June 27, 2022

Globally renowned South Korean survival drama “Squid Game” has been awarded with three category nominations at the 27th Critics Choice Awards, including best drama series.

According to the nominations announced by the Critics’ Choice Association Monday (US time), the Netflix original drama “Squid Game,” was listed in the categories best actor in drama series, best drama series, and best foreign language series.

Nomination summary –
• The Korean drama will compete with seven other candidates including Showtime’s “Yellowjackets,” HBO’s “Succession,” and NBC’s “This Is Us” in the best drama series section.
• The drama’s lead actor, Lee Jung-jae has been nominated for best actor in a drama series, as the only non-English language performer.
• Lee Jung-jae will be competing for the title along with Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong of “Succession”, Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us,” Mike Colter of “Evil,” and Billy Porter of “Pose.”
• The South Korean drama is also contending with six candidates French comedy drama “Call My Agent!,” American-Mexican crime drama “Narcos: Mexico,” Mexican comedy “Acapulco,” French thriller “Lupin,” and Spanish crime actioner “Money Heist” for best foreign language series.
• In the meantime, the annual Critics Choice Awards nominated “Succession” with a total of eight mentions followed by “Evil” and “Mare of Easttown” each scoring five nominations.

About “Squid Game”

The South Korean drama shows contestants taking part in lethal Korean children’s playground games in order to win a prize money of 45.6 billion won ($38.5 million). It is a nine-part series.

The series wrote Netflix history by becoming the most successful TV show ever to be released. In the first four weeks after its release on Sept. 17, it garnered more than 1.65 billion hours of viewership. While it is also the first South Korean TV show to reap a nomination at the Critics Choice Awards, a major ceremony in the US awards season.

While Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” won two titles at the awards 25th edition, best director and best foreign-language film.

Last year, South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung was also nominated for best supporting actress for in the immigration film “Minari”.

The winners of the Critics’ Choice Awards 2022 will be announced on Jan. 9 next year.