squid game Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk won an Emmy on Monday for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series, the latest win for the Korean-language drama that has become Netflix’s most-watched series.
The series has won six Emmys in total from 14 nominations (the most ever won by a non-English-language series), capped off on Monday when Lee Jung-jae won the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.
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Hwang, who won for directing the Season 1 episode “Red Light, Green Light,” mentioned the series records in his acceptance speech.
“A big thank you to Netflix and Ted Sarandos – I mentioned your name,” he joked, pointing and smiling at the Netflix exec in the Microsoft Theater crowd. “Since squid game nominated for the Emmys, people keep telling me that I made history. But I don’t think I made the story by myself. ‘Cause you’re the one who opened the doors for squid game – I have to say that we did the whole story together.
He added: “I really hope it won’t be the last non-English show to be here at the Emmys. And I also hope it won’t be my last Emmy either.
squid games humble beginnings are now well known: Hwang wrote it as a feature film script in 2008 centering on a group of desperate people playing a game of life or death. Ten years later, his idea was presented as a series to Netflix. Result: 1.65 billion views in the first four weeks after its premiere.
Hwang was also up for the Writing Emmy tonight, a win that went to Successionis Jesse Armstrong. Succession beaten later squid game among other things to win his second Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.
In Hwang’s directing category, he faced ozarkthis is Jason Bateman, Breakupit’s Ben Stiller, Successionby Mark Mylod, Cathy Yan and Lorene Scafaria, and yellow jackets‘Karyn Kusama.