On Tuesday, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol awarded South Korea’s highest cultural medal to “Squid Game” lead
The Geumgwan Order of Cultural Merit is the highest tier of cultural decoration given by South Korea. The medal was presented to Hwang and Lee by President Yoon in his Seoul office for their contributions to the national film industry.
Prior to the awards, President Yoon sent congratulatory messages to both Hwang and Lee. For Hwang, Yoon remarked on his “fierce efforts and talent” throughout his career, citing his work on the films “Silenced” and “Miss Granny” in addition to his Best Director Emmy for “Squid Game.” For Lee, Yoon said he gave a “remarkable performance” in “Squid Game” as Seong Gi-hun and merged his character and the hearts of viewers.
Earlier this year, Lee received critical praise for his directorial debut at Cannes with the political thriller film “Hunt.” The actor is slated to lead a forthcoming “Star Wars” series titled “The Acolyte.”
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