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2022 Golden Globe: 'Squid Game', protagonist Lee Jung-jae and O Yeong-su bag nominations

Netflix K-drama 'Squid Game' has won at all the award shows it has been nominated at
O Yeong-su as Player 1 and Lee Jung-jae as Player 456 in 'Squid Game'  (@netflixkr/Instagram)
O Yeong-su as Player 1 and Lee Jung-jae as Player 456 in 'Squid Game' (@netflixkr/Instagram)

With the American award season beginning, prestigious events are dropping information like airdates and nominations. And we have South Korea gradually taking over. We first had the global K-pop group BTS break records at the 2021 MTV EMAs, AMAs, People’s Choice Awards and the 2022 Grammys. And now we have the popular Netflix K-drama ‘Squid Game’ landing not one but three Golden Globe nominations for 2022.

The international phenomenon became the most-watched Netflix show with over 94 countries and 142 million members watching it in the first four weeks. The Korean language drama ‘Squid Game’ surpassed the 2020 show ‘Bridgerton’ to become the most-watched show and is now getting recognized for it. We first had Primetime Emmy reporting that the show was eligible for a nomination if it was sent in. This would make ‘Squid Game’ the first Korean drama to be nominated at the American TV award show.

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‘Squid Game’ accolades

Squid Game’ also became the first Asian show to win at the Gotham Awards and then continued to collect nominations and wins. It won at Hollywood Music in Media Awards, AFI Awards and the People’s Choice Awards. To date, it has won at all the award shows it has been nominated at. ‘Squid Game’ is also nominated at the Eurovision award show Rose d’Or and the Critics’ Choice Awards. And now the 79th Golden Globes has honored the Netflix original K-drama. With Korean films like ‘Parasite’ and ‘Minari’ dominating award shows the last two years, fans hope the same goes for the much-deserved ‘Squid Game’.


2022 Golden Globe nominations

On December 13, Hollywood Foreign Press president Helen Hoehne and Snoop Dogg announced the nominations for the 79th Golden Globe Awards which will take place on January 9, 2022. While American and English-language projects dominate the film and TV categories, we have ‘Squid Game’ as the fourth-most nominated show. It has been nominated for ‘Best Television Series - Drama’. It is against shows like ‘Lupin’, ‘Pose’, ‘Succession’ and ‘The Morning Show’.


Lee Jung-jae who plays 'Squid Game's main protagonist, Gi-hun aka Player 456 is nominated for ‘Best Performance in a TV Series - Drama Actor’ and is up against the likes of Brian Cox in ‘Succession’, Omar Sy in ‘Lupin’ and Billy Porter in ‘Pose’. At the same time, Lee Jung-jae is also nominated for ‘Best Actor in a Drama Series’ at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Additionally, theatre actor O Yeong-su who plays the old man, Oh Il-nam aka Player 1 is nominated for ‘Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film - Supporting Actor’ at the 2022 Golden Globes. He is up against the likes of ‘The Morning Show’s Billy Crudup, Kieran Culkin from ‘Succession’ and Brett Goldstein in ‘Ted Lasso’.