Squid Game took over Netflix and caused millions to binge-watch the graphic, yet pleasing series. The groundbreaking Korean language survival drama series has now created history in the 2022 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards by becoming the first non-English-language series and the first Korean series to receive a nomination.
“Squid Game” is up against “Succession,” “Yellowstone,” “The Morning Show,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” for outstanding cast in a drama series. Actor in a drama series (Lee Jung-jae), actress in a drama series (Jung Ho-yeon), and stunt ensemble were also nominated for the show.
“Squid Game” has become a worldwide craze after its Netflix premiere in September 2021. The drama surpassed “Bridgerton” as the most-watched Netflix original series in history with 1.65 billion hours of streaming in its first four weeks. The show won three Golden Globe Awards, including best television drama and a supporting actor award for O Yeong-su.
“Squid Game” has also been nominated for three Critics Choice Awards and has won a Gotham Award for best breakthrough series. Over the last few years, South Korean entertainment has made significant progress at the SAG Awards. The drama film “Parasite,” directed by Bong Joon Ho, received the 2020 SAG Award for cast in a motion picture, making it the first non-English-language film ensemble to win the award.
Youn Yuh-jung, who starred in “Minari,” was the first Korean actress to receive the supporting actress award at the SAG Awards last year. “Squid Game” has positioned itself as a strong Emmy contender later this year, with major nods at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Critics Choice Awards.
Although a second season of the series has yet to be formally announced by Netflix, creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has hinted that he already has a few ideas for where the show will go next. The first season of “Squid Game” is streaming in its entirety on Netflix. The 2022 SAG Awards ceremony is set for Feb. 27.
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