Lee Jung Jae and Hwang Dong Hyuk Make History with Emmy Wins for Non-English Series’ Squid Game’

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Netflix hit series Squid Game made new history at today’s Emmys.

Prior to Monday night’s ceremony, Squid Game already had four Emmy wins, picking up Creative Arts Emmys in categories like best guest actress for Lee Yoo Mi. And today, Lee Jung Jae and Hwang Dong Hyuk took home Best Actor in a Drama and Best Director trophies, becoming the first Koreans to ever win the Emmys.

Squid Game‘s wins come as no surprise despite it being a non-English series, as it clearly was one of the favored nominees. In the directing category, the series was up against shows including Succession and Severance.

“Since Squid Game got nominations at the Emmys, people keep telling me I made history, but I don’t think I made history by myself,” Hwang said in his acceptance speech. “I believe, I have to say, we made all history together.” He continued, “I truly hope Squid Game won’t be the last non-English series to be here at the Emmys. And I also hope this won’t be my last Emmy either.”

Beating out a tough slate of competitors including Bob Odenkirk of Better Call Saul, Jason Bateman of Ozark, and more, Lee Jung Jae won the honor of being named the best actor.

“Thank you to the Television Academy, thank you to Netflix and thank you to the director for making realistic problems we all face come to life so creatively on the screen with a great script. Thank you, Squid Game team. Thank you to everyone watching in Korea,” Lee Jung Jae said after accepting his award.

Park Hae Soo and Oh Young Soo were nominated in the best supporting actor category, and Jung Ho Yeon earned a nomination for best supporting actress.

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