Lee Jung-jae Thanks 'Squid Game' Fans as He Wins at 2022 Critics Choice Awards

Mike Colter, Billy Porter, Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong and Sterling K. Brown were all up for best actor in a drama at the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards on Sunday

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Lee Jung-jae is the best actor in a drama series at this year's Critics' Choice Awards!

On Sunday, Jung-jae beat out Mike Colter (Evil), Billy Porter (Pose), Brian Cox (Succession), Jeremy Strong (Succession) and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) for the honor.

"Oh my God," he began his acceptance speech in disbelief, adding, "Thank you, God."

"Thank you Critics Choice Awards, and everyone who loved and supported Squid Game. Thank you," the actor continued. He added, "Thank you, Netflix! Thank you Squid Game!"

Jung-jae's win on Sunday comes amid a major winning streak for the Netflix hit.

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Last month, Squid Game marked firsts at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards as Jung-jae and his costar, Hoyeon Jung, earned historic wins within the drama acting categories. The series also won outstanding performance by a stunt ensemble.

Additionally, Jung-jae recently became a first-time winner at the 2022 Independent Spirit Awards. He picked up an award within the best male actor category for TV series.

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Squid Game, which premiered on Netflix last September, was renewed for a second season in January. Ted Sarandos, Netflix Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, announced the return of the thriller in a Netflix fourth-quarter 2021 earnings interview.

"Absolutely," he said at the time. "The Squid Game universe has just begun."

The series was a massive hit for Netflix, becoming its most-streamed series to date in October 2021 after pulling in over 111 million viewers. With such high viewership, Squid Game surpassed Bridgerton.

The first season of Squid Game also ranked in Netflix's Top 10 in all 94 countries with the rating system.

The 27th annual Critics Choice Awards is currently airing on The CW and TBS.

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