The Squid Game Makes History As The First Non-English Drama Series Nominee


The nominees for the Prime Time Emmy Awards have been announced, and it was the HBO Series, Succession that led the way. This Dark Comedy series earned 25 nominations, which included outstanding drama, making it the most-nominated series of 2022. Following behind Succession was the Apple TV+ series, Ted Lasso, earning 20 nominations.

Also, another series that joined Succession and Ted Lasso was the limited series from HBO Max, The White Lotus, with 20 Nominations. But, the other show that has made history was the brutal South Korean Drama, Squid Game, which made history being the first Non-English Drama Series to be nominated for an outstanding drama, the series earned 14 nominations.

In the Squid Game’s Nominations, were Lee Jung-Jae for lead actor, Jung Ho-Yeon for supporting actress, Park Hae-soo and Oh Yeong-su for supporting actor, and Lee You-mi for guest actress.

According to Variety, non-English projects have never won — or have even been nominated in — a major category at the SAG Awards, Golden Globes, or the Primetime Emmys. But that has changed this year, as “Squid Game” already has been nominated at the SAG Awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series and by the Globes for best drama.


It has been confirmed that Squid Game will have another season, but no release date has been mentioned. The “Squid Game” franchise has also expanded to the reality competition “Squid Game: The Challenge,” which the streamer announced last month as “the biggest reality competition series ever.” In the series, just like on the drama, 456 players will compete in a series of games — in this case, for the chance at winning $4.56 million.

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“Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes.

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Source: Variety (1,2)

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