Squid Games wins SIX Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, the first non-English language series to do so.
Lee, who plays the lead Seong Gi-hun, took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, making him the first Asian male to win the award and the first to win it for a non-TV show. in English.
“Thank you to director Hwang for bringing a realistic problem that we all face so gracefully to life 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 on-screen thank you text.
Hwang Dong-hyuk, the director of the series, won the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the show’s first episode, “Red Light, Green Light.”
“Squid Game” also won the award for Outstanding Production Design for a Contemporary Narrative Program (One Hour or More), Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Single Episode, and Outstanding Double Acting.
The series follows Gi-hun, a father struggling with a gambling problem, and hundreds of other debt-ridden contestants who compete against each other for a cash prize 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 show. It was also nominated for 13 other awards.
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