"Squid Game" Actor Lee Jung Jae and Director Hwang Dong Hyuk Make History After Winning Emmy
The finest director of the Squid Game drama series, Hwang Dong-hyuk, and the excellent main character in the same drama series, Lee Jung-jae of South Korea, both won awards on Monday for their work on the hit Netflix series "Squid Game."
The director of the Squid Game drama series, Hwang Dong-Hyuk, and the excellent main character in the same drama series, Lee Jung-Jae of South Korea, both won awards on Monday for their work on the hit Netflix series "Squid Game."
Hundreds of participants in need of funds played lethal games (NB5111) to earn cash prizes in the dystopian series, which was set in Seoul and became the largest program in Netflix's history.
Lee adopted the persona of Player 456, a single, impoverished father who played the game and ultimately triumphed.
The program swiftly gained popularity after its debut broadcast in September of last year and became the first non-English language program to be nominated for an Emmy for outstanding drama series. This year, it received 14 award nominations. The only South Korean artist to win the prize for the best main actor is Lee.
Lee thanked director Hwang for "creatively bringing a genuine issue we all encounter to the exhibition with a brilliant plot and breathtaking graphics" after the prize ceremony.
The show's creator, Hwang, anticipated that this wouldn't be his final opportunity to take home an Emmy for best director in a drama series. In his remarks, he praised Netflix chief Ted Sarandos and added, "I would like to thank the TV Academy for this distinction and also a great thank-you to Netflix."
"On to season two," he declared to the audience.
Hwang revealed the source of his idea for Squid Game in an earlier interview with CNN, describing it as "a personal narrative" that also mirrored the "competition culture."
He claimed, "This is a narrative about losers—those who battle through life's difficulties and fall behind, while the victors level up."
Many people in South Korea were happy to hear about the Emmy victory. Lee Jung-Jae "struck another imprint (for) the Korean movie business," according to a South Korean viewer's tweet. A different person described it as a "historical event" for the Korean cinema industry.
Lee has polished his abilities via dramas and movies, President Yoon Suk Yeol said while congratulating Hwang and Lee on their honors.
Yoon remarked on his Facebook page, "Actor Lee Jung-great Jae's performance had pulled the characters and the fans' hearts together."
Actor Lee won among the nominations that included Adam Scott (Severance), Jeremy Strong (Succession), Jason Bateman (Ozark), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), and Brian Cox (Succession).
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