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2012 MBC Drama Awards

Well, we’ve given out our awards for 2012; now it’s time to see how MBC distributed its honors. And if past years are any indication, there are bound to be some head-scratchers and some obvious political choices. Then again, that’s sort of the name of the game all across the board, isn’t it?

The thing about this station is, every year I see MBC’s award list and think, “Oh right. The station did have some hits after all,” which makes me wonder whether I’m misremembering the year as a sparse one for the broadcasters. And then I think a little more and realize that basically, this was all they had. Wasn’t much competition within categories, which is why you got dramas cleaning up in multiple categories, ’cause what else would’ve taken it?

MBC also has the habit of creating categories or altering them without explanation, which just reinforces the idea that they’ve got a list of shows they need to give awards to, and would rather fit the categories to the shows than vice versa. Ah, dramaland.

WINNERS LIST

Daesang (Grand Prize): Jo Seung-woo (Horse Healer)
Drama of the Year: The Moon That Embraces the Sun
Top Excellence, Miniseries, Actor: Kim Soo-hyun (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)
Top Excellence, Miniseries, Actress: Han Ga-in (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)
Top Excellence, Special Production Drama, Actor: Jo Seung-woo (Horse Healer)
Top Excellence, Special Production Drama, Actress: Sung Yuri (Feast of the Gods)
Top Excellence, Serial Drama, Actor: Kim Jae-won (May Queen)
Top Excellence, Serial Drama, Actress: Han Ji-hye (May Queen)

Excellence Award, Miniseries, Actor: Park Yoochun (I Miss You)
Excellence Award, Miniseries, Actress: Lee Yoon-ji (The King 2 Hearts)
Excellence Award, Special Production Drama, Actor: Lee Sang-woo (Horse Healer, Feast of the Gods)
Excellence Award, Special Production Drama, Actress: Sohn Dam-bi (Light and Shadow), Sung Yuri (Feast of the Gods)
Excellence Award, Serial Drama, Actor: Jae Hee (May Queen)
Excellence Award, Serial Drama, Actress: Seo Hyun-jin (Feast of the Gods, Oh Ja-ryong Is Coming)

Actor of the Year, awarded by PDs from all three broadcasters: Lee Sung-min (Golden Time)
New Actor Award: Kim Jaejoong (Dr. Jin), Lee Jang-woo (I Do, I Do; Oh Ja-ryong Is COming)
New Actress Award: Kim So-eun (Horse Healer, Oh Yeon-seo (Oh Ja-ryong Is Coming)
Child Actor Award: Yeo Jin-gu (The Moon That Embraces the Sun, I Miss You)
Child Actress Award: Kim Yoo-jung (The Moon That Embraces the Sun, May QueeN, Kim So-hyun (The Moon That Embraces the Sun, I Miss You)
Golden Acting Award, Miniseries, Actor: Jeon Gwang-ryul (Light and Shadow, I Miss You), Lee Deok-hwa (May Queen)
Golden Acting Award, Miniseries, Actress: Yang Mi-kyung (The Moon That Embraces the Sun, May Queen), Jeon In-hwa (Feast of the Gods)

Writer of the Year Award: Sohn Young-mok (May Queen), Jin Soo-wan (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)
Popularity Award: Kim Soo-hyun (The Moon That Embraces the Sun), Yoon Eun-hye (I Miss You)
Best Couple Award: Lee Jun-ki, Shin Mina (Arang and the Magistrate)
Hallyu Star of the Year Award: Yoon Eun-hye (I Miss You)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Jo Kyung-hwan
Voice Acting Award, Foreign Dubbing: Jeon Soo-bin (CSI Miami Season 10)
Voice Actor Award, Radio: Choi Sang-ki (Bae Han-sung’s Classics)

 

I find it amusing that MBC dropped their Daesang last year and instead awarded a “Drama of the Year,” which means that there was no grand acting prize. This year they brought it back and awarded it to Jo Seung-woo for Horse Healer, though they also kept the Drama of the Year category in play. I wonder if Cha Seung-won is shaking his fist in the direction of Yeouido in indignation (having had to settle for a Top Excellence last year when he was pretty much a shoo-in for the nonexistent Daesang).

 

Kim So-eun, Jo Seung-woo’s costar, has been stirring buzz for her winning performance in Horse Healer, which comes as no surprise since she’s just winning in general. I wish I could say the same for her prim white gown, though I guess she IS the cutest Pilgrim bride ever.

 

No surprise at all that Kim Soo-hyun got the second-biggest acting award after basically anchoring the adult portion of The Moon That Embraces the Sun. He’s getting that superhero strut down to an art form, I swear.

 

I say this with all the affection in the world, because I have an inexplicable fondness for Han Ga-in: But any awards ceremony that gives her what is basically the Best Actress trophy sort of destroys any credibility it was going for in the first place. She got the job done in The Moon That Embraces the Sun… but just barely, and that’s if you’re being generous. She’s got one performance mode, and it’s set firmly in neutral, and she hasn’t improved a bit in the last ten years.

That said, she looks amazing. She’s adorable and seems very sweet, and I enjoy envisioning scenarios where she and her Vampire Prosecutor hubby just sit around being adoring and awesome together.

 

Um. Now on the other hand… I almost couldn’t recognize Kim Min-seo, aka Bad Moon from The Moon That Embraces the Sun, who looks like her dress started falling apart, and instead of trying to sew it back together she opted to tape her chest with Ace bandages and pass it off as avant-garde.

Kudos for pulling off the bold attitude to go with the bold look. (“If you act like it’s on purpose, people will think it’s on purpose! Pose! Strut! Glower!”) Next time, she might wanna keep a sewing kit in the car for emergencies, just sayin’.

 

Her Moon/Sun co-star Nam Bora went in the opposite direction, going for pink and sweet. I kind of think she looks like a stiff sugar statue on top of a wedding cake, but she does look very sweet (hur) and pretty, with a fresh and youthful glow.

 

Jeon Mi-sun was probably the other adult anchor in Moon/Sun, though I doubt she expected to be that much of a central role when she signed on to play the shaman. There was an awful lot of white and beige and light pinks on the red carpet, but hers stands on its own; it’s regal and elegant in a sea of ingenues.

 

Gah, I love Yeo Jin-gu (I Miss You, The Moon That Embraces the Sun), and not just because he’s adorable, although he is that and more. He’s just got so much emotional sincerity when he acts, and he sucks you right in. He has the talent and the charisma to follow in Yoo Seung-ho’s footsteps, career-wise, which would be fantastic. Especially since we’re losing Yoo Seung-ho for the next two years…

 

I love this look from Kim Yoo-jung (May Queen, The Moon That Embraces the Sun), which is sweet and adorable, but kept from being too precious by its clean structure and the black bows against the white dress. She’s a gorgeous girl, but it’s her acting chops that make her compelling to watch.

 

Kim So-hyun is growing up so nicely as she heads into her teenage years, and her I Miss You turn hinted at a bright future to come. She looks beautiful in an age-appropriate way, and bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. (You know dramaland’s childhood romances have a special magic when it causes a little bit of pang to be formatting these red-carpet photos and you find yourself separating the I Miss You lovers with that other true love from that other drama where they weren’t meant to be. But what can ya do?)

 

At the very least, at least their adult counterparts can be together. Here’s Yoon Eun-hye in a bold color, and while the dress itself isn’t my favorite look, I do love the orange. And the fact that it’s different.

 

Aw, not loving the hair on Yoochun, but I do think it’s fun seeing him with his groupmate Jaejoong, since both had MBC dramas this year. Dr. Jin netted Jaejoong a New Actor award (which went to Yoochun last year for Miss Ripley), while Yoochun took home an Excellence award for I Miss You.


 

Hm. Don’t love or hate this gown on Han Ji-hye, though at least it has some detailed layering going on and lots of texture, which keeps it interesting. She took home an award for May Queen, which earned several awards (since it did keep ratings up for MBC during the weekends).

 

Kim Jae-won, also of May Queen, also won a Top Excellence award. He was host for the evening, along with singer-actress Sohn Dam-bi, who picked up a prize for her role in the period serial drama Light and Shadow.


 

Aw, Jae Hee looks happy; he did get an award for May Queen. I’m liking the gray tux with the dark trim, given that everyone else seems to have stuck to the usual formal black, with the occasional blue thrown in the mix.

 

I don’t think May Queen’s Park Ji-bin has quite the onscreen magnetism of other noteworthy child stars (like, say, Yeo Jin-gu or Lee Hyun-woo) but he’s a solid child actor who’s been steadily working over the past few years. I’ll be curious to see whether he can make the transition into adolescent roles as well; for now, he’s still got a total baby face, which might hold him back. Would you believe he’s actually two years older than Yeo Jin-gu?

 

Lee Yoon-ji (The King 2 Hearts). Just perfect. She rocks. Is that really all I need to say? Okay, I do wish she’d gone a little bolder with the makeup, but really, she’s a pro at this whole looking-fabulous-and-blowing-everyone-outta-the-water game.

To be honest I was a little surprised she got an Excellence Award because I wouldn’t quite have put her supporting role in the same category as other leading actresses. But maybe she was just that awesome.

 

Aww, Jo Jung-seok (The King 2 Hearts). He always wears that impish look on his face at these events, which makes me think he’s bursting with hilarious thoughts he’s keeping to himself despite dying to launch into a little joke bit or maybe a comic dance number. Share, Jo Jung-seok, share!

 

Lee Sung-min technically won his award for Golden Time, but I’m thinking he just may be more memorable as the king/hyung in The King 2 Hearts.

 

Sung Yuri (Feast of the Gods): One part dominatrix, one part red carpet gala? I get that it’s fashion-forward and interesting. But that doesn’t mean I find the asymmetrical leather bustier or the shiny hip wings to be flattering.

 
I’m happy Lee Jang-woo got a nod for I Do, I Do, because he really was the heart of that show and my favorite thing about it. I’m not sure I get what the long coat is going for, other than maybe I’m-cold-and-dammit-my-tailor-can-turn-my-tux-into-a-parka-if-I-pay-him-enough, but I think he’s fresh-faced and adorable. Which I did NOT think of him a year ago when he was being all mean and angry in Man of Honor. So congrats for I Do. As well as his more recent daily drama Oh Ja-ryong Is Coming, which is still airing.

 

Oh Yeon-seo took the other New Actress award, and by all accounts is very cute paired with Lee Jang-woo in Oh Ja-ryong Is Coming. I like her dress. I hate her hair. Though on second look, she kind of looks like she could pass for a debutante, maybe in an Austen novel. Minus the platform stripper heels, that is.

 

I’m pretty sure we all know Seo In-gook more from his cable phenom Answer Me, 1997, but he’s here at the MBC awards for his weekend show Rascal Sons

 

…as is Shin Da-eun, his co-star (who also had another MBC drama in Light and Shadow). The short, flirty red dress feels appropriate for the holiday season—though those shoes should be shot.

 

Jeon Gwang-ryul pretty much rules in everything ever, and when he is unceremoniously killed off early in terrible narrative ways I tend not to take it well. He got an acting award for the two MBC dramas he did this year, Light and Shadow and I Miss You. Seriously, given the way those names keep cropping up, you’d think MBC only had three dramas this year, wouldn’t you?

 

Maybe it’s better that we think of it that way, though, since Kang So-ra‘s Dream High 2 is better off forgotten. As is her gown. Why is this talented young 22-year-old actress dressing like she’s 50? Just no.

 

Synchronized posing from the ZE:A boys! That’s cute. Here are Kwanghee and Im Shi-wan, who both took on a couple of acting projects this year: Kwanghee in To the Beautiful You and Vampire Idol, while Shi-wan was even busier with Moon/Sun, Equator Man, and Standby. I ended up warming up to Shi-wan quite a bit over the year and would like to see him keep acting. Kwanghee… already has a full-time idol gig. Maybe he could do that some more.

 

All these idols, workin’ my Navering skills. Here’s Lizzy from After School, who has a role in weekend drama Rascal Sons.

 

Seo Hyun-jin is steadily building up her resume, though she hasn’t quite broken through to the next level of name or face recognition. She got an award last year as well (for The Duo) and had two this year, for Feast of the Gods and Oh Ja-ryong Is Coming. Her dress is okay. She looks pretty. Ho-hum.

 

What a difference a haircut (and a layer or ten of Goryeo costuming) makes? Here’s Park Yoon-jae, whom you may not recognize, even as Chae Rim’s little bro, without the descriptor of wily Prince Deok-heung (and poison aficionado) in Faith. Which… is an SBS show. Huh, is he crashing the MBC party? Sure, why not; his is tomorrow night.

 

I never found Lee Pil-mo sexy till he grew out that hair for Light and Shadow, and for that reason, despite the fact that he looks like he’s part shaggy dog, I’m not gonna complain.

 

Sohn Eun-seo had two dramas this year, one of them being MBC’s May Queen; I’ll assume we’ll see her over at the KBS awards tomorrow for Love Rain. She goes for flowy and white, which was a popular trend of the night.

 
Uh, isn’t Hong Ah-reum (God of War) about twenty years too old for this? I want to say that I get what she was going for and that it plays up an innocent, ingenue-like image… but I can’t really say that. It’s strange and infantile and the orange shoes make it even more disjointed. If you handed her a huge lollipop I’d be convinced she was in cosplay for something.

 

Here’s Han Sun-hwa, of idol group Secret. My gramma will be so pleased to know that her old brocade curtains didn’t go to waste after all.

 

I dunno. This dress seems inoffensive enough on Hwang In-young (Can’t Live Without You), but it doesn’t really do anything for me either. Maybe it’s the casual hairstyle or the simple silhouette, but it doesn’t quite feel red carpet-ready.

 

Neither does this dress on Park So-hyun (We Got Married), but for entirely different reasons. There’s a detailing pattern in the dress that makes it look like rays of sunlight around the cutout (the sun?), which… okay. I guess it’s a concept.

 

Meanwhile, somewhere out there is a bordello throwing a party while its overbearing madam’s out of town goin’ to the big party in her best cocktail loungewear. Fancy!

(Can you believe this is the same nurturing and patient mom, Yang Mi-kyung, from Moon/Sun? Maybe you can only be sedate and demure for so long before your inner diva demands to be let out, with sequins and sparkles and feathers and glitter.)

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Yay! I'm so glad the awards are out! Now where can I find the whole show with English subs....hum....?

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nowhere.

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Where's Lee Seung Gi and Ha Ji Won, T2KH? Psh. It's ratings game after all. Boo ya.

I love Kim Soo Hyun though. :)

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There were other A-list absentees as well, such as Shin Min Ah and Lee Jun Ki who actually won the best couple awards. I wonder if it's for personal reasons/schedule conflicts or just a way to stand up against the ridiculousness of the panel's choice here...

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I won't wonder if it's because of the latter. Well, ratings played a really big part in this game. I really like T2KH and Arang deserves more than the best couple award.

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I miss you had low ratings than TK2H but how come it's own so many awards.....it's a drama still halfway.........yoochun didn't win in popular category but critics category and what was shocking he was not nominated with lee seung gi.lee jun gi.kim soo hyun but with yoo seung ho,yoon je moon etc. etc,the 2nd lead of the drama.....from this it was pretty evident that mbc strategy to make sure that yoochun attend the awards....if they don't make him win he probably wouldn't have attended......isn't in a way insult by mbc who should have put him with lLSG,LJG,KSH etc.............LEE SEUNG GI NOT WINNING ONE AWARD…..REALLY PISSED…ON TOP OF THAT NATION’S TOP ACTRESS HA JI WON NOT WINNING AGAINST HA GA IN…EVEN NOT A SINGLE AWARD….. THESE AWARD CEREMONY WAS A BIG JOKE…….hallyu star award for yoon eun hye....from where that came in a drama awards..........anyways congrats to the winners..........

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and I prefer Yoon Je Moon to get the awards. Sorry to say but he deserves it more than Yoochun. Yoon Je Moon portrayed Kim Bong Gu brilliantly.

tsk... this awards thingy is so riddiculous -____-"

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yes...its not becoz of ratings,TK2H ratings were good, at least better than I Miss You!
I Love Lee Jae Ha and Kim Hang Ah and their chemistry, the actors portrayed them WELL!
MBC doesnt now how to thank their great actor and actress', I wonder HOW THEY COULDNT SEE HA JI WON AND LEE SEUNG GI? OR MAYBE THE CLOSED THEIR EYES AND CHOSE?OR THEY DRAW A NAME OUT OF EACH BOX(COINCIDENTALY)? with these results,thats not imposiible! after all its MBC Drama Awards

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really agree mannasupper...i really had a SHOOOCKK!!! after read this list..from sunday i keep on patience wait for new update about this award..but didn't get it..and now know the reason..how could an a-list star like Ha Ji Won and LSG didn't get in any award..meanwhile cast on ongoing drama got the award..it's really make no sense..!!

anyway for the others winner congrats..

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TK2H were last in ratings vs Equator MaN and Rooftop Prince.... I Miss You at least were not on the last spot with the other broadcast station's drama on same time slot.. and fighting on the top spot..

I think ratings and spot against the other dramas on same time slot matters.

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While there was chemistry between Shin Min Ah and Lee Jun Ki, in Arang, it can't be compared to the sizzling hot one between Lee Seunggi and Ha Jiwon! I really don't understand how they could not have won the best couple award!

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I agree!! i gave a loud "WHAT" when i was streaming it and they were announced.

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Best Couple awards is netizen-voted though, I think. fwiw, I thought Junki's and Minah's quiet chemistry was just as awesome as TK2H. Both would have been deserving.

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yes i do really fall in love to the couple lee soung gi and ha jiwon they are cemistery just wow.....

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MBC set out online poll for Best Couple Award. The result is base on votes from fans... :)

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The MBC dramas to give most awards was just selected on the ones with top ratings among the 3 rival channels, not the amount of %. They don't actually judge actors' performance!

In A&M, the leading casts made me Wow with their great acting & a beautiful cool plot~ But it became a waste, not recognized with awards.....Loool to MBC, so annoying!!

Anyway, big congrats to Joon-gi & Min-ah for Best couple awards, they were just awesome! And yes, this award is voted by fans~ I'm the one voting for them*^^*

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LOOOOVE!

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I haven't seen the whole awards ceremony, but seen some clips and I just had to share this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGIXEU9jGy0

Bright future ahead for these young stars.

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The best part of the show to be honest.
Just adorable. <3

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Ditto........I replayed this part like 10 times already. The only good part besides Lee Jun Ki and Shin Min Ah winning best couple.

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I laughed my head off.
When I rewatch those child scenes (though I never got around to watching the adult portions) Yeo Jin Gu's playboy image will come to mind whenever his character tries anything romantic.

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lol, very cute/funny. But how i wish someone will sub it ~.~

Yeo Jin Goo surprise me when he started speaking. I was like WHAT!!! Is this the same guy I saw in Giant? His voice is pleasant to the ears.

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LOL so funny!!

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Omg that has to be like the best part.Look at the reactions from the other actors.Hahaha.They were the best parts of their dramas.

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aawww sooo cute!!

I just love love his voice!

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adorableeeeee :)

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I laughed so hard during the entire thing even though I do not understand Korean. Wow, his voice gets me every time, too. I love how the adult actors responded to them as well.

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Wow!
Cute idea.
I don't know if I can take much more of his handsomeness as he is still a teenager!

The girls are adorable, aren't they? I hope they get to have fun on set surrounded by all those adults. It looks like they have a good sense of humor.

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Those child actors are just so talented!! always outshining their adult counterparts. Just amazing! Their performance was the best part of the ceremony / Yoochun/Jaejoong combo!

I swear I replayed that part 100 times last night. Genius idea to put all three of them on stage together!!

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That part is so greatt!!I did that also many times,
AND seeing Jaejoong and Yochun together was fantastic.
They really worked hard on their projects

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omg.

That is the cutest thing EVER.
seriously, these kids will grow up to be such great actors/actresses.
I loved the part where yeo jin goo makes his entrance, everyone starts tearing up, and then when kim so hyun makes her entrance, and everyone's cracking up!
LOVE.

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omg so cute! these r stars to look out for!!!

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Beyond adorable. Just beyond adorable.

I demand a drama for these three.

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Omg i can't get over it. That stage was so cute!!!!

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Your red carpet posts are always a win!!! I love reading them! Happy New Years everyone!!

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I will look at the pics after I put my comment, I just have to get this out of my system:
Writer of the Year Award: Sohn Young-mok (May Queen), Jin Soo-wan (The Moon That Embraces the Sun) "Mwahahaha"...
It should have been TK2H. Even if I disliked the second half, it was more interesting and fresh. I know... Ratings rule.

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May Queen's writer shouldn't be allowed to pick up a pen ever again and I have no words re: TMTES' writer winning anything. I've never seen a more petty or self-absorbed drama.

Harebrained plots and scanty characterization FTW!

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Ditto for everything you expressed and more.

I have this dark suspicison that a majority of MBC dramas are a licensed Korean version of original Japanese ones, with only a few necessary changes done to the original.

Arang seemed to be an exception to this rule and I liked it very much up to Episode 14 because of its irreverent, fresh and witty take on what could have been yet another stilted costume drama. But when Arang turned melo and dropped all of what had made it great, and ended its run in a whimper, I decided to take a break from Korean dramas.

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I've been pondering a break as well. Not just from Korean dramas, but dramas in general. 2013 doesn't look too exciting so far.

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I cannot understand the fascination of Melo-dramas, isn't it depressing to perpetually watch 16, 20 + episodes, some every day, episodes of pain, hurt, loss, sickness, death over and over and over and over.

Which is worse,an adult, finding pleasure in crying, crying and more crying in front of a TV set? or an adult and finding pleasure in watching all that pain and not shed a tear. I do not see the fascination.

In my effort to try and understand the need to wallow in sorrow, I have come to the conclusion that some need the dramas as the catalyst to exhibit strong emotions, a reason to cry, to be angry or to be sad. As I said I am searching for answers while trying to respect everyones' right to be who they are underneath it all.

12 melos a year (smile) but everyday, every week and that is behavior befitting a little---so tell me exactly how you feel about your mother session.

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It hasn't been MBC's year for gosh, how many years now? Where did they go wrong?

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Many will say it's because of MBC's current president Kim Jae Chul. This man is an avid supporter and has spent lots of money for May Queen and Horse Healer (explains the huge sweep there). He's rarely seen in a positive light among k-netizens.

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May Queen was a good drama... I just think Jae Hee and Kim Jae Won should have swapped awards.

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i totally disagree with that... how could you swap it if Jae Hee was just given that award out of mercy because Kim Jae Won and Han Ji Hye received the top awards... :) And take note, how many recognition JH got so far after more than a decade in Entertainment?

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Was waiting for this :)
Thanks.....such a nice description of the event.....
And ya....it's really surprising that King 2 hearts got only one award!!!!!

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love it! :)

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looks like dramabeans was spot on with Moon/Sun being overrated and Arang being underrated...where is Lee Junki and Shin Mina??

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Ditto. Other than Yeo Jin Gu and Kim Yoo Jung, Sun/Moon is just a big joke all around. And MBC is a joke. I feel bad for Lee Jun Ki, Shin Mina, and Arang folks in general. I may not have gone gah gah for Arang, but clearly far superior a creative work.

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Yes, where are they? and not only the two protagonists, but the other actors too, and all the persons involved in the drama?? Stupid MBC, really. :(

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I think if I had The Moon that Embraces the Sun and I Miss You as practically my only 2 successes* this year, I'd make up award categories too.

* Golden Time also did well in the ratings and was a great drama to boot. Sad to see it lost out to the usual idol tripe.

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Heaven knows how I love Kim So Eun. She's such a cutie and so adorable and really great! But WTH, a rookie award? I heard that she's really doing a great job in Horse Healer but a rookie award? seriously? As far as I remember, I think she got that award like what... 3 years ago? I was actually rooting for Kim Min Seo for that award. Kim Min Seo is always awesome in her roles but barely got recognition.

And Han Ga In as Best Actress? What a joke. Where the hell is HA JI WON?

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HGI versus HJW: Indeed, what a joke! Sorry Geumsa-nim, I love you and all but...

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Actually any of the other nominees, Yoon eun hye, Kim sunah, Ha Ji Won or shin Minah would have been a better pick. But I understand that MBC wanted to recognize their biggest ratings monster. Oh well.

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I was wondering that about Kim So Eun as well, I thought she got an award for Boys Over Flowers... but I suppose she hasn't had a big drama on MBC yet, so this was her year for it. Who knows. Lol.

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Kim So Eun is rocking her role and doing an amazing performance. I think she's the best thing happened in Horse Healer and she definitely deserves some credits. But yeah! as far as I know, she already received Best New Actress Award in 2009 so it's a bit strange that she got same award after 3 years given that she has acted in numerous dramas.

LOL. Han Ga In versus Ha Jiwon. HAHAHA like seriously? I love Han Ga In but this is just hilarious! Ha Ji Won is amazing and really great in King 2 hearts as well as Lee Seunggi. Hellyah, the power of ratings...

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Have to agree with you. There were so many better performances over Han Ga In. I was even surprised to Sung Yuri up there too! I think Ha Ji Won in King2Hearts or even Lee Yo Won in The Horse Healer had stronger performances. I am so surprised these two didn't receive anything.

Although I expected it, still not satisfied with Moon Embracing the Sun as drama of the year. It was a good drama - but not that great in comparison to other dramas that have won that title. I guess it's all about the ratings.

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Total WTF abt Kim So Eun's rookie award too.... she broke and has been popular for 3 years now!.....if anything MBC should give her an endurance award for doing one crappy show (100 kisses) after another and still coming out golden

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they better not try giving Joo Won a Rookie Award at KBS tonight...

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Oh Yeon Seo debut as actress in 2003 and almost 10 years see also got rookie award, MBC rep said they recognized actress/actor who's they work before was overshadow/unnoticable just noticable now as rookie

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LOL...All it means is that she hasn't won a rookie award from MBC yet...

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I have to admit I never really got into King 2 Hearts, everyone here raves about it but it never seemed to float my boat

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Me too, dropped it after four unbearable episodes.

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I love, love TK2H !! It is the best drama for me this year.

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Same here, i watched until episode 15 and then i gave up. The drama had some good moments but if people didn't brought it up i wouldn't even remembered it.

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I really liked the characters and that made me finish it. The story was just blah and over the top. But still, K2H and Arang were the only decent dramas MBC had this year (as far as I know - they were surely better than anything that won awards here).

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Seriously?! I just wanted to see Shin Min Ah and Lee Junki

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I know..... where are they?...actually I think LJK is abroad doing a tour cuz I remember him tweeting himself on stage but I was hoping to at least catch a glimpse of Shin Minah

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Yeah where's Jun Ki and Min Ah? I want to see them walking on the red carpet together argggg

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OK I was going through everything nicely, then came to last photos and ........... Burst out laughing!!! XD LOL!!!!

*Ahem!* excuse me, but I couldn't help it!! and I'm in love with Jeon Mi-sun dress!

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I was streaming mindlessly of this award show, and boy, I was so lucky not to miss the Moon Embraces the Sun x Missing You spoof! Adorable~

Not really care with the winners tho ( like JB said, it's all political it's so boring )..but always fun to read JB's comments for the red carpet pics!

The girls' dresses generally bad. I like Yoonji's the most.
For the men, I still don't understand why people pair up dark suite with brown shoes!
The most GQ-esque was Kim Soohyun, hands down.

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I actually loved Yoon Eun Hye's orange dress and fresh makeup. The girl was just gorgeous and her look translated well on stage. She was the only one wearing a bold color so she really stood out for me.

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What's wrong with the make up of all these Korean celebrities?! The females all try to project "fresh &innocent" image and end up looking washed out. What's wrong with a spot of color on your face people?! And the guys...the overload of BB cream is so off-putting and if you have to put on such thick make up, at least please please please do it evenly!!!

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HAHAHAH! You are so right. they look pale -_-

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right ..YEH make up was less than JYJ member's actually !

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Nope. Jaejoong is ridiculously pale. I have seen him in person. Yoochun maybe has bb cream but Jaejoong? I wish the kid would visit a freaking tanning salon.

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Yoon Eun Hye's frock was amazing. She takes risks and as a result I don't always like what she has on, but when it works, boy does it work. That orange gown is a grand slam.

I'm not looking forward to seeing those bright neon pink I Miss You lips on every Korean woman for the next six months though. What happened in 1986 should have stayed in 1986.

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[email protected] the reoccurring names of dramas on the list, you're right, it does make it seem like MBC only had the3 or 4 dramas this year haha!!

The child actors all look so adorable, they're all growing up to be mighty fine, in terms of their acting and in physical appearance XD
But ohmygosh at that last .... look. Looked like she hopped out of a circus performance and forgot to change =S Couldnt recognise that she was the sweet Yang MiKyung. Still loved her best in Dae Jang Guem ^^

Anyways, a big congrats to all the winners! I see that TMTETS has taken away the bulk of the awards ><;;

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and zomg, did i forget to mention how absolutely handsome Kim Soo Hyun is? Kyaaa~~ *fans self*

And the pic of Kim JaeJoong makes him look like a Vampire hee hee.

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Yes, Kim Soo Hyun is so dashing in these pix!! Drool..

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really ? .. I thought Kim Soo Hyun face was .. don't know how to describe it ...stiff & shiny ؟ ..lol ..whatever the man is fine .
and those jyj boys never look good in award shows ... never ! ( which is weird since they seem OK everywhere else) well their fine too so never mind.

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Was The Moon That Embraces The Sun popular in South Korea? Yes. It had one of the highest ratings, if not the highest, for a weekday miniseries. Did I expect that they would sweep off the awards tonight? Yes.

I was already prepared for that, but it still seems incredulous to me that Han Ga In won the Top Female Excellence Awards for a miniseries when the four other actresses were Ha Ji Won (The King 2 Hearts), Yoon Eun Hye (I Miss You), Shin Min Ah (Arang and the Magistrate) and Kim Sun Ah (I Do, I Do). While these other 4 actresses dramas weren’t as popular as TMTETS, strictly from an acting performance POV, I think they they all outshone HGI. I also think that their characters were more difficult to portray like HJW’s North Korean agent, YEH’s rape victim/split personality, SMA’s ghost etc...HJW, KSA and SMA weren't present at the ceremony, but YEH was there, and honestly, between YEH's performance in IMY and HGA's in TMTETS, I'd go with YEH without any hesitation.

While HGI was maybe not that bad, she wasn’t as good those other actresses and even in her drama, Kim So Hyun and Jung Il Woo delivered a much more solid performance. It really seems to me like a joke that HGI won that award and the fact that she won IMO is simply because of TMTETS’s popularity.

And was it just me or the 2 presenters of that awards didn't seem partucularly happy when they announced Han Ga In's name..

What are your thoughts?

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Just realized how funny my response is. Hahah! :D

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Seriously speaking, this doesn't surprise me at all. Ever since the Baek San Awards, I've arrived at the conclusion that popularity over rides/over rules raw talent. A prime example was the 48th Baek Sang Arts Awards. By no means am I trying to say Kim-soo-hyeon don't have talent,(I've seen some of his works and loved him/them) but to be compared and win against veteran actors like Han Seok Kyu (Tree With Deep Roots) AND Shin Ha Kyun (Brain) and Cha Seung Won (Greatest Love). Left me speechless.

http://www.hancinema.net/baek-sang-awards-3--last-years-winners-compete-again-41642.html

This my opinion everyone, this how I feel.

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I know right! If I was him I would think I'm not woth it yet.
I loved Han Seok Kyu and he deserved it,,,,

I mean, Look Moon geun young when she won her daesang, and imo she deserved it, but she said she didn't deserve it and was afraid of winning such huge award so young and how her veterans should have won it.

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Absolutely agree that Han Ga In winning the Top Female Excellence award is really quite ridiculous. Much as I enjoyed Moon/Sun, she was NOT a bright spot for me in the show, main reason being her inability to do service to the role.

Is there a secret rule that these awards must be given out in sets? Drama + Top Excellence male & female awards? Coz it's kinda looking that way!

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Well MBC is a joke right now and so is this Award. If they keep this up, they wont find top actors willing to act in their dramas, it's ridiculous.

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They will always have actors willing to act for them as there is a lot of competition for getting dramas onto the main 3 broadcasting shows.

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True.

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Amen. Well said!

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Winners: Female Top Excellence win of Han Ga In, Han Ji Hye, Son Dam Bi and Sung Yuri are questionable. These actresses have always been known to have poor acting skills and they weren't able to prove the critics wrong. Their portrayal on their respective dramas can be described as mediocre to passable, but definitely not excellent. But the choices this year are really thin(and in korea you can't give it to a child), so they just went with drama ratings, actor's popularity and a bit of agency politics. And forsaking acting skills as a whole in judging the winners. And I think Jo Jung Suk also deserves the Rookie Actor. It's just sad that the inclusion of the non-deserving winners dampen the iota of prestige the award has for those who deserved their win.

Fashion: I've always liked Han Ga In's elegant style and this look is a win for me. I also love Kim Yoo Jung's look that night. It was simple, elegant but she still manages to be adorable and young. I guess it's the smile, which is her best accessory. She has such a bright aura about her. The guys all looked the same to me. Nobody really stood out.

On to the child actors: Yeo Jin Goo is really just stealing noona's heart left and right. I agree with you on Park Ji Bin, his baby-face and thin-frame is a hindrance for his transition. Here is the cute performance of Kim Yoo Jung, Yeo Jin Goo and Kim So Hyun....
www .youtube.com /watch?v=GGIXEU9jGy0

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only watched moon/sun and king 2 hearts from this list, and Han Ga In (no matter how much I like her) isn't best actress material. I didn't know having the wide-eyed look 80% of the time could net someone an excellence award in acting.

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Congratulations for all winners!

I'm quite surprised that Light & Shadow, Arang & the Magistrate, Golden Time & TK2H only took home 1 award each. It felt like they gave this one award to please fans of these dramas.

Best Actor winners, I'm not complaining. Even though it still puzzles me that SSH was included in the Top Excellence, Mini-Series (Actor) nominees, but he didn't win, so I'm happy ^^

But I had an issue with stiff not-improving Han Ga In winning against Yoon Eun Hye, Ha Ji Won, Shin Min Ah & Kim Sun Ah. I would be happy for any of these four actresses to win, but not HGI. I guess, rating still triumphs against acting performance.

And it will be even better if MBC can at least award Jo Jung Suk with his well deserved new actor award. Seems like many netizens also unhappy with it, but, he doesn't need any award to prove that 2012 is his breakthrough year and he is an amazing actor!

One question though, how did they determine the nominees for "new actor & actress award"? Kim So Eun, as far as I know, have been acting since 2004 (in movies) and 2005 (in dramas). And she's already received Best New Actress Award in 2009. Is it because this is her first time playing as a lead role?

For Jaejoong, this year was his first time acting in MBC drama, so is this the reason he won New Actor Award (same like Micky last year)?

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I think Rookie Actress/Actors Awards are given to those:

1. who played the main role but still relatively new in terms
of years acting (1-10 years) and fame (recognizable but not
there yet)
2. supporting actors of a famous drama who made a mark
(acting or media attention)

Just for laughs... I know Jo Seung Woo is a senior in the industry, but this is his first drama ever. Shouldn't he be considered a Rookie?

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I must be the only one, but I think YEH's acting is also mediocre also, especially in I Miss You. I just can't stand her in that role.

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I agree. I never thought she was a great actress...just there. Yoochun/Seung Ho are both carrying the weight of the drama.

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You also have a problem there. It would be good to study Literary Criticism.

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YES Sadly you're the only one who thinks that! kekekeke

Peace yow! happy new year!!

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If, Yoon Eun Hye's acting is mediocre in I Miss You, we seriously have a problem of vocabulary here. Are you sure, you know English? Drama critics might go ballistic if they read you comment.

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why are you constantly harping on the fact that drama critics love the show?

everyone is entitled to an opinion, no? should we all fall in line with whatever critics say? personal preferences are merely subjective opinions.

you seem to be incapable of accepting viewpoints that diverge from those of drama critics.

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I agree...Yoon Eun Hye’s acting has consistently been mediocre. IMHO

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Yes, I am very sure I know English. I said that YEH is a mediocre actor, and I stood by my opinion. I love her as a celebrity overall, but I feel that her acting hasn't improve much over the years. I cringed watching her in I Miss You simply because I feel that she doesn't do the role much justice.

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Yes, I think so.

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HGI

HJH

Yuri

Won best actress award but HJ as the badass Ah Kang didn't?

O-kay.

Imo, Hayllu star award should be given to HGI to please her and the actress award went to HJW.

I also think LSG was better than Yoochun. Yoochun ws good but LSG just onwed as prince Jae Ha...

Did MBC and the actors from K2H and Arang had a fight or something?

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What a joke zzzzzzzzzzzz.

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Honestly I was surprised the entire of Arang cast did not turn up, and the 2 leads from K2H went missing as well. Earlier on Shin Min Ah already said she wouldn't attend, and Lee Joon Gi was unconfirmed, but to have no one from Arang turned up was suspicious.

Anyway! Park Ji Bin, "Would you believe he’s actually two years older than Yeo Jin-gu?" Mind totally blown away. He looks a full 2-4 years younger than Yeo Jin-gu instead.

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so am I the only one that thinks Kim Soo-hyun always looks like a deer in headlights at these things you'd think he's be used to it by now

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Outfits: Nothing special to say for the gentlemen.
For the ladies, I love:
- Nam Bora and the Marilyn Monroe dress.
- Yoon Eun-hye and the orange dress: That waist!!!
- Lee yoon-ji, our Princess in white.

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Yoon Eun-Hye looks AMAZING. Best dress out of all these here, at least. Bar non. To be honest, I don't care about her as an actor at all (I believe that she's good as everybody says it but somehow I'm just put off and don't care to see her on the screen, sorry :/ ), but that dress ROCKS. The cut is super flattering and fabric itself is interesting and looks very, very good. Wow.

On the other note, I'm almost surprised how different women look from, say, Oscar galas. I couldn't really imagine most of these dresses there. Sure there are huge misses at Oscars or other Hollywood galas too like you see misses here, but somehow even they tend to be a bit different. Korean seem to like dresses that are more flowing & hanging and just... well, have more fabric on them, especially see trough fabric.

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Btw want to share with you guys Korean Netizens thoughts about the awards:

Article: Sung Yuri wins best actress award

1. [+282, -34] What a stretch this award is ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ I can only laugh; How is it that Han Ga In won over Ha Ji Won for best actress?

2. [+264, -42] This year's MBC drama awards gave best actress to Han Ji Hye, Han Ga In, and Sung Yuri? Aren't all three of them representatives of poor acting? ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

3. [+234, -38] ㅋㅋㅋㅋ daebak, Sung Yuri won best actress? ㅋㅋㅋ let me just laugh... MBC and SBS basically gives every celebrity in attendance an award. The credibility of MBC has dropped to a new low... But awarding Sung Yuri best actress will be a comedy to be remembered in history... I'd be too embarrassed to even attend this ceremony if I were a celebrity.

Article: Han Ga In wins best actress for 'The Moon...'


1. [+595, -61] I like Han Ga In but... I don't think she's good enough to receive this award... And how did none of 'The King' win any awards?

2. [+465, -64] I don't understand why Han Ga In won this award

3. [+454, -91] Might as well have gone to Kim Yoo Jung..........................

Article: Jo Seung Woo wins Daesang over Kim Soo Hyun and Ahn Jae Wook


1. [+1,039, -26] Wow they seriously didn't give Ahn Jae Wook not one award, isn't that too much?

2. [+945, -23] If they're going to give Jo Seung Woo daesang, they should've given Ahn Jae Wook a best actor award... Why didn't he get anything/

3. [+789, -21] What about Ahn Jae Wook?

Article: Ahn Jae Wook 'no award' shock... but he was still amazing


1. [+695, -10] Us viewers will give you the true deserving daesang "Light and Shadow's Ahn Jae Wook'

2. [+552, -43] What are MBC's standards? I don't have a problem with Jo Seung Woo winning daesang but... I don't understand why Jo Jung Suk didn't receive an award and why Ahn Jae Wook didn't receive anything;

3. [+394, -8] I like Jo Seung Woo... but this was not right for Ahn Jae Wook. The daesang should've gone to Ahn Jae wook with Jo Seung Woo winning best actor or the other way around... How did he get nothing? Did he do something to piss them off?

Article: MBC Drama Awards, a ceremony that made it awkward for both the winners and the viewers

1. [+162, -7]

Rookie Award: Kim Jaejoong, Lee Jangwoo (Expected winner: Jo Jung Suk)
Female Excellence: Son Dambi (Expected winner: Kim Bo Yeon, Kim Hye Sun)
Male Excellence: Park Yoochun (Expected winner: Yoon Je Moon or Lee Sung Min)

Anyone that votes down this comment should reply back with a reason as to why you think the winners deserve their awards.

2. [+107, -3] I seriously thought Ahn Jae Wook would win Daesang... Jo Seung Woo's great but.. this is so worng...

3. [+71, -0] After they gave best actor to Jo Seung Woo I thought the daesang would go to Ahn Jae Wook but... what??? Even Jo Seung Woo looked like he didn't expect it...


Article: 'The King' Jo Jung Suk fails at winning rookie award... 'failure to understand'

1. [+174, -2] I seriously thought Jo Jung Suk would win a rookie award for his great performance as Eun Shi Kyung... I really, really can't understand this decision! Eun Shin couple!!!

2. [+154, -3] MBC is crazy, how did Eun Shi Kyung not win an award ㅋㅋㅋㅋ I thought he'd at least come away with best actor, but he didn't even win a rookie

3. [+129, -5] The viewer ratings and acting were just as good as Kim Jae Joong and Lee Jang Woo so why?????? Honestly, we're all waiting for Iris 2 for Jo Jung Suk's suit look, why bother even using Lee Joon and Yoon Doojoon? He's also a better singer than the both of them ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Article: 'The Moon...' Kim Soo Hyun wins best actor award


1. [+470, -23] MBC's drama awards has gone crazy. How did Son Dambi win an award over Kim Bo Yeon and why did Yoon Eun Hye win two useless awards? What's up with this? I felt bad for the other nominees that showed up. And why didn't 'Light and Shadow' win anything? There's seriously something off about this year

2. [+452, -39] He's young yet but he's a good actor and deserving of the award. As for the best female actress.... It should've gone to Ha Ji Won!!! And the rookie award should've gone to Jo Jung Suk!!!

3. [+410, -28] The Moon was fun and popularity, everyone acknowledges that, but The King 2 Hearts should've won something... ㅠㅠ Jo Jung Suk didn't even win a rookie award, he was really alienated this year... The acting and story were both great.

Article: Kim Soo Hyun, Yoon Eun Hye win male female popularity award


1. [+292, -34] Why weren't Jung Il Woo, Shin Min Ah, Lee Jun Ki, Lee Seung Gi, Ha Ji Won and others not there? MBC is seriously ridiculous, are they not even bothering to invite people they're not handing awards to?

2. [+234, -45] The rookie award pissed me off

3. [+181, -94] I felt everyone deserved their awards except the rookie award ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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Netizens can be crazy sometimes but in that case I can only agree with them. Too bad for MBC: Their Awards will have the value of their weight in metal and nothing more. Not very glorious...

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I agree. Sad that they aren't even trying to hide it anymore. Some actors didn't even show up ...

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LOL ... this has noting to do with your post ... but ..ever since that site that translate top comments of k-Netizens popped out I see people sharing it everywhere ..about drama ,k-pop and even blind gossip posts.
now I even see people say something like " but k-Netizens think this and that about xxx" .
interesting ..never thought that people cared that much about what some Korean Netizens say.

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it is their actors and so I was curious to know what they think about their actors and the awards...

They really like some actors that I for example don't understand.. so yeah It is interesting...

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but it not really that accurate is it ?
I see someone get a lot of hate in one post then love comments in another ... seems like it's about who gets to the news first his/her haters or fans .

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Regarding that netizen's comment about MBC not bothering to invite people they're not handing awards to...Shin Min Ah and Lee Jun Ki both won for best couple. I do think that MBC invited Lee Seung Gi, Ha Ji Won....etc..., but if I were any of them, with such busy schedules, I wouldn't go to an awards show where I'm not winning anything and where an MBC Daesung had once been split between Kim Myung Min and Song Seung Hun (talk about awkward...).

I didn't finish K2H, but I saw enough to be like "come on!" when I saw Lee Seung Gi and Jo Jung Seok getting snubbed.

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Gosh I want Son dambi's dress so bad. It's gorgeoussss.
Such a lack of stars that night. But I guess there's no point turning up if you didn't win anything. The ratings game is so screwed though, did Lee Junki even get nominated for anything for his wonderful turn as the magistrate?

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Yang Mi Kyung, there is a party out there in the world with your name on it. She seems like oodles of fun, yeah?

Lee Jang Woo looks like he's wearing the best bath robe in existence! Heff would be jealous.

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LOL!!!! @ the bath robe! XD I love him tho.

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funny seeing yeh fans barking here and there. Your favorite actress is not good either,such drama queen.

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I love Yeh but on Miss You I only see the same suffering expression from her...

and there are so many expressions you can make to show suffering or sadness not only her mouth a bit open with her eyes with not light red - but about it it is a illness she has on her eyes, so she can't do much about it.

But I wished she showed more expressions.

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If I'm not wrong, one anti fan hit her with soy sauce mixed with vinegar which caused one of her eyes irreversible damage

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I read it is a illness that appears when she is tired and doesn't sleep well... that is why she sometimes has her eyes normal and sometimes they are red...

but if the anti fan is true OMG poor her, hope this anti gets arrested.

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oh forget it you are right

Yoon Eun Hye suffered in the hands of the detractors of the group when she joined Baby VOX. In a water gun incident, Baby V.O.X. was scheduled to appear on 'Music Engine' and was waiting inside their van when she was shot by a water gun by an unidentified man. The man pretended to be a passionate fan of Baby V.O.X. and attempted to offer a Pikachu doll as a present. Suddenly, he took out a water gun and shot Yoon Eun Hye right in the eye before running away. After being shot, Yoon Eun Hye expressed severe pain and could not open her eyes for a long time. Baby V.O.X. had to cancel their performance and headed straight to the hospital where she was treated in emergency. The hospital informed that her cornea was damaged. Baby V.O.X. members claimed they smelt soy sauce and vinegar from the water that came out of the water pistol. [Thanks and credit to flyingseagull for translating the article]

omg what a sick person! These anti fans really are scary.

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We are being objective here and give credit where credit is due. Have you watch I Miss You scene per scene particularly where she meets with her sexual assaulter after many years and how she responded to it? She acted out the way a sexually assaulted person would react...with rage, with disgust and heart-tugging crying.? I don't think that is easy for a person who has not personally experienced it unless she is a good actress.

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Yay! Jo Seung Woo one the Daesung!!!!!...I was totally expecting Kim Soo Hyun to win again .....I know that some politicking went down in his winning it but I'm still super happy cuz he's awesome and this is his first drama...also very happy about Lee Yoon Ji's win...didn't think she'd get it since she's always been so underrated...does this mean she might get to headline a show sometime in the near future? please dramagods!!!!!!!!
and of course MTES won everything else...LOL abt HGI' win!
surprisingly to of my top shows this year were from MBC(K2H and Arang)....but of course they didn't get anything

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No Ahn Jae Wook ?... WHY ?

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In the photo with Yoochun and Jaejoong - Jaejoong looks like he's being sworn in to something. So serious and stiff.

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While watching the award show everytime he appeared pissed off or really bored. Not sure if he was just tired or what.

Well but I prefer this than when he gives that creepy smile,,, he really seems like an allien to me... very weird,

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Err, I must have been watching another show with all the shots of Jaejoong smiling and laughing and being chummy sitting with his bandmate then........not to mention his perfectly acceptable speech upon winning

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In the clip that has yeh and Yoochun talking about their couples he appeared very pissed....

of course he'll laugh and smile when he knows ththe camera is filiming him.

but look the red carpet pictures, he doesn't look happy

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So.. he didn't know there were cameras on the red carpet?
I still don't think he looked very pissed anywhere before or during the show, but nevermind!

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Why would he be pissed if YEH and Yoochun are talking about their couple?

Is there anything romantic between Yoochun and Jaejoong?

I'm sorry for ask this question, but unless I understood you wrong, your post seems to imply that Jaejoong was jealous.

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What? You are such a liar Cindy. He was laughing and gave Yoochun a hug before stepping on the red carpet. They interview all the attendees and he seemed OK. Also how would he not know that he is being watched when a million cameras are going off?

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I tend to agreed with you. I think Jaejoong looks perfectly fine and handsome.

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he is fine and handsome but however is responsible for his Styling is over doing his makeup (and sometimes his hair too) .. even if it was to cover up tiredness he seriously doesn't need it ... at least that's what I think .

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He is very pale unfortunately. He could really REALLY use a tan but he seemed OK to me. I gotta say though that he dresses in a really unoriginal manner. It is always a black tuxedo which kinda makes him look washed out.

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To be honest I don't even watch these award shows because we all know it's all different kinds of ridiculous but I absolutely love the posts of them here on dramabeans. Laughed so many times at your humor, javabeans. I bow to your writing talent!

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"Kim Min-seo, aka Bad Moon from The Moon That Embraces the Sun, who looks like her dress started falling apart, and instead of trying to sew it back together she opted to tape her chest with Ace bandages and pass it off as avant-garde."

LOL!! SO TRUE!!! Couldn't have described it better if I tried!

Also! Kim Soo Hyun!! So regal! <3 Love!

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I'm happy for kim so-hyun because she's a great child actress, so does Yeo Jin gu... and it made me super happy to know that shin min-ah and lee jun ki won the best couple award because they were totally awesome and cute in Arang and the magistrate.
There were few deserved awards and many WTF winners but what can you expect from a broadcaster award??????

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Someone just tweeted that the most credible award in kdramaland is not from the 3 stations but from dramabeans LOL couldn't agree more. Lots of actors didn't even show up, that's how ridiculous it got

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Dramabeans being more credible than the broadcasters: Isn't that the truth? The awful truth...

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Dramabeans is a bunch of fangirls that choose their personal favourites while ignoring some other better choices.

MBC ist a bunch of money hungry Ahjusshis choosing the ones which had the best ratings, while completely ignoring the quality.

For Dramabeans the big winner was Gaksital.
For MBC the big winner was Moon/Sun.

They are both not credible...

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This.

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Wow. Just sayin it like is. I like your style.

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Eh. Of course it's a bit biased for the oppas/ahjussis than they like: It's a fan site. But at least they didn't gave any awards other than Razzies to the turkeys of the year... For example Dr Jin. Cause Jaejoong, really? I loved him in PTB but he was terrible here. MBC should have given a veteran award to LBS if they wanted to give something to that horror.
To summarize, I do not necessarily agree with the "best ones" but I rarely disagree with the "worst shows" on dramabeans. So yes, on a lonely island, I would favorite their awards any day if I had to save my life...

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And because it is a fans site it is not credible.

And the choices of the Dramabeans team are a lot more agreeable for you, because you read the blog and let yourself be influenced consciously or unconsciously. If you would listen to the press propaganda in Korea you would likely be more agreeable with the MBC awards.

And the next thing you know the people on this site will cry their praises to the KBS awards if Gaksital wins big. And of course they will be angry if that doesn't happen.

And yes, the MBC awards are a joke, but everyone knows that. No one really takes them seriously. Everyone knows why they give out awards. There is simply no room for a real critical approach with the need to award the people who brought them money.

Dramabeans could take the critical approach and did in the past. Even if I will never agree completely with some of the choices at least they were understandable and there was variety among them that I miss these days. Some of the writers of the past are no longer active and the new ones don't bring really new opinions on the table. Which is why 27% percent of the winners was one single drama.

And some choices were just plain silly. Arang (the quite boring drama with an decently sized fanbase) won over The Chaser (an really great drama no one has ever heard of on this site) in the category UNDERRATED. (It frankly also makes me uncomfortable how almost 80% of the winners are available on Dramafever). Also dramas like A Wife's Credentials, I Live in Cheondamdong, Golden Time, The Chaser, Wild Romance, Heaven's Garden and Queen Insoo of which every single one was better than Gaksital are completely overlooked in the awards.

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@hanni12:
"because it is a fans site it is not credible.": One thing that I like here is than they differentiate their "likes". They are able to tell you if Show is worthy because of the actors, the story, the cinematography or the package. And if it's pure fangirl enthusiasm, they are not scared to plead guilty and make fun of it.
Some points you give are interesting. For example, I agree than the contributors here miss some good shows (not enough time or maybe not wanting to get out from their comfort zone, a certain drama fatigue also :( ).
That said, when it comes to myself, I never form my opinion based on what the medias say, may it be dramabeans or the SK netizens. I agree with you about Arang being boring (also, LJK was better in his previous works imo, even the unknown Hero).
For me, Can We Get Married? for example is a complete blast these days and I will never look at a melodrama the same way again. No turning back.
About Gaksital winning at KBS: It's a given and I'm preparing myself for the wave...I'm sure JB and GF are ready to party since they liked it (but recognized its flaws). No biggie: There is shows I loved than they panned, like A Gentleman's Dignity which was for me the best rom-com of 2012. This is why I love coming to the Open Threads: The plurality of opinions is refreshing and I discovered a lot of good shows there.
About dramabeans advertising dramafever: DB is a site based in the US and DF is the only legal streaming platform for now. It's understandable I think. Now, except newbies, everyone knows than we have tons of alternatives to watch dramas these days... Everyone is free to use google. ;)
On the list of recommendations you give, I'm ready to give it a try to most of them but I cannot acknowledge Wild Romance: No romantic at all (story & chemistry) except for the 2nd couple, Oh Man-seok completely underutilized and Jessica who was a catastrophe.

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So who is in your opinion credible? You? L