New Delhi: O Yeong-su made history as the first Korean actor to win at the Golden Globe Awards and he thanked people for the feat. South Korean actor O Yeong-su won the country’s first Golden Globe award on Sunday for his role in Netflix hit Squid Game, drawing cheers at home and abroad despite criticism for the ceremony’s organisers over a lack of diversity.
O, 77, won best supporting actor in television for his portrayal of Oh II-nam, also known as The Host or Player 001, becoming the first South Korean ever to snatch a Golden Globe. It is O’s first nomination and win at the awards, conducted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), currently facing a boycott from crucial players due to alleged lack of diversity.
The actor has been active in the theatre, TV, and film circuit of South Korea for over 50 years, gained international prominence after the premiere of “Squid Game” last year in September.
Born in 1944 in what is now a North Korean border town of Kaepung, O is regarded as one of the greatest stage actors in South Korea, appearing in more than 200 stage productions since 1963 and winning a number of major awards.
Squid Game, in which cash-strapped contestants play childhood games with deadly consequences in a bid to win 45.6 billion won ($38.1 million), had triggered a worldwide sensation and became Netflix’s biggest original series launch.
In the nine-part show, O posed as a frail, harmless old man, before eventually revealing his true identity as the sinister orchestrator of the games.
The dystopian drama has inspired countless real-world recreations and social media memes in South Korea, including his use of the term “kkanbu”, which roughly translates as “friend”, propelling his popularity as a hippy “kkanbu grandpa”.
The 79th edition of the Golden Globes was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles in a scaled-down ceremony with no audience and no live stream or television broadcast. The winners were announced on the Twitter page of the Golden Globes.
(With Inputs from ANI)