Hwang Dong-hyuk wins Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Hwang Dong-hyuk poses for the camera at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. [AP/YONHAP]

Director Hwang Dong-hyuk won the prize for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

Hwang won the award for his directing of Netflix series "Squid Game" (2021), which revolves around main protagonist Seong Gi-hun, portrayed by Lee Jung-jae, and 455 other players who take on a series of deadly children’s games to become the sole survivor to win prize money of 45.6 billion won ($34.8 million).

The Emmy Awards, hosted by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is one of four major American awards. The Emmys recognizes excellence in performing arts and entertainment in television and streaming content, the Grammys for music, the Oscars for film and the Tonys for theatre.

“Squid Game” is Netflix’s most-watched series, surpassing 1 billion views in just 28 days after its release last September.