Netflix’s Squid Game has become a global phenomenon with star Lee Jung-Jae becoming the first Asian actor to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor during a Drama Series. The South Korean star of the show won the award head-to-head on Sunday night.
The Squid Game, a South Korean survival drama created and directed by Hwang Dong-Hyuk for Netflix, is about the lives of players facing financial issues and taking part in a game featuring 45.6 billion won cash prizes. It attracted over 142 million member households, amassing 1.65 billion viewing hours during its first four weeks of launch.
At the awards ceremony for actors and directors, ‘Squid Game’ was nominated in six categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Lee Jung Jae), Best Supporting Actor (Park Hae Soo, Oh Young Soo), and Best Supporting Actress (Jung Ho Yeon). The director of Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’, Hwang Dong Hyuk, won the Best Director Award in the Drama Series on the same day. This was the first time a Korean had received this award.
Earlier this year, the squid game won awards at the screen actors guild and critics’ choice award. squid game is the primary non-English TV series to win a significant Primetime Emmy Award.
In an Asian nation, many people were proud to see another Emmy win for Lee Jung-Jae. “Lee Jung-Jae made another mark on the Korean screenland,” wrote one South Korean viewer on Twitter. Another was named a “historic moment” for Korea’s screenland.
When it was released on 17 September 2021, Squid Game grabbed everyone’s attention and the second season is expected to air soon.