Squid Game has taken two major Emmy trophies back home at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. The hit Netflix original series debuted on the platform in 2021 and broke several viewership records, becoming the best show to watch globally. The show was praised for all its creative and technical aspects. The show’s thematic take on capitalism and disparity further made it famous. The colorful sets, the unusual twist and turns, the gory bloodshed, and excellent performances made the show one of a kind experience for fans. And now that all has paid off as the show made history today at the Emmy Awards ceremony, grabbing two out of its seven nominations.
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Squid Game was nominated in several categories, including Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmys. The show won two – Hwang Dong-hyuk for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, specifically for the pilot episode, Red Light, Green Light; and the other in Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Lee Jung-jae. It is the first time an Asian actor has nabbed the acting trophy for a non-English work on television. And the same goes for director Dong-hyuk, the first Asian or Korean creator to win Outstanding Direction.
It’s a significant win for Lee Jung-jae, who beat the likes of Bob Odenkirk, Jason Bateman, Jeremy Strong, and Adam Scott to win the trophy. On the other hand, the names like Ben Stiller, Jason Bateman, and Cathay Yan that director Dong-hyuk beat to win his first Emmy Award. Earlier, Lee Jung-jae also won the Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Best Actor, alongside his co-actor Jung Ho-Yeon, another milestone for a South Korean actor in that ceremony.
The show’s major wins at the Emmys have added to its critical acclaim and will undoubtedly be helpful in the opening success of its upcoming second season. Made on a budget of approximately $21 Million, the show earned Netflix around $900 Million in total, making it the most successful show on the streaming platform. The show’s second season is already in production and is slated to stream on Netflix in late 2023 or early 2024.
These Are Not the Only Emmys for Squid Game
While the show is trending big for Lee Jung-jae’s win in the Best Actor category, these two are not the only two Emmy wins for Squid Game. A few days ago, at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Ceremony, the show succeeded in four categories, with actress Lee Yoo-mi winning for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. The show was also honored for its Production Design, Visual Effects, and Stunt Performances.
Squid Game greatly impacted the audience and their viewing experience and preferences. The show brought what was dubbed a Korean Wave into the world entertainment domain, leading to several other Korean productions getting mainstream global distribution. The show made a cultural impact and became a pop-culture trend through social media presence, merchandise, and cosplay.
It’s the same impact now reflected in the award ceremonies, where the show, its creators, and other professionals are getting acknowledgment and praise for their successful work. Squid Game seized six Emmy Awards, including the Creative Arts wins, the second-best final count for any show in this year’s Emmy Awards ceremonies, followed by The White Lotus’s ten wins.