Netflix’s squid game wins big at Emmys, setting historical firsts

Netflix’s Squid Game has won big Emmys as it won new Primetime Emmy awards for acting and directing.

In total, Netflix’s hit South Korean drama thriller now holds several Emmy Awards, earning various historic firsts.

Netflix's squid game wins big at Emmys

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“The Squid Games” was seen at the Netflix display at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California on July 23, 2022.

Netflix’s squid game wins big at Emmys

According to a recent report by CNET,

the hit Netflix series, Squid Game, took home further accolades at the latest Primetime Emmy Awards.

The latest awards for South Korean drama at the Emmys mark numerous historic firsts for both directing and acting.

CNET notes that non-English content has yet to win an Emmy or even be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Awards until Squid Game has done so.

The South Korean thriller broke records in the streaming service, which made it an instant phenomenon in various parts of the world.

The giant streamer claims that in the first month of Squid Game it has already garnered a whopping 1.65 billion viewing hours.

Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae wins Best Actor award

And now, as per the latest news of Variety, Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae took bacon home by winning the Emmy Award for Best Actor. He makes the South Korean star the first ever Asian actor to be awarded in the non-English Drama category.

It is worth noting that Jung-jae is the fourth Asian star to win an Emmy in the performance category. However, when it comes to non-English lineup, she is the first ever to win an Emmy Award for acting.

The South Korean star outperformed other contenders in the category, including Apple TV’s Severance star Adam Scott, alongside HBO Max’s Successions stars Jeremy Strong and Brian Cox.

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Squid Game Director Emmy Award

In addition to winning as an actor, the Squid Game director also won a Primetime Emmy Award.

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In this photo taken on October 7, 2021, a large digital screen on a building shows the logo of Netflix, producer of the South Korean hit series “Squid Game”, as well as a South Korean flag hoisted above a sidewalk in Seoul.

CNET claims in its report that none other than Hwang Dong-hyuk took home the outstanding directing of a drama series during the Primetime Emmy.

He won the director’s award for the episode “Red Light, Green Light” of the hit Netflix thriller, which was one of the most intense scenes.

The game mechanics in the episode allow players to move only with the “Green Light” warning. On the other hand, everyone has to stop moving once they are on “red light”.

The phenomenal thriller’s two additional new accolades now make it a total of four Emmy Awards for Squid Game, along with various historic firsts for the giant streamer and non-English content.

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