December 01, 2021 10:00
Netflix's mega-hit Korean series "Squid Game" has become the first Korean show to win a Gotham Award in the U.S.
The dystopian series won the gong for Breakthrough Series - Long Format at the awards ceremony in New York on Monday. It competed with Showtime's "The Good Lord Bird," HBO Max's "It's a Sin" and "The White Lotus," and Amazon Studios' "Small Axe" and "The Underground Railroad."
The series' writer and director Hwang Dong-hyuk said, "I wrote the script in 2009. People said it's unrealistic, it's too violent, it's absurd, it's weird. It took 12 years to make this show… And it took less than 12 days to become the number one show on the planet. It's a miracle. All I can say is thank you. Thank you for watching and loving the show."
Lead actor Lee Jung-jae was nominated for Outstanding Performance in a New Series but failed to win. The honor was shared by Thuso Mbedu for her performance in "The Underground Railroad" and Ethan Hawke for "The Good Lord Bird."
Organized by the Independent Filmmaker Project, the Gotham Awards acknowledge groundbreaking independent films and television series. They are the first major honors of the film awards season.
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