South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae has made Emmys history with his win at the 74th Primetime Emmys Awards this year.

He took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series on Monday (Sep 13) for his role in South Korean smash hit Squid Game, edging out Jason Bateman for Ozark, Brian Cox as the patriarch and Jeremy Strong as his son in Succession, Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul, and Adam Scott for Severance. He also became the first person to take the top award for a non-English performance.

The series’ director Hwang Dong-hyuk also bagged the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

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The show has received 14 nominations at this year’s Emmys and has racked up multiple awards. Earlier last week at the Creative Arts Emmys, actress Lee Yoo-mi, who was cast as Ji-yeong aka Player No 240, took home the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

Looking forward to Season 2 of Squid Game? Director Hwang Dong-hyuk has teased details of the upcoming season. During a red carpet interview with Deadline at the awards, he revealed that Lee Jung Jae’s character Seong Gi-hun, otherwise known as Number 456, is seeking revenge in the upcoming season.