SEOUL, Jan 10 – 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.
He beat more globally renowned competitors including Billy Crudup and Kieran Culkin, who were respectively nominated for their performances in The Morning Show and Succession.
This year’s ceremony was held privately without the usual glitzy fanfare after many actors, directors and film studios refused to attend amid criticism that its organiser, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, lacked decent ethics policies and ethnic diversity.
“After hearing the news, I told myself for the first time, ‘you’re a nice dude,'” O said in a statement released by Netflix.
“It’s no longer us within the world, it’s the world within us. Embracing the scent of our culture and the love for my family, Thank all of you in the world. I wish you a beautiful life.”
O’s achievement came after Youn Yuh-jung won best supporting actress at last year’s Academy Awards, the first South Korean to win an Oscar, for her role in “Minari,” a heartfelt Korean immigrant tale.
President Moon Jae-in congratulated O and the drama’s crew, saying “Squid Game” gave hope for humanity despite its gloomy depiction of society.
Source: Netflix, inc