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Golden Globes 2022: Squid Game’s O Yeong-su, 77, wins first Golden Globe for South Korea

Golden Globes 2022: Squid Game’s O Yeong-su, 77, wins first Golden Globe for South Korea
O Yeong-su in his pivotal role as Oh II-nam in Squid Game (Picture: Netflix)

Squid Game star O Yeong-su has won his first Golden Globe at the age of 77.

He was awarded in the best supporting actor category in television for his role in the smash-hit Netflix drama.

The actor, who is the first South Korean to win a Golden Globe, clinched the prize for his performance as Oh II-nam, also known as Player 001 or The Host.

He triumphed in his series, mini-series or motion picture for TV category over the likes of more internationally established stars including Kieran Culkin in Succession (his third nomination in a row for the role of Roman Roy), Mark Duplass and Billy Crudup, both for The Morning Show, and Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein.

A veteran performer, O Yeong-su began his stage career in 1963, appearing in over 200 shows to wide acclaim in his homeland.

He has previously received the Dong-A Theatre Award (1979), Baeksang Arts Award (1994), and the National Theatre Association of Korea for best actor in 2000.

Further seasons of the hit show are already in development (Picture: Youngkyu Park/Netflix)

The star previously revealed that he had enlisted his daughter to help him manage his newfound global fame, stating in October that he doesn’t have a manager (offers must be pouring in now though).

O Yeong-su admitted on MBC’s How Do You Play?, as reported by Soompi: ‘I feel like I’m floating on air. It makes me think, “I need to calm down, organise my thoughts, and hold myself back right now.”

His other screen credits include TV series The Great Queen Seondeok and films Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring and A Little Monk, in all of which he played a monk.

The Golden Globes was an oddly muted online affair on Sunday night, with no celebrity guests bar Jamie Lee Curtis, who appeared in a pre-recorded video to celebrate the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s philanthropic efforts, with which she said she was ‘proud to be associated with them in this venture’.

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