Hwang Dong-hyuk’s popular survival thriller ‘Squid Game‘ from Netflix made history by being the 1st non- English series to receive an Emmy nomination for best drama series.

The Korean megahit, which is the most-watched Netflix series of all time, received nominations for both its star Lee Jung-Jae and the Outstanding Drama Series category. The stunner received 14 nominations in all.

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Outstanding Directing for the premiere episode of ‘Red Light, Green Light’, Outstanding Original Main Title Music for composer Jung Jae-il, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Park Hae-soo, Outstanding Supporting Actress for Jung Ho-Yeon, Outstanding Guest Actress for Lee You-mi, and Outstanding Writing for creator Hwang are among the additional nominations.

‘Squid Game’ revolves around Seong Gi-hun, a divorced and indebted chauffeur who is invited to participate in a series of children’s games for a chance to win a large cash prize. When he accepts the offer, he is transported to an unknown location where he is joined by 455 other players who are also deeply in debt.

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The players are required to wear green tracksuits and are constantly monitored by masked guards in pink jumpsuits. The players quickly realise that losing the games results in their death, with each death adding 100 million to the potential 45.6 billion grand prizes.

The TV Academy’s recognition of ‘Squid Game’ is the culmination of its historic awards season run. It was the first non-English TV series to be nominated for a SAG Award. Individual SAG Award wins for Lee Jung-Jai and Jung Ho-Yeon for performance by a male actor and performance by a female actor, respectively, were the first for any non-English language or Korean series.

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While other non-US shows such as ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Bodyguard’, and ‘Schitt’s Creek’ have previously been nominated in the main categories, ‘Pachinko’ and ‘Squid Game’ are the first that are not in English.

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on NBC on Monday, September 12, 2022, with live streaming on Peacock.