December 3, 2022

Lee Jung-Jae accepts the award for Greatest Actor in a Drama Sequence for “Squid Recreation” on the twenty seventh annual Critics Alternative Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 13, 2022. [reuters]

The South Korean sensation “Squid Recreation” has gained greatest non-English language TV sequence and greatest actor at this yr’s Critics Alternative Awards.

On the ceremony held by the Critics Alternative Affiliation in Los Angeles on Sunday (U.S. time), “Squid Recreation” was named Greatest Overseas Language Sequence and its lead Lee Jung-jae gained Greatest Actor in a Drama Sequence.

For the most effective overseas language award, the all-Korean Netflix unique competed with the Mexican comedy “Acapulco,” the French comedy drama “Name My Agent!” the French thriller “Lupin,” the Spanish crime motion sequence “Cash Heist” and the American-Mexican crime drama “Narcos: Mexico.”

It’s the first time {that a} South Korea-made TV present has gained a prize on the Critics Alternative, given by a gaggle of 500 movie and TV broadcast critics in North America.

On the movie facet, in 2020, the Oscar-winning satire “Parasite” grabbed greatest overseas language movie, whereas director Bong Joon-ho gained greatest path.

Final yr, “Minari,” a drama movie a few Korean American immigrant household, gained greatest overseas language movie.

By taking house the most effective actor trophy, Lee grew to become the second South Korean to win a title on the Critics Alternative, following director Bong two years in the past.

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The actor beat 5 different candidates, together with Sterling Ok. Brown of “This Is Us,” Mike Colter of “Evil,” Brian Cox and Jeremy Robust of “Succession” and Billy Porter of “Pose.” Lee is the one non-English performer among the many nominees.

It marked the third consecutive week that he obtained a greatest actor honor for his function in “Squid Recreation” following those from the Display screen Actors (SAG) Guild Awards and the Movie Impartial Spirit Awards.

“Thanks very a lot, the Critics Alternative Awards and everybody who liked and supported ‘Squid Recreation,’” Lee stated in an acceptance speech. “I can’t specific how fantastic I really feel now. Thanks, Netflix and my ‘Squid Recreation’ workforce!”

However for the most effective drama sequence part, “Squid Recreation” misplaced to HBO’s “Succession,” which additionally gained greatest supporting actor and actress awards.

The nine-part survival drama depicts a mysterious lethal contest, during which closely debt-ridden individuals try and win 45.6 billion gained (US$37.9 million) in prize cash.

With the most recent award-winning rally in latest months, “Squid Recreation” has emerged as a powerful contender for the upcoming Emmy Awards, anticipated to be held in September.

In November final yr, it gained Breakthrough Sequence — Lengthy Format (over 40 minutes) on the Gotham Awards for lower-budget indie motion pictures and TV sequence, whereas it obtained a particular honor from the American Movie Institute (AFI).

It collected greatest supporting actor in a TV drama sequence on the Golden Globes and took two SAG Awards when Lee and Jung Ho-yeon gained greatest lead actor prizes just a few weeks in the past.

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It additionally received a number of nominations and prizes at different awards ceremonies by Hollywood guilds, together with the Producers Guild of America, the American Cinema Editors and the Artwork Administrators Guild.