Sandra Oh Makes History as the First Asian Actress to Win 2 Golden Globes

Sandra Oh made history as the first Asian actress to win more than one Golden Globe award on Sunday night.

Oh, who also co-hosted the awards ceremony with Andy Samberg, received Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for her role as Eve Polastri in BBC America’s “Killing Eve.”


The show, based on Luke Jennings’s “Codename Villanelle” novella series, premiered on April 8, 2018, with a second season arriving in spring.

It follows Polaski, a British intelligence agent who tracks down Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a psychopathic assassin-for-hire.


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Oh first received a Golden Globe in 2006 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television — for her iconic role as Cristina Yang in ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

The 47-year-old Korean-Canadian actress is also the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama in 38 years, following Yoko Shimada who won for her performance in “Shogun” in 1981.

Even better, Oh is also the first Asian to ever host the ceremony — and interestingly the second host to win while emceeing after Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) in 2014.

“I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,” she said during the opening.

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Oh’s victory relieves her loss at last year’s Emmys, where she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series also for her performance in “Killing Eve.”

Still, she was the first Asian actress to ever be recognized in the said category.

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Oh is not the only actor of Asian descent to win on Sunday night. Darren Criss received Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for his role as Andrew Cunanan in Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”

Criss honored his Filipino mom saying, “As we’ve seen, this has been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood, and I am so enormously proud to be a teeny, tiny part of that as the son of a firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming to this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this. Mom, I know you’re watching this. You are hugely responsible for most of the good things in my life. I love you dearly. I dedicate this to you.”

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