2016 MBC Drama Awards
It’s time to close out 2016 with the Big 3 broadcaster award ceremonies, beginning with the MBC Drama Awards (KBS and SBS will hold their ceremonies tomorrow). The station awards are always a mixed bag, since you’ll never get a representative sample of dramaland by splitting up all the shows by broadcaster, but it’s a longstanding tradition for each of the networks to hand out their own trophies, so it usually turns into a celebration of their most successful and popular shows, with plenty of awards to go around to every possible category imaginable, and then some. (You have your miniseries, your special productions, your serial dramas, and Top Excellence, Excellence, and Golden Actor in each sub-category, ensuring that everyone gets something.)
MBC had a quieter drama year than the other networks, with no big runaway hits to speak of, so W–Two Worlds ended up being the big winner of the night, scooping up everything from the Writer Award to Drama of the Year, and of course acting awards for the cast. Lee Jong-seok took home the Daesang (AND the Top Excellence award, which I find totally redundant, since you can’t really win first place and runner-up for the same category, but whatever MBC).
I loved Lee Jong-seok in W, but I wouldn’t call him Daesang material; his win seems to be a product of MBC’s smaller pool of hit dramas and their voting system, which has left the Daesang entirely in the hands of audience votes for some years now. I guess I can see the upside of that system, where the audience has spoken and can’t complain about the winner, but the downside is that it makes the Daesang feel like a popularity award.
Weekend dramas Marriage Contract, All’s Well With a Happy Home, and Flower in Prison were the other shows that had multiple wins, and feel-good dramas Shopping King Louis and Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju earned nods as well. Here are your winners…
Daesang (Grand Prize): Lee Jong-seok (W–Two Worlds)
Drama of the Year: W–Two Worlds
Top Excellence Award, Special Production, Actor: Lee Seo-jin (Marriage Contract)
Top Excellence Award, Special Production, Actress: UEE (Marriage Contract)
Top Excellence, Serial Drama, Actor: Lee Sang-woo (All’s Well With a Happy Home)
Top Excellence, Serial Drama, Actress: Kim So-yeon (All’s Well With a Happy Home)
Top Excellence, Miniseries, Actor: Lee Jong-seok (W–Two Worlds)
Top Excellence, Miniseries, Actress: Han Hyo-joo (W–Two Worlds)
Excellence, Special Production, Actor: Seo Ha-joon (Flower in Prison)
Excellence, Special Production, Actress: Jin Se-yeon (Flower in Prison)
Excellence Award, Serial Drama, Actor: Sohn Ho-joon (Blow Breeze)
Excellence Award, Serial Drama, Actress: Im Ji-yeon (Blow Breeze)
Excellence Award, Miniseries, Actor: Seo In-gook (Shopping King Louis)
Excellence Award, Miniseries, Actress: Lee Sung-kyung (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju)
Golden Actor, Special Production: Jung Jun-ho (Flower in Prison)
Golden Actress, Special Production: Lee Hwi-hyang (Marriage Contract)
Golden Actor, Serial Drama: Lee Pil-mo (All’s Well With a Happy Home)
Golden Actress, Serial Drama: Kim Ji-ho (All’s Well With a Happy Home)
Golden Actor, Miniseries: Kim Eui-sung (W–Two Worlds)
Golden Actress, Miniseries: Im Se-mi (Shopping King Louis)
New Actor: Ryu Joon-yeol (Lucky Romance)
Nam Joo-hyuk (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju)
New Actress: Nam Ji-hyun (Shopping King Louis)
Jo Boa (Monster)
Best Couple Award: Lee Jong-seok & Han Hyo-joo (W–Two Worlds)
Writer Award: Song Jae-jung (W–Two Worlds)
Child Actor Award: Gu Gun-min (Working Mom, Stay at Home Dad)
Jung Da-bin (Flower in Prison)
Voice Acting Award: Choi Su-jin (Animal Expedition, CSI New York)
It was certainly Lee Jong-seok’s night, and he doesn’t disappoint on the red carpet. His Daesang acceptance speech left a lot to be desired (it was so short the MCs tried to turn it into an interview), but he seems to be genuinely terrified of the spotlight. Ironic, given his choice of careers and his ever-growing stardom. He and co-star Han Hyo-joo look great together, though I wish so badly she’d worn a prettier dress. This one is just so… plain. It makes me sad with its plainness, especially when her hair and makeup look perfect.
Shopping King Louis co-stars Seo In-gook and Nam Ji-hyun are this sweet and cute in every picture, like they just genuinely like each other and are happy to be here. They pretty much look like they’re dressed for their wedding, but hey, it’s not like anyone would object to that union.
Is it just me, or are Lee Sung-kyung and Nam Joo-hyuk 80 percent less interesting when they look all pretty and dolled up? I love these two in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju SO MUCH, but on the red carpet they go back to being themselves, and I don’t feel that draw anymore. Give me Bok-ju and Joon-hyung!
This is my favorite dress of the night. I love Jeon So-min in this frothy cotton-candy dress. It’s so youthful and sugary, and she looks aaaammaaaazing in every photo. She’s here for her daily drama Another Victory Tomorrow, but it’s really rom-com remake 1% of Anything that was her notable project of this past year.
UEE picked up a Top Excellence Award for her stirring performance as a single mother with terminal cancer in Marriage Contract, a well-deserved nod for the starlet who really came into her own as an actress this year. She arrived with co-MC Kim Kook-jin, and wore a dress with some strange cutouts. It looks cool from the back, but I don’t like how skinny it makes her look at the waist. I covet her hair and makeup though—so pretty. Co-star Lee Seo-jin wasn’t on the red carpet, but picked up his Top Excellence Award with dimples.
Real-life couple Lee Sang-woo and Kim So-yeon had a great year—their onscreen romance in the family drama All’s Well With a Happy Home turned into an offscreen romance, and they both went home with Top Excellence Awards. I don’t love Lee Sang-woo’s tux, but he got to arrive with Kim So-yeon looking awesome in a shimmery peach dress that hugs her curves, so he wins.
Im Shi-wan and Yoon-ah presented an award together, as future co-stars in the upcoming 2017 MBC sageuk The King Loves.
Weekend drama Blow Breeze’s Sohn Ho-joon, Im Ji-yeon, and Han Joo-wan. Sohn Ho-joon looks that robotic in all of his photos, which I still find endearing because he’s so awkward and cute. The ruffly black dress on Im Ji-yeon isn’t my favorite, but she always wears a dress well and stands out on the red carpet.
I have no idea why Ryu Joon-yeol got a New Actor Award when he’s not new (then again, no one among the New Actor/Actress winners was actually new), but I’m still glad that he got some recognition for his performance in Lucky Romance. The drama was bad, but he was so funny and lovable as a geeky programmer who was new at love.
The cast of weekend sageuk Flower in Prison. Jung Da-bin, Jung Jun-ho, Jin Se-yeon, and Seo Ha-joon picked up acting awards for the series. I think I would’ve liked Jin Se-yeon’s dress better without the train; overall there are just too many wedding dresses on the red carpet, as usual. Also, I can’t believe how grown-up Jung Da-bin looks!
I adore how Monster co-stars Lee El and Jo Boa came holding hands like besties. I have NO idea what Lee El is wearing though. Is it a Samshin Granny concept for her current role in The Lonely Shining Goblin? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure even Granny wouldn’t turn a giant lace tablecloth into a collared floor-length dress, even if red is her color.
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