‘Squid Game’ makes history as the first non-English TV show nominated for the SAG Award

“Squid Game” once again made history as the first non-English speaking television show nominated for a Screen Actor’s Guild Award.

The series starred Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun, a low-income dad who embarks on deadly games to earn millions in cash and support his mother and daughter. Lee earned a SAG nomination for Best Male Actor in a Drama Series.

Also nominated was Jung Ho-yeon, a South Korean model whose role as Kang Sae-byeok earned her a nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

“I’m going to put in more energy than I’ve ever used before, and I’m going to get there,” Jung told NBC Asian America last fall.

“Squid Game,” which is Netflix’s most popular show to date, was nominated in two other categories: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a television series.

The cast members responded to the news on social media Wednesday afternoon. Jung, who also made history this month as the cover star of Vogue in February, thanked the entire show and the stunt team in an Instagram post, in which she uttered a sentence to address her own victory.

“I was really surprised to be nominated,” Jung said. “I’m just happy to know that my photo will appear alongside those of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Moss and Sarah Snook.”

Writer and Director Hwang Dong-hyuk told Deadline the nominations feel like the effort of his entire team which is bearing fruit.

“I think this must be the happiest moment since we made ‘Squid Game’,” he said. “The fact that not only one or two lead actors were recognized, but the entire cast was nominated as the best ensemble. It brings me great joy as a director, who chose and created the series, which has just been nominated. “