‘Squid Game’ wins two American Critics’ Awards
|Lee Jung-jae, center, Park Hae-soo, right, and Oh Yeong-soo in a scene from the Korean drama “Squid Game.” Courtesy of Netflix|
Korean sensation “Squid Game” won two awards at this year’s Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) TV Awards.
According to HCA Tuesday (KST), “Squid Game” was named Best International Series and its lead Lee Jung-jae won Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama, at its annual awards for TV programs. .
For the Best International Series award, Netflix’s all-Korean original competed with epic Korean-language series “Pachinko,” Mexican comedy “Acapulco,” French thriller “Lupin,” Spanish crime series “Money Heist and the Mexican-American Crime Drama “Narcos: Mexico.”
In a videotaped acceptance speech, “Squid Game” creator Hwang Dong-hyuk said he was grateful for the honor and was now working on the show’s second season.
“I believe the series has since moved beyond the boundaries of a non-English series to create many historic moments and breakthroughs,” he said. “I hope to create a better second season and share it with all the fans and critics around the world.”
Lee took home the Best Actor trophy, beating out seven other nominees, including Adam Scott of “Severance”, Jason Bateman of “Ozark” and Tom Ellis of “Lucifer”. He was the only non-English performer among the nominees.
The awards came about a month before the Primetime Emmy Awards scheduled for Sept. 12, where “Squid Game” picked up 14 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor.
“Squid Game” is the first Korean content to be included in the final list of nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards, one of the four major U.S. performing arts and entertainment awards.
It is also the first non-English-language series to compete for TV’s highest honor at the Primetime Emmys. (Yonhap)