Drama Casting & News
2012 KBS Drama Awards
by | December 31, 2012 | 257 Comments

And closing out the year-end drama awards is KBS, who didn’t stray too far off the beaten path. The big winner tonight was You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly, the big ratings pull for the station this year. Taking home the Daesang was its star, Kim Nam-joo, who continues her reign as queen of the small screen. She certainly deserves to fill a room with trophies just for her fabulousness alone, but that also means there were no big shakeups this year. Nice Guy was the other big winner of the night, taking home top awards for its actors.

It’s funny how I always think each broadcaster had so many shows on its roster, but once you split them up, they always turn out to be such a small pool. But by and large KBS had a great year with dramas that were both popular and critically-acclaimed, so their banner shows (You Who Rolled In, Nice Guy, Gaksital, Equator Man) all had plenty of trophies to split among them.


Daesang: Kim Nam-joo (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly)
Top Excellence, Actor: Song Joong-ki (Nice Guy),
      Yoo Joon-sang (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly)
Top Excellence, Actress: Moon Chae-won (Nice Guy)

Excellence Awards:
Daily Drama, Actor: Kim Young-chul (I Will Give You the Moon and the Stars),
      Kim Dong-wan (Be Strong Mr. Kim)
Daily Drama, Actress: Kim Ye-ryung (Love Love),
      Seo Ji-hye (I Will Give You the Moon and the Stars)
Miniseries, Actor: Shin Hyun-joon (Oohlala Spouses)
Miniseries, Actress: Jang Nara (School 2013)
Mid-length Drama, Actor: Uhm Tae-woong (Equator Man)
Mid-length Drama, Actress: Lee Bo-young (Equator Man)
Serial Drama, Actor: Joo-won (Gaksital)
Serial Drama, Actress: Yoon Yeo-jung (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly)
Supporting Actor: Kim Sang-ho (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly),
      Park Ki-woong (Gaksital)
Supporting Actress: Jo Yoon-hee (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly)

Actor of the Year, awarded by PDs from all three broadcasters: Uhm Tae-woong
      (Equator Man)
Newcomer Award, Actor: Lee Hee-joon (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly),
      Lee Jong-seok (School 2013)
Newcomer Award, Actress: Oh Yeon-seo (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly),
      Jin Sae-yeon (Gaksital)
Netizens’ Award: Song Joong-ki (Nice Guy), Moon Chae-won (Nice Guy),
      Yoona (Love Rain)
Popularity Award: Joo-won(Gaksital), Bae Suzy (Big)
One-Act Special, Actor: Yeon Woo-jin (Ordinary Love),
      Sung Joon (Swamp Ecology Report)
One-Act Special, Actress: Yoo Da-in (Ordinary Love),
      Park Shin-hye (Don’t Worry, I’m a Ghost)
Youth Actor: Noh Young-hak (King’s Dream),
      Nam Ji-hyun (Girl Detective Park Hae-sol)
Best Couple: Song Joong-ki & Moon Chae-won (Nice Guy),
      Lee Sang-yoon & Lee Bo-young (My Daughter Seo-young),
      Lee Hee-jun & Jo Yoon-hee (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly),
      Yoo Joon-sang & Kim Nam-joo (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly),
Writer Award: Park Ji-eun (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly)


Kim Nam-joo took home the top honor for her hit drama You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly, but more importantly, she wins the red carpet. I don’t think she’d have it any other way. The see-through black lace was all over the red carpet this year, but none of the looks quite hit it home for me until I saw this dress. The detailing is so playful and girly, but overall the look is sexy and chic. I’m not even sure which I love more — the front or the back. There’s just nothing quite like commanding attention, even when you’re walking away.

Yoo Joon-sang won a top acting award playing Kim Nam-joo’s hubby in You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly. He arrived with his MC co-host Lee Jong-seok, and even did a quick-change during the show. He looks dapper and adorably nerdy in both tuxes, just the way I like him.

Song Joong-ki was born to walk the red carpet. He walks like he owns the joint, and why shouldn’t he? The Nice Guy star took home an Excellence Award as well, and looks so confident and pretty, I just can’t stand it.


Moon Chae-won scored an Excellence Award right alongside her Nice Guy co-star, but what on earth is she wearing? Sigh, she’s one of the prettiest young — I repeat, young — and talented actresses of her generation, and she looks like she’s dressed for church. She’ll be the prettiest girl in church, but I’d much rather see her be the sexiest starlet on the red carpet.

At least her co-star Park Shi-yeon dressed it up. Though I can’t say I’m that impressed with such a simple black gown from her. There’s just way too much black and white this year, and the dress itself isn’t anything to write home about. But damn if she doesn’t rock a dress, this woman. I love her sleek hair, her gold jewelry, and how she makes a black dress sexy by being in it.

Park Shin-hye came to pick up an award for her Drama Special Don’t Worry, I’m a Ghost, and doesn’t stray from the evening’s theme either. I swear, someone must’ve written Black & White Ball on the KBS invitations this year. She looks beautiful and is strutting confidently, which I love. I wish desperately her dress was a bright beautiful color, because she looks fantastic in the cut.


So. Cute. They came together? Han Chae-ah was the night’s luckiest girl on the red carpet, when she showed up with not one, but two hot dates — her Gaksital co-stars Joo-won and Park Ki-woong on either arm. I wish I could shoot that orange animal that died on top of Park Ki-woong’s lovable adorable head, because that’s pretty much the only thing wrong with this picture. His suit’s not the most flattering cut either, but gah, he’s so cute I can hardly care. Joo-won looks flawless, which makes me wonder if his stylist is a genius or if he just looks good in everything, which… no fair. Han Chae-ah’s dress is another white in a sea of white, but she looks pretty and happy. Not hard to guess why.

Jin Sae-yeon looks fresh-faced and adorable, and she’s literally smiling like this in every picture. It makes me love her a little, even though her acting leaves much to be desired. If you can believe it, this is actually one of the more colorful looks on the red carpet, and though it sort of reminds me of a prom dress, it seems perfectly suited for Jin Sae-yeon — not entirely memorable, but sweet and pretty.

New husband and father-to-be Uhm Tae-woong just looks so happy these days. He took home an acting award for Equator Man, and looks as winsome as ever. And his tux is pinstriped! That pretty much made my day. It’s crisp and dapper and a little fun, and he looks like he’s having a great time.

His co-star Lee Bo-young is having a great year with two big dramas, but I really wish she’d worn something more interesting. She looks beautiful and it’s a beautiful dress… that I’ve seen about ten thousand times. Also, it’s white. What’s with the white?

Lee Sang-yoon, her co-star in the hit weekend drama My Daughter Seo-young, looks tall and lean in classic black. I do want to straighten his bowtie and stop his hair from swooping to one side, but maybe it’s a concept.

Park Hae-jin (My Daughter Seo-young) is lookin’ snazzy. I love it when stars strut, and he totally had that swagger down. I kind of want it in motion, so I can put it on repeat while I’m doing my hair and makeup every time I go out.

Lee Kwang-soo (Nice Guy) is the total opposite, still hunching and walking funny because he feels too tall. But that’s his dorky charm, and that smile would melt even the coldest heart. His jacket has this brocade detailing that’s actually eye-catching and fun because he pulls it off with his quirky charm.

His co-star Choco (Lee Yubi) is wearing yet another white dress, but I love this look on her because it’s the exact kind of princessy dress you’d want to wear when you finally got to step on that red carpet for the first time. The young actress looks just the part — bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and glowing.

Lee Jong-seok came to MC the event, but also got to take home an award for his heartbreaking turn in School 2013. His coat is so King-of-Dramas-Anthony-esque, especially when he oh-so-casually drapes it over his shoulders. But he looks even better without, in just the sleek black tux. I can’t wait to see what he’ll do after this breakout role. But first: MOAR SCHOOL.

His co-star Park Se-young did some kind of magic quick-change, because she went to the SBS Awards too, which were going on at the same friggin’ time. Her dress actually has a hint of color, even though it’s pretty damn close to white. But the cut is flowy and beautiful, and she looks fantabulous in it.

Yoona came to pick up an award for Love Rain, and wears a sweet pink poofy dress that seems perfectly suited for her. It’s another of those dresses that we’ve seen about a hundred times, and she looks rather like a wedding topper, made of pink whipped cream roses. Her hair looks shampoo-commercial perfect though, doesn’t it?

Suzy’s look is far more interesting, not that it makes it right for the occasion. I actually like the dress — it’s different, flattering, and fun despite being black. But it’s also not very formal, and looks a lot like a pencil skirt with a top. Just too plain for the year-end red carpet, even with feathers. But I love her simple ponytail and fresh-faced makeup. Adorable.

Seo In-gook! Take off your coat! I get that it’s freezing. But damn, if the actresses can do it wearing little more than a tissue’s worth of fabric on their bare skin, you can manage to take off your peacoat. You’re pretty, and I love your confidence, but I didn’t come to see you bundled. I came to see you rock an outfit.

Thank you, Oh Yeon-seo (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly) — your splash of color was a godsend. Beautiful, eye-catching, and flattering from head to toe. It’s not hard to stand out when everyone else is wearing black and white, but she looks amazingly pulled together on top of it all.

Park Jung-ah (My Daughter Seo-young) in another of the sheer black dresses. Ho-hum.

Namgoong Min (Drama Special Still Photograph) looks nice, but a little stiff. He’s not doing a whole lot of smiling, and looks a little more dressed down than the average man here. Mostly though, I just want him to take his hand out of his pocket in every goddamn picture. Do you even want to be here?

Wang Ji-hye’s dress is doing too many things for me to love it — it’s a minidress, and it’s not, it’s lace, it’s chiffon, it’s all things and not anything. But it does have the cool effect of giving her this dramatic train while she’s walking, and in some shots it just looks like one whole dress with a huge slit, which looks great. It’s just that on closer look, it doesn’t come together the way you thought it would. She wears it with confidence though, which goes a long way.

Yay, Lee Beom-soo (IRIS 2). Anything is better when you’re present. I wish you’d shave that mustache because it kinda creeps me out, but otherwise you’re looking amazing, walkin’ with a skip in your step, and wavin’ like you won all things.

Jang Hyuk and Lee Da-hae came together on the IRIS 2 train as well, but they look more like they’re leading the funeral train. Seriously, who died and why is everyone dressed for mourning today? And turtlenecks… I HATE turtlenecks. He’s wearing one, and she’s turned one into a dress. And I don’t understand why.

Nam Ji-hyun picked up a Youth Acting award for her drama special Girl Detective Park Hae-sol, and though her dress isn’t my favorite (I actually think the blue stripes are more interesting than the black lace), it’s a cute minidress for a young rookie, and I like the overall effect.

Lee Hee-jun is currently being a bad wizard in Jeon Woo-chi, but he’s here to pick up an award for You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly. It’s nice to see him him looking sleek and sharp, and well, not evil.

His co-star Jo Yoon-hee also picked up an award, in another white dress. She looks pretty and happy, and the dress gives her a nice statuesque silhouette. It’s just a lot like every other dress ever. Pretty but safe.

Kim Dong-wan picked up an acting award for his daily, Be Strong Mr. Kim, looking chiseled and perfectly dressed.

Choi Jung-yoon for some reason decided to add twenty years to her age. I don’t care how cold it is. The fur ages you. At least the dress has an interesting graphic element to it, even if it’s still rather matronly and — yet again — black and white.

Noh Young-hak won a youth award for King’s Dream and looks so adorable in blue that I just want to take him home. Someone hem his pants though.

Choi Yoon-young (My Daughter Seo-young) in another white dress, looking bridal. I do love her bob and headband, though I wish it were more ornate for the occasion.

Do Ji-won (I Miss You) in another of the black see-through dresses that don’t look put-together. Is it mesh? Is it polka dots? And what is going on with your right sleeve?

Aw, it’s little Kim Tak-gu Oh Jae-mu (here for Be Strong Mr. Kim)! So little. So cute in a tux.

Shim Lee-young (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly) wears one of the night’s rare spots of color, though I really wish the cut of the dress were more interesting and more flattering. It just looks like a pageant dress — look, it even has the space for the sash, all ready ‘n’ waiting.

Jin Kyung was in both of KBS’s two big dramas this year: Nice Guy and You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly. I wish she’d take the jacket off, but at least she’s wearing gold.

Yoo Da-in picked up an award for her drama special Ordinary Love with Yeon Woo-jin. I’m happy she’s wearing red, but the dress itself is put together all wrong. It looks like it was once a bigger dress, pinned to her smaller frame. And it drives me crazy how washed out she looks.

Ajusshi! What happened to you? Kim Sang-ho was also in You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly, and I don’t know if coming to the awards was a last-minute decision for him, but he looks like he rolled out of bed unexpectedly and landed on the red carpet. Dude, I know you play this type of character, but put on a tie, and brush your hairs. All ten of them. It makes a difference.

Via Star News


257 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. 101 redfox

    Song Joong-Ki is so like James Bond here. Like, young Bond.

  2. 102 Kimchi

    they gave out awards to everybody !

  3. 103 Ky

    I feel obliged to say something on Song Joong Ki’s behalf after reading such blatant comments regarding his role in Nice Guy eesh now I’m all sensitive and I hate that mind you! He DESERVED the Top Excellence Award and probably so did Joo Won and his co star but that isn’t reason enough for anyone to say Song Joong Ki’s portrayal as Kang Maru wasn’t as good as theirs’. Talk about fanwars when such blunt and onesided comments are the root of it!
    I watched him hated him liked him in Nice Guy and yes it may not have been the best KBS drama of 2012 but the actors were definitely brilliant in their respective roles. He is an excellent actor in his own right and no I’m not a fangirl of that pretty face!

    • 103.1 Kate

      I know right? Song Joong-ki is such an amazing actor. He obviously won the award because he deserved it.

  4. 104 AJ

    It almost seems like we’re going through a generation change. So many young actors and actresses. When Moon Chae-won and Park Shin Hye seem like veterans, they’re definitely getting younger

  5. 105 Amy

    kind of disappointed actually..Joo Won and the rest of Gaksital actor deserves better than Nice Guy..Gaksital much better than Nice Guy..Joo Won and Park Ki Woong had put strong performance..Im not hating Nice Guy its just my opinion..NG is good but i think Gaksital its better.Joo Won aja ja!!!

  6. 106 alaki

    do people actually believe that joowon is a better actor than joongki? really?!

    • 106.1 Kgrl

      Yes, they do. Do not trample on their patriotism and hero dreams. Gakistal had a great message to deliver and I’m sure was inspirational to all. Only some audiences can not separate the emotions from a great story and characters, from the acting.

  7. 107 Domino

    Those IRIS guys are too mechanical and the women looks plastic. 007 stereotype.

    What about Brainy Uncle Shin? No coverage? He looks so cool with that center parted hairstyle, bow tie and double breast coat–like the infamous Sherlock Holmes–sophisticated, elegant and wacky!!

  8. 108 melusine

    Happy for Song Joong-ki and Yoo Da-in’s wins.

    But aw, nothing for Park Si-yeon? πŸ™ Wish she would’ve gotten Excellence/Miniseries instead of Jang Nara.

  9. 109 alwayshungryvicky

    “and brush your hairs. All ten of them. It makes a difference.”

    Oh you always crack me up. πŸ™‚

  10. 110 enz

    ok I checked ALL the comments to ensure the validity of this statement : I must be the only one who thinks jang Hyuk looks good with this haircut πŸ™‚

    200+ comments and only one in favor of it haha

  11. 111 korfan

    I forgot to mention earlier that I think Namgoong Min looks fantastic. I’m afraid I’m the only one who thinks that though ….. no one ever mentions him. Why is that? He sure is interesting.

  12. 112 Lilian

    Lee Jong Seok won an award. A deserving one! I noticed him earlier in smaller roles. So glad he got a meatier role in School 2013.

  13. 113 whoa

    i’m so ticked off by multiple winner, esp in best couple category
    cant they just choose one? 4 winners, thats a joke

  14. 114 Gerie Mae

    Park Shin Hye looks elegant but a little pale in my opinion but still gorgeous. I’m glad she dresses better now. Maybe she changed her stylist. I hope she attends more awards ceremonies this year.

    Moon Chae Won, next time please wear something sexy. Showing a little flesh won’t hurt. πŸ™‚

    • 114.1 Maris

      I agree about PSH. Maybe it’s because normally we see her smiling more brightly and often. She did say she was nervous. Maybe that BUT she was stylish and lovely with understated elegance.

  15. 115 R

    Aw… Park Ki Woong said in an interview today that he really wanted to win the best couple award with Joo Won and that JW is the best partner he worked with so far^^. He was so regretful they did not win…So cute.

    PKW is a great actor, can’t wait to see him in his new projects πŸ™‚

  16. 116 mana

    song joong ki is the best AND HE DEFINITELY DESERVED TOP Excellence…i hope he win in PaekSang 2013..

  17. 117 pillowhead

    πŸ™ boo. The only drama that won, that i’ve seen is, NiceGuy, and though I didn’t hate it, didn’t love it either. I never even heard of You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly but I’ll put that on my list.
    Here are my picks:
    Best Dramas tied- Arang and the Magistrate and Shut Up FLowerBoy Band
    Best actor- Lee Seung Gi in King2Hearts
    Best actress-Ha Ji-won in King2Hearts
    Best Hottie – Lee Min Ho in Faith
    Best new Hottie – Sung Joon in Shut Up Flower BoyBand

    • 117.1 Enz

      I watched YWRIU (what a mouthful, the name) on weekends with my mom.. Just episodes here and there.. I did like it. Though there were some storylines that irritated me.. But the main storyline and the family interactions with in laws and out laws(haha) were funny and I think pretty true for a lot of people

    • 117.2 Enz

      The other name for the drama is my husband has a family..

      • 117.2.1 pillowhead

        Hi Enz! Happy New Years! C u friday for our ode. lol

      • 117.2.2 pillowhead

        oh, i just realized this is for a particular station. Is there an award show for all of them?

  18. 118 katiamon

    I though joo won was going to win a better award,because he became lkt/gaksital … I’m not against SJK, he’s a great actor and smoking hot but i prefered the complex character jw had to portrait instead of the heartless nice bad guy… It’s matter of tastes and it seems that it also came down to a popularity vote. It’ll be next year Joo Woonie:)

  19. 119 phenny

    i’m an Asian and an avid KBS fan. I have seen most of the dramas there. I was just disappointed why Jo Woon didn’t win the Top Excellent Award. I have nothing against Jung Ki I love him actually but for Gaksital portraying two different roles in a drama is simply awesome! You should have seen how Jo Woon transforms from the evil Kang To to the patriotic and kind-hearted Gaksital…. jung ki plays the same role ever.

  20. 120 Mira

    Omg did you guys see the teaser for joo won new drama (7th grade civil servant) ???http://t.co/DjApb9oj looks so funny !!!

  21. 121 fatemeh

    I love my country and fans of Korean movies Yoona
    When the kBS2 network program I follow.

  22. 122 MOMO

    Suzy’s look is far more interesting…

    AGREEE… lol

  23. 123 Kate

    Well Song Joong-ki got the award because of a better performance. I don’t know what people are so disappointed about.

  24. 124 maaya

    really hope that it also put the designer name in all korean red carpet dress articles, becoz it was so exciting to know who make those georgeous dress

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