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Squid Game Makes History In The 74th Emmy Award Nominations

Squid Game Makes History In The 74th Emmy Award Nominations

The Television Academy has announced the nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards recognizing an abundance of exceptional new programming and talent, returning favorites and veteran performers, and a broad spectrum of innovative storytelling across multiple platforms.

The live virtual ceremony was hosted by JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma.

In a press statement, The Academy noted that it has been a year of notable achievement for women with Almost half of the directors nominated in the scripted directing categories being women.

“This season also saw women receive almost 40% of the nominations in the scripted writing categories.
Thirty-four percent of this year’s nominees for Outstanding Writing in all writing categories were women” read part of the statement.

“Television continues to keep the world entertained, informed, and connected. With production at a historic high, the Academy has received a record number of Emmy submissions this season,” said Scherma. “As we prepare for the entertainment industry’s biggest night, we are thrilled to honor the innovators, creators, performers and storytellers who are propelling this platinum age of television.” said the statement.

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 a film), and the Tony for (stage) theatre.

The awards are presented by three related, but separate, organizations: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS).

Emmy events include those honoring national children’s programming, national sports programming, national news and documentary shows, and technological and engineering achievements in television, including the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards among others.

From the nominations, Squid Game made history after it became the first non-English language series to earn a nominations slot in the 74th Emmy Awards. The popular Korean thriller series has raked in 14 nomination slots for the Emmy Awards.

The 74th Emmy Awards will be broadcasted live from the Microsoft Theater on Monday, September 12 and also on NBC and will stream live for the first time on Peacock.

The complete list of Emmy nominations, as compiled by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP, and other Academy news is available here

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