‘Squid Game’ Lee Jung-jae Makes History With Leading Actor Emmys Win

“Squid Game” actor Lee Jung-jae made Emmy history on Monday as the first actor to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for a non-English speaking role.

Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, aka Player 456, became the first Asian and South Korean actor to win in the category.

The actor thanked the show’s director, Hwang Dong-hyuk, for “bringing to life the realistic issues we all face.”

You can watch his acceptance speech, delivered in English and Korean, below.

The show, which was nominated 14 times on Monday, ended up losing to “Succession” in the category.

Dong-hyuk, however, won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series.

“Squid Game” made history as the first Netflix show to have over 100 million viewers in its first month of release. Actor O Yeong-Su won a Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor in a TV Series earlier this year.


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