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‘I feel like I’m floating on air’: Squid Game actor reacts after winning Golden Globes award

O Yeong-su, right, won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Oh II-nam.Noh Juhan (Republic World)

South Korean actor O Yeong-su has claimed the country’s first Golden Globe Award for his role in the famous Netflix series ‘Squid Game’.

The 77-year-old star won for his portrayal of Oh II-nam in the ‘Squid Game’. “I feel like I’m floating on air. It makes me think, ‘I need to calm down, organize my thoughts, and hold myself back right now,’” O said on Korean TV after his award was announced. “It’s hard for me to handle the volume of calls and messages I’ve been receiving.”

O’s win came after Youn Yuh-jung became the first South Korean to win an Oscar last year, taking best supporting actress for her role in the immigrant tale ‘Minari’.” “Squid Game,” a surprise hit for Netflix after it was released in last September, was the streaming service’s biggest non-English-language show ever. 

Oh II-nam, also known as The Host or Player 001, is an old and seemingly vulnerable man with a brain tumor who is later revealed as the real mastermind of the game.

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The thriller tells the story of hundreds of struggling people who feel forced to participate in childhood games with deadly consequences in an effort to win a 45.6 billion Korean dollar prize (around $38 million). While at times dystopian and surreal, it was hailed for its portrayal of income inequality and the crushing burden of debt in South Korean society. 





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