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'Squid Game' heralds new era in global entertainment industry

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By Lee Gyu-lee

Everything "Squid Game" has achieved at the Emmy Awards is a first: the first Korean, the first Asian and the first non-English performing actor, director and series to be nominated and clinch awards.

Actor Lee Jung-jae was named best lead actor at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards held in Los Angeles on Monday (local time), becoming the first Korean, the first person of an Asian nationality and the first non-English performer ever to nab the trophy in the category.

The smash-hit series' director, Hwang Dong-hyuk, claimed another historic win at the awards, achieving Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series with the series' episode, "Red Light, Green Light." He is the first director to win in the category with a foreign-language series in the history of the prestigious award.


Lee Min-young minlee@koreatimes.co.kr


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