Septuagenarian Actor O Yeong-su Wins Golden Globe for 'Squid Game' Role

  • By Lee Tae-hoon

    January 11, 2022 11:33

    O Yeong-su won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role on Television for his role in Netflix's hit Korean series "Squid Game" on Sunday.

    "After hearing that I won, I told myself for the first time in my life, 'You're not bad at all,'" the 78-year-old actor said. "I express my sincere gratitude to all fans [of Korean shows] around the world and hope you make your life beautiful."

    It is the first time that a Korean actor performing in a Korean TV drama has won a Golden Globe.

    O Yeong-su

    Director Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" and Korean-American Lee Isaac Chung's "Minari" won Best Foreign Language Film at the events in 2020 and 2021.

    Lee Jung-jae, the star of the dystopian series, was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor but failed to clinch it. The winner was Jeremy Strong of the HBO series "Succession," which also beat out "Squid Game" in competition for Best Television Series - Drama.

    The Golden Globe Awards were marred by a boycott by Hollywood producers and actors over corruption and discrimination scandals.

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the event's organizer, has seen its reputation damaged by a number of controversies ranging from racism and sexism in its nominating process to lack of race representation and bribery.

    Broadcaster NBC canceled its contract to air the award ceremony, forcing it to be held behind closed doors with the winners announced via text message on the HFPA's homepage.

    O was the only Asian among 17 individual winners this time.

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