Sandra Oh took home her second Golden Globe on Sunday night and is now the second woman of Asian descent to win the Best TV Drama Actress.
The “Killing Eve” star and Globes co-host joins Yoko Shimada as the only Asian women to win the category. 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 won Globes. Ben Kingsley, who’s British-Indian, took home Best Drama Actor and the now-defunct Best New Actor in 1983 for “Gandhi.” Haing S. Ngor, the Cambodian physician-turned-actor, was named Best Supporting Actor in 1985 for his film debut in “The Killing Fields.” Oh, who’s Korean-Canadian, won Best TV Supporting Actress for “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2006 and Aziz Ansari, who’s Indian-American, won Best TV Comedy/Musical Actor for “Master of None” last year.”
The win also means Oh is the first Asian performer to win multiple Globes for different projects and the first Asian actress with multiple Globes.
Oh, who was aiming to become the first Asian Best Drama Actress winner at the Emmys, was the odds-on favorite to prevail over Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”), especially after she was announced as the Globes co-host alongside Andy Samberg. John Forsythe (“Dynasty”), Julie Walters (“Educating Rita”) and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) all won when they hosted the Globes.