Omar Sy and “Lupin” Win at the Critics Choice Awards

"Lupin" beat out tough competition to win the award for the best foreign series.

Omar Sy and “Lupin” Win at the Critics Choice Awards

Omar Sy, known for his role in "The Intouchables" (2011), achieved success at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards this past weekend. The French Muslim actor, now based in Los Angeles, initially gained mainstream recognition for his work in blockbuster films such as "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (2014), "Transformers: The Last Knight" (2017) and the "Jurassic World" trilogy (2015–2022).

However, lately Sy is best known for his starring role in Netflix’s hit French thriller series “Lupin” (2021–). The show is based on the fictional gentleman thief and master of disguise Arsène Lupin (Sy), who was created by Maurice Leblanc in the early 1900s. Unlike the books, however, the Netflix adaptation of "Lupin" is set in modern times. The show follows the story of Assane Diop, a professional thief seeking revenge on the wealthy and powerful Pellegrini family who framed his father for a diamond theft. Assane's journey is inspired by a book he reads about Arsène Lupin, which was gifted to him by his late father. 

At the 29th Critics Choice Awards, Part 3 of "Lupin" won the award for the best foreign series. Other shows nominated were Paramount+’s Korean survival disaster mini-series "Bargain" (2022–2023), Netflix’s Korean revenge drama “The Glory” (2022–), Disney+’s British-Italian crime drama “The Good Mothers” (2023–), Hulu’s German World War II mini-series “The Interpreter of Silence” (2023), Netflix’s Korean dark comedy “Mask Girl” (2023–) and Disney+’s Korean supernatural drama “Moving” (2023–).

Sy, who has been playing Assane Diop since 2021, has been instrumental in making "Lupin" the major success that it is today. Audience response to the show has been overwhelming positive — Netflix reported that “Lupin” was watched by 70 million households in the first month of its release, making it the most-watched non-English show on Netflix at the time, as well the second most successful debut for a Netflix original show after "Bridgerton" (2020–). “Lupin” Part 1 remains Netflix’s third most popular non-English language series of all time, behind only "Squid Game" (2021–) and “Money Heist” (2017–2021). In addition to the recent Critics Choice win, “Lupin” has also earned nominations for BAFTA, Golden Globes and International Emmy Awards, both for best series and best performance for Sy.

While fans are eagerly awaiting a Part 4 of Lupin — and showrunner George Kay has hinted that the show has “very ambitious foundations” — Netflix has yet to confirm the show’s continuation.