The green light is not turning off for Squid Game’s international success as it emerges victorious at the 74th Emmy Awards held in Los Angeles on Sept.12.
Netflix’s heart-stopping blockbuster earned a total of six Emmys out of its staggering 14 total nominations.
Korean actor Lee Jung Jae made an Emmy history as he took home the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award, making him the first actor in a non-English language series to be nominated and win the category.
Lee triumphed against Jason Bateman of “Ozark,” Brian Cox of “Succession,” Bob Odenkirk of “Better,” Adam Scott of “Severance” and Jeremy Strong of “Succession.”
Adding to the show’s success, Hwang Dong-hyuk won the Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series award for the first episode of the show, “Red Light, Green Light”, which got millions of viewers hooked.
“People keep telling me that I made history, but I don’t think I made history by myself because it was you who opened up the doors for ‘Squid Game,’ inviting us here tonight at the Emmys. I have to say we all made history together. I truly hope that ‘Squid Game’ won’t be the last non-English series to be here at the Emmys, and I also hope this won’t be my last Emmy either. I’ll be back with Season 2,” Hwang said during his acceptance speech.
Squid Game had previously won four awards at the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards last Sept.4: Outstanding Special Visual Effects in A Single Episode, Outstanding Stunt Performance, Oustanding Production Design for A Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More), and Lee Yoo Mi for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series.