Stars came out on November 1 to the 2008 Korea Drama Awards in the South Gyeongsang province city of Jinju, although there were a few notable absences (Bae Yong-joon, Kim Rae-won).
The top winner of the night was Kim Myung-min for his portrayal of Maestro Kang (affectionately, Kang-mae) in currently running hit drama Beethoven Virus. Kim Myung-min rocks, so this is no surprise and is certainly deserved. (Also, whether you love or hate Beethoven Virus, we can probably agree that he is the best thing in it.)
In the next “tier” of acting awards below Kim’s Daesang were the Best Acting award winners, consistently solid sageuk actor Choi Su-jong for Dae Jo Young and Kim Haneul for playing a difficult actress in On Air. In the next tier for Acting Excellence were Kim Rae-won of Gourmet and Han Ji-hye for Likable or Not (who may pull in yet more awards this time next year for her performance in East of Eden).
Musical acts included performances by R&B ballad duo Fly To the Sky, balladeer Shin Hye-sung, and members of idol group Super Junior.
SONG OF THE DAY
Fly to the Sky – “혼자하는 약속” (A promise with myself) [ Download ]
There were also awards for Netizen Popularity, which went to Girls Generation member Yoon-ah for her role in the daily drama You’re My Destiny, Kim Bum for stealing the show in East of Eden, comedienne Kim Hyun-sook of tvN’s hit cable series Rude Miss Young-ae Season 3, and Kim Hee-jung for the popular and long-running First Wives Club.
A distinguished service award was given to Baek Il-sub of Mom’s Dead Upset, a juror’s special award to Kim Hae-sook of First Wives Club, Best Drama to Mom’s Dead Upset, and a Hallyu Achievement award to Bae Yong-joon for Legend (which, uh, aired much earlier than the other dramas — how’d it sneak in to snag an award? Such is the power of The Yonsama?).
The Korea Drama Festival closes on November 5.
Kim Myung-min (Beethoven Virus) wins the Daesang (grand prize):
Choi Su-jong (Dae Jo Young) accepts his Best Acting award with Kim Haneul (On Air). Kim proves that photography can make or break you; just compare the second picture of her below (great!) to the first (um, not so great).
Han Ji-hye (East of Eden) walks the red carpet and strikes a pose.
Kim Hae-sook (First Wives Club) is honored with a special juror’s award.
Did Kim Bum (East of Eden) suddenly grow Presence overnight? The young
kid man has got it in spades.
Speaking of teen stars acquiring presence, Park Min-young (I Am Sam) has hands-down one of the best looks of the night:
Lee Jin (Hometown of Legends) may have a pretty gown, but she can hardly walk in it.
Kim Sung-eun (Who Are You?) looks hot. Love her look.
Park Ha-seon (Rivals) is all right. I think this purple frock is a little boring for a 21-year-old, though.
Kim Hee-jung (First Wives Club), winner of a Netizen Popularity award.
If you don’t know who these guys are, their names totally blur together in a mass of Kims, Jungs, and Taes: Kim Jung-hyun (Mom’s Dead Upset) poses with Kim Tae-woo; Jung Kyeo-woon (Women in the Sun); Kim Jung-tae (Open City, Robbers).
And we’ve got to have a WTF category, right? First, Korea’s (New) Little Sister Shim Eun-kyung (Legend, Hwang Jini) may have started out as a child star, but she’s 14 now and channeling 6. I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s a little creepy. Also, I cannot explain what dress is wearing 13-year-old Joo Da-young (Great King Sejong), who’s with Baek Jong-min (Beautiful Woman Park Jung-geum). It’s like Bjork’s Oscar swan dress tried to fancy it up with a princess party dress.
Fly to the Sky‘s Hwanhee and Brian arrive together, then perform at the ceremony; also performing is Shinhwa’s Shin Hye-sung and Suju subgroup Super Junior Happy.