‘Squid Game’ stars react to their Emmy nominations

Published July 14, 2022, 10:03 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

Netflix’s “Squid Game” made history when it bagged 14 nominations at the 74th Emmy Awards that will be held on Sept. 12. 

“Squid Game” received a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, becoming the first Korean and non-English series to be nominated in the category. 

(Clockwise from top left) “Squid Game” stars who are nominated at the 74th Emmy Awards are Park Hae-soo, Lee Jung-jae, Jung Ho-yeon, Oh Yeong-su and Yoo-mi (Netflix0

It will be competing against  “Better Call Saul,” “Euphoria,” “Ozark,” “Severance,” “Stranger Things,” “Succession” and “Yellowjackets.”

“Squid Game,” released on Sept. 17 last year, tells the story of 456 debt-ridden people who join deadly children’s games to win a prize of 45.6 billion won (about $34.8 million). It is Netflix’s biggest show with 1.65 billion hours viewed in the first 28 days of release.

The stars of “Squid Game” also bagged their first-ever Emmy nominations. 

Korean actor Lee Jung-jae, who plays Gi-hun in the series, expressed his gratitude for the Emmy nomination.  

“First, I would like to share my sincere gratitude. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated together with these brilliant actors,” he said. 

He added, “I would like to share this honor with the Squid Game fans around the world, who showed us endless love and support, and the Squid Game team, who worked very hard to make everything possible.”

The other nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series are Jason Bateman of “Ozark,” Brian Cox of “Succession,”  Bob Odenkirk of “Better,” Adam Scott of “Severance” and Jeremy Strong of “Succession.”

Lee Jung-jae previously won best actor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and 27th Critics’ Choice Awards for “Squid Game.”

Korean actors Park Hae-soo, who plays Cho Sang-woo, and Oh Yeong-su, who plays Oh Il-nam in “Squid Game,” have been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. 

“I’m so overwhelmed. Love you Netflix and big thank you to the Emmy Awards,” said Park Hae-soo. 

Oh Yeong-su won Best Supporting Actor-Television for “Squid Game” at the Golden Globe Awards. 

Jung Ho-yeon is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. “Squid Game” was her first acting project. 

“Thank you so much @televisionacad and the voters. A happy day,” she said. 

Lee Yoo-mi is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series.  

Here are the nominations for “Squid Game” at the 74th Emmy Awards: 

Outstanding Drama Series  

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Lee Jung-jae

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Park Hae-soo, Oh Yeong-su

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Jung Ho-yeon

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series – Lee Yoo-mi 

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – Hwang Dong-hyuk, “Red Light, Green Light”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – Hwang Dong-hyuk, “One Lucky Day”

Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More) – Chae Kyoung-sun, Gim En-jee and Kim Jeong-gun 

Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour) – Lee Hyung-deok 

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series – Nam Na-young 

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music – Jung Jae-il

Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Single Episode – Cheong Jai-hoon, Kang Moon-jung, Kim Hye-jin, Jo Hyun-jin, Kim Seong-chul, Lee Jae-bum, Shin Min-soo, Seok Jong-yeon and Jun Sung-man 

Outstanding Stunt Performance – Lim Tae-hoon, Shim Sang-min, Kim Cha-i and Lee Tae-young

“Squid Game” bagged 14 nominations at the 74th Emmy Awards (Instagram)
 
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