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"Squid Game" Wins Big at the Emmys

GwenchaNoona News | "Squid Game" Wins Big at the Emmys

It's been a historic couple of nights for the global Korean hit Squid Game as it wins multiple Emmys — the first for a non-English television series ever to do so.

Director Hwang Dong-hyuk won Best Directing in a Drama Series for the episode "Red Light, Green Light." Lee Jung-jae, who plays Player 456, also won as Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Both mark historic firsts: they are the first Asians to win at the Emmys, and their wins are the first for performances and work that is not in English.

Also nominated for an Emmy in the acting categories were Jung Hoyeon (Supporting Actress), Park Hae-soo (Supporting Actor), and Oh Young-soo (Supporting Actor).

Earlier, Lee Yoo-mi also made her mark as the first Korean actress to win a Creative Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Ji-yeong. In the same ceremony, the show also won three other Creative Emmy for Outstanding Original Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More) for the "Gganbu" episode, Outstanding Stunt Performance for the "Stick to the Team" episode (Lim Tae-hoon, Shim Sang-min, Kim Cha-i, and Lee Tae-young), and Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Single Episode for "VIPs."

A separate International Emmys ceremony has been held since 1973, but no foreign-language show has ever broken into the prestigious Primetime Emmys drama ranks, until this year when Squid Game entered the fray.

The show has also been nominated for Production Design, Cinematography, Editing, Theme Music, Visual Effects, and Stunts. Overall, the show has been nominated in a whopping 14 categories.

Squid Game remains Netflix' most-watched series, ever.

Watch their speeches here:


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