2014 KBS Drama Awards
Whew, the whirlwind of year-end awards finally comes to a close. Let’s wrap up with the last of the big station awards over at KBS, where premium sageuk Jung Do-jeon cranked out the big winners of the evening: veteran Yoo Dong-geun took home the Daesang (Grand Prize) for his performance as the founder of the Joseon dynasty, and Jo Jae-hyun also took home a Top Excellence Award for his role as the titular Jung Do-jeon. Kim Hyun-joo was awarded a Top Excellence Award for her weekender What’s With This Family, which was the other big title of the night (no surprise since it’s raking in the ratings).
The rest of the love was spread far and wide, which is how KBS likes to do things. It’s par for the course for every station to divvy up the drama lengths as much as can be reasonably done, in an effort to hand out as many trophies as possible. They are what they are, but hey — at least it gets the stars on the red carpet? And if we’re lucky, they show up looking cozy with their costars like Lee Jun-ki and Nam Sang-mi, and make my day.
Daesang (Grand Prize): Yoo Dong-geun (Jung Do-jeon, What’s With This Family)
Top Excellence, Actor: Jo Jae-hyun (Jung Do-jeon)
Top Excellence, Actress: Kim Hyun-joo (What’s With This Family)
Mid-length Drama, Actor: Lee Jun-ki (Joseon Gunman)
Mid-length Drama, Actress: Nam Sang-mi (Joseon Gunman),
Park Min-young (Healer)
Miniseries, Actor: Eric Mun (Discovery of Romance)
Miniseries, Actress: Jung Yumi (Discovery of Romance)
Serial Drama, Actor: Kim Sang-kyung (What’s With This Family),
Park Young-kyu (Jung Do-jeon)
Serial Drama, Actress: Kim Ji-ho (Wonderful Season),
Daily Drama, Actor: Choi Jae-sung (Dandelion Devotion)
Daily Drama, Actress: Choi Yoon-young (There Is a Cat),
Shin So-yool (Sweet Secret)
Supporting Actor: Shin Sung-rok (King’s Face)
Supporting Actress: Han Eun-jung (Golden Cross),
Lee Chae-young (Cuckoo’s Nest)
Actor of the Year, awarded by PDs from all three broadcasters: Jo Jae-hyun
Newcomer Award, Actor: Park Hyung-shik (What’s With This Family),
Seo In-gook (King’s Face)
Newcomer Award, Actress: Nam Ji-hyun (What’s With This Family),
Kim Seul-gi (Discovery of Romance)
Netizens’ Award: Jung Yumi (Discovery of Romance),
Eric Mun (Discovery of Romance)
Popularity Award: Lee Da-hee(Big Man),
Jung Eun-ji (Trot Lovers),
Ji Chang-wook (Healer),
Joo-won (Cantabile Tomorrow)
One-Act Special, Actor: Jo Dal-hwan (Ugly Love)
One-Act Special, Actress: Kim So-hyun (Cry Differently)
Youth Actor: Hong Hwa-ri (Wonderful Season),
Ahn Seo-hyun (Bomi’s Room),
Kwak Dong-yeon (Age of Feeling)
Best Couple: Park Min-young & Ji Chang-wook (Healer),
Nam Ji-hyun & Park Hyung-shik (What’s With This Family),
Jung Yumi & Eric Mun (Discovery of Romance),
Nam Sang-mi & Lee Jun-ki (Joseon Gunman),
Kim Hyun-joo & Kim Sang-kyung (What’s With This Family)
Writer Award: Kang Eun-kyung (What’s With This Family),
Jung Hyun-min (Jung Do-jeon)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Kim Ja-ok
If you’re headlining two of KBS’s mega-hits of the year (Jung Do-jeon, What’s With This Family), it’s not really a surprise to anyone that you’re due for a Daesang, right? Yoo Dong-geun may be known for his dignified gravitas and his booming voice, but on the red carpet he’s downright adorable. I love his outfit — it’s part smoking jacket, part tux, and that little kerchief with the polka dots is so sweet. The best part is that he’s grinning from ear to ear, just like a winner should be.
Jo Jae-hyun also picks up a trophy for Jung Do-jeon, and looks dapper in a classic tux. I wonder if he got that polka-dotted bowtie to match Yoo Dong-geun’s kerchief! Just make me happy and say you did.
Does Kim Hyun-joo (What’s With This Family) always glow like this? Is it the lights? The knowledge that she’s getting a trophy? The dress isn’t all that amazing, but she just looks lit up and freaking gorgeous in every shot. I guess this is why so many actresses wear white? If only the effect were always this glowy.
I feel like this dress is bizarrely proportioned on Nam Sang-mi, but the color is beautiful, and she has the best accessory of the night: Lee Jun-ki, looking A-MAZing. See, this is why all costars should come to these things together — alone they’d be pretty and notable, but together, they blow everyone else away. It’s just good math, and good sense. I do have the urge to do something about that giant bottom portion on Nam Sang-mi’s dress, but maybe it’s purposely oversized so that she trips often, and Lee Jun-ki has to hold her up all night. See, sometimes fashion IS practical.
Here’s their Joseon Gunman costar Han Joo-wan looking a little shy on the red carpet. You can only see it in some shots, but his jacket has shiny glitter all over it, which is pretty awesome. Maybe it’s the combination of sheepish grin and blinged out glitter that does it for me.
The gold dresses are really the big statement gowns this year, and Jeon Hye-bin (Joseon Gunman) looks pretty damn flawless in this one. It’s a simple structured dress in shape, but has just enough shine and movement to make it gorgeous. It fits her like a glove, and her simple styling only makes the dress stand out more.
Eric! Guh, why so pretty? I love Eric on the red carpet — he should just dress up in tuxes every day. It’s head-to-toe-velvet and patterned to boot, but why does he make it look so James Bond? Okay, idol-oppa-meets-James-Bond, but still. Hot diggity.
Not to be outdone by her costar, Kim Seul-gi (Discovery of Romance) rocks my favorite dress of the night. It’s not a rave-worthy silhouette, but the color is so fantastic, and she just looks perfect — glamorous but still fun, and pretty in an I’m-pretty-enough-to-play-a-leading-lady-hello way. Can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for her.
I so wish Kim Seul-gi had arrived with Yoon Hyun-min (Discovery of Romance), because he could use the lessons in how to smile and wave for the cameras. These are the most natural shots I could find — he looks this stiff and scared in every single frame, like he’s going to the dentist. Quick, somebody hold his hand and make it all better!
Okay, this guy has no trouble being a big star on the red carpet — Shin Sung-rok (King’s Face, Trot Lovers) pulled double duty and ran between SBS and KBS to attend both awards shows, and even had the sense to change tuxes in between. There were certainly a number of noteworthy breakouts in 2014, but I don’t know that anyone else grabbed the opportunity quite like Shin Sung-rok did. He looks great on both red carpets, but when you’re this tall, is it even possible for clothes to look bad on you?
MCs Park Min-young (Healer) and Seo In-gook (King’s Face) arrived together, looking cute. Her dress is confusing — it has these arm bands and I don’t care for the overall color or look, though it’s much prettier when the skirt part billows out. Otherwise the dress is more casual in cut, and I’d rather see her in something more daring. But I adore her Healer hair, and it looks especially cute tied up like that.
Here they are with their co-MC Kim Sang-kyung (What’s With This Family). I wish Seo In-gook had combed his hair. And gotten a haircut. And worn a snazzier tux. But he’s busy playing Prince Gwanghae every day and probably doesn’t have time to sleep or eat or brush his teeth, so maybe I’ll forgive him just this once. Kim Sang-kyung’s look on the other hand, I dig.
Healer-ya! Ji Chang-wook, formal looks good on you. He looks so freaking good in a sleek black tux, but my favorite detail is on his feet. Get a load of his shoes! I love those shoes so much — they’re a splash of fun on a very formal outfit, and they make me wish he’d bust out with some dance moves right there on the red carpet.
Choi Yoon-young takes home an Actress Award for her daily drama There Is a Cat, and looks pretty… in the sparkly white dress that we’ve seen a hundred times before. I like the back detailing and the ponytail though.
Here’s her There Is a Cat costar Hyun-woo, with a sweet smile.
Kim Sae-ron (High School: Love On) had the cutest Cinderella moment on the red carpet: She lost her shoe on her way up the stairs, and just sat right down to put it back on with a smile. Her legs really are getting too long for these short skirts, but how can you fault a girl for wanting a tutu skirt on her dress? You can’t. It’s just irrefutable girl logic.
Kim So-hyun is here for her one-act drama special Cry Differently, wearing a similar style. I just love dresses in this shape — universally flattering, and classically girly.
Yeon Joon-seok (Shark) is an up-and-comer, here for his drama special Monster. He looks scared and awkward, but he’s got time to grow into it.
I love that there’s color at this event. Han Eun-jung picks up an award for Supporting Actress (Golden Cross, Iron Man), and wears a daring splash of red that’s slit here AND there, and in the back too. It does seem like one slit too many, but she looks fantastically confident and sexy, so you can’t really argue with that. I just wish the top didn’t look quite like a stiff V — it makes the dress a little more structured than I would like.
Im Ho (Jung Do-jeon) mixes up gray and black. Why, I don’t know.
Rising young star Kwak Dong-yeon takes home a Youth Actor Award for Age of Feeling. His hair is spiky and his cuffs don’t fit right, but that just adds to the newbie charm.
Im Soo-hyang is also here for Age of Feeling, surprising no one with a long black dress. It’s actually a very pretty black dress that I’d love to wear, and I like the mix of textures and the overall shape. It’s just a little too much on the safe side, and she blends instead of standing out.
Okay, I take that back. THIS dress on Joo Da-young (Age of Feeling) is safe and boring.
Jo Dal-hwan is also here for Age of Feeling. I don’t like the shirts with black collars — it makes you look like you’re wearing your bowtie as a giant dog collar.
Man, there were a lot of people in Age of Feeling. Kim Ga-eun looks purty in her fluffy pink gown — nothing all that exciting about it, but it’s flattering and she looks like wisps of cotton candy.
I totally see what Lee Da-hee (Big Man) is going for, and shape-wise, this dress fits her beautifully. But why, oh why are the bottom ruffles sheer white panels? Why is the dress white at all? I just want to rip the bottom of it off. And make it a color. On second thought, I just want Lee Da-hee to wear a different dress altogether.
Her Big Man costar Daniel Choi looks… like he always does. Kinda geeky, kinda awkward, kinda like he borrowed that outfit at the last minute and they ran out of his size.
Kim Ji-ho picked up an Actress Award for Wonderful Season, and wears a safe black dress. I like that it has some shine to it and she looks great, but the dress itself is just so straight and narrow.
Child actress Hong Hwa-ri also picks up an award for Wonderful Season. I don’t like this dress. Why are we putting tiny children in big goth dresses? Does the see-through trend really need to apply to the tiny tot department too?
Aw, Sohn Ho-joon (Trot Lovers) looks so dashing in his tux! I kid you not though — he has that exact wooden deer-in-headlights expression in every single picture. And his hand is up like that the whole time, like he’s a robot with a broken arm. It’s not as funny in just two pictures, but when you see thirty of them in a row, it starts to get downright hysterical.
What’s With This Family costars Nam Ji-hyun and Park Hyung-shik arrived together as well, and they both look perfect. Really, there’s not a hair out of place, and they both look this beautiful in every picture. His tux is classic and fitted, and her dress is dreamy — the exact thing a budding young actress would want to wear on the red carpet.
Their costar Seo Kang-joon (What’s With This Family), looking like a charmer.
I wish I could say the same for Sohn Dam-bi (What’s With This Family), but her dress is somehow ill-fitted AND bland AND ugly, while still being completely forgettable. What is that giant fold-gather situation happening at the neckline? Did it really need that giant silver bow? Does anything need a giant silver bow? And why does it drag on the ground, effectively making her look like a walking sack of potatoes?
Yoon Bak (What’s With This Family), looking a little bored.
Daily drama Land of Gold costars Baek Seung-hee and Kang Eun-tak arrive together. I love the overall effect of this couple — sleek, sexy, polished. I don’t like that the top of the dress looks separate from the bottom, but the color! And who wouldn’t be envious of that long flowy silhouette and that slit up to there?
Lee Yeo-reum is here for the drama special Junior High Student Miss A with Kwak Dong-yeon, but I know her best from High School King of Savvy, where she was the adorable little sister. I really wish there were more of her dress though. Way, waaaay more. I get that she’s young and petite, but that dress is the size of a handkerchief. Someone might sneeze it away!
Seo Joon-young! Why aren’t you over at the SBS awards hanging out with Lee Je-hoon? Maybe someday you’ll stop dying in every drama and we can see you guys arrive on a red carpet together in a not-sad way? He’s here for the drama special Funeral Cryer, wearing a fun blue tux.
Han Chae-ah is here for her daily drama My One and Only Love. She looks pretty, but when does she not? It’s a little safe and the dress blends on a night like this, but I do like the neckline — that collar is beautiful.
Well, this dress doesn’t blend into the sea of safe and pretty, I’ll give it that. For some reason, Lee Chae-young (Cuckoo’s Nest) decided to wear a shapeless black dress in the very odd dowdy-but-vampy category, with ugly fishnet sleeves and no waistline. Someone thought this was a good idea?
Kim Heung-soo (Sweet Lie), you’re great! But your tux is way too buttoned-up!
I just don’t even, with this dress. Shin So-yool (Sweet Lie) wears something different, but I can’t quite figure it out. It’s like a pantsuit and a ball gown got together and had an unholy love child. I actually think the top is sort of cute, though not very formal, but then all together with that giant bell at the bottom, it’s… well, it’s a giant bell is what it is.
Park Bo-gum (Cantabile Tomorrow), you are so cute, but when you wear white pants with a black tuxedo jacket, you look like you’re not wearing any pants, and you just always want to be wearing pants on the red carpet.
And because no red carpet is complete without Joo-won (Cantabile Tomorrow), here he is. One last swoon before 2015! Say it with me now: SWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON. Okay, I think I’m ready for the new year now.
Tags: awards, Daniel Choi, Eric, Han Chae-ah, Han Eun-jung, Han Joo-wan, Hyun-woo, Im Soo-hyang, Jeon Hye-bin, Ji Chang-wook, Jo Jae-hyun, Joo Da-young, Joo-won, Kim Ga-eun, Kim Heung-soo, Kim Hyun-joo, Kim Sae-ron, Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Seul-gi, Kim Soo-hyun, Kwak Dong-yeon, Lee Chae-young, Lee Da-hee, Lee Jun-ki, Nam Ji-hyun, Nam Sang-mi, Park Hyung-shik, Park Min-young, Seo In-gook, Seo Joon-young, Seo Kang-joon, Shin So-yool, Shin Sung-rok, Sohn Dam-bi, Sohn Ho-joon, Yoon Hyun-min