Lee Yu-Mi Becomes Youngest Guest Champion In History After Winning Best Drama Guest Actress Emmy

In the category for Best Drama Guest Actress at the 2022 Creative Arts Emmys, Lee You-mi (“Squid Game”) defeated Harriet Walter (“Succession”) to take home the award, which was considered a major upset. The first-time nominee, who came in at number two in the Gold Derby’s odds, is now the individual with the youngest ever age to win an Emmy for a guest performance. He or she is 28 years old.

She follows in the footsteps of Justin Timberlake, who won his first Emmy for Best Comedy Guest Actor for “Saturday Night Live” in 2009 when he was 176 days older than she is today. She takes over the mantle from him. Samira Wiley, who is 31 and appeared in “The Handmaid’s Tale” in 2018, was the person who previously held the record for Lee’s category.

Hope Davis (“Succession”), Marcia Gay Harden (“The Morning Show”), Martha Kelly (“Euphoria”), and Sanaa Lathan (“Succession”) were among Lee’s rivals for the award. In addition to Walter, who was honored for “Succession” in 2020 for the first time, Lee had competition from these four women. Following his nomination in 2007 for his work on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Harden received another nomination in this category this year.

Lee Yu-Mi Becomes Youngest Guest Champion In History After Winning Best Drama Guest Actress Emmy (1)
Lee Yu-Mi Becomes Youngest Guest Champion In History After Winning Best Drama Guest Actress Emmy (1)

This year, Walter competed for the award for Best Comedy Guest Actress on “Ted Lasso,” however she came up short in the competition and lost to Laurie Metcalf (“Hacks”) in that category. Lee plays the recurring character of Ji-Yeong in the first season of “Squid Game,” which is available on Netflix. Ji-Yeong is one of 456 people in a hopeless situation who compete in a series of dangerous challenges in the hopes of winning a significant cash reward.

In the episode that Ji-Yeong contributed, titled “Gganbu,” she plays a one-on-one match of marbles with another competitor named Sae-book, who is played by Jung Ho-Yeon. As soon as the two young women realize that the only person who would advance to the next round is the one who can win the other player’s whole set of 10 marbles, they begin to talk about their personal lives in order to kill time until the next round begins.

Ji-Yeong admits that she recently finished her term for killing her abusive stepfather and was planning to sacrifice herself to ensure the growth of her partner before making this decision. Lee is the tenth youngest woman who has ever been nominated for an Emmy in the category of Best Drama Guest Actress. The current low-end record among the category’s nominees was recently set last year by 15-year-old Mckenna Grace (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), who is the only non-adult guest acting competitor in Emmys history.

Mckenna Grace is nominated for an Emmy for her role in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” With this victory, Lee became the first actor ever to be rewarded by the Television Academy for a performance that was entirely in a language other than English. On the following Monday, any one of the four regulars who have been nominated for the Korean show could join her on this new list (Jung, Lee Jung-Jae, Oh Young-soo, or Park Hae-soo).

This year, “Squid Game” was nominated for 14 awards, and it has already won three of them: Best Contemporary Production Design, Best Stunt Performance, and Best Special Visual Effects (Single Episode). Now is the time to make your predictions at Gold Derby. You may compete against legions of other fans, as well as our experts and editors, for the top prediction accuracy scores by downloading our free and straightforward app for Apple/iPhone devices or Android (Google Play).

Lee Yu-Mi Becomes Youngest Guest Champion In History After Winning Best Drama Guest Actress Emmy (2)
Lee Yu-Mi Becomes Youngest Guest Champion In History After Winning Best Drama Guest Actress Emmy (2)

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