It seems as if Squid Game is just not ready to give up on anything. The Netflix show turned into a global sensation, and it only makes sense to acknowledge such greatness that creates history. Well, that is exactly what happened, as the Screen Actors Guild Awards announced their nominations for the year 2022. The Korean survival drama has bagged four nominations at the SAG Awards; it is slowly establishing itself as Netflix’s frontline runner at the Emmy’s.
Ever since the release, the Korean drama has been breaking records and setting new ones. Squid Game drew 1.65 billion viewing hours just in 4 weeks of its release. It surpassed Bridgerton to become the most-watched Netflix Original in history. Previously, Squid Game had made a name for itself at various awards like winning three Golden Globe Awards, including best television drama, and the supporting actor prize for O Yeong-su. The series also got three Critics Choice Awards nominations and a Gotham Award for breakthrough series.
Squid Game creates history at Screen Guild Actors Awards
The Korean drama is the first-ever non-English-language series and the first series of Korean origin nominated at the SAG Awards. It will compete with shows like Succession, Yellowstone, The Morning Show and The Handmaid’s Tale, to the award for outstanding cast in a drama series. The series also bagged nominations for actor in a drama series (Lee Jung-jae), actress in a drama series (Jung Ho-yeon), and stunt ensemble.
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“Since we released the show ‘Squid Game,’ we have experienced many surprising events. But today’s nomination for four categories with the SAG has to be one of the most surprising, and one of the happiest moments we’ve experienced,” director Hwang Dong-hyuk told Variety. “I’m especially honored in that it’s not only one or two lead actors that were recognized, but the entire ensemble was nominated, as well as the stunt ensemble, which is truly a great honor. And it’s great that I’m able to thank every single one of the crew and the cast that I’ve worked so hard on ‘Squid Game.’”
Lee, who was an illustrious career in Korea, before Squid Game became a global sensation, added: “Being nominated at the SAG Awards, I decided to refresh my mind into thinking: I’m a newbie now! I’m a fresh new face on the scene. And I’m especially excited to be nominated alongside my cast as the best ensemble as well as the nomination for the stunt ensemble. This is just a great honor for all of us.”
Is this Squid Game’s chance to win an Emmy Award?
With nominations for various esteemed awards, including Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Critics Choice Awards; Squid Game can become the face of Netflix at the Emmys.
We might also get to see a few more seasons of Squid Game as well. “What I will say is that I am picturing what it would be like if there was to be one. But all of these nominations and recognitions at the awards, and hopefully what will continue onward, definitely encourage us and motivate me,” creator Hwang Dong-hyuk said after nominations for SAG Awards, were announced. “And it also does place a certain level of pressure on me. But if opportunity allows, my wish is to be able to create a sophomore series that will go on to be nominated for further awards. Much like this one, embracing all of the encouragement and expectations that so many fans around the world have placed on us.”
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