All the historic firsts ‘Squid Game’ achieved at 2022 Emmys

“Squid Game” didn’t just have a big night at the Emmys. It had a historical

After earning 14 nominations in July, as well as awards from the Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice Awards earlier this year, Netflix’s brutal blockbuster capped its run on Monday by becoming the first Korean series and the first non-English language TV series of any kind win a major Primetime Emmy Award.

The series about a deadly game of survival in which contestants with money problems compete for a cash prize earned series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk the Emmy for Drama Series Directing, the night’s first prize for “Squid Game.” He is the first Asian and the first South Korean to take home the award. (However, Hwang was surpassed by Jesse Armstrong of “Succession” for the award for drama series writing.)

Upon accepting the director’s award, Hwang joked that he wouldn’t have time to use his interpreter and expressed hope that more non-English language series would appear at the Emmys in the future.

Lee Jung-jae also made history on Monday, winning for his starring role as Seong Gi-hun. Like the series creator, he is the first Asian and the first South Korean to take home the award.

Earlier in the night, Jung Ho-yeon lost to “Ozarks” Julia Garner for supporting actress, while supporting cast nominees Park Hae-soo and Oh Yeong-su were defeated by “Successions” Matthew Macfadyen.

Monday night’s additions to the four Emmy “Squid Game” winners at last weekend’s Creative Arts ceremony were: special visual effects in a single episode; stunt performance; Production design and guest actress Lee You-mi for her memorable performance as contestant Ji-yeong.

One of Netflix’s most-watched shows, “Squid Game,” has already been greenlit for a second season, giving it a chance to increase its Emmy earnings in the future. Whether Monday’s honors will open the door for other foreign-language series to receive Emmy love remains to be seen, although there has been no shortage of acclaimed nominees in recent years, including HBO’s adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels My Brilliant Friend; The lush, multilingual Apple TV+ “Pachinko” and French-language Netflix hits “Call My Agent!” and “Lupine.” All the historic firsts ‘Squid Game’ achieved at 2022 Emmys

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