Lee Jung Jae And “Squid Game” Director Hwang Dong Hyuk Make History With Major Wins At 2022 Emmy Awards
“Squid Game” has made history once again!
The 2022 Emmy Awards took place on September 12 (local time) in Los Angeles, California with “Squid Game” stars Lee Jung Jae, Jung Ho Yeon, Park Hae Soo, Oh Young Soo, and director Hwang Dong Hyuk in attendance.
Lee Jung Jae became the first Asian actor to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Gi Hun in “Squid Game.” Other nominees included
After thanking the Television Academy, Netflix, Hwang Dong Hyuk, and the “Squid Game” team, Lee Jung Jae said in Korean, “To everyone watching from Korea, my friends, family, and dearest fans, I want to share this joy with you. Thank you.”
Hwang Dong Hyuk won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, winning against the directors of “Ozark,” “Severance,” “Succession,” and “Yellowjackets.” This is the first-ever win in this category for a non-English language drama.
The director said in his speech, “People keep telling me that I made history, but I don’t think I made history by myself because it was you who opened up the doors for ‘Squid Game,’ inviting us here tonight at the Emmys. I have to say we all made history together. I truly hope that ‘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. I’ll be back with Season 2.”
“Squid Game” was also nominated for several other categories including Outstanding Drama Series, Hwang Dong Hyuk for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Jung Ho Yeon for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and Park Hae Soo and Oh Young Soo for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Congratulations to Lee Jung Jae and Hwang Dong Hyuk!