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54th Daejong Film Awards

Award season has officially begun! On Wednesday night, the 54th Daejong (also Grand Bell) Film Awards were held, and while the Daejongs have typically always signaled the beginning of the awards ceremonies that crowd the last months of the year, they’ve become a rather subdued affair in recent years. That’s entirely of their own making, so nobody should be shedding tears for this award ceremony—their massive debacle two years ago essentially tanked their reputation overnight, and it still hasn’t recovered.

For the curious: Here’s what happened. For the lazy: Basically, they tried to force stars to show up, threatened to only give awards to attendees, got boycotted, and then desperately tried to backpedal. It was a disaster.

This year was supposed to be the “reboot” for the Daejongs (it was on all the promos and posters!), and while the event was more attended than in years past, it has a long way to go to recover its former glory. (Case in point: Only half of the Best Actor nominees showed up, while in the Best Actress category, everyone except the winner opted to skip the ceremony.)


Best Actress Choi Hee-seo

It was a big night for the historical film Park Yeol, also known as Anarchist From Colony, which picked up five trophies, the most of the night. The film stars Lee Je-hoon as troublemaking independence fighter Park Yeol and is helmed by lauded director Lee Jun-ik; Lee Je-hoon lost out on the Best Actor award, but director Lee did take home Best Director, and newcomer co-star Choi Hee-seo not only won Best Actress, but also Best New Actress. That’s always a notable achievement, and I make sure to remember those names.

Jo In-sung s crime thriller The King also had a respectable night, winning four of its fourteen nominations. And it’s not surprising that the emotional, based-on-a-true-story Song Kang-ho vehicle A Taxi Driver took home the biggest prize of the night, Best Picture; it only won two awards, but was nominated for eleven in total, which is certainly impressive.


Best Actor Sol Kyung-gu

 
WINNERS LIST

Best Picture: A Taxi Driver
Director Award: Lee Jun-ik (Park Yeol)
Actor Award: Sol Kyung-gu (The Merciless)
Actress Award: Choi Hee-seo (Park Yeol)
Supporting Actor: Bae Sung-woo (The King)
Supporting Actress: Kim So-jin (The King)
New Actor: Park Seo-joon (Midnight Runners)
New Actress: Choi Hee-seo (Park Yeol)
New Director: Eom Tae-hwa (Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned)
Screenplay: Han Jae-rim (The King)
Lighting: Kim Jae-geun (The Prison)
Editing: Shin Min-kyung (The King)
Music: Dal Pa-ran (Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned)
Costuming: Shim Hyun-sub (Park Yeol)
Art Direction: Lee Jae-sung (Park Yeol)
Cinematography: Park Jung-hoon (The Villainess)
Planning: Choi Ki-sub, Park Eun-kyung (A Taxi Driver)
Technical Award: The Villainess
Special Award: Kim Young-ae

 

Park Seo-joon (Midnight Runners), like so many New Actor winners ahead of him, is bound to make us question what on earth “new” means to these awards, when some of these folks have been acting for yeeears. But I wouldn’t want to take his award away from him, nor do I want to take away our chance to see him in his finest black-tie formalwear. Lookin’ smooooth.

 

Girls Generations’ Yoon-ah (The King Loves) wasn’t up for anything, but she may have won the night with her look: In a sea of boring white dress (So. Many. White. Dresses!), she looked fresh, interesting, and sparkly, like it was her night and everyone was there to watch her own it.

 

I feel like Sohn Ye-jin could maybe have tried a little harder; she looks beautiful, but that’s just because she’s Sohn Ye-jin, not because her styling is doing anything extra for her. But I suppose it wasn’t her night, as last year’s Best Actress winner (for The Last Princess).

 

I’m almost shocked when Song Kang-ho is up for an award and doesn’t win it, especially when the project is as crowd-pleasing (and tear-stirring) as his A Taxi Driver. But we won’t cry for Song Kang-ho, because he will be nominated for awards every year for the rest of his life.

 

Ah, but it was a huge night for newcomer Choi Hee-seo, who is probably an unknown name to most but shouldn’t remain that way for much longer, given her Best Actress and New Actress wins here for Park Yeol (here with director Lee Jun-ik).

 

Choi Yoon-so has a super-simple dress, but wow does it make a statement. This dress is fitted perfectly, and she looks amazing.

 

I wouldn’t call Sohn Eun-soo’s (Seven Day Queen) look a wow look, but I do think it flatters her well—and at least it isn’t plain and white! We’re setting the bar low today, unless Victorian wedding happens to be your thing.

 

But I suppose if you must look like a Victorian bride, at least Jeon So-min (Running Man, 1% of Anything) is cute as a button and incorporates some nice lace detailing into her look.

 

Kim Sa-rang (Beloved Eun-dong) is rocking some serious cleavage, and the dress can look sultry in motion (showing off an unexpected leg slit). But from some other angles it looks a little… matronly? Which is definitely not the word I’d use to describe Kim Sa-rang.

 

I’m a sucker for a modernized hanbok design, so I’m predisposed to liking any hanbok-like choices, such as the one Ji Ahn (The Way, Coffee Mate) wears. That said, I don’t think this is the best version of the updated hanbok I’ve seen, and not the most flattering interpretation of the design. C for effort?

 

Minho was up for a New Actor award (Derailed), and while he lost out to his Hwarang-mate Park Seo-joon, he looks shiny and happy to be here. *pinches cheeks*

 
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Sol Kyung-gu carried "The Merciless" and no one is going to cry when Song Kang-ho doesn't win an award even when he deserves it.
He'll probably win some at the Baeksang or Blue Dragon.

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Agree. Song Kang-ho probably will win in every single award he is nominated, that I don't mind he lost once in a while, because we all know he is doing a stellar job every time. Sol Kyung-gu also deserved it. I loved his perfomance in The Merciless.

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If "Taxi Driver" made it to the Oscar's nomination list then that would be a great achievement. Song Kang-ho would probably prefer that over winning another best actor award.

European films have been dominating the foreign films category in forever and only 6 Asian films took home the Oscar.
Rooting for more Asian films to score a nomination at least and a first for Korea.

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*make it*

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Song Kang Ho, Sol Kyung Gu, Hwang Jung Min, Ha Jung Woo, Han Suk Kyu, and Choi Min Sik, they're the wall! They always nominated for Best Actor and their movies always rake lots of audience too.

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Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Yoon-seok are pretty much with those guys at the very top.

So much talents in Chungmuro, Ahn Sung-ki who has about 100 films to his credit, Park Hae-il, Son Ye-jin etc. The ever solid and reliable supporting actors like Oh Dal-su, Yoo Hae-jin, Ryu Seung-ryong etc.
So many talents which make it harder and longer even for tv actors to make it in the film industry.

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Byun Yo Han in looks so good in that suit :), wish he had shaved though, he looked good in SFD but here is not doing it for me. I am not a big fan of velvet suits, so to see so many I just....

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Don't you mean Minho looks "shinee and happy to be here" ;)

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They all look like they're attending a black-tie dinner thrown for the clients of a boring investment firm. I'm kind of feeling the whispy baby hairs tho. It's got that "I spent 3 hours to look like I put no effort in this" vibe, which is extra, yes, but also pretty chic.

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Hooray, awards season! Another year of me seeing my favorites snubbed over and over again! (Mostly applying to dramas, as I don't watch many movies).

Also, is it just be or is that hanbok dress truly awful?

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pardon me for saying this, but that hanbok looks like what gisaeng will wear 😐

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Or like a gisaeng's underwear...

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Don't slander gisaeng like that.

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the hanbok dress is terrible. Without the uppergarment it so looking bad. I know she wanted to wear a more modernized hanbok , but the dress let her down miserably. One of the worst hanbok dresses i saw.

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That's not a Hanbok. That's innerwear.

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exactly what I thought: "Is n´t this underwear?"

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Yeah that hanbok dress really doesn't work at all, very unflattering.

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It would've been fine if she wore even a see through Jeogori (top part of the hanbok).
How is she comfortable walking around with her girls like that?

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I imagine the only suitable scene for the hanbok dress is at a stream with the actress doing CF for body wash or shampoo.😏 Definitely not at an award shows.😒

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i actually just watched 'Park Yeol' and 'The Villainess' this week! choi heeso is definitely an actress that we'll be seeing more often and the cinematography in 'The Villainess' really is insane

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I like Choi Yoon So’s look the best, but being fierce in a pantsuit is also always a plus for me, so Choi Ja Hye also gets points in my book for her white look in a sea of whites

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Yoona was nominated in the Best New Actress category for Cooperation. Agree though that her she looked good.

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Glad to know she's nominated for Cooperation! Her role in the movie was small, but I can see why her one liners are hit among k-netizens. Yoona has good comedic timing. I like her a lot in TKL, now I wish to see her in romcom...

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In my opinion, Minho probably deserved Best New Actor Award more than Park Seo-joon. I watched both movies, and I think Minho did better job in his role. He is slowly growing on me.

All dressess look just like what they usually wear. Yoona's dress probably the best of the night but I feel like I have seen she wears this kind of dress many times.

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Well, Park Seo Joon didn´t have a lot to work with to start. Minhos´ character was much better written at least beginning to mid drama

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Who is that New Actor Park Seo Joon guy? He looks good.

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I always want someone to turn up in some obnoxiously vibrant purple dress at one of these things. That suits them ofc, and is well cut, but like, jaw dropping noticeable and not white or black. Bonus points for matching obnoxious earrings.

The red one there is nice though.

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Javabeans, I think that New Actor/Actress eligibility is first 5 years from their "debut" work? Sung Hoon and Lee Se-young both talked about it during last year's awards season (for 5 Kids and Laurel Street Tailors). Lee Se-young was funny because it's 5 years from her first role as an adult (even though like 20 years from her actual debut).

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Can someone please explain it to me why the female actors are so predisposed towards the colour blank and white for the award ceremonies?

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I just watched 'Park Yeol' and 'Taxi Driver'. Both were so good👍

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congratulation to the winners!
i know some wear white because it safe and does not put a spotlight to you/overshadowing the real event, but cant they make the dress come with colors and bit of flattering design? and why cant they have jewelry sponsor too? the ladies never have accessory come with their dress(except for earring on some).

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The lighting, the pose, the expression, the slicked back hair...

Did Park SeoJoon not have time for the ceremony but still want the award? Because it seemed like he asked a favour from Ma'am Tussaud.

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Yoona's new hairstyle is awesome. It looks so refreshing, I love it.

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I could see Prof Min and Mr Bake from My Golden Life right theree

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I am happy Taxi driver won the daesang award. It was such a good tear-jerker movie.

Park se joon winning the award got me so happy! I wish there have been an award for best bromance, because Park Se joon and Kang Hanuel killed it in midnight runners. Their bromance is far by the bestest in any movie i watched. Midnight runners movie is also a very enjoyable one( i could rate is 4.5/5) , though it would not be suitable for a daesang.

I was disappointed that Ryu jun yeol wasnt nominated for best supporting actor for King or even Taxi driver. I loved his character so much in both movies. Jung woo sung was good in the King movie, but anyone could have played that role.

I havent watched Anarchist From Colony, Merciless and The villianess, but would watch it soon.

But korean celebrities need to really up the game in fashion in award season. The actresses are so hung up on the pristine white look ,it just is so damn boring. They have such beautiful body, and gradient glowing skin, they can carry off so many beautiful dresses in various colors and designs. I can never understand why they all want to look the same.

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If there had been an award for best bromance I wouldn't have accepted any other winner than The Merciless ;)

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Looooove Yoona's dress! It would've been better if it was in another color, though, but it's still eye-catching as it is. :)

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SON YE JIN NO SOHN YE JIN OMG

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I clicked the news just because I was bored, but 30 minutes later I found myself reading the old articles pre 2010.

It was fun to realize that even korean big stars once were just young 'clueless' public figures (Jang Geun Seok, Park Hae Jin, Jung Il Woo, Lee Jun Ki, and many others). I wonder if they were ever felt embarrased when they saw their old pictures..

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I like Jeon So Min's dress, it's pretty and looks romantic.

Yoona's dress looks like it's standing up on its own in a museum display and she just got in it randomly, not like being worn on a human body.

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I'll never ever understand Korean actresses' obsession with white evening gowns...let brides wear those please!

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These posts are always so fun.

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Wondering why ji chang wook was not nominated for best new actor award as fabricated city was his first movie and he was awesome

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I'm not feeling any of the ladies' dresses, but Yoonah's dress is especially dreadful. It looks like a discounted prom dress from 10 years ago.

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