Sandra Oh Brought Along Some Special Guests To The Emmys And Twitter Is In Love

"Oh my God, that happened on film!"

While some celebrities bring their significant others or friends to award shows, Sandra Oh decided to bring her parents to the Emmy Awards Monday night. Naturally, viewers couldn't get enough of their appearance on the red carpet. 


Oh made history this year when she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on BBC America's Killing Eve. It was the first time an actress of Asian heritage earned a leading role nomination. Though Oh ultimately lost the award to The Crown's Claire Foy, it's clear that having her family — dad Joon-soo and mom Young-nam — with her made the night a very special one.

"I'm so proud of her," Oh's mother told Variety during a red carpet interview. When asked how much she loves her daughter's show, the older Oh turned to give her daughter a kiss on the cheek. 

"Oh my God, that happened on film!" the younger Oh said, laughing. 

Viewers also noted that Oh's mother wore a pink-and-white hanbok — a 1,600-year-old traditional Korean dress — to the event. The style was worn daily by Korean women up until a century ago, the BBC reports, and is worn on special occasions today. As the Culture Trip also notes, "the basic aesthetic framework of all hanbok is centered around the Korean fondness for naturalness, desire for supernatural protection and blessings, and the Confucian-style dress code."

"Many Koreans want to go back to being kinfolk and experience a slow pace of life, so there's more interest in the hanbok," Miru Kwon, an enthusiast of the attire, told BBC. 

Albert Kim, a Korean American TV producer, commented on Young-nam's hanbok.

"Sandra Oh's mom wore a hanbok to the Emmys! There is a hanbok at the Emmys!" Kim tweeted. "...THIS is the sign that Koreans have arrived."

"I love everything about this," reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee tweeted. "Never imagined seeing a Korean mom wear a hanbok at an American awards show."

This isn't the first time that a cultural dress made a statement on a red carpet. In 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran wore an Áo Dài, a traditional Vietnamese outfit, while promoting the film.

You can check out more reactions to the Oh family below: 

(H/T: Harper's Bazaar)

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