Hundreds of cash-strapped contestants agree to compete in children’s games for a tempting prize, but the stakes are lethal. As per a Netflix press release, judges will test the contestants’ “strategies, alliances, and character while competitors are eliminated around them,” assuring that attendees will not be brutally murdered like their fictional counterparts.
Seong Gi-hun, a divorced father and indebted gambler who lives with his elderly mother, is invited to participate in a series of children’s games to win a large sum of money. Accepting the offer, he is whisked away to an unknown location, where he finds himself among 455 other players in dire financial straits.
The South Korean drama “Squid Game” won its first Emmys on Sunday, bringing home an acting award and three of these trophies ahead of next week’s battle for television’s best drama. Lee You-mi won the Creative Arts Emmy for the best guest controversial actress for her role as Ji Young; the actress accepted the honor on stage at a downtown Los Angeles theatre, saying a few paragraphs in Korean before exclaiming in English, “I’m so very happy!”
The Creative Arts Emmys recognized both guest actors and from behind artists such as sound engineers, hair stylists, and cinematographers. On September 12, an aired-on red-carpet television event will award the best actor and other honors. “Squid Game” is the first non-English dialect series nominated for the best drama award.
Netflix’s “Stranger Things” won five Creative Arts Emmys, including one for music oversight, for a season that showcased Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill.” The song rose to the top of the music charts due to its inclusion in the series. On Sunday, HBO’s media dynasty drama “Succession,” also up for best drama, won one award for casting.