Netflix’s “Squid Game” won six Emmys, with a historic victory for the show’s star, Lee Jung-jae.
Lee, who plays protagonist Seong Gi-hun, won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series on Monday, making him the first Asian man to win the award, and the first to win it for a non-English broadcast.
“Thank you to director Hwang for bringing to life a realistic problem that we all face so gracefully on screen,” he said during his acceptance speech.
“To everyone watching from Korea, my dearest fans, friends and family who have always supported me, I wanted to share this joy with you. Thank you,” Lee said in his thank you text to the ‘screen.
Hwang Dong-hyuk, the director of the series, won the award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for the series’ first episode, “Red Light, Green Light.”
“Squid Game” also won Outstanding Production Design for a Contemporary Narrative Program (One Hour or More), Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Single Episode, and Stunt Performance. exceptional.
The series follows Gi-hun, a struggling father with a gambling problem, and hundreds of other debt-ridden contestants who compete for prize money by playing violent and twisted versions of popular children’s games. The competition can only have one winner, and those who lose die.
“Squid Game” made history in July as the first non-English series nominated for Outstanding Drama Series at the awards ceremony. He was also nominated for 13 other awards.
A second season was officially approved earlier this year. Hwang also confirmed that antagonist The Front Man (Lee Byung-hun) and Gi-hun would return in season two, as well as introducing Young-hee’s boyfriend, the giant killer doll used in the first game. the competition, “Red light, green light.