Lee Jung Jae made another history with his performance in “Squid Game”.
On February 27th, Lee Jung Jae won the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series for his role in Squid Game at the 28th “Screen Actors Guild Awards”. This marks Lee Jung Jae’s first-ever SAG nomination and win, as well as the first Asian male actor to win the award.
“Oh my god, thank you so much! This is truly huge that’s happened to me,” commented Lee Jung Jae while accepting his award on stage. “Well, I did write a lot but I don’t think I can read it all.”
He continued, “Say no words, thank you so much SAG-AFTRA awards, and thank you to the global audience for all of your love for Squid Game. And thank you Squid Game team.”
Check out his acceptance speech below. Congratulations to Lee Jung Jae!
— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) February 28, 2022
At the televised ceremony of the 2022 SAG Awards on Sunday, California (US time), Lee was named the winner of Outstanding Performance By a Male Actor in a Drama Series, beating Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong of “Succession,” and Billy Crudup of “The Morning Show.”
In “Squid Game”, Lee took the role of Gi-hoon, a down-on-his-luck middle-aged man drawn to a mysterious competition of traditional Korean kids’ games that will reward the only survivor with 45.6 billion won ($37.8 million) in prize money.
He became the second South Korean ever to have won at the SAG Awards given by Hollywood actors, following actress Youn Yuh-jung last year.
Actress Youn Yuh-jung