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2019 KBS Drama Awards


Gong Hyo-jin, Kang Haneul

KBS had a great year with several dramas that were both popular and critical successes, so I was curious to see which shows would end up winning big at the 2019 KBS Drama Awards, which took place on Dec. 31. I was expecting When the Camellia Blooms to win big, but hot dang! The romance-slice of life drama picked up a total of 12 prizes, with Gong Hyo-jin winning the first Daesang of her 20-year-long career for her role as the show’s protagonist Dong-baek. Gong teared up as she accepted her Daesang and she spoke about the strong, positive reaction from viewers, “The public said that they felt comforted by and grateful for the drama, but the cast felt comforted and cheered on.”


Gong Hyo-jin

Camellia’s male lead, Kang Haneul shared the Top Excellence prize with Yoo Joon-sang, who won for his role as the titular character in the family comedy What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang. KBS also spilt the Top Excellence for actresses with Shin Hye-sun winning for her role in the fantasy romance Angel’s Last Mission: Love, while Jo Yeo-jung was recognized for her role in the currently airing suspense drama 9.9 Billion Won Woman. The biggest surprise of the night was the lack of awards recognition for Namgoong Min’s work in the medical prison drama Doctor Prisoner.

Jun Hyun-moo returned to co-host, this time with actress Shin Hye-sun. Read on for a full list of all the winners!

 
WINNERS LIST

Daesang (Grand Prize): Gong Hyo-jin (When the Camellia Blooms)

Top Excellence, Actor: Kang Haneul (When the Camellia Blooms),
      Yoo Joon-sang (What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang)
Top Excellence, Actress: Shin Hye-sun (Angel’s Last Mission: Love),
      Jo Yeo-jung (9.9 Billion Won Woman)

Excellence Awards
Serial Drama, Actor: Ki Tae-young (Mother of Mine),
      Oh Min-seok (Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life)
Serial Drama, Actress: Kim So-yeon (Mother of Mine),
      Seol In-ah (Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life)
Mid-length Drama, Actor: Choi Siwon (My Fellow Citizens),
      Kim Ji-suk (When the Camellia Blooms)
Mid-length Drama, Actress: Lee Jung-eun (When the Camellia Blooms),
      Lee Shi-young (What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang)
Miniseries, Actor: Jang Dong-yoon (Tale of Nokdu),
      Choi Won-young (Doctor Prisoner)
Miniseries, Actress: Kim So-hyun (Tale of Nokdu),
      Nana (Justice)
Daily Drama, Actor: Kim Jin-woo (Left-Handed Wife)
      Seol Jung-hwan (Unasked Family)
Daily Drama, Actress: Lee Young-eun (Home for Summer),
      Cha Ye-ryun (Gracious Revenge)
Miniseries, Supporting Actor: Kim Byung-chul (Doctor Prisoner),
      Jung Woong-in (9.9 Billion Won Woman)
Miniseries, Supporting Actress: Kim Jung-ran (Doctor Prisoner),
      Ha Jae-sook (Perfume)
Mid-length, Supporting Actor: Oh Jung-se (When the Camellia Blooms),
Mid-length, Supporting Actress: Yeom Hye-ran (When the Camellia Blooms),
      Shin Dong-mi (What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang)

Newcomer Award, Actor: Kang Tae-oh (Tale of Nokdu),
      L (Angel’s Last Mission: Love),
      Kim Jae-young (Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life)
Newcomer Award, Actress: Kwon Na-ra (Doctor Prisoner),
      Sohn Dam-bi (When the Camellia Blooms)
Netizens’ Award: Kang Haneul (When the Camellia Blooms)
Drama Short, Actor: Lee Do-hyun (Scouting Reporter),
      Jung Dong-hwan (Live Like That)
Drama Short, Actress: Lee Joo-young (House of the Universe),
      Jo Soo-min (Birthday Letter)

Hallyu Star Award, Actor: L (Angel’s Last Mission: Love)
Hallyu Star Award, Actress: Kim Se-jung (Let Me Hear Your Song)
Youth Actress: Park Da-yeon (Tale of Nokdu)
Youth Actress: Joo Ye-rim (Mother of Mine)
Writer of the Year: Im Sang-choon (When the Camellia Blooms)
Best Couple Award: Jang Dong-yoon & Kim So-hyun (Tale of Nokdu)
      Yoo Joon-sang & Shin Dong-mi (What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang)
      Kang Haneul & Gong Hyo-jin (When the Camellia Blooms)
      Oh Jung-se & Yeom Hye-ran (When the Camellia Blooms)
      L & Shin Hye-sun (Angel’s Last Mission: Love)
      Jang Hyun-sung & Kim Jung-ran (Doctor Prisoner)


Kim So-hyun, Jang Dong-yoon


Lee Shi-young


Ki Eun-se


Kim Kang-hoon


Nana


Jo Soo-min


Kang Haneul

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I’m so weak for Kang Haneul’s smile. He is truly such a handsome man 😍 Jang Dongyoon also looked so dapper with his haircut! I hope we get to see these two in more great pieces this year!

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Not only handsome, but also very kind and humble. So glad he finally got recognized for his talents. His post military project turned out to be a huge success!

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There’s seriously no one like him. He’s so gracious and humble

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Usually you can't tell if a celebrity is being genuine or not with their personality. But with KHN, everyone whose met him (stranger, fans, or co-workers) all say great things about him. I'm so glad that he finally got recognized for his talents, and it couldn't have happened to a kinder person!

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Oh, for sure! He’s god a heart of gold and a beautiful smile to match ♥️ Really hoping he picks up another hit after this!

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got**

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JDY is so handsome with the new haircut.

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Damn, that is a long list of awards. Are they giving it to everyone? Hahaha

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Drama Awards are always attendance awards.

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I'm so happy for When The Camellia Blooms, it was such a good show!
And aww, Kang Ha-neul, his Young-shik is one of my all-time favorite ML, he was just so adorkable!

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So happy for Shin Hye-sun! She did really well.

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I'm so happy to see my beloved Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life cast, and I'm elated that Kim Jae Young got the Newcomer Award! Never mind that he has to "share" it with 2 other actors! Can't wait for the subs! I wanna know who he thanked!

Happy for Seol In Ah (I've never seen her this sexxxyyyy before!) and Oh Min Suk too.

I'm surprised that Namgoong Min didn't attend and didn't win anything. I thought Dr Prisoner was pretty well received.

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Maybe he's still filming Stove League? I don't think people win awards if they don't attend.

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Probably. I'm not sure about KBS, but at the MBC Awards, Park Se Young won for Inspector Jo and she wasn't there.

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I don't think they would give the grand prize to someone who didn't attend, maybe one of the smaller awards.

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I hate their split awards Policy. Aigo. Why Not just One winner? T_T
It makes the Awards less valuable.
Okay. But I'm Happy With Jang Dong Yoon and Kim So Hyun WInning an award and Best Couple. Like as always, KBS with the most awards in Best couple Awards category kkk.

SO Happy Jo Yeo-jung, Kim Jung Ran winning an award. I was dissapointed when I thought they would ignore both of them not getting an award after looking at their preformances.

Congratulations To Gong Hyo Jin! So happy for her. I might be check when the camelia Blossom.

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At least KBS didn't split the Daesang this year, which they did every year since 2015.

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Well.. Maybe, This year, The drama has an obvious winner since camellia it's not only success in Rating, but also in each buzzworthy of the week drama. So the ovious choice is exactly Gong Hyo Jin.

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The split awards is kinda understandable...they split it for Mon-Tues dramas and Wed-Thurs dramas. I suppose they want to show appreciation to as many as they can. I do wonder if awards are given out in hopes that the actor/actress who receives it will be loyal to the TV station. Heh.

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That might be the case. But it makes for winning the awards less rewarding. Like Might be someday the actor will take it for grant.
Might you are right about their star loyalty. Like if you want getting recognition, just goes to KBS... haha.

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Have you seen the SBS drama awards? I went....😯....when I saw Suzy winning over Jang Nara and Kim Sun Ah.

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Suzy won in 2013 (Gu Family Book) over Ko Hyun Jung (The Queen`s Classroom) as well. It is all about drama ratings. SBS, MBC, KBS have Thank You Awards each year. We should not take these awards serious.

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VIP has much higher ratings than VB. Jang Nara deserves to win because she is the one who can act and drama has highest ratings.

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It is not always about what it is deserved. Look at all the winners from each year and others who did not get anything because they had been in shows with low ratings. My point it is still valid IMO. Jang Nara got something (Producers Award and in my book it is better because it is harder to get) and probably KBS thought they could pleased both shows as both had good ratings.
I still don`t take these awards serious. LOL

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Personally, I was delighted for the split awards. Though this might seem backward, but I felt it was more "fair" than having just one winner because it helped eliminate judge bias. First I would hope that all judges had watched all of the dramas. Then, you know how it is when you absolutely loved one drama and want to give it all of the awards. This spreads out the awards more. Not sure about the best couple award though as it seemed they just gave that one to everyone. But having 2 winners in each category gave more opportunity for people to be recognized for wonderful work. Take the child category for instance. Wasn't it great to have both those kids included? I don't think it weakens the awards. I think it allows the judges to think beyond only their favorite. They get to vote for their favorite and then also consider the excellence of other dramas.

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Reminds me of the certificates of recognition given out by Yoon Se Ri in epi 3 of Crash Landing on You..? 😂

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Haneul-ie! Even though I paused the drama, I'm happy it won lots of awards! And this was Gong Hyo-jin's first Daesang? WOW

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Most of her past dramas had plots centered around the male lead. She’s always done great but it’s usually the male lead that is given the meatier story. Camellia is (maybe) her first drama where the main plot line is centered around the female lead. I hope she’ll do more projects like this.

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Thank You was around her and her daughter. I only watched Thank You, but I read her Camellia character description and thought the character sounds so similar.

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Oh yeah, you’re totally right. I did watch that one too but never got around to finishing it. I think (??) the WTCB writer even made a reference to it in WTCB with Dongbaek’s dream of wanting to hear the words “thank you”.

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Oh that's why. Here's to hoping she gets more awards in the future!

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I'm sad Shin Sung Rok didn't win because Seo Yi Do is the best (tbh, I don't know in which category he was nominated in 😅) but elated that Ha Jae Suk won for Perfume!! Yay!!!! 🥳

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Me too! So happy for Ha Jae Suk!

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It's ok he didn't bother coming anyway

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Shin Hye-sun did not get the Daesang which she deserved because of the flaws in the way that ANGEL'S LAST MISSION was written. But she still got one of the top honors so that was not nothing.

That being said Gong Hyo-jin, who is also one of my favorite actresses, did a fabulous job in CAMELLIA (she always does well) and after twenty years it was high time that she got a Daesang.

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That makes me wonder why she got the Daesang only now.

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Me keep waiting for them to call Namgoong Min name but none. Ouch. If I wanna pick one beside NGM in DP I'll pick actor who play Dr Seon compare to Choi Won Young.
Congrates to GHJ for the Daesang even I totally distracted with her dress. I'm keep thinking about nightgown. lol

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I'm a bit disappointed in GHJ's attire. She's a fashionista, I seen her wear more cooler fashionable choices. But I guess she wanted to play it safe boo! P.S- She's wearing head to toe Valentino with Piaget Diamond Earrings and Watch. I did like that she didn't cover up her tattoo!

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GHJ is one of my most favorite actresses but I ALWAYS dislike her fashion choices. It is weird how she usually wears top-notch brands but in a very dishevelled and floppy way. Maybe that is her way to seem down to earth but I don't like it. Even her hair needed a good combing here.

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She's so cool, like a hipster in real life.That when I think of her performance in Camellia, I'm like GHJ is like a big fashionista so different.

She likes edgy clothing. I wish she wore something more to her usual taste, which would've been cooler. I like her outfit would wear all of it, but something fancier here would be good. Lol, the hair adds to the 'effortlessness.'

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What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang was also another contender. If Camellia didn't get it, Yoo Joon-sang would've probably won the Daesang.

Gong Hyo Jin never attends award shows, but she made the expectation for this show. Well deserved because consistently out of all the drama talents she has always chosen stellar work. Finally she is acknowledged for her talents.

I'm happy with most of the wins, but Doctor Prisoner should've gotten more. Namgoong Min seems like the next actor who needs to win a Daesang. Maybe Stove League? Although airing early can hinder a drama only because it might be forgotten when other Fall dramas come...

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Both my wife and I loved "Mother of Mine" and thought it would rake in lots of awards...LOL-we had no idea-it barely got a mention. I still think it was vastly underrated, with the best OST in recent memory.

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KSH deserved her awards congrats to her. TTON got all the deserving awards.

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They have split almost all the awards, so it was basically let's give an award to everyone.
L is a new comer?!!! Seriously, I could never really understand on what basis they give out this award.
I'm happy for Gong Hyo-jin's big win, she had proved to be a smart actress who can handle all kind of characters, so I'm surprised it's his first time winning a daesang

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You are eligible for Newcomer Award if this is your first drama for the network. Angel’s Last Mission: Love is L's first KBS drama.

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Nana looks ethereal! The dress is meh but she looks freaking good. No wonder she's been the number 1 beauty for various polls in the past.

And congrats to my girl Shin Hye Sun! I really enjoyed her performance in ALM:L. Plus best couple. Cute 😍

And GHJ has been one of my fave actress ever since. I didn't get to finish Camelia coz it's not my cup of tea but she deserves that Daesang! Can't believe that's her first!

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Yes, Nana’s looks gorgeous.

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Watching Kang Haneul at the awards show makes me wanna rewatch Youth Over Flowers Iceland!

Hurray to Kim Jae Young (my new crush, haha!) winning an award! Hope to see him in more shows!

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They didn't take too much risk for the Best Couple award :p

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I’m happy Gong Hyo Jin won and sad she feels like she shouldn’t have won it. Her acting in Camellia wasn’t always perfect but when it was good, it was extremely, extremely, extremely good. She deserves the award. Kang Ha Neul was amazing too and can I just say what an incredibly gracious and down to earth guy he is? He doesn’t seem to act like a celebrity at all despite how huge and well loved he is. He is so good.

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I am not shocked by Namgoong Min. Choi Won young and Kim Byung chul did the better work in Doctor Prisoner.

Min's character was one dimensional throughout the run. He was a smart ass with a streak of vindication and....that's it.

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Ecco і metodi infallibili… e molto piacevoli!

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oh my gosh Kang Ha Neul was sooo adorably flustered during the awards that i thought i was watching Yong Sik haha. The Camellia team really made me tear up when they were cheering on for each other like a real family. I'm also so happy for Gong Hyo Jin for her first ever daesang, she really deserved it!

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Live streaming the awards event, I went from very excited in the first hour, until got really bored and wanted the awarding to end, LoL. I know it's always 4 hours long, but surprisingly I always live stream KBS Awards, LoL.

I understand why KBS has the most awards, yeah.. it wanted to "recognise" the hard works from the actors/actresses, especially it has several high rating dramas, LoL. But the thing with the long list winners is with their speeches, LoL. And OMG, Cha Ye-ryun really gave a long speech, LoL. I was thinking, "when she's gonna stop..", LoL.

But anyways, I was so surprised that Ha-neul gave the speech with Yong-shik's tone, while Gong Hyo-jin gave a speech in Dong-baek's tone before she got her mind, LoL.

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Yayy I'm so happy for Gong Hyo-jin! Really well deserved!
They should've given our Pil-gu Kim Kang-hoon an award.

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Pilgu did receive an award. Oh, looks like the child actor categories are not listed above. Here they are:

Best Child Actor: Kim Kang Hoon (“When the Camellia Blooms”)

Best Child Actress: Park Da Yeon (“The Tale of Nokdu”), Joo Ye Rim (“Mother of Mine”)

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Oh oops didn't know. Thanks a lot!

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KBS had so many good dramas this year....so splitting for the drama awards makes sense........at least better than the train wreck of an award show that was MBC....Happy for Gong Hyo Jin.....this is her first Daesang, really?? Shin Hye Sun and Jo Yeo Jung......well deserved both did well and are currently doing well....No Namgoong Min makes zero sense to me though

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It was funny how honest Yoo Joonsang was about wishing his name didn't get called for Top Excellence and that he could've gotten the Daesang had his drama aired later in the year. I looked up his drama afterwards and they started from about 5% in ratings to over 20%! I'm definitely intrigued and adding this to my to-watch list.

I was very happy to see Yeom Hyerang, Son Dambi, and Oh Jungse's wins. They were my favorite parts of Camellia. The cast interactions/interviews were so cute, too.

Overall, I surprisingly enjoyed this award show since I actually knew and liked most of the winning artists, even if I didn't watch their dramas. Jun Hyunmoo was tolerable, too.

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Can someone please explain to me how the Newcomer Award works? Didn't Son Dambi debut with KBS in 2014? That's 5yrs ago and she still counts as a newcomer?

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What I understand is that newcomer is basically breakout performance. Doesn't really have to do with the debut year but your breakout performance that put you in the limelight for the first time (or even 2nd or 3rd).

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I'm so proud When The Camellia Blooms took many awards! They deserve it. T.T Kim Kang Hoon and Kang Ha Neul! they are so cuttte Gosh I miss the show again. Hope to see more dramas of Kang Ha Neul and Gong Hyo Jin.I will surely watch out for their new shows. :)

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