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The “Squid Game” on Netflix is breaking records. The ruthless South Korean thriller about class, power, riches, and children’s games has just received an Emmy nomination for outstanding drama, making it the first non-English language program to do so. A total of 14 Emmy nominations were given to “Squid Game,” including nominations for lead actor Lee Jung-Jae, supporting actress Jung Ho-Yeon, supporting actors Park Hae-soo and Oh Yeon-Su, and guest actress Lee You-mi.
The SAG Awards, Golden Globes, and Primetime Emmys have never recognized non-English films with a major award or even a nomination. However, things have changed this year because “Squid Game” has already been nominated for the Globe Award for best drama and the SAG Award for outstanding ensemble in a drama series.
The Netflix series was produced by Hwang Dong-hyuk and featured Lee Jung-Jae as Gi-hun, Park Hae-soo as Sang-woo, and Jung Ho-Yeon as the lead characters in the first season (Sae-byeok).
Additionally, the program won SAG Awards for both the male actor (Lee) and the female actor (Jung). Lee also took home the Critics Choice Award for drama actor and the Independent Spirit Award for male performance in a new scripted series. (Also, this year’s untelevised Golden Globe Awards saw O Yeong-su win for supporting actor in a drama.)
Other awards include “binge-worthy show of the year” at the People’s Choice Awards, breakthrough series (long form) at the Gotham Awards, best actor (Lee) and best foreign language series at the Critics Choice Awards, and breakthrough series (long form) at the Gotham Awards. Next, “Squid Game” has been nominated for the Television Critics Association awards, which will be presented next month, for the program of the year, outstanding achievement in drama, and individual achievement in drama (Lee).
The “Squid Game” has made history practically everywhere. O was the first actor of Korean descent to win a Globe.
The Netflix Top 10 chart in the United States was topped by “Squid Game” for 24 days and peaked at No. 1 in 94 other countries. “Squid Game” dominated the fall TV conversation.
According to the streamer, the show received 1.65 billion hours of viewing in the first 28 days following its debut on September 17.
The future of Squid Game
There are very small loose knots throughout the first season, so to speak, things that I didn’t conclude, and I put in little rooms for further expansion, Hwang recently told Variety’s Kate Aurthur. Hwang is currently working on Season 2 of “Squid Game.”
Hwang also stated that Lee, who plays the evil Front Man in charge of the games, will return. Lee Byung-hun has also stated that she will.
The reality competition “Squid Game: The Challenge” is also a part of the “Squid Game” franchise, which the streamer referred to as “the biggest reality competition series ever” last month. Similar to the drama, the series will feature 456 players competing in a variety of games for the chance to earn $4.56 million.