‘Squid Game’ star O Yeong-su becomes first Korean to win a Golden Globe

The Golden Globe Awards held on Sunday 9 January saw MJ Rodriguez become the first transgender actress to win the prestigious award. Squid Game actor O Yeong-su also made history at the untelevised awards show as the first Korean actor to win a Golden Globe. 


O Yeong-su has been in the entertainment industry since 1967. The 77-year-old actor has appeared in more than 15 theatre productions, television shows and films over the past 50 years. 

On Sunday 9 January, the actor won the award for Best Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion PIcture Made for Television at the Golden Globe Awards. He won the award for his role as Player 001 in the Korean drama, Squid Game. Yeong-su beat out the likes of Brett Goldstein, Mark Duplass, Kieran Culkin and Billy Crudup for the award. 

The award marks O Yeong-su’s first win at a major awards show. He has also become the first Korean actor to win a Golden Globe Award. 


In December 2021 Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk revealed that he was “in talks” with Netflix for a season two and three of the hit series. In an interview with Korean broadcaster, KBS Dong-hyuk said: “We will come to a conclusion any time soon.” 

In a previous interview, he mentioned that the winner of the game in the show, Gi-hun (played by Lee Jung-jae) will come back. “He’ll do something for the world,” the director added. 

In 2021, the series reached 82 million households on its debut on 17 September. In October, the show had drawn in over 12 million viewers across the world. 


After its success, Squid Game won four awards across several different award shows in 2021. 

The hit series took home the Breakthrough Series – Long Form Award at the 2021 Gotham Awards, Best Score – TV at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards and Bingeworthy Show of the Year at the People’s Choice Awards. 

Squid Game also won the Special Award at the AFI Awards (American Film Institute).

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