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Fame and celebrity

Killing Eve: Sandra Oh makes history as first Asian actor to win two Golden Globes

  • Sandra Oh won her first Globe in 2006 for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
  • In BBC America’s ‘Killing Eve’ she plays a British operative who becomes obsessed with an international assassin
PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 January, 2019, 11:24am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 January, 2019, 2:51pm

Sunday night sure turned out golden for Sandra Oh.

The evening was already a glittering occasion for the actress, who was serving as co-host of the Golden Globes with Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg.

Then she took her hostess with the mostess level up a notch by scoring a trophy for her performance as Eve Polastri, an indefatigable and quirky British intelligence agent, in BBC America’s Killing Eve.

And it was a win with several distinctions.

It marks the second Golden Globe for the actress, who previously took home gold in 2006 for supporting actress in a series for her performance as Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy – making Oh, who is Korean-Canadian, the first Asian actor to win multiple Golden Globes.

Sunday’s achievement also gives Oh the distinction of being the second woman of Asian descent to ever win for a leading TV role; she joins Yoko Shimada, who won the category nearly four decades ago, in 1981, for NBC’s Shogun.

Michelle Yeoh wears Crazy Rich Asians emerald ring on 2019 Golden Globes red carpet

The asterisks don’t stop there. The win also made her the second Golden Globes host to win an award while emceeing, joining Amy Poehler – who co-hosted and won for her role in Parks and Recreation in 2014 – in the glory.

(Of course, it remains a small and elite club, partly because there haven’t been many hosts in Golden Globes’ 76-year history; just 11 of its ceremonies have had emcees.)

It’s a rich turnaround for those disappointed by Oh’s loss at last year’s Emmys. While nabbing her first lead actress in a drama nomination, she became the first person of Asian descent ever to be recognised in the category.

On Sunday Oh paid tribute to the plethora of Golden Globe-nominated films and TV shows featuring black and Asian actors and directors, including Crazy Rich Asians, Black Panther, and BlacKkKlansman.

“I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,” Oh said. “Right now this moment is real. Because I see you ... all these faces of change. And now so will everyone else.”