There’s no stopping Lee Jung Jae from raking international recognition after starring in Netflix’s “Squid Game.”
For months, the 9-part episode thriller K-drama dominated worldwide charts and was named as the streaming giant’s biggest show ever. Now, the Hwang Dong Hyuk directed series alongside the cast are rapping the success with countless awards.
Lee Jung Jae Wins Independent Spirit Awards 2022
The renowned South Korean star bagged another international award for his role as player 456 Seong Gi Hoon in “Squid Game.”
Held at Santa Monica, California, the Independent Spirit Awards 2022 commemorated the crème de la crème of independent film and television in 2021.
According to The Korea Herald, Lee Jung Gae scored Best Male Performance in a New Scripted Series at the 37th Film Independent Spirit Awards.
He defeated fellow nominees, including “It’s a Sin” star Olly Alexander, Murray Bartlett from “The White Lotus,” Michael Greyeyes of “Rutherford Falls,” and “THEM: Covenant” star Ashley Thomas.
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Interestingly, the “Chief of Staff” star is the second Korean artist who won an award at the annual ceremony after veteran actress Youn Yuh Jung took home Best Supporting Actress in 2021 for her stellar performance in “Minari.”
Lee Jung Jae’s SAG Awards 2022 Win
The actor’s trophy at the 37th Film Independent Spirit Awards is his second win for the year.
Lee Jung Jae recently made waves after scoring Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series at the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards., marking his first nomination and first-ever SAG Award win.
In his acceptance speech, the 49-year-old star expressed his deep gratitude to everyone who supported “Squid Game,” including the global audience and of course, he thanked the team behind the Netflix series.
The actor seemed stunned, accepting his award noting, “This is truly huge that it’s happened to me,” he said, adding, “I did write something, but I don’t think I’ll get to reading it.”
Apart from it, another “Squid Game” cast brought pride to South Korea-this time, it’s none other than Jung Ho Yeon.
Despite being a rookie actress, the 27-year-old beauty wowed the viewers with her impressive portrayal as North Korean defector Kang Sae Byeok a.k.a player 067.
At the SAG Awards 2022, Jung Ho Yeon took home Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and surpassed the biggest names in Hollywood, including Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon for “The Morning Show,” Elisabeth Moss for “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Sarah Snook for HBO’s “Succession.”
What to Expect with Lee Jung Jae After’ Squid Game’
Amid his continued recognition and a series of guestings overseas, Lee Jung Jae has wrapped up his first directorial movie, “Hunt,” where he also plays as the lead star.
Joining the cast is his celebrity friend and fellow award-winning actor Jung Woo Sung and “Squid Game” co-star Heo Seung Tae.
Apart from it, Lee Jung Jae is set to reprise his role in the highly anticipated “Squid Game 2.”
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Written by Geca Wills