the “Squid Game” series on its way to making history


Image taken from a scene from the “Squid Game” series, produced by Netflix.  In the center, the main actor, Lee Jung-jae.

She could become the star of the 74e Emmy Awards ceremony and make history. The Bloody Korean Series Squid Game (the « squid game » in French, named after a battle hopscotch game in South Korea) will indeed face fierce competition, Monday, September 12, to try to win the prize for best drama series, while is the first foreign-language production to compete in this category of American television awards.

Dark and violent social satire aimed at denouncing the excesses of capitalism, in which miserable people kill each other during cruel children’s games with the hope of winning millions, the series produced by Netflix met with worldwide success as soon as it was released in the fall of 2021, surprising at the time both its broadcasting platform and its director, Hwang Dong-hyeok.

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Shoulder to shoulder with the series Succession

Whether Squid Game receives the prize for best drama series on Monday evening, its success on American soil would follow in the footsteps of Korean film Parasitedirected by Bong Joon-ho, who won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2020.

But to win in Los Angeles, the series will have to beat another strong competitor: the multi-award-winning American production. Successionwhich had already won the Emmy Award for best drama series in 2019, for its chronicle of a powerful family at the head of an industrial empire whose members plot and tear each other apart.

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While the American series is nominated twenty-five times during this 74e editing, Squid Game account for its part fourteen nominations. Lee Jung-jae, the main actor, is notably in the running for the award for best actor in a drama series and could thus become the first winner of this award for a performance in a language other than English.

Squid Game will also face the playoffs Severance (Apple TV+), a disturbing metaphor on the world of work, and ozark (Netflix), which explores money laundering and the vices of the American middle class, in the category « best drama series ». In this dramatic category, actress Zendaya, already awarded in 2020, has every chance of being voted best actress again for her role in the series. Euphoria.

Comedies and miniseries

Comedy side, series Ted Lasso (Apple TV +), winner last year of the best price, seems well on its way to re-enlisting. The main actor Jason Sudeikis, who plays an American football coach parachuted into an English football team, will also face actor Bill Hader, for his role as a hitman who dreams of being a Hollywood star in the series. barry (HBO), for the award for best actor.

Among women, Jean Smart is widely expected to be voted again as best actress for her performance in hacksa comedy in which she plays the role of an aging comedian from Las Vegas, forced to reinvent herself on stage.

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As every year, the “mini-series” category, which rewards productions limited to a single season, will bring new blood. Four of the five suitors are inspired by real scandals: dopesick examines America’s deadly addiction to opioids, The Dropout discusses the fraud mounted by the medical start-up Theranos, Pam and Tommy retraces the underside of the publication of Pamela Anderson’s sextape, and Inventing Anna follows the story of a young Russian who has long deceived the New York elite about her identity. But in this very close race, tragicomic satire The White Lotuswhich tackles the ambient hypocrisy of a Hawaiian luxury hotel, is currently the favourite.

The Emmy Awards generally enshrine peer recognition within the microcosm of American television: actors constitute the most important branch of voters. Held in a theater in Los Angeles, the ceremony marks a return to normal this year, after previous editions marked by the pandemic and the rules of social distancing. It will be presented by American comedian Kenan Thompson, a well-known figure from the show “Saturday Night Live”.

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The World with AFP

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