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Squid Game’s Jung Ho-Yeon Is Emotional As He Accepts His 2022 SAG Award

Sunday’s SAG Awards bring a big first win for Squid Game actress Jung Ho-Yeun and her heartfelt acceptance speech will have you in tears.

In a historic moment at the 2022 SAG Awards, actress Jung Ho-Yeon gave a tear-filled acceptance speech for her role in squid game. Last September, Netflix introduced the world to a violent, yet intriguing, character-driven world of class warfare, sexism, and fatherhood, among other poignant themes. squid game centers on an impoverished Korean named Seong who owes a huge debt to loan sharks and risks losing his daughter if he cannot repay them. However, his whole future is invigorated with hope when he is invited to compete in a hunger games-style tournament for a billion-dollar prize that could change Seong’s future.


Among the eccentric cast of characters is a young woman named Kang Sae-Byeok. Kang is competing for his own future, which involves taking care of his younger brother. They both face lives of uncertainty and may become orphans unless Kang can bring home some of the prize money. She begins as a morally ambiguous character, but over the course of the nine-episode first season, becomes a friendly ally to Seong.

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squid game made waves in the awards circuit this year. The SAG Awards proved they were continuing their stellar winning streak with Jung Ho-Yeun’s historic win for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. In an emotional acceptance speech, the South Korean model recalled watching award shows as a little girl, dreaming of becoming a successful actress herself. See the video of SAG Rewards here:

This is a major win, not just for Ho-Yeon, but for the entire ensemble, as it is the first foreign-language series to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. Another breakthrough role in the series came from Oh Yeong-Su, the old man who befriends Seong throughout the games. In January, Yeong-Su was the first Korean actor to win the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. Unfortunately, the Golden Globe winners were simply announced via social media, with the normally televised event being canceled due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ho-Yeon’s win at the SAG Awards marks the final leg of what has been an incredible journey. Prior to squid game, his acting credits consisted entirely of video shorts, so Netflix success was essentially his first major role. This might explain the real emotion behind his acceptance speech, as becoming an actor has been a lifelong dream of his. Earning such a prestigious honor from his peers early in his career is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to Ho-Yeon’s talent in front of the camera. It will be interesting to see how his career unfolds from here, as squid game success could open up other paths for him.

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