Squid Game sweeps early Emmy awards

South Korean drama Squid Game earned its first Emmy Awards, taking home an acting honor and three other trophies ahead of the battle for Best TV Drama.

Lee You-mi won recognition as a guest drama at Sunday’s Creative Arts Emmy for her role as Ji Young, a young woman forced to compete in a risky quest for wealth after being released from prison on Netflix’s dystopian series.

The actress received the award on the stage of a theater in downtown Los Angeles, uttering a few sentences in Korean before shouting in English: “I’m so happy!”

The awards honored behind-the-scenes artists such as sound engineers, hairdressers and cinematographers, and guest actors.

The lead actor and other prizes will be awarded at a televised red carpet event on September 12.

Squid Game will compete for maximum dramatic accolade, the first non-English language series to be nominated for the award.

Its rivals include Netflix‘s Stranger Things, which won five Creative Arts awards, including music supervision for a season that included Kate Bush’s 1985 song Running Up That Hill.

The HBO Succession media dynasty drama, also in search of the best drama, secured a casting award.

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