The 79th Golden Globe Awards just took place, and somebody has made some history right there. Oh Yeong Soo has become the first-ever Korean actor to win at the Golden Globes. Beating Billy Crudup and Mark Duplass in “The Morning Show,” Kieran Culkin in “Succession,” and Brett Goldstein in “Ted Lasso,” The ‘Squid Game’ star went on to win the award for the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for playing the role of Oh Il Nam in the global hit show. Due to the recent controversy, The Golden Globes avoided the in-person ceremony. And announced the winners through their official website and social media.
Addressing his historic win and the Golden Globes, Oh Yeong Soo thanked everybody through Netflix. Being happy about the fact that the world is embracing his culture, the actor said that “it’s no longer us within the world, but it’s ‘the world within us,” and wished for everybody’s healthy life. President Moon Jae In also congratulated the actor for his win while praising ‘Squid Game’ and the production team for such a groundbreaking show. Currently, in his late 70’s, Oh Yeong Soo has been working as an actor since his mid-20s. Here is a look at Oh Yeong Soo’s career timeline to see how far the actor has come along.
A Look At The Acting Career Of Oh Yeong Soo
Oh Yeong Soo is a huge name in the theater. Beginning his career in 1976, the actor joined the theater troupe Gwangjang. And after a year of training and observing, Yeong Soo, as a supporting character, debuted with his first-ever play “A Daytime Walk in the Park.” He’s been a part of several theatre groups in the country, ‘Seongjwa’ and ‘Yeoin’ being two of the major ones. Joining ‘Yeoin,’ the actor got his first leading role as Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Playing the lead role in the 993 play “Blooming and Falling, Blooming and Falling,” Yeong Soo won his first-ever award in acting, best theater actor at the Baeksang Arts Awards. Continuing his theater career, the actor has appeared in over 200 plays till now.
Starring in the 2003 film “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring”, Yeong Soo thought that film would be the first and last role in cinema. But director Director Hwang Dong Hyuk had something else in mind. As the actor and director weren’t able to work together before because of scheduling conflicts, they got back in contact in the year 2020. That led to Oh Yeong Soo joining the cast of ‘Squid Game’ and crating history. After the show, the veteran actor has gotten many offers for advertisements. But he has respectively denied all the offers.
Oh Yeong Soo On Playing Oh Il Nam in Squid Games
‘Squid Game’ became a global hit within days of its release. The show followed the hundreds of people trapped on an unknown island playing games from their childhood, hoping to be the winner and take home millions. Being the first Korean show to top the charts in the US, ‘Squid Game’ had a lot to say. Every character was going through something desperate that they were willing to put their lives at stake except for one. Contestant 001, aka Oh Il Nam, was the old man nobody wanted to be partnered with and was seen as a liability. But as we moved forward, we got to know that Oh Il Nam was actually the mastermind behind the whole game.
‘Gganbu’ remains one of the most emotional episodes from the show as we saw Ali getting betrayed by Sang Woo. We even saw Gi Hun cheating Il Nam to win the game and save himself. Talking about that very scene, Oh Yeong Soo revealed how he cried after shooting that scene. Thinking about Gi Hun, who lived such an honest life tricking an old man with dementia in order to survive, made the actor feel their limits as humans. After getting done with ‘Squid Game,’ Oh Yeong Soo is all set to get back on the theater stage and play Sigmund Freud in “Freud’s Last Session” this March.