The 49-year-old South Korean actor beats 4 others, together with veteran actor Brian Cox of Succession fame.
Actor Lee Jung-jae, who performed the ethical centre in Squid Recreation, has develop into the primary Asian and South Korean to win the Emmy for greatest drama sequence actor, certainly one of 4 awards picked by the hit Netflix sequence.
Lee on Monday bested a crowded discipline that featured Jason Bateman for Ozark, Brian Cox because the patriarch and Jeremy Robust as his son in Succession, Bob Odenkirk for Higher Name Saul, and Adam Scott for Severance.
Squid Recreation is a darkish drama that tells the story of people that compete in a lethal competitors to erase their monetary debt. The sequence had topped Netflix viewing charts in a number of nations, kickstarted gross sales of tracksuits and Vans sneakers, and kindled world curiosity in studying Korean.
“Thanks for making practical issues all of us face come to life so creatively on the display screen,” Lee, aged 49, stated to Hwang Dong-hyuk, creator of Squid Recreation who additionally gained the Emmy for greatest drama sequence route.
Congrats once more to @SquidGame‘s Lee Jung-jae, who simply gained the #Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Sequence! 😍 🦑 #Emmys #Emmys2022 pic.twitter.com/uTh99opiFb
— Tv Academy (@TelevisionAcad) September 13, 2022
Talking in Korean on the awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Lee thanked the viewers in his native nation and stated he anticipated the awards to open doorways for different Asian actors. Backstage, Hwang stated it was a “main second” for him and Lee.
Lee, a widely known actor in South Korea, has picked up a number of accolades for his position as Seong Gi-hun up to now yr, together with the Display Actor Guilds award for Excellent Efficiency by a Male Actor in a Main Position.
In whole, Squid Recreation was nominated for 14 Emmy awards, together with two supporting actor accolades and one supporting actress nod, whereas creator Hwang was additionally up for greatest writing, shedding to Succession author Jesse Armstrong.
In June, Netflix stated it was casting for a brand new actuality TV present, Squid Recreation: The Problem, saying the present can have the “largest forged and lump money prize in actuality TV historical past”, with 456 individuals competing for $4.56m.