‘Squid Game’ star O Yeong-su becomes the first actor from Korea to win a Golden Globe

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  • “Squid Game” star O Yeong-su won Best Supporting Actor in Television at the 79th Golden Globe Awards.
  • He made history by becoming the first Korean actor to take home a Golden Globe Award.

Warning: The following contains spoilers for those who have not finished “Squid Game” Season 1.

“Squid Game” Player 001 O Yeong-su recently won South Korea’s first Golden Globe Award in an acting category.

The 77-year-old actor who starred in Netflix’s top series of all time won Best Supporting Actor in Television at the 2022 Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 9. His fellow nominees included Kieran Culkin from “Succession,” Brett Goldstein from “Ted Lasso” and Billy Crudup and Mark Duplass from “The Morning Show.” 

O portrayed Oh Il-nam in “Squid Game,” or Player 001, an elderly participant in the deadly game who has a brain tumor. He was later revealed to be the mastermind behind the games. 

“I feel like I’m floating on air,” O said on a Korean television broadcast, according to NME. “It makes me think, ‘I need to calm down, organize my thoughts, and hold myself back right now.’ 

He continued: “So many people have been contacting me, and because I don’t have a manager to help me, it’s hard for me to handle the volume of calls and messages I’ve been receiving, so my daughter has been helping me.”

The South Korean actor was born in 1944 and is known as one of the country’s greatest stage actors, having appeared in more than 200 theatre productions. Now, as a result of his role in the Netflix hit show, O has become the first South Korean actor to win a Golden Globe Award. His achievement follows Sandra Oh’s historic win in 2019 as the first Asian American actress to receive, not one, but two golden globes.

The 79th Golden Globe Awards was a private event without the usual livestream, telecast or red carpet, after NBC decided to drop the ceremony following backlash the Hollywood Foreign Press Association received last year due to its lack of diversity among members and nominations.

Featured Images Netflix Asia (left), Netflix (right) 

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