One for the document books! Squid Recreation swept the 2022 Display screen Actors Guild Awards with wins in practically each class it was nominated for on Sunday, February 27 — and earned a spot in Hollywood historical past.
The Netflix collection racked up a complete of three statues all through the night time, scoring a trophy for Excellent Motion Efficiency as a Stunt Ensemble. Lee Jung-Jae introduced residence the award for Excellent Efficiency by a Male Actor in a Drama Sequence, whereas Jung Ho-yeon rounded out the wins with Excellent Efficiency by a Feminine Actor in a Drama Sequence.
Squid Recreation was additionally nominated for Excellent Efficiency by an Ensemble in a Drama Sequence, which in the end went to Succession.
The tv thriller already made historical past again in January when it grew to become not solely the primary South Korean collection to ever be nominated for a SAG Award, but additionally the first-ever foreign-language present to attain a nod.
Jung-Jae, 49, (who portrayed Participant 456, Seong Gi-hun) beat out three Succession leads (Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Robust) and The Morning Present‘s Billy Crudup. He grew to become the primary male actor from Korea to earn a person nomination and win. Ho-yeon, 27, (Kang Sae-byeok, Participant 067) went up in opposition to big names like Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon (each for The Morning Present), in addition to Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Story) and Sarah Snook (Succession) to attain her prize, making her solely the second actress of Asian descent to take action.
“Since we launched the present Squid Recreation, we now have skilled many stunning occasions,” director Hwang Dong-hyuk instructed Selection on January 12, the day the SAG nominations got here out. “However immediately’s nomination for 4 classes with the SAG needs to be some of the stunning, and one of many happiest moments we’ve skilled.”
The Netflix favourite — it’s the streaming service’s greatest present so far — premiered in September 2021 and rapidly riveted viewers who have been hooked on the survivalist premise: folks brutally competing in opposition to one another in kids’s video games to win a life-changing amount of cash — or die attempting.
“I needed to write down a narrative that was an allegory or fable about fashionable capitalist society, one thing that depicts an excessive competitors,” Dong-hyuk instructed Selection concerning the present in September 2021, emphasizing how vital it was to him to make the gamers relatable — “the sort of characters we’ve all met in actual life.” (He even named them after his real-world household and buddies.)
In reality, the director believes that a big a part of the rationale Squid Recreation has turn out to be such a world phenomenon is as a result of viewers are in a position to “join and empathize with the plight of the characters which are portrayed within the collection,” he instructed The Hollywood Reporter in October 2021, citing financial inequality and the pandemic as real-life examples of “folks being pushed to the sting of their livelihoods.”
Squid Recreation has been renewed for season 2.