Jul 12, 2022 - Economy & Business

"Squid Game" becomes 1st non-English series to earn best drama Emmy nod

Squid Game

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Netflix's "Squid Game" made history on Tuesday as the first non-English show nominated for an Emmy for best drama series.

Driving the news: The South Korean show, created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, quickly became the streaming service's most-watched series of all time after its release last year, according to Netflix.

  • The thriller centers around a group of people who are facing financial trouble and play each other in life-or-death games to win huge sums of money.
  • The series picked up 14 Emmy nominations, including a nod for Lee Jung-jae for lead actor in a drama series and one for Jung Ho-yeon for best supporting actress in a drama series.
  • Netflix announced last month that the series is coming back for a second season.

Don't forget: The South Korean film, "Parasite," won the top award at the Oscars in 2020 — becoming the first foreign language film to do so in the history of the Academy Awards.

The big picture: HBO's "Succession" scored the most Emmy nominations this year, with 25 bids.

  • Apple TV+'s "Ted Lasso" received 20 nominations, as did HBO's "The White Lotus."
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