Lee Jung Jae, the star of hit K-drama Squid Game, one of the biggest shows of the past year might have skipped the 2022 Golden Globes but that doesn’t mean he isn’t here for his co-star’s win. Oh Young Soo, 77, who plays Il Nam in Netflix’s survival thriller won the award for Best Supporting Actor making history as the first Korean actor to win a Golden Globe. Fellow nominees in the awards category included Kieran Culkin from Succession, Billy Crucup and Mark Duplass from The Morning Show and Brett Goldstein from Ted Lasso.
Lee Jung Jae who played Seong Gi-hun in the series congratulated his “Gganbu” in a wholesome post. Sharing a photo of himself with Oh Young Soo from the sets of Squid Game, the actor wrote, “Congratulations, Ilnam Teacher. All the scenes with the teacher were an honor.”
Reacting to his win, Oh Young Soo told Netflix “After hearing the news of the award, I told myself, ‘I’m a decent guy,’ for the first time in my life.”
He added, “Now, it’s no longer ‘us within the world,’ but it’s ‘the world within us.’ While embracing the scent of our culture and while embracing the love for my family deep in my heart, I give thanks to everyone in the world. I hope you all live beautiful lives. Thank you.”
The most poignant and shocking scenes in Squid Game featured Gi-hun and Il Nam including the gut-wrenching sequence where the former is forced to deceive the latter during a game right after sharing an emotional moment. It’s a strong example of why Oh Young Soo so rightly deserves the win.
Unlike preceding years, the 2022 Golden Globes had no red carpet, celebrity presenters or even an audience. The winners were announced on social media after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) was boycotted by a majority studios and stars given the allegations of blatant racism (they had no Black members), sexism and corruption. In fact, NBC refused to broadcast the award ceremony.
This year did see two important wins including the Korean actor’s award. While Oh Young Soo became the first Korean star to bag an award, Pose star Michaela Jae Rodriguez also made history as the first transgender actor to win a Golden Globe.
“To my young LGBTQAI babies WE ARE HERE…” Rodriguez said reacting to the win. Read all about it here:
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