Squid Game’s O Yeong-su wins his first Golden Globe aged 77

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O Yeong-su (Netflix)
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Squid Game star O Yeong-su stunned Hollywood overnight by taking home best supporting actor in a television series at this year’s muted Golden Globes.

The 77-year-old South Korean actor plays Oh II-nam, also referred to as The Host or Player 00, in the cult show.

It is his first Golden Globe nomination and win.

O Yeong-su is also the first Korean actor in Golden Globes history to win an award.

He faced stiff competition for the prize - and beat Billy Crudup (The Morning Show), Kieran Culkin (Succession), Mark Duplass (The Morning Show) and Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso) to victory.

O Yeong-su began his career on stage and has appeared in some 200 theatrical productions.

He moved in to television and theatre in the seventies - but is now best known for Squid Game - which is Netflix’s most-watched series in 94 countries, with 142million households believed to have watched it.

In October, O Yeong-su said about the show and its success: “I feel like I’m floating on air.”

The 79th Golden Globes took place on Sunday night and was a bizarrely muted online event with no celebrity guests.

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The awards has faced heavy criticism over the past year for diversity issues within its organising body.

The typically star-studded and joke-filled event was replaced by periodic updates from the Golden Globes website and official social media accounts.

The low-key ceremony took place at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday without a red carpet or official media access.

The decision to make the awards a “private event” was announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organisation that presents the awards, last week.

The HFPA came in for heavy criticism last year after it emerged that it had no black members, prompting the association to overhaul its bylaws and implement changes addressing ethics and inclusion.

The broadcast of the 2022 awards ceremony was also dropped by US network NBC.

The Power Of The Dog was named best picture overall, with Jane Campion being awarded best director and Kodi Smit-McPhee best supporting actor in a drama film.

British star Cumberbatch was nominated for best actor for his role in the film but lost out to Will Smith.

HBO’s darkly comic series Succession also received three awards at the subdued ceremony.

Cast members Jeremy Strong and Sarah Snook were both individually recognised at this year’s Globes for their performances.

The pair play the sniping Roy siblings Kendall and Shiv, alongside their younger brother Roman, played by Kieran Culkin.

Strong won the best actor in a TV drama series Globe and Snook earned her first nomination and win for best supporting actress in television.

Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of Broadway musical West Side Story, originally staged in 1957, also earned three awards, including best musical or comedy film.

Rachel Zegler won best actress in a musical or comedy film for her performance as Maria, and Ariana DeBose was named best supporting actress in a motion picture.

Best actress in a motion picture drama went to Nicole Kidman for her portrayal of TV legend Lucille Ball in Being The Ricardos.

The win marks Kidman’s fifth Globe victory, and she has been nominated for Globes a total of 17 times.

She dedicated the win to Ball and “all the other incredible women nominated”.

Meanwhile, Michaela Jae Rodriguez became the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe.

Rodriguez won the award for best actress in a TV drama for her portrayal of “house mother” Bianca Rodriguez in Pose.

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