“Squid Game” actor Lee Jung-jae makes historical past on the Emmy Awards

“Squid Game” actor Lee Jung-jae made historical past on the Emmys on Monday evening. The star took residence the award for finest actor in a drama, turning into the primary Asian actor to take residence the honour. He additionally was the primary actor from a non-English present to win an Emmy, Netflix introduced. The awards present, which was hosted by “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson, was held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

“Squid Game,” which takes place in Korea, premiered on Netflix in 2021. Lee performed the lead character, Seong Gi-hun, often known as Player 456. After falling on financially onerous instances, he enters a contest with 456 contestants to win $4.56 million – the one catch is that each different contestant should die, with the only survivor turning into the winner of the “Squid Game.” 

During his acceptance speech, Lee thanked “God above” and the Television Academy. “Thank you to Netflix and thanks to the director for making practical issues all of us face come to life so creatively on the display with an important script and superb visuals. Thank you,” he stated. “Thank you, ‘Squid Game’ crew. Thank you to everybody watching in Korea. Thank you.”

Lee You-mi, who additionally appeared in “Squid Game,” received the Emmy for visitor actress in a drama collection, turning into the primary Korean actress to win in that class. She performed Ji-yeon, or participant Player 240, who made a selfless resolution in the course of the sport. She appeared in six out of 9 episodes.

Jung Ho-yeon, who performed Kang Sae-byeok, one other important character who befriends Gi-hun, was nominated for finest supporting actress in a drama collection. Park Hae-soo, whose character tries to reveal the corrupt Squid Game, and Oh Yeong-su, who performs aged contestant 001, had been each nominated for finest supporting actor in a drama collection. 

Writer Hwang Dong-hyuk was additionally nominated for excellent writing, however misplaced to Jesse Armstrong from “Succession.” However, Hwang did win the Emmy for his directing.

Any of the nominees from this present would’ve made historical past with their wins, according to Entertainment Tonight.

The present was additionally nominated for excellent drama collection, however misplaced to “Succession.”

Zendaya, who received excellent lead actress in a drama collection for her function in “Euphoria,” additionally made historical past as the primary Black lady to win an Emmy for lead actress in a drama collection twice. 

In 2020, Zendaya additionally made historical past by turning into the youngest ever to win the award for finest actress in a drama at age 24.

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