Netflix’s superhit series, Squid Games got the biggest honors at the 74th Primetime Emmys 2022 on September 12. The South Korean industry will mark this day as a historic night for them.
Lee Jung-Jae won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while creator Hwang Dong-hyuk won Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series. The series did take its sweet time to be made but the wait seems to have been worth it.
Lee’s win made him the first-ever Asian to win Best Actor at the Emmys. He also became the fourth to win an acting Emmys award. The actor was competing with other amazing actors like Jason Bateman, Bob Odenkirk, Jeremy Strong, Brian Cox, and Adam Scott.
Even the creator of Squid Games went down in history the same night. Hwang won against the directors of Ozark, Yellowjackets, Succession, and Severance. This also makes the show the first non-English show to win in this category.
This comes only after two years since Parasite by Bong Joon-ho won an Oscar. It is safe to say Netflix’s Squid Games brought home two Emmys which is prestigious for the country. The win also received standing applause from the attendees.
Hwang made a heartfelt speech after his win and shared it with the viewers and the audience. He shared he did not make history himself because it was the people who opened the doors for Squid Games by inviting them to the Emmys. The creator said, “So I believe I have to say we all made history together.”
Lee expressed similar sentiments as he could not stop thanking the Academy and the viewers. Squid Games won six awards out of the 14 nominations it received. The other four awards were in the Creative Arts.
Lee Yo-mi won for Outstanding Guest Actress in the Creative Arts. She became the first Korean actress to have bagged the award. The series also won Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Single Episode, Outstanding Stunt Performance, and Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program.
Squid Games season 2 is currently in the stages of scripting.