And now to conclude the Big 3 Broadcaster awards with SBS, featuring some of the most popular dramas of the year. Tree With Deep Roots was the big winner of the night, winning six trophies in total, including the Daesang for Han Seok-kyu, and the Top Excellence Award for Best Drama. There were no big upsets in any category, because they kind of have a category for everyone, but that’s the name of the game. I’m just happy for Han Seok-kyu’s big win, and the fact that he didn’t have to share the glory with any split-award hullabaloo.
Protect the Boss cleaned up as well, winning Best Couple and acting awards for the stars, as well as an additional netizen popularity award for Choi Kang-hee. As expected, Thousand Day Promise had a strong showing in the acting categories, as did fellow melodrama Scent of a Woman. It certainly was the year for tearjerkers. The winners…
Daesang: Han Seok-kyu (Tree With Deep Roots)
Top Excellence Award, Special Production, Actress: Su Ae (Thousand Day Promise)
Top Excellence Award, Special Production, Actor: Kim Rae-won (Thousand Day Promise), Jang Hyuk (Tree With Deep Roots)
Top Excellence Award, Drama Special, Actress: Choi Kang-hee (Protect the Boss)
Top Excellence Award, Drama Special, Actor: Ji Sung (Protect the Boss), Lee Min-ho (City Hunter)
Top Excellence Award, Weekend Drama, Actress:Kim Sun-ah (Scent of a Woman)
Top Excellence Award, Weekend Drama, Actor: Lee Dong-wook (Scent of a Woman)
Top Excellence Award, Drama: Tree With Deep Roots
Excellence Award, Drama Special, Actress: Shin Se-kyung (Tree With Deep Roots)
Excellence Award, Drama Special, Actor: Jung Kyeo-woon (Sign)
Excellence Award, Special Production, Actress: Yoon So-yi (Warrior Baek Dong-soo)
Excellence Award, Special Production, Actor: Jeon Gwang-ryul (Warrior Baek Dong-soo)
Excellence Award, Weekend Drama, Actress: Lee So-yeon (My Love By My Side)
Excellence Award, Weekend Drama, Actor: Eom Ki-joon (Scent of a Woman)
Drama Special, Actress Award: Song Ok-sook (Tree With Deep Roots)
Drama Special, Actor Award: Park Young-kyu (Protect the Boss)
Special Production, Actress Award: Lee Mi-sook (Thousand Day Promise)
Special Production, Actor Award: Yoon Je-moon (Midas)
Weekend Drama, Actress Award: Kim Hae-ok (Scent of a Woman)
Weekend Drama, Actor Award: Jin Tae-hyun (Pure Pumpkin Flower)
Producer’s Award, Actress: Lee Yo-won (49 Days)
Producer’s Award, Actor: Song Joong-ki (Tree With Deep Roots)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Kim Young-ok (Protect the Boss)
Top 10 Stars: Han Seok-kyu (Tree With Deep Roots), Kim Sun-ah (Scent of a Woman), Lee Dong-wook (Scent of a Woman), Choi Kang-hee (Protect the Boss), Ji Sung (Protect the Boss), Lee Min-ho (City Hunter), Kim Rae-won (Thousand Day Promise), Lee Yo-won (49 Days), Jang Hyuk (Midas), Su Ae (Thousand Day Promise)
Best Couple: Choi Kang-hee and Ji Sung (Protect the Boss)
Netizen Popularity Award: Choi Kang-hee (Protect the Boss), Lee Min-ho (City Hunter)
New Star Award: Seo Hyo-rim (Scent of a Woman), Shin Hyun-bin (Warrior Baek Dong-soo), Ji Chang-wook (Warrior Baek Dong-soo), Jung Yumi (Thousand Day Promise), Wang Ji-hye (Protect the Boss), Jin Se-yeon (My Daughter Flower), Lee Jae-yoon (My Love By My Side), Im Soo-hyang (New Tales of Gisaeng), Kim Jaejoong (Protect the Boss), Gu Hara (City Hunter)
Kim Sun-ah and Lee Dong-wook arrived together, winning my vote for handsomest couple of the evening. Her dress is a perfect shade of deep burgundy, and an awesome mix between simple and sexy. It might even be a little plain if it wasn’t slit up to there and worn with the blingy shoes, but she makes it look stunning. Lee Dong-wook has looked better — that white bowtie doesn’t do much for me and his tux isn’t really the best fit — that combined with the scruffiness makes me sigh, but he’s got Kim Sun-ah on his arm, so that amps up his style considerably.
Shin Se-kyung is wearing a beautiful shade, one of the few pops of color all night long. I don’t know what’s going on with the gold papier-mache that got glue-gunned to her bodice before she went out the door, but I wish I could undo it. Other than that, she looks fantastic. Here she is arriving with her Tree co-star Yoon Je-moon, who’s kind of rocking the lounge singer look, but pulling it off.
Oh, Jang Hyuk. Is there anything else to say, other than this man knows how to work a suit? Swoon.
Best Couple Choi Kang-hee and Ji Sung, arriving together, being cute and flirty. Love. He looks great, and she always veers a little too cutesy for me, but the look works for this drama, and their fun chemistry on the red carpet.
Lee Yo-won went and got a dress for someone twice her age, which I just don’t understand. At first I thought it was just safe and boring, but then I saw the back… and realized that it gets worse. Did the dressmaker run out of the fabric for the back? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure my grandma’s got curtains in the same pattern.
Now THIS is how to wear gold on the red carpet. Everything about this dress says: Gimme An Award, stat. Jung Yumi (Thousand Day Promise) wears her dress with confidence, and her styling is adorable. People should always glow this much at awards ceremonies.
Hottie of the night. Hey, Kim Rae-won where was all this hotness in Thousand Day Promise? I need your next drama to feature this guy, and not Mopey McGee, k? This is the perfect example of how sometimes, tuxes are hotter than post-army shower scenes. Rawr.
Wang Ji-hye looks pretty, but it’s not really a standout dress. It’s safe and familiar, but she wears it with a smile.
Here’s Jin Tae-hyun, who won an acting award for weekend drama Pure Pumpkin Flower, in a slim-fitted tux.
Im Soo-hyang won a newcomer award for New Tales of Gisaeng. It’s another familiar red carpet look, just like Wang Ji-hye’s dress, though I like the cut of this one a little better. The black ribbon is eye-catching, and I like her small but blingy accessories.
Eom Ki-joon! I love you, Dr. Poopypants, but you look terrible. The casual suit, the gold tie that peeks through your single-buttoned-button, the sheepish look, the crazy hair… it’s just all wrong. But gah, I love you. Next time hire a stylist. Or fire your current one.
Jin Se-yeon won a new star award for My Daughter Flower, and this was her first time on the red carpet. She looks adorably fresh, and her white dress is actually a casual-enough cut that it doesn’t look bridal. I love the headband. Everything about her look is perfect for a newcomer — youthful and simple.
Yoon So-yi (Warrior Baek Dong-soo) had one of the best put-together looks of the night — perfect makeup, black accessories with a sleek black gown that looks gorgeous on her statuesque figure. She’s had a great year, and it shows on her face.
Lee So-yeon won a Top Excellence award for My Love By My Side, and she wears the other black dress of the evening, which I just can’t get behind. Her hair and makeup look great, but does anyone else get the sense that the designer took a wedding gown and dipped it in a tub of tar? It’s a jet black wedding dress, which I suppose could work as a statement if you were in a Tim Burton movie, but on the red carpet it looks dour.
I love Shin Hyun-bin‘s dress (Warrior Baek Dong-soo). It’s such a happy cherry color, with just enough frothy goodness for a young actress’ red carpet outing. I wish I could say the same for the way she looks — I want to re-do her hair and makeup and put ten pounds on her, but the black and red of the dress and shoes makes me smile.
Did hell freeze over? Because Lee Min-ho actually looks confident, dashing, and comfortable on the red carpet! It’s a freaking miracle. Who knew the day would come when the geeky, slouchy Lee Min-ho would turn into THIS guy? Humona.
His City Hunter co-star Lee Jun-hyuk doesn’t look too shabby himself. I’m now imagining the two boys running out of the ceremony together to fight crime in their tuxes. Mmmmm…
Aw, Ji Chang-wook, you look twelve, under-dressed, uncomfortable, and super gawky. Are you the new Lee Min-ho of awards ceremonies? On the upside, you’ll have your moment. On the downside, it’s not gonna be today, in that suit.
I’m sure it’s a statement. And hip or too cool for school. But I just don’t like it. Kim Jaejoong picked up an award for Protect the Boss, and arrived in all black, which would have been fine save for the matte-shiny combo goin’ on all over the place, especially with that cummerbund that only serves to cut his figure at the waist and make a very tall and thin guy look half his height. If he’d undo that cummerbund, button his shirt up, and wear it as a tie, it would do wonders.
Seo Hyo-rim‘s dress in a different cut would’ve been ugly, but the way it’s fitted actually makes the sheath-thing work. It’s gorgeous on her. I don’t like the bubblegum-pink lips with her red hair though, and would’ve liked to see her styled in a more clean, chic look.
Lee Jae-yoon picked up a New Star Award for My Love By My Side and just looks super happy to be there.
Lee Mi-sook could pull off a brown paper bag on the red carpet with her attitude, and though the dress isn’t really that great, she rocks it, like she rocks at life.
Oh, Jung Kyeo-woon. No, no, no. Double-breasted tux with pants hemmed to your ankles? Bob’s Big Boy hair? What on earth have they done to you?
Song Joong-ki takes the trophy for prettiest pretty boy. Wait, that’s not a prize? Well it should be.
Jeon Gwang-ryul (Warrior Baek Dong-soo), picking up his trophy with the most adorable smile. Yay, you look so cute with your gray bowtie and matching kerchief. Cuddly Ajusshi for the win.
Sung Hoon (New Tales of Gisaeng) takes the cake for Worst-Dressed Male. It’s holiday cater-waiter, casino doorman, lounge singer with the Peppermint Quintet. And it’s just wrong.
And Worst-Dressed Female goes to… Seo Woo, whose dress is so wrong that she knows it, and is hanging her head in every picture. On the upside, I love her hair. The downside’s too steep to counter it, but let’s just say that the Wicked Witch of the West called and asked you to stop going through her underwear drawer.