‘Squid Game’ Becomes First Non-English Drama Series to Nominated for Outstanding Drama Emmy

Netflix’s hit South Korean series “Squid Game” became the first non-English language series to be nominated for the Emmy’s outstanding drama series category.

Director Hwang Dong-hyuk said that he was “so happy and honored” for the nomination.

“I hope that Squid Game’s Emmy nominations will open up even more opportunities for the whole world to enjoy and appreciate each other’s content beyond the barriers of culture and language,” Hwang said in a statement, as quoted by ABC News.

The series also received 13 other nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards, including outstanding directing for a drama series, outstanding writing for a drama series for Dong-hyuk, outstanding lead actor in a drama series for Lee Jung-jae, outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for Park Hae-soo and Oh Yeong-su, and outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for Jung Ho-yeon.

Jung-jae celebrated the nomination on Instagram, saying, “We couldn’t be more excited to make history today with you all. Congratulations on breaking the glass ceiling for a global series with 14 nominations!”

“Squid Game” made history in February when it became the first non-English language series to be nominated and win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, including best male actor in a drama series for Jung-jae and best female actor for Jung Ho-yeon.

The series also received Golden Globe nominations for best drama series, best television actor in a drama series for Jung-jae, and best supporting actor in television for Oh Young-soo.

Young-soo became the first South Korean actor to win a Golden Globe.


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