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At the Monday Emmy Awards, the Netflix hit “Squid Game” won numerous prizes, including outstanding lead actor in a drama series for South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae and outstanding director for the same show for Hwang Dong-hyuk.
The dystopian series, which was set in Seoul and became the most popular programme in Netflix history, had hundreds of players playing lethal kid games for cash rewards.
Lee took on the role of Player 456, a single father who entered the game but lost.
Following the presentation of his trophy, Lee commended filmmaker Hwang for “creatively bringing a realistic subject we all confront to the screen with a fantastic script and amazing images.”
Lee is the first South Korean performer to take home the award for outstanding main actor. Hwang expressed his hope that it wouldn’t be his last Emmy for outstanding directing in a drama series.
He proclaimed to the crowd, “On to season two.”
When it began in September, the programme became a craze in pop culture. It was the first non-English language programme to receive an Emmy nomination for outstanding drama series. It was nominated for 14 this year’s awards.
Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk, Jason Bateman’s Ozark, Jeremy Strong’s Succession, Adam Scott’s Severance, and Brian Cox’s Ozark were the nominees. Lee defeated them all (Succession).