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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Emmy Awards - Squid games !!

Emmy Awards or Emmys, are an extensive range of awards for artistic and technical merit in United States television. An Emmy is considered one of the four major American awards for performing arts and entertainment – the others being the Grammy (for music), the Oscar (Academy Award, for film), and the Tony for (stage) theatre.  The Emmy statuette, depicting a winged woman holding an atom, is named after "immy", an informal term for the image orthicon tube that was common in early television cameras. 

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will honor the best in American prime time television programming from June 1, 2021, until May 31, 2022, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). The awards ceremony is planned to be held live on September 12, 2022, and will be preceded by the 74th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards   at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California.   The 74th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards honoured the best in artistic and technical achievement in American prime time television programming from June 1, 2021, until May 31, 2022, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  

Seong Gi-hun, a divorced father and indebted gambler who lives with his elderly mother, is invited to play a series of children's games for a chance at a large cash prize. Accepting the offer, he is taken to an unknown location where he finds himself among 455 other players who are all in deep financial trouble. The players are made to wear green tracksuits and are kept under watch at all times by masked guards in pink jumpsuits, with the games overseen by the Front Man, who wears a black mask and black uniform. The players soon discover that losing a game results in their death, with each death adding ₩100 million to the potential ₩45.6 billion grand prize .. .. ..

K-drama Squid Game became a huge hit on Netflix after its premiere in 2021. The Netflix original series went down in history as the most viewed show on the streaming platform globally. Squid Game has now landed its first Emmy awards on Sunday. Actress Lee You-mi took home Emmys for guest drama actress at the Creative Arts Emmys. She played the role of Ji-young in Squid Game. Ji-young’s character was a woman who entered the game after she was freed from prison.

Lee You-mi accepted the award that was held in Los Angeles. During the acceptance speech, she spoke in Korean followed by exclaiming her happiness by saying, “I'm so very happy!"  Squid Game is a sensation. A violent Korean drama that mixes childhood nostalgia with vast amounts of death, the series has surpassed all expectations to become the most successful show in Netflix history.

‘Why is Squid Game’s English-Language Acting So Bad?’ demanded one  headline, echoing the sentiment of hundreds of tweets and memes. The culprits are the “VIPs” – four English-speaking, mask-wearing billionaires who watch the action from afar, placing bets on the outcome of the carnage. To the naysayers, the VIP acting in Squid Game is stilted and mannered, and pulls them out of the show. But who are the people behind the masks?

Squid Game is a South Korean survival drama television series created by Hwang Dong-hyuk for Netflix. The series revolves around a contest where 456 players, all of whom are in deep financial hardship, risk their lives to play a series of deadly children's games for the chance to win a ₩45.6 billion prize. The title of the series draws from a similarly named Korean children's game. Hwang had conceived of the idea based on his own economic struggles early in life, as well as the class disparity in South Korea and capitalism. Though he had initially written it in 2009, he was unable to find a production company to fund the idea until Netflix took an interest around 2019 as part of their drive to expand their foreign programming offerings.

Squid Game was released worldwide in Sept 2021, to critical acclaim and international attention. It is Netflix's most-watched series, becoming the top-viewed program in 94 countries and attracting more than 142 million member households and amassing 1.65 billion viewing hours during its first four weeks from launch, surpassing Bridgerton for the title of most watched show.  

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With regards – S. Sampathkumar
5th Sept. 2022 

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