• S. Korea's 'Squid Game' Wins Prize At US Gothan Awards
'Squid Game' executive producers Hwang Dong-hyuk (L) and Kim Ji-yeon celebrate their win. (Photo: AP-Yonhap)

Netflix's smash hit "Squid Game" took home on Monday a prize from the Gotham Awards, which recognizes excellence in independent films and television.

At the ceremony held in New York City, the drama grabbed Breakthrough Series Long Format to become the first South Korean winner at the U.S. awards show.

Director-writer Hwang Dong-hyuk said in an acceptance speech "It took 12 years to make this show and present it to people, but it took less than 12 days to become the no. 1 show on the planet. It's a miracle."

"Thank you for watching it, and thank you for loving it. Thank you so much," Hwang added.

But, the series' lead actor Lee Jung-jae did not win the category of Outstanding Performance in a New Series.

Since its official release in mid-September, "Squid Game" has swept Netflix's top popular charts across the globe, reaching the No. 1 spot in more than 90 countries where the streaming service is available.

It also became the most-watched Netflix content of all time, with a total of 1.65 billion hours of streaming in the first four weeks of release.

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