|Lee Jung-jae, winner of the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for “Squid Game,” left, and Hwang Dong-hyuk, winner of the Emmy for outstanding directing for a drama series for “Squid Game,” pose at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 12, 2022./ Source: Yonhap News|
AsiaToday reporter Lee Da-hye
The Netflix original K-drama series, “Squid Game” took home six prestigious Emmy trophies, making history in the Emmy Awards
“Squid Game” has won best actor and director in a drama series at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 12. Earlier this month, “Squid Game” has already bagged four Emmy wins during the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which honors stellar artistic and technical achievements. In total, the South Korean phenomenon survival drama collected six Emmy titles.
“Squid Game” has become the first non-English TV series to win an award at the conservative Emmy Awards. Squid Game’s director Hwang Dong-hyuk won Outstanding Directing For a Drama Series, beating Ben Stiller of “Severance,” Mark Mylod, Cathy Yan and Lorene Scafaria of “Succession,” Karyn Kusama of “Yellowjackets,” and Jason Bateman of “Ozark.” Lead actor Lee Jung-jae won Outstanding Lead Actor In a Drama Series, beating Jason Bateman from “Ozark,” Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong from “Succession,” Adam Scott from “Severance,” and Bob Odenkirk from “Better Call Saul.” Lee became the first Asian star to win the Emmy award for best male actor in a drama.
“Squid Game” was also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing For a Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, but failed to receive those awards. The highest honor at Emmys went to HBO’s “Succession” this year.
President Yoon Suk-yeol congratulated the director and lead actor of the series. In a congratulatory message for Hwang, Yoon said the director’s “fierce effort and talent,” as shown over the course of his career through films such as “Silenced” in 2011, “Miss Granny” in 2014, and “The Fortress” in 2017, led to the Emmy award.
In a separate message for Lee, Yoon said it was especially meaningful that the actor received further attention and support from people around the world through “Squid Game” this year, as he marks 30th anniversary of his debut. “It is the result of outstanding acting skills that Lee Jung-jae has accumulated through films such as ‘The Thieves,’ ‘New World,’ ‘The Face Reader,’ and ‘Hunt’ as well as drama series such as ‘Sandglass’ and ‘Chief of Staff’,” Yoon said. “I look forward to seeing you continue to perform actively in excellent works that impress the world.”