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Squid Game Sweeps 2 Awards From Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) TV Awards + Director Hwang Dong Hyuk Expresses Gratitude Over Overwhelming Feats

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Squid Game outshined its competitors in the recently wrapped HCA TV Awards.

According to director Hwang Dong Hyuk, squid Game season 2 is already in its early stages. Although the series waited for over a decade before its premiere, the Korean flick continues to sweep awards shows in the past months since its release.

In fact, the franchise might continue to bring home awards until the Squid Game season 2 release date becomes definite.

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Squid Game Outplays Other Series

The Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) announced on Friday (via The Korea Times) that the hit series scored two major awards at the show.

The series was named Best International Series, defeating other flicks like Pachinko, Acapulco, Lupin, Money Heist, and Narcos: Mexico.

After the milestone, the show played a videotaped acceptance speech featuring Squid Game director Hwang Dong Hyuk. He expressed how grateful he is for the honor and revealed the current status of season 2.

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"I believe the series has since overcome the limits of a non-English series to create many historical moments and breakthroughs. I do hope to create a better second season and share it with all the fans and critics around the world,” he said.

Meanwhile, the second award was nabbed by Lee Jung Jae. The actor won Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama, for his performance in the series.

He outshined the seven English actors nominated in the category, including Lucifer’s Tom Ellis, Ozark’s Jason Bateman, and Severance’s Adam Scott.

Squid Game Also Makes It To Emmys

The HCA TV Awards happened a month before the Squid Game team attends the highly anticipated Primetime Emmy Awards — one of the four major American awards.

Variety noted that the Netflix series is up for 14 major and minor awards.

At the same time, it became the first non-English program to receive a nomination in Emmys Drama Category, going up against Stranger Things, Euphoria, and Better Call Saul, to name a few.

The nominations are Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series – 2022 (Park Hae Soo), Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series – 2022 (Oh Young Soo), Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series – 2022 (Jung Ho Yeon), Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series – 2022 (Lee Yoo Mi), Outstanding Drama Series – 2022, Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Single Episode – 2022, Outstanding Stunt Performance – 2022, Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series – 2022, Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour Or More) – 2022, Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour) – 2022, Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series – 2022, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series – 2022, Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music – 2022, and Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series – 2022 (Lee Jung Jae).

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