Per Twitter Variety Lee Jong Jae’s big win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series is reportedly the first time in Emmy history that an Asian actor has won the award. Plus, he’s only the fourth Asian actor to win an Emmy Award for acting, making him even more of an unbelievable and amazing cast. On a long list of contenders that included actors such as Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) and Brian Cox (“Heirs”), Jung Jae’s victory is no small feat.
Still, it’s kind of a testament to how little Asian TV has been represented at the Emmys, but it seems like the massive popularity of The Squid Game can’t be ignored. As of this writing, it still remains the most watched Netflix show of all time, with 1.65 billion hours watched in its first four weeks, according to the streamer. Diversity. Let’s hope this is not only a sign that the English public wants to watch non-English language shows, but that the Emmys will continue to expand and diversify the pool of winners. Either way, this is still a monumental victory for Jung Jae and Squid Game.