The Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Goes to…

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Tonight, the 74th annual Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles. During the ceremony, Lee Jung-jae won the highly coveted award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Squid Game.

The actor was up against a stacked list of nominees, including Jason Bateman for Ozark, Brian Cox for Succession, Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul, Adam Scott for Severance and Jeremy Strong for Succession.

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The Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category originally made its debut in 1954. Previous winners include Josh O’Connor for The Crown, Jeremy Strong for Succession, Billy Porter for Pose, Matthew Rhys for The Americans, Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us, Rami Malek for Mr. Robot, Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom, Damian Lewis for Homeland, Kyle Chandler for Friday Night Lights, Dennis Franz for NYPD Blue, Andre Braugher for Homicide: Life on the Street, Mandy Patinkin for Chicago Hope, Tom Skerritt for Picket Fences, Christopher Lloyd for Road to Avonlea, James Earl Jones for Gabriel’s Fire, Peter Falk for Columbo, Carroll O’Connor for In the Heat of the Night and Richard Kiley for A Year in the Life.

Cranston and Franz currently hold the record for most wins in this category, with four statuettes each.

Congratulations to Lee Jung-jae and all the worthy nominees!

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...