October 17 was the night of the 48th Grand Bell Awards (or, per its Korean name, Daejong Awards), and it was a big event for a few films in particular. And while the Joseon-era David-versus-Goliath action sageuk Bow: The Ultimate Weapon didn’t sweep the categories, it did take home a nice chunk of them.
But Best Picture (and a few others) went to the Korean War film The Front Line (which is probably a good thing, since it’s this year’s entry to the Academy Awards — not that I expect it’ll win or even make final cut. Korean films rarely — never? — do).
Best Picture: The Front Line
Actor Award: Park Hae-il (Bow: The Ultimate Weapon)
Actress Award: Kim Haneul (Blind)
Director Award: Kim Hyung-chul (Sunny)
Supporting Actor: Yellow Sea (Jo Sung-ha)
Supporting Actress: Shim Eun-kyung (Romantic Heaven)
New Actor: Lee Je-hoon (Bleak Night)
New Actress: Moon Chae-won (Bow: The Ultimate Weapon)
New Director: Yoon Sung-hyun (Bleak Night)
Screenplay: Choi Min-seok (Blind)
Costuming: Chae Kyung-hwa (Yellow Sea)
Art Direction: Chae Kyung-sun (Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow)
Visual Effects: Han Young-woo (Bow: The Ultimate Weapon)
Music: Jo Sung-woo, Choi Yong-rak (Late Autumn)
Sound Effects: Choi Tae-young (Bow: The Ultimate Weapon)
Planning: Lee Woo-jung (The Front Line)
Lighting: Kim Min-jae (The Front Line)
Editing: Nam Na-young (Sunny)
Cinematography: Kim Woo-hyung (The Front Line)
Popularity Award: Won Bin
Lifetime Achievement Award: Lee Dae-geun
As for the fashions: With a trend toward red, white, and black, it’s not perhaps as colorful as the recent Busan International Film Festival red carpet, and was sadly missing BIFF’s WTF quotient, but some pretty dresses were in the mix.
Kim Haneul grabbed one of a few awards not given to the dominant winners Bow or Front Line for her performance in Blind. Her You’re My Pet co-star greeted her onstage Jang Geun-seok and presented her award. Sure he’s rumply, and his suit doesn’t fit, and he’s wearing sneakers and a T-shirt…but with Jang Geun-seok, it could be a whole lot worse, no?
This is not my favorite red carpet look from Kim Haneul, and actually reminds me of a look she wore in the past, down to the makeup. Hm, was she feeling nostalgic? Forgetful? Or maybe decided to be economical and repurpose a two-year-old gown to commemorate her best actress win? Nah, I’m going with forgetful.
Park Hae-il took home the top acting award for the night’s biggest winner (Bow: The Ultimate Weapon), whose box office numbers are still climbing. Park has made some interesting, critically and commercially successful choices in his career (The Host, Memories of Murder), particularly with last year’s Moss and now Bow. Also: I’m a sucker for men wearing black-on-black. Even if it’s finished off with a Charlie Chaplin hat that looks a wee bit small.
Moon Chae-won is on a roll with Bow: The Ultimate Weapon and The Princess’s Man, and I’m betting this new actress award isn’t the last one she picks up this year.
She wore one of a couple red gowns at the event, but I think hers tops the list. The look is fresh and clean, without being severe.
Lee Je-hoon is going to be a huge star. At least, he should be. I’ve been hearing about him for a couple years, but he really broke through recently with two raved-about performances, both of which won multiple awards this night: The Front Line and Bleak Night. His new actor award came for the latter. He looks great in a crisp, clean tux.
Choi Kang-hee missed winning a best actress award for Petty Romance, but she looks happy anyway. Count on her (and her quirky fashion sense) to pair a flowy, floor-length gown with chunky leather boots. I kind of hate the gown (it’s like an overgrown bib, with a collar — to make it fancy!), but I like that soft-hard, light-heavy contrast.
Bae Jong-ok also missed an award in the same category, for The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World. The woman knows how to mix classy and sexy.
Another nominee for the actress award was Kim Hye-soo for the comedy-thriller Villain & Widow.
Yoon Kye-sang! Lately I’m seeing him mostly as the adorable, smiley doctor in High Kick: Counterattack of the Short Legs and forgot how badass he was in Phungsan Dog, for which he was nominated in the best actor category.
Jo Sung-ha did win, in the supporting actor category. His movie might have been the violent thriller The Yellow Sea, but thanks to 1 Night 2 Days, I’ll forever see him as the ajusshi who nearly drowned a crew member for breakfast and then danced a victory dance.
Oh, Won Bin (Ajusshi). *weeps for your hair*
One of my favorites of the night. Alone, both Daniel Choi (Cyrano Dating Agency) and Seo Young-hee (Bedevilled) look great, but together, they’re just stunning. Love her dress, love the color, love her shoes. Love HIM.
Lee Min-jung was one of last year’s winners for Cyrano Dating Agency. She didn’t have a movie in the running this year, which must be why she skipped the statement gown and instead picked up something from the old matron widow next door. Hey, she may be a sexy widow, but still: widow.
Seems like there was a bit of a kerfuffle that Shim Eun-kyung wasn’t nominated in the actress category for Sunny, but as a consolation, she has her supporting actress award for Romantic Heaven. She didn’t come to the ceremony (she’s in the States studying) so her Sunny co-star Chun Woo-hee accepted the award for her. Instead, Shim tweeted her disappointment at missing the awards due to her schoolwork. As for Chun, she was one of a number of black gowns of the event, a popular color that was perhaps only to be outdone by white.
Like on Jang Young-nam (Hello Ghost), for instance…
…and Shin Hyun-bin, which is a name I think we’ll be hearing more of. The 25-year-old actress already picked up a Baeksang award for the comedy He’s On Duty, and was recently in sageuk drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo. She’s new, so she’s got time to work on that whole fashion thing. Maybe she’s starting medieval and working her way up to present-day.
But if you’re gonna do white, you can’t get cuter and flirtier than Sunny’s Kang So-ra, who looks so fresh and adorable. That dress is all sweet poofery in front, and then she turns and it’s all saucy corset in the back. It may be short veering on dangerous — why hellooo, big gust of wind — but she wears it with such confidence.
Kim Hye-jin (for a while known as “Kim Tae-hee’s friend” for her role in IRIS) does white too. It’s okay, I guess. I sort of think it would look better without the cutouts in the back — from the front, it’s classy, and the back it’s…not as classy.
Mr. Comedy Hitmaker himself, Cha Tae-hyun (Hello Ghost):
Shin Hyun-joon (Cain and Abel) and Jang Seo-hee (Wife’s Temptation) were the MCs for the night, and came in matching black.
More black for Lee Hwa-sun (Sex is Zero 2). Is it me or are her accessories unnaturally large? My ears hurt looking at her.
Kim Yoon-seok (The Chaser) with Park Hyo-joo (Girl K), who proves that red and high leg slits as trends are still going strong:
Song Sae-byuk (Sector 7, Meet the In-Laws) may be nearly 32, but his baby face makes him look like he’s 12-going-on-30.
How much do I love that Jung Soo-young (Coffee House) mixed things up with sparkly red shoes?
I’m trying to think of something nice to say about Yoon Ji-min‘s (Warrior Baek Dong-soo) dress. Um. As curtains, they’d be pretty? Okay, I may have to get back to you on that.
Jo Hee-bong (Blind) looks so happy, which is kind of jarring since I always see him playing losers or gangsters. I know, I know, movies are not reality.
Aw, Kim Ji-woo (Glory of Family 4) came to the awards despite having to Pretty In Pink her gown from two less fortunate gowns. Then again, maybe this is the most unfortunate gown of them all.
Teddy-bear ajussi Go Chang-seok (Quick, The Front Line):
In thumbnails, I thought to myself that there must be a younger Kim Sumi that I don’t know about. Turns out it’s the same Kim Sumi as ever (Hooray For Love), working a strapless gown. Rock on.
Via E Daily