Squid Game Bags New Special Award From American Film Institute

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Squid Game is not yet done in bringing home more glory and recognition even after Hellbound broke its record.

Netflix subscribers were surely surprised when Squid Game arrived on the streaming platform. Despite the series being a non-English flick, it immediately beat the previous record-holderBridgerton Season 1, by garnering 1.6 billion viewing time.

While Hellbound officially dethroned it by ranking first in 80 countries within the 24 hours since its release, Squid Game still gets the honors and awards the others are yet to reach.

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Squid Game Brings Home Award From AFI

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On Wednesday, the American Film Institute (AFI) recognized the top 10 movies and TV shows of the year. Although the Korean series did not make it to the top 10, AFI expanded the category by hailing three winners of special awards, and Squid Game's title final appeared alongside Belfast and Summer of Soul.

The movies on the list are Coda, Don't Look Up, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog, tick, tick … Boom!, The Tragedy of Macbeth and West Side Story.

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Meanwhile, the winners on the television side went to Hacks, The White Lotus, Wandavision, Maid, Mare of Easttown, The Underground Railroad, Ted Lasso, Reservation Dogs, Succession, and Schmigadoon!.

Squid Game did not qualify to win the major award since it was made by Netflix Korea. Still, the special award recognized it for "works of excellence that fall outside of the Institute's criteria of American film and television."

More Awards Received By Squid Game

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On top of the recent award, the Hwang Dong Hyuk-directed series previously made it to the 2021 Gotham Awards in New York. Its director, alongside actors Lee Jung Jae and Jung Ho Yeon, attended the event after the megahit series scored a nomination for Breakthrough Series – Over 40 Minutes and Lee Jung Jae for Outstanding Performance in a New Series.

Although Lee Jung Jae did not win in his category, the series beat all its contenders and got the award, making it the first Korean drama to win at the respective event.

Director Hwang Dong-Hyuk took his time to share the story of the series during his acceptance speech, telling the crowd how it got rejected multiple times before becoming a hit series.

Squid Game has already reached far since its first release, and its journey will continue once the second season arrives.

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