As award season begins with the Golden Globes tonight, here are a few incredible Asian American and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to America’s cinematic arts and music industry.

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(Ang Lee/ Google Creative Commons Images)

Life of Pi director Ang Lee is the first AAPI to win a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Oscar for Best Director.

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(Yo Yo Ma/ Todd Rosenberg Images)

World renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma has won more than 15 Grammy awards.

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(Pat Morita, www.emmytvlegends.org)

The Karate Kid Actor Pat Morita is the first AAPI to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

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(M. Night Shyamalan/ Wireimage)

The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan is the first AAPI to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director and Original Screenplay.

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(Sandra Oh/ Bob D’Amico/ ABC News)

Grey’s Anatomy actress Sandra Oh has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for five years in a row (2005–2009).

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(Hailee Steinfield/ Stylora.com)

True Grit’s Hailee Steinfield is the youngest actress of Asian descent to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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