Netflix’s “Squid Game” just made history by becoming the first-ever foreign-language TV series to win multiple awards at the 28th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.
“Squid Game” took home a total of three SAG Awards at Sunday’s event. The show won Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series, while Lee Jung-Jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun (Player 456), won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama. His castmate Jung Ho-yeon, who plays Kang Sae-byeok (Player 067), won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama.
“This is [something] truly huge that’s happened to me,” Lee, 49, said via a translator while accepting his statuette. “I did write something, but I don’t think I’m going to get to reading it. Thank you so, so much SAG-AFTRA Awards and thank you to the global audience for all of your love for Squid Game. And thank you, Squid Game team.”
Jung, 27, thanked the “Squid Game” crew during her acceptance speech for helping her achieve her dream of becoming an actor.
“First and foremost, thank you so much,” Jung said via a translator. “I have sat many a time watching you on the big screen, dreaming of one day becoming an actor. I just want to say thank you so much.”
“Thank you. [You] make me dream and open the door for me,” Jung continued in English. “And thank you, my Squid Game crew. I love you. Thank you.”
Speaking to Deadline backstage, Lee said the Korean drama’s SAG Awards win is “just the beginning,” adding that there is plenty of “amazing Korean content that’s just as entertaining and touching as ‘Squid Game.’ So I ask that you look out for [it], show us a lot of love and continue to watch a lot of great Korean content.”
Lee managed to best several Hollywood actors for his award, including Billy Crudup of “The Morning Show” and Brian Cox and Kieran Culkin of “Succession.” Meanwhile, Jung beat actors such as Elisabeth Moss of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Sarah Snook of “Succession” and Jennifer Anniston of “The Morning Show.”
Last month, “Squid Game” also made history by becoming the first non-English TV show to earn Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG) nominations, as NextShark previously reported. The show won every award it was nominated for except Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, which went to HBO’s “Succession.”
The first Korean title that won a SAG award – taking home a statuette for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – was Bong Joon-ho’s Ho’s “Parasite” in 2020.