2016 SBS Drama Awards
Awards, awards, so many awards!
Not only are there a glut of ceremonies at this time of year, the 2016 SBS Drama Awards decided to change up their awards categories this year, separating them into multiple divisions by genre on top of the standard Top Excellence and Excellence prizes, amounting in a truly ridiculous number of winners. On the one hand, I actually like seeing drama awards based on genre rather than pure length or format, but I think it’s pretty apparent they were trying to give out as many as possible.
Still, inasmuch as I always tell myself these awards mean very little, I still look for my favorites and feel happy when they’re represented, so even something that’s mostly a participation and popularity award still has meaning. And while it’s a little unusual for the Daesang to be for a project that’s not done airing yet, I can’t complain about seeing Han Seok-kyu get it for Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim, which was definitely one of the station’s biggest hits of the year.
Daesang: Han Seok-kyu (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim)
Genre & Fantasy Categories
Top Excellence, Actor: Kim Rae-won (Doctors), Lee Min-ho (Legend of the Blue Sea)
Top Excellence, Actress: Park Shin-hye (Doctors)
Excellence, Actor: Kang Haneul (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo)
Excellence, Actress: Oh Yeon-seo (Come Back, Ajusshi)
Special Acting Award, Actor: Sung Dong-il (Legend of the Blue Sea)
Special Acting Award, Actress: Seohyun (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo)
Genre Drama Category
Excellence, Actor: Yoo Seung-ho (Remember–Son’s War), Yoo Yeon-seok (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim)
Excellence, Actress: Seo Hyun-jin (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim)
Special Acting Award, Actor: Park Sung-woong (Remember–Son’s War)
Special Acting Award, Actress: Jeon Hyo-sung (Wanted)
Romantic Comedy Category
Top Excellence, Actor: Jo Jung-seok (Jealousy Incarnate), Namgoong Min (Beautiful Gong Shim)
Top Excellence, Actress: Gong Hyo-jin (Jealousy Incarnate)
Excellence, Actor: Kang Min-hyuk (Entertainer)
Excellence, Actress: Minah (Beautiful Gong Shim)
Special Acting Award, Actor: Ohn Joo-wan (Beautiful Gong Shim)
Special Acting Award, Actress: Seo Ji-hye (Jealousy Incarnate)
Full-Length Drama Category
Top Excellence, Actor: Jang Geun-seok (Jackpot)
Top Excellence, Actress: Kim Hae-sook (Yes, That’s How It Is)
Excellence, Actor: Yeo Jin-gu (Jackpot)
Excellence, Actress: Kim Ji-young (Love Is Coming)
Special Acting Award, Actor: Song Jae-rim (Our Gap-soon)
Special Acting Award, Actress: Kim So-eun (Our Gap-soon)
Hallyu Star Award: Lee Jun-ki (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Jang Yong (Our Gap-soon)
Top 10 Stars Award:
Kim Sung-ryung (Mrs. Cop 2)
Namgoong Min (Beautiful Gong Shim, Remember–Son’s War)
Park Shin-hye (Doctors)
Seo Hyun-jin (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim)
Lee Min-ho (Legend of the Blue Sea)
Lee Jun-ki (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo)
Jang Geun-seok (Jackpot)
Jeon Ji-hyun (Legend of the Blue Sea)
Jo Jung-seok (Jealousy Incarnate)
Han Seok-kyu (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim)
Best Couple Award:
Seo Hyun-jin & Yoo Yeon-seok (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim)
Lee Ji-eun (IU) & Lee Jun-ki (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo)
Jeon Ji-hyun & Lee Min-ho (Legend of the Blue Sea)
Idol Academy Award:
Kissing Master Award: Seo Hyun-jin & Yoo Yeon-seok (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim)
Meokbang (Eating Onscreen) Award: Jeon Ji-hyun (Legend of the Blue Sea)
Heart-wrenching Award: Lee Ji-eun (IU) (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo)
New Star Award:
Go Kyung-pyo (Jealousy Incarnate)
Kim Min-seok (Doctors)
Yang Jin-sung (My Son-in-Law’s Woman)
Kim Min-jae (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim)
Moon Ji-in (Doctors)
Kwak Shi-yang (Second to Last Love)
Jung Hae-in (Yes, That’s How It Is)
Minah (Beautiful Gong Shim)
Baekhyun (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo)
I said there were a lot of awards!
As for the fashions, it was a pretty good-looking event, though as so often is the case, the ladies disappointed me by going almost exclusively black or white. Why so many bridal gowns on red carpets, whyyy? I was dying for a pop of color or an unusual cut, and instead it was a very safe, albeit sleek and glamorously styled, event.
I was happy to see both Seo Hyun-jin and Yoo Yeon-seok pick up Excellence awards for Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim, though the part that made me laugh was their “Idol Academy Award” for being “Kissing Masters”—and if you’ve seen the drama, you’ll know they’ve got some sizzling kiss scenes. Watch and learn, kiddos.
Park Shin-hye (Doctors) has totally worn this gown before, right? It’s not my faulty memory? She looks beautiful, but sometimes her dresses have a samey-samey quality to them. (Aha! Found the dress, from 2012’s KBS Drama Awards.)
Lee Min-ho takes some of the prettiest pictures, I swear. He’s the one who’s been making Legend of the Blue Sea a hoot for me to watch, over (surprisingly) Jeon Ji-hyun, so I think his award is appropriate. Although, again, it’s not like anyone got left out of these categories! I’m just bummed Jeon Ji-hyun wasn’t at the event.
Despite its disappointing broadcast performance, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo was well-represented at the awards, and both its stars came by to pick up their trophies, looking stunning. I don’t absolutely love IU’s dress, but when you put her and Lee Jun-ki together, the overall beauty quotient is so dazzling that I hardly think about that.
Jo Jung-seok picked up a well-deserved Top Excellence in the Romantic Comedy, as did Namgoong Min. Part of me is annoyed at the splitting of winners when there are already so many more categories, but then the part of me that’s unwilling to choose between Jo and Namgoong wins out.
Speaking of whom, Namgoong Min was presented his award by his Beautiful Gong Shim co-star (and fellow award-winner) Minah. Together, they made that quirky little show crackle, and I’m happy for both of them.
Minah had a costume change for the actual ceremony, having walked the red carpet in a Cinderella-esque confection of a princess gown. Okay, she’s the idol in her breakout actress role, so despite my fatigue of familiar white gowns, I’ll give her the frothy princess dress of the night.
I did hate their co-star Seo Hyo-rim’s character in Beautiful Gong Shim (so jealous, so petty), but she probably has my favorite gown of the night. Check out that beading and sparkle! How does it shine so much without looking gaudy? It’s a mystery, but it’s perfect.
Yoo Seung-ho (Remember–Son’s War), one of my perennial red-carpet favorites! I don’t know if it’s that he never ages, or that he was blessed with ambiguously youthful looks to begin with, because I’m pretty sure he’s looked like this for years. Am eagerly awaiting his new drama Ruler—Master of the Mask.
If splitting categories was what allowed Oh Yeon-seo to pick up an award for Come Back, Ajusshi, then well done, because her zany comic performance drove that show and was an eye-opener to a new aspect of her talents, and it would have been sad to overlook it just because the show got poor ratings. (One of several dramas sacrificed to the juggernaut that was Descended From the Sun.)
Pretty! Maybe it’s not that bold or daring, but it’s beautiful, flattering, and a color not white or black, so I love this look on Kim So-eun, who picked up an acting award for Our Gap-soon.
Kim Sung-ryung (Mrs. Cop 2) is surely drinking unicorn blood or sniffing pixie dust, right? Because she looks way too youthful for a woman who reminded us, while picking up her Top 10 Stars award, that she was winning in a category alongside three of her drama sons: Lee Min-ho, Lee Jun-ki, and Jang Geun-seok (Heirs, Iljimae, and You’re Beautiful).
I keep looking back at Yang Jin-sung’s (My Son-in-Law’s Woman) outfit and trying to puzzle it out, because I think I like it, and it’s not indecent or overly short, but somehow it looks like she donned a boyfriend’s shirt on the way to the ceremony and made it work.
I wonder if Korea’s Mom Kim Hae-sook (Yes, That’s How It Is) realized, when she chose the all-white power suit which she’s frankly rocking, that someone else would also opt for the same look?
It’s not quite like wearing the same gown to the same party, but it’s gotta be a little awkward, no? Here’s Kim Ji-young, accepting her award for (Love Is Coming).
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