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2014 Korea Drama Awards

The Korea Drama Awards (part of the two-week Korea Drama Festival that kicked off today) isn’t one of the bigger award ceremonies around, but being that it’s drama-focused and inclusive of both broadcast and cable programs, it’s worth a look—even if the winners list does seem rather scattershot.

The awards ceremony was held in the city of Jinju on October 1, and it should come as no surprise that You From Another Star was the biggest winner of the night, with five awards. And it’s nice to see Answer Me 1994 right in the mix with some key wins. But looking at the list, mostly I’m perplexed at the randomness of the winners, even if I will agree that the individual winners did good jobs in their respective roles.

That said, at least the nominees list had a better mix of titles; it’s just that the winners were concentrated into a few projects. (Examples: Answer Me 1994 and Secret Love Affair were nominees for scriptwriting, though neither won. Best Drama nominees included Empress Ki, Jung Do-jeon, and Secret Love Affair… but then again, also nominated was the whackadoodle family makjang King’s Family, so maybe that’s not the best example of anything.)

 
WINNERS LIST

Daesang: Kim Soo-hyun (You From Another Star)
Best Drama: You From Another Star
Best Scriptwriting: Jung Hyun-min (Jung Do-jeon)
Best Director: Shin Won-ho (Answer Me 1994)
Top Excellence, Actor: Kim Jaejoong (Triangle)
Top Excellence, Actress: Oh Yeon-seo (Jang Bo-ri Is Here)
Excellence Award, Actor: Lee Kwang-soo (It’s Okay, It’s Love)
Excellence Award, Actress: Kang So-ra (Doctor Stranger)
New Actor: Ahn Jae-hyun (You From Another Star),
      Seo Kang-joon (Sly and Single Again)
New Actress: Do-hee (Answer Me 1994)
Child Actor: Kim Ji-young (Jang Bo-ri Is Here)
Global Actor Award: Otani Ryohei (Joseon Gunman)
Best Couple: Do-hee & Kim Sung-kyun (Answer Me 1994)
Hot Star Award: Shin Sung-rok (You From Another Star)
Hallyu Star Award: Kim Soo-hyun (You From Another Star)
OST Award: Ailee (Fated To Love You)

 
Frankly I would’ve picked Jeon Ji-hyun over Kim Soo-hyun for the Daesang, but the quibble is minor, as it’s the combination of the two that catapulted You From Another Star to its mega-hit status. One could argue that Ha Ji-won and Jo Jae-hyun, also nominated in the category, would have been deserving Daesang winners too (for historical dramas Empress Ki and Jung Do-jeon), and Lee Min-ho was a huge draw for Heirs (though I’d say giving him the award would’ve been a travesty)—but you can’t argue with the power of You From Another Star.


 

I’m a fan of Oh Yeon-seo’s look, which opts for a more sophisticated, edgy flair than the feminine, pretty dresses worn by most of the other ladies. The others look great, of course—but Oh Yeon-seo looks sharp and badass.

She took home the Top Excellence Award in the actress category, which feels appropriate given that her family drama Jang Bo-ri Is Here is a huge ratings hit these days, teetering on the brink of national drama status (it’s just shy of 40% with a few episodes left to go). Yes, the drama is something of a shrill, melodramatic angstfest, but hey, it brings home the ratings.

 
I’m surprised to see Jaejoong take home the Top Excellence Award—not because he wasn’t good in Triangle, but because he beat out actors in higher-profile dramas, like Ji Chang-wook of Empress Ki and Yoo Ah-in of Secret Love Affair. (He also beat Lee Jong-seok and Lee Seung-gi, but their projects—Doctor Stranger and You’re All Surrounded—didn’t have the same buzz factor.) But congrats to him, and he looks, as ever, beautiful.

 
Yay for Lee Kwang-soo! I would’ve been happy to see Seo In-gook win too (High School King of Savvy), but Kwang-soo was great in It’s Okay, It’s Love and always has a way of making you sympathize with his characters.

 

Kang So-ra looks fantastic, doesn’t she? She’s here on the arm of Oh Sang-jin (Yoo Inna’s prosecutor oppa from You From Another Star); the two were hosts at the awards ceremony. I much prefer the lacy gown to the ruffly one, but in any case, good on Kang So-ra for taking home an award for Doctor Stranger. At least that show won something?


 
Shin Sung-rok, everybody’s favorite murderous villain (You From Another Star), won the “Hot Star” award. Yes, he is.

 
Ahn Jae-hyun pretty much came out of nowhere and parlayed his cute little-bro role in You From Another Star to a bigger part in You’re All Surrounded, netting a higher mainstream profile overall. Now he gets a New Actor win, which may not be his last of the year.

 
Is anybody else surprised that the uber-catchy “You are my destiny” song from You From Another Star didn’t win in the OST category? Perhaps they split their own vote (the show had two songs in this category), allowing Ailee to swoop in and bring home the prize for Fated To Love You.

 
Aw, I love that the Best Couple award went to the adorably mismatched Do-hee and Kim Sung-kyun pairing of Answer Me 1994. Admittedly, the actors look a lot more mismatched as themselves, but I’ll just pretend that it’s Yoon-jin and Samcheonpo up there accepting the award. Do-hee also picked up a solo award for New Actress, and the drama’s PD, Shin Won-ho, won for directing.


 
Otani Ryohei (Joseon Gunman) won for Global Actor, which appears to be a new category. I’m not sure who else was nominated, but perhaps it’ll be a nice category for non-Korean actors in K-dramas. There are far more who are terrible than who are good, but hey, I’ll be happy to see the ratio swing in the other direction.

 

I feel like I’m always saying this, but Kim So-hyun (Reset) is growing up nicely, isn’t she? (She turned 15 this summer.) Her fashion sense is evolving nice-ly, too, and her tea-length lacy white pick is both chic and age-appropriate.

 
Lee Yi-kyung has been picking up a number of supporting roles this year, with You From Another Star and You’re All Surrounded and Trot Lovers. He’s been bratty, aegyo-filled, and murderous—not all at once!—so it’s nice to see him trying on different acting hats. He’s here presenting with Miss Korea’s Moon Ji-in.


 
Clara (Emergency Couple) looks fresh and rosy in her dusty pink gown, which looks better in action than standing still. This is a gown that I would normally find awkwardly shaped, which she somehow manages to make look flattering.

 
This seems like a safe choice for Ha Yeon-joo (Miss Korea, My Secret Hotel), who I think could get away with bolder or riskier choices and stand out more on the red carpet. But I’ll concede that this fits her like a glove and she looks great in it.

 
I’d say fit is also the key point for former Jewelry member and actress Kim Eun-jung (K-Pop Ultimate Survival). I’m torn on her black gown, which is cut perfectly to her figure and has an interesting texture (leather? brocade? old curtain?), but is also a little plain. Or is the shiny material embellishment enough?

 
Hm, I don’t love Go Eun-mi’s (Empire of Gold) selection, though I suspect I would appreciate the glittery gold color more up close. It’s okay. It’s pretty.

 
Kim Ji-young beat out a couple of adorable competitors in the Child Actor category, with Kim Yoo-bin (plot-driving Saet-byul in God’s Gift – 14 Days) and Hong Hwa-ri (Taecyeon’s precocious daughter in Wonderful Season) also nominated. I haven’t seen her in Jang Bo-ri Is Here, but if I can count on anything in dramaland, it’s that the kiddos are little scene-stealer who can often hold their own against the grown-ups.

 
I’m not familiar with Kim Kwon (Into the Fire, Secret Love Affair), but he’s not helping matters by looking like he rolled onto the red carpet by accident while maybe delivering flower bouquets backstage. Put on a suit! Tuck in your shirt! Look like you’re trying!

 
Newcomer Park Sun-ho (Gold Rainbow) presents with SNL’s Ahn Young-mi, whose gown just makes me itch to rip off the ruffly bottom. She kinda looks like a human bell.


 
And last but not least, here we have a New Actor winner, Seo Kang-joon (Sly and Single Again), who I’d say at this stage in his career is more charisma than acting skill. But he’s young and dimply and a noona-killer in the making. Especially when he’s doing a little dance on the red carpet. Go on, be adorable, you.

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These award shows won't ever be able to please everybody and everyone has different tastes and opinions. I personally really love You From Another Star, a great fresh show that's both entertaining and heart warming. I watch dramas for entertaining purpose before I look for any deeper meaning. Sorry call me shallow all you want but if the show has great great meaning but I don't feel attachment to the story or the characters then it's still not a good show for me. And I totally think Kim Soo Hyun deserves the DaeSang. Honestly I think all the nominees are great but I don't agree to some comments here that KSH is a mediocre actor, he is one of the few younger actors that I find more charming the more I watch him. He's able to have such great chemistry with his co-stars no matter who it is, no matter if the other is a good actor or actress, and the expression in his eyes is really captivating. He's the only one after Lee Jun Ki that I like not because of his look. Anyway, I'm very happy for him winning the award.

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All drama award ceremonies even Baeksang are all about the popularity anyways. Why? Because the quality of kdramas and their actors is so much inferior to their movie industry(which is why the most respected actors in korea only do movies and Lee Min Ho is nothing more than a pretty face actor) they rely on fans to keep this drama industry thriving. Pretty disappointing that most of the awards given out are based on name value and not entirely performance this year.

I get that YWCFTS was mega popular and KSH is like the hottest hallyu star now, but the Daesang? iwould'nt have minded if jun ji hyun won daesang but Do min joon did not bring out the best in KSH and he was pretty..... Bland in that show with his underacting. And I'm sure there are more deserving shows (eg.God's Gift) that should have won the Best Drama award.

the only legit professional awards given imo are the Male Excellence award, Female Top Excellence , Female Rookie, Best Director and Best Writer.

Its been a pretty bad year for kdramas for me, compared to the higher quality dramas of last year, and upcoming dramas simply dont excite me either. Looks like Im heading back to my Kmovieland.

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I found so few good shows last year, which were these higher quality dramas you talk about? :)

I think only IHYV and the first 10 eps of MS really became memorable in 2013 for me.

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"Miss Korea" and AM1994 were both much better written and acted than YFAS.

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haha. i think you copied your comment in all site about this KDA 2014 award. I have seen this same exact word at soompi for this KDA award. Then, go to your movieland! bye.. hahaha

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I think Kdrama is better than Kmovie. You may find a few really good Kdramas every year but I cannot connect to Kmovie. They are too slow (usually love stories) or too dark. Action movies are not too good as those action scenes are just mediocre.

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This rather seems like "if-you-show-up-you-win" type of award shows. They have all the winners sit right next to each other? LOL

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Soo glad jaejoong and ahn jae hyun won and for all saying kim soohyun is overated,i think d overated thing is YFAS,to me d drama is just there not really outstanding like you people make it out to be,there are by far better dramas out there.Anyways congrats to all the winners!

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Yay for the Reply 1994 couple, and for giraffe Kwang Soo!

I agree that later shows like High School King were under-represented, but there's still lots of awards to go.

Privately, I find it hilarious that Shin Sung-rok won his award for being a hot serial killer in You From Another Star, rather than for being a hot music agency executive in Trot Lovers (although in the context of awards, the less said about TL, the better...)

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Did really want to know what you people really thought of Lee Kwang soo in IOIL......
Yay for those comments,because I myself enjoyed him and his character the most

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I hope 2014 will end quickly. It feels like some of the awards during this time has been robbed by YWCFTS and KSH. I just feel bad to the actors who way more deserves the awards.

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It's likely that YWCFTS will continue to dominate the SBS Drama Awards at the end of this year.

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Empress Ki should have won especially Ha Ji Won and stiller performance of Ji Chang Wook who had by far one of the powerful performance of the year and Seo In Guk as well deserved for his own drama

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Kim Soo hyun(Do manager!!♥) won daesang,congrats..

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Congratulations to Princey Giraffe!!! <3

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So happy for my favorite couple Kim Sung-Kyun and Min Do Hee! Samcheonpo/Yoon Jin were my faves in Reply 1994! Do Hee's dress is so gorgeous; I love the splash of bold color and the use of two different shades of purple for the top and bottom. It's also appropriate for her age and her petite size. In my opinion, it says exactly what Yoon Jin's character was all about "I might be small, but I'm going to make a statement." <3

Congrats to all the winners!

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Okay what's with the lack of color here. Why is everyone wearing Black?
I love black, but why is this universal here?

Yay! Ailee best OST, god I just love that song

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YES indeed best ost is Goodbye My Love!
Do Manageeeeer congratz~!

No nominations for Master's Sun? Or this years GHJ drama It's Ok It's Love? Oh well you can't have it all.

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I think Kim Soo Hyun is an overrated actor like Lee Min Ho. They're average actors.

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Oh welllllll... I still don't get why Man From The Stars won the Best Drama category, I mean it's a good drama but but it's not good enough to be called "The Best Drama". Empress Ki sure had to win that thing. It's the most interesting Korean drama ever. It is just so perfect, the plot, the cast, the production, EVERYTHING! I watched the drama because of Ha Jiwon, who did an awesome job, but I ended up loving the Emperor the most. The actor Ji Chang Wook blew my mind. He is pure talent! I dare to say he's the best "young" actor in the Kdrama land. I am definitely NOT exaggerating. I wish he won an award because he deserved it better than anyone else. As for Daesang, I LOVE Kim Sohyun but I think Ha Jiwon or Jun Jihyun should have won it. These two actresses are, in my opinion, the best in the industry. Finally, I want to say that I totally love the actress Kim Sohyeon, she is gorgeous and so natural when it comes to acting. I've seen her in many dramas and I give her as much as she wants THUMBS-UP for her acting skills. She is definitely a promising actress.

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I am so glad you mentioned Lee Yi-kyung.
He is everywhere and I loved him in Nine - the last time he was a "good guy." Even in his very small role in Trot Lovers, he stole scenes. I can't wait to see him star. He has an intensity and a weight I like.

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can someone tell me where can i get the full ceremony torrent ?

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I don't take this awards show seriously, except Ailee won the best OST for Fated to Love You.

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I still can't believe Ji Chang Wook didn't get the award. He is one of the best young korean actors

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Congrat kim soo hyun you are deserved it!

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lee kwang soo win (happy)

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Ailee got an award!!! What a pleasant surprise! She's the best singer I know and she's also very pretty. I'm glad for her. KSH looks handsome. He was so cute in YFAS!!!

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HAHAHA How Kim Soo Hyun won DEESANG???? HOW???? Jun Ji hyun had a different way of acting, Ha Ji Won played Empress Ki role perfectly, so Kim Soo Hyun won the award? Come On! It's like a JOKE! KIM SOO HYUN??????? Not HA JI WON?????? NOT JUN JI HYUN????? sorry for KOREA!

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