Lee Jung-jae Is The First Asian To Win The Best Actor Emmy
Lee Jung-jae, who starred in Squid Game, is the first actor to win the Emmy for best actor. The seasoned actor Brian Cox of Succession legend was beaten by the 49-year-old South Korean actor.
At the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, Jung-jae is holding the trophy he won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for “Squid Game.”
At the 74th Emmy Awards, which were presented at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Lee Jung-jae is seen holding the prize for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for Squid Game.
One of four honours chosen by the popular Netflix series, Lee Jung-jae, who played the moral compass in Squid Game, has become the first Asian and South Korean to win the Emmy for outstanding drama series actor.
On Monday, Lee triumphed over a competitive field that included Jason Bateman for Ozark, Brian Cox for Succession, who played the patriarch, Jeremy Strong for Severance, and Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul.
Dark drama Squid Game depicts the tale of individuals who participate in a fatal game to pay off their debt. Multiple nations’ Netflix watching rankings were topped by the series, which also sparked a surge in tracksuit and Vans shoe purchases as well as a general interest in Korean culture.
Lee, who is 49 years old, said to Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk, who also won the Emmy for outstanding drama series direction,”Thank you for making realistic problems we all face come to life so creatively on the screen.”
At the awards event in Los Angeles, Lee praised the Korean-speaking audience and expressed his hope that more Asian actors would benefit from the recognition. Hwang acknowledged that it was a “big moment” for him and Lee backstage.
Lee, the popular South Korean actor, clinched the Screen Actor Guilds award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Seong Gi-hun last year.
Squid Game received a total of 14 Emmy nominations, including two for best supporting actor and one for best supporting actress. Creator Hwang was also nominated for best writing but lost to Succession writer Jesse Armstrong.
The Squid Game: The Challenge reality TV show, which Netflix announced it was casting for in June, will have the “biggest cast and lump cash reward in reality TV history,” with 456 contestants vying for $4.56 million.