Kim Haneul and Kang Ji-hwan
Did the Blue Dragon Awards sneak up on us this year or what?
As one of the largest year-end awards shows, the Blue Dragon always tends to draw out a good number of A-listers, and we saw plenty of them out on the red carpet on November 20 and posing pretty for photos.
One big winner of the night was the “kimchi Western” The Good, The Bad, The Weird, as was the thriller The Chaser and even the sports movie Forever the Moment, from way back in January.
But, as with any awards show, sometimes the fun is less about the actual awards and more about parsing all the red carpet looks.
Best Picture: Forever the Moment
Best Director: Kim Ji-woon (The Good, The Bad, The Weird)
Best Actor: Kim Yoon-seok (The Chaser)
Best Actress: Sohn Ye-jin (My Wife Got Married)
Best Supporting Actor: Park Hee-soon (Seven Days)
Best Supporting Actress: Kim Ji-young (Forever the Moment)
Best New Actor: So Ji-sub, Kang Ji-hwan (A Movie is a Movie)
Best New Actress: Han Ye-seul (Miss Gold Digger)
Best New Director: Lee Kyung-mi (Crush and Blush)
Cinematography: Lee Mo-gae (The Good, The Bad, The Weird)
Lighting: Kang Dae-hee (Modern Boy)
Music: Park Joon-seok (Go Go 70)
Art Direction: Jo Hwa-sung (The Good, The Bad, The Weird)
Technical Skills: Insight Visual (Modern Boy)
Scriptwriting: Lee Kyung-mi, Park Chan-wook (Crush and Blush)
Popularity Award: Seol Kyung-gu, Kim Haneul, Jung Woo-sung, Sohn Ye-jin
Honored Popularity Award: Choi Jin-shil
Most Attended Korean Film: The Good, The Bad, The Weird
Best Couple: Kim Joo-hyuk, Sohn Ye-jin (My Wife Got Married)
Winners: Kim Yoon-seok (The Chaser), Sohn Ye-jin (My Wife Got Married), Han Ye-seul (Miss Gold Digger), and Park Hee-soon (Seven Days)
Kang Ji-hwan and So Ji-sub accept their awards for A Movie is a Movie; the guys of The Good, The Bad, The Weird
Sohn Ye-jin (My Wife Got Married) is a goddess. Her dress’s single beaded strap is elegant and pretty, and she racks up yet more awards to her name:
Su Ae, also a goddess, is having a phenomenal year with her role in You’re Far Away. I love her in this gorgeous forest green, enough that I will choose to ignore what looks like gold-plated oversize brooches stuck to the front of her skirt:
Does anyone think that Kang Ji-hwan may have been indifferent about coming with his Civil Servant Class 7 co-star Kim Haneul? He sure isn’t looking AT her, even though her legs look pretty awesome and her hair, ever the source of envy, is lovely as usual:
Jung Jun-ho (The Last Scandal of My Life) and Kim Hye-soo (Modern Boy). From a distance, Kim Hye-soo is her usual glamorous self, but up close, her dress is kind of a disaster. I don’t know what’s up with the wonky stitching, but it’s like some student ran out of thread and just started zigzagging it through a sheet of black fabric haphazardly. At any moment those threads may burst and we’ll be seeing a lot more of Kim Hye-soo, if ya get my drift. And yet, she wears it with aplomb, because she is Kim Hye-soo:
Oh, Lee Jung-jae (Disturbance in Her Barroom), you can do no wrong.
When I say that Han Ye-seul (Miss Gold Digger) is looking oddly stiff and plastic here, I am not casting aspersions onto the status of surgery history. Rather, I mean she looks like a life-size Barbie Doll (take that, Han Chae-young!). Also, her dress is pretty but looks like it belongs at the top of a wedding cake. Actually, SHE looks like she belongs at the top of a wedding cake:
Old-school glam is back with Han Chae-young (Boys Before Flowers)! This dress has the opposite effect of a lot of other dresses, where it looks fab from far away and against the red carpet, but rather garish up close. But it’s okay, ’cause we’re all looking at her lovely face anyway, right?
Go Jun-hee (General Hospital 2) is stunning:
Gong Hyo-jin (Crush and Blush) kind of fades into her gown, and her muted makeup doesn’t help, but up-close the dress is really lovely.
Uhm Tae-woong (Devil) accompanies Moon Sori (Forever the Moment). It’s always so cute when people color-coordinate.
Lee Byung-heon (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) is reliably well-dressed:
Jung Woo-sung in three pictures.
#1: Ooh la la.
#2: Does he think he’s still acting the gun-toting badass in The Good, The Bad, The Weird?
#3: It’s a life-size Jung Woo-sung action figure!
Lee Hana (Women in the Sun) looks pretty from a distance, but up close that dress is a mess (a total Monet?). The weird fit, the saggy floral gathering at the butt, the bad makeup? Not her best look.
Han Eun-jung (Lawyers of Korea), perfect:
It was a big night for Kim Joo-hyuk with his film My Wife Got Married. Here he does black-on-black-on-black, but mixes it up with different finishes and textures:
Kim Min-sun (Portrait of a Beauty) is pretty in pink, but I’m not really feeling the dress. Maybe it’s because she’s come out multiple times for film promo work sporting similar looks.
This first shot of Hwang Woo Seul-hye (Crush and Blush) doesn’t show her very well, but the shot itself is beautiful. The framing totally makes the shot:
When did Joo Ji-hoon (Antique Bakery) turn so smug and smirky?
Kim Yoon-seok (The Chaser) and Seo Young-hee (The Chaser) look classic and clean together:
I usually think black-and-white is too safe for big events like this, but Kim Yun-jin (Seven Days) works her simple gown. Love the way it drapes, love the big black bow:
Has Lee Bo-young (I Am Happy) gotten scary-thin all of a sudden? It’s startling.
Man, is Lee Ki-woo (A Star’s Lover) tall. I wish he’d gone for a tux instead of a plain black suit, though:
Lee Mi-sook (East of Eden) looks every bit the glamorous grande dame:
I hate the Christmas-bow bodice, but Lee Mi-yeon (Crazy in Love) seems to always love dressing up and showing off her pretty frocks:
Why is everyone so ridiculously tall these days? Lee Soo-kyung (Lawyers of Korea) looks even taller than usual in this black gown:
Shin Hyun-joon (Cain & Abel), crisp and clean, is always one of my red-carpet favorites:
Song Yoon-ah (On Air) looks terribly pinched and anxious in most of her photos from the event. Wonder what the backstory is there…
Park Shi-yeon (The Sweet Life) and Kim Kang-woo (Bichunmu) look okay, if nondescript, from the ankles up. But. Those. Shoes. Her dress says “I’m going to a formal event with my pet possum,” but the shoes say, “But let me stop at the strip club first.”
I’m sorry, Wonder Girls fans, but So-hee looks awful. Her dress is inoffensive, but she needs to either fire her makeup artist, or get one. And learn how to pose. And to sing.
Lee Young-hoon (GP506), Park Hee-soon (Seven Days), Ha Jung-woo (HIT) with Jung Kyung-ho (Boys Don’t Cry)
Ahn Sung-ki (Divine Weapon), Kim Nam-gil (Modern Boy), Im Won-hee (Gourmet):
And, yes, the event presented a posthumous special award to the deceased but beloved Choi Jin-shil. RIP.