one. To lose two of these in a row would have been a really sh***y moment for me. But this is nice. The only reason my acting is good on the show is because everyone holds me up," Ansari said in his acceptance speech.

"I want to thank Italy for all the amazing food we ate on season two," he joked.

Ansari was nominated in the same category for the Netflix show The Master of None in 2016. He was up against Anthony Anderson of Black-ish, Kevin Bacon of I Love Dick, William H Macy of Shameless and Will and Grace star Eric McCormack.

Aziz Ansari had debuted on the Forbes list of Highest-Paid Comedians 2015 with $9.5 million in earnings, thanks to his fan-favourite role as Tom Haverford on the NBC hit "Parks and Recreation".

Like many other celebrities, Ansari, who is ranked sixth, has taken his fame from the stage and screen to the page, the US business magazine noted.

His book, Modern Romance - a sociological investigation into the dating and love lives of millennials -- earned him an advance in the seven-figures. It also brought him name recognition among Tinder-swipers and Hinge-matchers.

One of the most interesting developments in comedy in recent years is the growing action on the smallest screen. The Internet has given comedians new platforms on which to make money from their jokes, Forbes said.

"And just as in many areas of the entertainment industry, Netflix is changing the game. Thanks to comedy special exclusives, funnymen Peters, Louis C.K. and Ansari all added significant amounts to their earnings," it said.


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