‘Squid Game’ Makes Emmy History

Netflix’s hit Squid Game was nominated for the Emmy Award for drama series Tuesday. It is the first non-English language series to be nominated for an Emmy.

Park Hae-soo as Cho Sang-woo, Lee Jung-Jae as Seong Gi-hun

Created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show follows a group of contestants competing for a cash prize. Contestants participate in a series of children’s games, that result in deadly consequences. After its premiere in September 2021, the show became Netflix’s most successful show to date.

Park Hae-soo as Cho Sang-woo, Lee Jung-Jae as Seong Gi-hun, and Jung Ho-yeon as Kang Sae-byeok

Four of the main actors from Squid Game were also nominated for their performances. Lee Jung-Jae, who portrayed the debt-ridden father Seong Gi-hun, was nominated for lead actor in a drama series. Jung Ho-yeon was nominated for supporting actress for her role as Kang Sae-byeok, the pickpocket and devoted sister. Park Hae-soo and Oh Yeong-su are also nominated in the supporting actor category; Park portrayed Seong’s former classmate Cho Sang-woo, while Oh played Oh Il-nam, an elderly contestant in the show.

Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk

Along with nominations for several of the actors, series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk earned nominations in the writing and directing categories. Lee You-mi earned a nomination in the guest actress in a drama series for her role as Ji-yeong. Squid Game was also nominated for many other categories, bring its total nominations to 14.

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