Lee played the 456th, a cash-strapped single father who entered the game and eventually won it.
After accepting his award, Lee thanked director Huang “for making a real-life problem we all experience come to life in a creative way on screen with great text and stunning visuals.”
Hwang, the show’s creator, said he hopes that Amy won’t be a prominent director in his latest drama series.
“I want to thank the Academy of Television for this honor and also a big thank you to Netflix,” he said in his speech and delivered a shout-out to Netflix president Ted Sarandos.
“In season two,” he told the audience.
“This is a story about losers,” he said, “those who struggle through the challenges of daily life and are left behind, while the winners rise.”
President Yoon Seok congratulated Hwang and Lee on their award, and said that Lee has honed his skills through dramas and films.
Yoon wrote on his Facebook page, “Actor Lee Jong Jae’s wonderful acting has brought the character and viewers’ hearts together.”
Actor Lee defeated nominees Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Jason Bateman (Ozark), Jeremy Strong (Succession), Adam Scott (Severance) and Brian Cox (Succession).
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