Lee Yoo Mi Becomes the First Korean Actress to Win the Emmys + ‘Squid Game’ Snags 3 Awards

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Lee Yoo Mi became the first Korean actress to win the Emmys.

On September 4th, the 74th Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards took place at Microsoft Theater in LA. On this day, Lee Yoo Mi won the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, becoming the first-ever Korean actor to pick up the Emmys trophy. She played a vital role in the mega-hit Netflix series Squid Game – Ji Yeong, a pessimistic girl who participates in the game as Player 240.

The Outstanding Guest award is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a guest starring role on TV series. The other nominees for this category were Hope Davis (Succession), Marcia Gay Harden (The Morning Show), Martha Kelly (Euphoria), Sanaa Lathan (Succession), and Harriet Walter (Succession).

In her acceptance speech, the actress shared, “I’m so grateful. Thank you so much for giving me such a great award. I’m grateful to the Emmy Awards, and I love Netflix, who is always by my side, and I also love my agency VARO Entertainment. I’m so very happy! Thank you again.”

Furthermore, Squid Game landed the awards for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Single Episode, Outstanding Stunt Performance, and Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More). This is the first time that a non-English series has won an award at the Emmys.

Squid Game won six more nominations for the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards (September 12th) including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Lee Jung Jae), Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Jung Ho Yeon), and Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Park Hae Soo, Oh Young Soo).

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