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‘Squid Game’ nominated for the 2022 Critics Choice Awards

Netflix’s popular K-Original series Squid Game has received a nomination for the Best Drama Series at the 27th edition of the Critics Choice Awards. 

Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game is the first non-English, international programme to have received a nomination and will be fighting against worthy competitors like HBO’s Succession, NBC’s This Is Us, FX’s Pose and more. 

The show has also been nominated for Best Foreign Language Series, joining its fellow Netflix contenders Money Heist, Narcos: Mexico, Lupin and more. The lead actor Lee Jung-Jae, who played the protagonist Song Gi-hun, has been nominated for Best Actor In a Drama Series besides Jeremy Strong and Brian Cox from Succession and Billy Porter from Pose

If Squid Game manages to bag the Best Drama Series award, it will be following in the footsteps of Bong Joon-ho, whose South Korean film Parasite won both Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film at the 25th Critics Choice Awards, to become the first-ever South Korean series to do so. 

Squid Game has gained a massive, cult-like, following and has become a phenomenon in its own right, sparking the Korean pop-cultural high. Recently, they won big at the Gotham Awards, winning the Breakthrough Series- Long Format award. 

Starring Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo, Jung Ho Yeon and Wi Ha Jun in lead roles, the show sees 456 participants being confined in a particular place to play games to win prize money of 45.6 billion Korean Won. 

It is a commentary on capitalism, power dynamics, economic and class conflict as well as the depravity and vulnerability of the human psyche. Since the show struggled to be picked up for years, its gargantuan success indeed took Hwang by surprise who recalled how he got rejected several times due to the “violent, absurd, weird” nature of the script.  

The winners will be declared on January 9th, 2022. 

Watch Squid Game on Netflix now.