Kumail Nanjiani and wife Emily V. Gordon, both of whom cowrote the script 'The Big Sick' based on their real-life courtship, receive their Critics Choice Award.
Nanjiani used his Critics' Choice Awards speech to make a point about diversity on Thursday night.
'I’d like to thank all the white men who allowed us to stand here today,' said the Pakistani-born actor and comic after accepting the trophy for Best Comedy.
Nanjiani was honored for The Big Sick, the film he co-wrote with wife Emily V. Gordon, inspired by their own life.
During their courtship, Gordon suffered a life-threatening illness and was placed in an induced coma. As she accepted the award, she said, 'We had such an amazing cast that brought the movie to life. I want to thank my doctor.'
It is the first time in Hollywood history that an original script written by an Asian/American was so honored.