Despite criticism of the ceremony’s organizers for a lack of diversity, South Korean actor O Yeong-su received the country’s first Golden Globe award on Sunday for his part in Netflix hit Squid Game, drawing shouts at home and abroad.
Squid Game actor O Yeong-su wins first South Korea’s first Golden Globe
O, 77, took home the Golden Globe for outstanding supporting actor in a television series for his depiction as Oh II-nam, commonly known as The Host or Player 001, being the first South Korean to do so.
He beat out more well-known contenders such as Billy Crudup and Kieran Culkin, who were nominated for their roles in The Morning Show and Succession, respectively.
After many performers, directors, and studios refused to attend due to allegations that the ceremony’s organizer, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, lacked appropriate ethics policies and ethnic diversity, this year’s ceremony was held privately without the customary lavish pomp.
“For the first time after receiving the news, I reminded myself, ‘You’re a kind man,'” O stated in a statement issued by Netflix.
“It’s no longer about us in relation to the world; it’s about the world in relation to us. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank I wish you a lovely life.”
Youn Yuh-jung, the first South Korean to win an Oscar, earned best supporting actress for her part in Minari, a touching Korean immigrant story, at last year’s Academy Awards.
President Moon Jae-in praised O and the drama’s cast and crew, noting that despite its dark portrayal of society, Squid Game provided humanity hope.
Squid Game, a dystopian drama in which cash-strapped participants compete to win 45.6 billion won ($38.1 million) by playing childhood games with terrible repercussions, became a worldwide sensation and Netflix’s biggest original series premiere.
In the nine-part series, O pretended to be a feeble, innocent old man before revealing his actual identity as the games’ sinister mastermind.
In South Korea, the dystopian drama has sparked a slew of real-world recreations and social media memes, including his use of the phrase “kkanbu,” which roughly translates as “friend,” boosting his celebrity as a hippy “kkanbu grandfather.”
O, who was born in 1944 in what is now the North Korean border town of Kampung, is widely considered as one of South Korea’s best stage actors, having appeared in over 200 shows since 1963 and earning numerous honors.
He’s also played a number of captivating supporting roles in film and television, including in Kim Ki-late duk’s award-winning films Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring, released in 2003.
O earned the moniker “monk actor” for his role as a Buddhist monk in that 2003 film and others, as well as countless television commercials.
During a TV appearance in October, he stated that he opted to join Squid Game because of the director’s insight into social anomalies.
Net Worth of O Yeong-su:
As of 2020 and 2021 Net Worth of O Yeong-su is $02 Million, O Yeong-su monthly salary is $3000.
Education of O Yeong-su:
O Yeong-su qualification is Graduation.
Television List of O Yeong-su:
- The First Republic (1981)
- Queen Seondeok (2009)
- The Return of lljimae (2009)
- God of War (2012)
Movie List of O Yeong-su:
- The Soul Guardians (1998)
- A Little Monk (2003)
- Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter …. and Spring (2003)
Web Series List of O Yeong-su:
- Squid Game (2021)
Awards and Achievement of O Yeong-su:
- Honored with the ‘Baeksang Arts Award’ (1994)
- Theatre Award in the category of Best Actor (1997)
- South Korea’s first Golden Globe (2022)