Ever since South Korean show, Squid Game was released, the show has been taking the world by storm and sweeping several major awards across the globe. ‘Squid Game’ continuously manages to enter in TOP 10 Netflix watch shows across the world including India, even now and that shows how popular it is. ‘Squid Game’ became the first Netflix show to have more than 100 million viewers in the first month of its release and has made another history once again at the 2022 Emmy Awards.
Lee Jung Jae took home the Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Gi Hun in Squid Game. With this award, Squid Game’s Lee Jung Jae has become the first Asian star to win the Emmy award for best male actor in a drama.
After thanking the Television Academy, Netflix, Hwang Dong Hyuk, and the ‘Squid Game’ team, Lee Jung Jae also stated in Korean, that he wanted to share this joy with everyone watching from Korea, his friends, family, and dearest fans.
Apart from this historic win for ‘Squid Game’, Hwang Dong Hyuk also won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. This is the first-ever win in this category for a non-English language drama.
The director stated in his acceptance speech, “ I truly hope that ‘Squid Game’ won’t be the last non-English series to be here at the Emmys, and I also hope this won’t be my last Emmy either. I’ll be back with Season 2.” He also insisted that he did not make history by himself but rather history was created together by opening the doors and inviting ‘Squid Game’ at the Emmys.
Apart from the two categories, the hit TV show also received several other nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, Hwang Dong Hyuk for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Park Hae Soo and Oh Young Soo for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Jung Ho Yeon for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
The 2022 Emmy Awards took place on September 12 (local time) in Los Angeles, California with ‘Squid Game’ stars Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo, Oh Young Soo, Jung Ho Yeon, and director Hwang Dong Hyuk in attendance.