2022 Emmy Nominations: Fans Delighted As ‘Squid Game’ Becomes FIRST Non-English Show To Score Major Nods

“Squid Game” made history again by becoming the first non-English language show to be nominated for an Emmy in the major drama category. The Korean mega-hit, which is currently the most-watched Netflix series of all time, received nominations for Outstanding Drama Series as well as actor Lee Jung-Jae. The mega-hit received 14 nominations in total.

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Hwang Dong-hyuk wrote the impossibly simple yet surprisingly effective 10-part drama, which followed a group of 456 outcasts who, to win a multimillion-dollar prize, had to star in a series of children’s games, the snag being that if they lost, they were executed. The drama has created stars of protagonists like Jung Ho-yeon, Park Hae-soo, and Lee, and a second series has just been greenlit. Soo Hugh’s ‘Pachinko’ for Apple TV+ was considered but not made. While other non-US series such as ‘Schitt’s Creek’, ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ have already been nominated in the main categories, ‘Squid Game’ and ‘Pachinko’ are the first that are not in English.

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Fans of the series are excited to see it rival other Netflix blockbusters like “Stranger Things,” having topped Emmy nomination lists with 14 strong endorsements. Many fans took to social media to express their feelings about the nominations and how the Korean drama would fare against other biggies from the previous year. One fan tweeted, “War is coming between Euphoria, Succession, Squid Game and Selena fans for the next Emmys, I’m tired already. #Emmy #Emmys2022.”

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Another fan was just thrilled to see two of Netflix’s biggest shows being nominated in the same category as they tweeted, “SQUID GAME AND STRANGER THKNGS OMG #EMMYS #EMMYS2022.”

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Fans are already wondering just how brutal the Emmys scene would be this year, given that some of the biggest names in television are going head-to-head. A tweet read: “The Emmys are going to be an absolute bloodbath this year. How can you choose between Succession, Severance, Squid Game or Euphoria? How can you choose between Ted Lasso, Barry, Abbott Elementary or Only Murders in the Building? What a year for television.”

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A disgruntled fan, on the other hand, pointed out that there needs to be a cap on the number of nominations per show, given that some other shows are snubbed at the Emmys. One fan remarked, noting that ‘Squid Game’ received 14 nominations but ‘This is Us’ and Mandy Moore received none: “But ALL THE ACTORS in Squid Game and Succession? And obviously they don’t We didn’t care to limit the number of nominees because some categories have 8! It was also an opportunity to give a nod to television, which the Emmys made a dinosaur of.”

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The 74th Emmy Awards will air on NBC and air on Peacock on September 12. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will air September 10 on FXX.

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