“Squid Game” the most watched Netflix series of last year made another milestone for a Korean original content by becoming the first non-English series to be nominated for multiple Emmy Awards.
According to the nominees for the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards unveiled on Tuesday, the main cast of the sci-fi thriller joined the Emmy race, including lead actor Lee Jung-jae, supporting actors Oh Yeong-su and Park Hae-soo, and supporting actress Jung Ho-yeon.
The Korean drama will compete in 14 categories, for the first time and the largest-ever for non-English language drama shows. Squid Game will race against seven dramas, including Succession, Stranger Things, Better Call Saul, Euphoria, Ozark, Severance, and Yellow Jacket in the best drama series category. Succession, a saga of cutthroat family rivalry was awarded for best drama in 2020 and is nominated for 25 categories this year.
Lee Jung-jae, who played the tenacious survivor on Squid Game, will compete with Brian Cox in Succession, Jeremy Strong in Succession, Adam Scott in Severance, Jason Bateman in Ozark, and Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul in the race for outstanding lead actor. Oh Yeong-su and Park Hae-soo are nominated in the category of outstanding supporting actor, while Jung Ho-yeon is listed for outstanding supporting actress. Also, Director Hang Dong-hyuk is nominated for the directing and writing categories.
The brutal survival drama became the first series to cross Netflix’s 1 billion-hours-viewed mark. Lee and Jung had won SAG Awards and Oh Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a supporting role on TV.
The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sep. 12 on NBC.
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