Cover Squid Games makes history at the SAG Awards 2022 (Photo: Netflix)

Netflix’s hit show, Squid Game is the first-ever foreign-language TV nominee in Screen Actors Guild (SAG) history

Fresh off Squid Game actor O Yeong-su’s Best Supporting Actor for Television win at the Golden Globes, the hit Netflix show is making history yet again with its Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nomination.

Squid Game is the first foreign-language series and the first Korean series to land an ensemble nomination in the entire SAG Awards history. Competing in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Squid Game is up against The Handmaid’s Tale, The Morning Show, Succession and Yellowstone.

Meanwhile, actor Lee Jung-jae earned another nomination in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series category alongside Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong for Succession and Billy Crudup for The Morning Show.

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Breakout star Jung Ho-yeon also received her first-ever acting nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. She’s up against Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon for The Morning Show, Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale and Sarah Snook for Succession.

Finally, Squid Game also clinched an Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series alongside Cobra Kai, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and Mare of Easttown.

Since its premiere in September 2021, Squid Game has become a global sensation, becoming Netflix’s most-watched original series. It also became an awards darling, landing three Golden Globes nominations with O bringing home the supporting actor prize, three Critics Choice Awards nominations and one Gotham Award for breakthrough series—all these the first for any Korean show.

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In a social media post, actress Jung talks about her nomination, “I am truly excited for the best ensemble nomination, which has made all of our team’s time spent working together on Squid Game even more valuable. Working on this series, and acting for the first time, I thought about how creating something together and as an ensemble might just be the value of our society.”

She adds, “I feel empowered to be reminded of how together is more precious than a solo achievement. I am truly grateful!”

Squid Game’s historic nomination at the SAG Awards is a great follow up to Parasite’s success which won the 2020 SAG Award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture—the first non-English language film ensemble to take home the top prize. Last year, Minari star Youn Yuh-jung also won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, a first for a Korean actress.

With all these nominations and awards, Squid Game is already looking to be a major contender at the Emmy Awards later this year. Find out if they will make history yet again the SAG Awards 2022 ceremony on February 27.

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