By AB Mohamad
Actor Sandra Oh continues to break barriers. Last year she became the first Asian woman in history to earn an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in Killing Eve. She eventually lost to The Crown’s Claire Foy.
This year, she went one better. She won the Best Actress in a TV Drama award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. With that, she becomes the first Asian woman to win in that category in almost 40 years!
Oh won her gong for her role in the BBC America drama Killing Eve.
Mind you, this was her second Golden Globe prize. She had previously won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film in 2006 for her role in Grey’s Anatomy.
And she kept adding on records for in addition to winning the big award, she was also the first Asian woman to host the Golden Globes that has been around since the early 1940s.
So, it is a great milestone indeed for Oh and Asians!
Well done Sandra Oh! Her win is surely a big inspiration for other Asian actors – and all upcoming actors for that matter.
A bit of trivia now: She is the first Asian woman to take home the award since Yoko Shimada first won in 1980 for her role in Shogun.
Trivial #2: Oh first came to our living rooms on the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy, on which she played the role of Cristina Yang from Season 1 until Season 10.
FYI: Oh was born on July 20, 1971, in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, to middle-class Korean immigrant parents Oh Junsu and Jeon Young-nam, who had moved to Canada in the early 1960s. Her father is a businessman and her mother a biochemist. She has a brother, Ray, and a sister, Grace.
After winning her award, Oh thanked her family, saying she was “so grateful” to them, reports Variety.
“Mostly there are two people here tonight that I am so grateful that they are here with me. I’d like to thank my mother, my father,” Oh said before stepping aside from the mic to bow and thank them in Korean.
Oh’s parents were in the audience, and her father gave her a standing ovation.
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