Squid Game star Oh Yeong-su became the first Korean actor to win a Golden Globe Award after he took home the trophy for the Best Supporting Actor in Television. Oh, who is 77-years-old, beat others to win his first Golden Globe at his first attempt for his role as Player 001 in the hit Netflix series.
Following backlash over a diversity and corruption scandal which led to an industry boycott of the once-prestigious awards show, the winners of this year’s Golden Globes were announced at a private ceremony streamed online with no presenters or speeches.
Oh was thus not given the opportunity to address his win. However, the veteran actor has previously addressed the impact of the show.
‘So many people have been contacting me, and because I don’t have a manager to help me, its hard for me to handle the volume of calls and messages I’ve been receiving. So my daughter has been helping me’ he said in an interview. Oh was born in 1944 in Kaesong which is now in North Korea. He has been acting since 1967 and claims to have appeared in well over 200 theatre productions before transitioning to film and TV.
Squid Game became Netflix’s most successful TV show ever after its September 2021 release. It was also nominated for Best Television Drama, but lost out to ‘Succession’.