Sandra Oh didn’t win the Best Drama Actress Emmy for “Killing Eve,” but she’s the early odds-on favorite to prevail at the Golden Globe Awards. If she does, she’d be just the second woman of Asian descent to win the Best TV Drama Actress Golden Globe.
Oh, who is Korean-Canadian, would follow Yoko Shimada as the only Asian women to win the category. A Japan native, Shimada prevailed in 1981 for her performance in the miniseries “Shōgun,” for which she was Emmy-nominated on the limited series/TV movie side. (The Globes didn’t add acting categories for miniseries and TV films until 1982.) Shimada was the first Asian performer, male or female, to win in any acting category at the Globes.
Four more performers of Asian descent have since taken home Globes, including Oh, who won in supporting in 2006 for “Grey’s Anatomy.” Aziz Ansari, who is Indian-American, won Best TV Comedy/Musical Actor for “Master of None” earlier this year. On the film side, Ben Kingsley, who’s British-Indian, earned Best Drama Actor and Best New Actor in 1983 for “Gandhi,” and Haing S. Ngor, the Cambodian physician-turned-actor, was named Best Supporting Actor in 1985 for his film debut in “The Killing Fields”; both went on to win Oscars.
Oh, who was aiming to become the first Asian Best Drama Actress winner at the Emmys, may not be the only Asian Globe champ come January. Darren Criss, who is half-Filipino, is the frontrunner to add a Golden Globe to go along with his Emmy for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Golden Globe contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own Golden Globe predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on Dec. 6.