“Squid Recreation” creator Hwang Dong-Hyuk says it’s the “happiest second” of his profession to see his Netflix present’s obtain 4 nominations on the twenty eighth Display Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. The Korean language present bagged nominations within the tv classes for finest drama ensemble, finest stunt ensemble, finest actor for Lee Jung-jae and finest feminine actor for Jung Ho-yeon.
The survival drama sequence was one of many largest exhibits from the streaming service final yr. It clocked over 100 million views in lower than a month of its debut in September 2021.
“Because the director of ‘Squid Recreation’, in the present day needs to be the happiest second. I’m reminded of all the times spent on first conferences with the solid, the auditions, visiting theaters to see their performances, the script readings, rehearsals and the times on set. I wish to really thank not solely the solid who’ve been nominated in the present day but additionally the entire supporting and the near-300 background expertise.
“‘Squid Recreation’ would by no means have been what it grew to become with out the devotion and onerous work of each single certainly one of you. You deserve all of the glory and credit score,” Hwang mentioned in a press release to Leisure Weekly.
The nine-part present follows 456 folks fighting debt in Seoul who signal on to play a sequence of lethal competitions based mostly on Korean youngsters’s video games, the winner of which can obtain 45.6 billion gained (USD 38 million).
It featured Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-jun, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung.
Lee Jung-jae, who performed the present’s protagonist Seong Gi-hun or participant quantity 456, mentioned he was “speechless and past excited” to be nominated for a SAG Award.
“I vividly keep in mind the valuable moments we shared collectively, placing in all of the onerous work to movie the extreme six rounds of video games. On prime of the unforgettable recollections we shared, in the present day’s SAG Awards nominations will eternally be remembered as a valuable and touching second.
“Thanks a lot to the members of SAG-AFTRA. I’m additionally so humbled and wish to share this second with all of the followers of Squid Recreation who think about justice and love, we as folks cherish,” the poplar actor mentioned.
In finest actor (drama) class, Lee Jung-jae is nominated alongside “Succession” stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Robust, Kieran Culkin and “The Morning Present” actor Billy Cudrup.
Jung Ho-yeon, who performed Participant 067 Kang Sae-byeok, mentioned she is “really grateful” for her nomination.
“I’m really excited for the perfect ensemble nomination, which has made all of our staff’s time spent collectively on ‘Squid Recreation’ much more useful.
Engaged on this sequence, and performing for the primary time, I considered how creating one thing ‘collectively,’ and ‘as an ensemble’ simply may be the true worth of our society.
“I really feel empowered to be reminded of how ‘collectively’ is extra valuable than a solo achievement. I’m really grateful! I am additionally reminded of our greatest stunt staff, being nominated for the perfect stunt ensemble nomination,” she mentioned.
Jung Ho-yeon additionally despatched her finest needs to fellow nominees — Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston of “The Morning Present”, Sarah Snook of “Succession” and Elisabeth Moss of “The Handmaid’s Story”.
The 2022 ceremony of Display Actors Guild Awards might be held on February 28.