Squid Game is the top contender for the US year-end awards.

The ‘Squid Game’ top contender for the US end of the year awards (Image Credit: Squid Game Poster)

South Korean smash hit ‘Squid Game’ has emerged as a major contender in the year-end awards season in America, possibly to become the first Korean-made television series to win a trophy at prestigious awards ceremonies.

The highly competitive race for the year’s great TV shows and movies is the biggest celebration for the US entertainment industry seeking the Emmy and Oscars next year, says Yonhap news agency.

In the past two years, the American awards season caught unprecedented Korean attention after Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ swept through fall award-positioning film festivals and eventual Academy Awards. , and Youn Yuh-jung from ‘Minari’ brought home the first acting Oscar.

Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the nine-part Netflix series about contestants participating in deadly Korean children’s games to win the equivalent of $ 38.5 million in prize money, has become a global phenomenon, watched by 142 million households during the first four. weeks into its release on September 17th.

Last month, the organizers of the 2021 Gotham Awards nominated ‘Squid Game’ in two categories: Breakthrough Series – Long Form (over 40 minutes) and Outstanding Performance in a New Series for its protagonist, Lee Jung-jae.

Awards for lower-budget movies and TV shows are considered the beginning of the harvest season, and their winners are seen as key precursors to subsequent award workouts.

Since the Gotham Awards nominations, the American media has increased the odds that ‘Squid Game’ will win a good number of accolades in big name accolades, including the Critics Choice Awards and also the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

According to Gold Derby, an American awards prediction website, ‘Squid Game’ has been listed in their top five nominees for the SAG Awards TV Drama Ensemble Award, along with HBO’s black comedy ‘Succession,’ Apple TV + drama ‘The Morning Show’. , Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and FX’s ‘Pose’.

“If ‘Squid Game’ makes it to the final five, definitely a victory is not out of the question,” said Gold Derby, adding that SAG has given its top TV and film awards to popular hits of the year, such as “Grey’s Anatomy.”

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