- O Yeong-su won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role on Television at the 79th Golden Globe Awards
- The actor made history as he became the first Korean actor to be nominated and win such a prestigious award
- The 77-year-old outshined stars like Billy Crudup, Brett Goldstein and Kieran Culkin, who were in the same category
Squid Game star O Yeong-su made history after becoming the first Korean actor to scoop a Golden Globe Award.
The 79th Golden Globe Awards was held on Sunday, January 9, with stars being honoured for their excellent work in 2021.
Yeong-su won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role on Television for his role as Oh ll-nam, also referred to as Player 001.
According to CNN, his victory was announced at a private ceremony streamed online without any celebrity presenters and speeches.
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The organisers intended to have a scaled-down event after controversy over lack of diversity among Hollywood Foreign Press Association members and other questions related to financial benefits.
Huge win for O and Korea
The actor beat huge names such as Billy Crudup - The Morning Show, Kieran Culkin -Succession, Mark Duplass - The Morning Show and Brett Goldstein -Ted Lasso, who were in the same category.
Despite being a celebrated stage actor in South Korea, this was his first-ever nomination and win in a major award.
His win also became the first time a Korean TV drama or actor was nominated and won a Golden Globe.
Squid Game creator on show's fortune
Legit.ng reported in October 2021 that the TV show's creator Hwang rubbished rumours that the film's success made him a rich man.
In an interview with The Guardian, the filmmaker said Netflix only paid him in accordance with the original contract, and there was no bonus.
This is even after he made millions for the movie streaming platform with the series, which overtook Bridgerton as the most successful TV show ever.
Leaked documents reveal that the show cost about N8.6 billion to produce, but its returns were over the top as it is believed to be worth N350 billion.
The filmmaker noted how the show's idea came from his situation in 2009 after the global financial crisis that left him and his family financially strained.
Hwang was working on a film at the time but did not get money to finance it and could not work for a year. So he, his mother and grandmother had to take some loans to survive.
He said he started reading about games from comic books and related to the characters, leading to him wondering if he would join the game if it were real. He decided to write a script instead.
Hwang also did not shut the door for a second season, noting it was something they were to discuss.