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Squid Game Star O Yeong-Su Makes History With First Golden Globe Win

Anish Vij

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Squid Game Star O Yeong-Su Makes History With First Golden Globe Win

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Squid Game star O Yeong-su has won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in Television at this year's private award ceremony.

The 77-year-old South Korean actor, who plays Oh II-nam, also known as The Host or Player001, has never won a Golden Globe before.

He becomes the first Korean actor in history to pick up the award and managed to finish ahead of Billy Crudup (The Morning Show), Kieran Culkin (Succession), Mark Duplass (The Morning Show) and Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso).

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

This year's event took place at a private ceremony on Monday (10 January) in LA as the live broadcast was cancelled due to backlash following a lack of diversity in nominations.

The success has come as a bit of a shock to the veteran actor, who started out in theatre in the 1960s.

Last October, he appeared on an episode of the South Korean TV show How Do You Play?

He said: "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'.

He continued: "So many people have been contacting me, and because I don't have a manager to help me, it's hard for me to handle the volume of calls and messages I've been receiving.

"So my daughter has been helping me.

"Things have changed quite a bit. Even when I go out to a cafe or somewhere like that, I now have to be aware of [how I appear to others]. It's made me think, 'Being famous is tough, too.'"

O also reflected on his own personal philosophy about competition, saying: "Our society often only acknowledges first place, as if everyone else doesn't matter.

"As if only first place exists, and second place is meaningless.

"But even though second place lost to first place, second place also beat third place. So everyone is actually a winner. 

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

"That's why I think a true winner is someone who is working hard at the things they want to do and attempting to reach a certain state on the inside. I feel like that kind of person is a winner."

He went on to say that he didn't have any 'grand ambitions', adding: "Big or small, I've received a lot of things while living my life. Now, I want to leave behind those things that I've received. 

"To put it simply, let's say you go to a mountain and see a flower. When we're young, we pick the flower and take it for ourselves. 

"But by the time you reach my age, you leave it there exactly as it is, and you go back to see it again later on.

"It's the same with life. Leaving things exactly the way they are. It isn't easy."

Topics: Netflix, TV and Film

Anish Vij
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