‘Squid Game’ is first Korean series to score Screen Actors Guild Award nominations


'Squid Game' is the first non-English-language TV series and the first Korean series to score a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award. Photo: Handout

Squid Game made history on Wednesday (Jan 12) as the first non-English-language TV series and the first Korean series to score a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

The hit show, created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, is nominated for ensemble in a drama series alongside The Handmaid’s Tale, The Morning Show, Succession and Yellowstone.

Squid Game stars Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon also landed individual nominations for actor and actress in a drama series, respectively.

In the dystopian drama about debt-ridden people who compete in a series of deadly children’s games for a lofty cash prize, Lee plays earnest father Seong Gi-hun, and Jung makes her acting debut as guarded North Korean defector Kang Sae-byeok.

The series' stunt team also bagged a nomination.

After it was released in September, Squid Game quickly became Netflix’s most-watched series of all time, surpassing other fan favorites such as Bridgerton and Lupin.

The Squid Game milestone comes three years after Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning Korean thriller Parasite became the first non-English-language project to win a Screen Actors Guild Award for film ensemble.

Last year, South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung won best supporting actress for her role in the American immigration film Minari.

Twenty-one years prior, Roberto Benigni’s Oscar-winning Italian drama Life Is Beautiful became the first non-English-language project to nab an ensemble nomination.

Earlier, Squid Game star Oh Young-Soo became the first Korean actor to win a Golden Globe for his performance as ailing contestant Oh Il-nam.

The gruesome show also earned a 2022 Golden Globe nomination for drama series, while Lee received a nod for actor in a drama series.

The 2022 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced by Tick, Tick... Boom! star Vanessa Hudgens and Dopesick star Rosario Dawson.

Leading the film nominees this year are House Of Gucci and The Power Of The Dog, with three nominations apiece, while TV series Ted Lasso and Succession are tied for five.

The 28th SAG Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on Feb 27. – Los Angeles Times/Tribune News Service

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