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51st Baeksang Arts Awards

The Baeksang Arts Awards are back with their 51st installment, awarding prizes in both film and television. Most of the entries were fairly predictable, though the night wasn’t without a few surprise wins.

One of the big surprises was variety PD Na Young-seok being named the Daesang winner in the TV category; although I wouldn’t have been at all surprised had he won the variety program award, it’s a rarity (a first, I believe) for a variety PD to take home the grand prize. But with his track record and Midas touch, there’s no denying he deserves the honor.

The best part had to be his flustered acceptance speech — the win clearly caught him off-guard — where he rambled a bit about how he might never stand up there again and would thus say what he wanted to say. That included making only-partially-joking comments about how in the variety world, “even more than awards, we like ratings” and how the second season of Three Meals a Day, which airs weekly on Fridays opposite The Producers, is even more fun in its second season, and if you happened to tire of watching Producers, you could switch the channel to tvN and catch Park Shin-hye on the show this week.

Since the television Daesang didn’t go to an actor, that did mean there was one less acting honor to go around. And while I’d almost feel it was a travesty to snub Ji Sung (Kill Me, Heal Me), I can’t argue that the award went to the wrong guy, because Lee Sung-min was equally tremendous in Misaeng.

On to the winners:

 

 
WINNERS LIST

FILM SECTION

Daesang: Choi Min-shik (Roaring Currents)
Best Picture: Revivre
Director: Kim Sung-hoon (A Hard Day)
Top Excellence, Actor: Lee Seon-kyun, Jo Jin-woong (A Hard Day)
Top Excellence, Actress: Yeom Jung-ah (Cart)
Supporting Actor: Yoo Hae-jin (The Pirates)
Supporting Actress: Kim Ho-jung (Revivre)
New Actor: Park Yoochun (Sea Fog)
New Actress: Chun Woo-hee (Han Gong-ju)
New Director: Jung Ju-ri (A Girl at My Door)
Screenplay: Kim Kyung-chan (Cart)
Popularity Award, Actor: Lee Min-ho (Gangnam 1970)
Popularity Award, Actress: Park Shin-hye (Tailor)

TV SECTION

Daesang: Na Young-seok (Grandpas Over Flowers, Three Meals a Day)
Best Drama: Heard It Through the Grapevine
Variety Program: Abnormal Summit
Educational Program: KBS Global Cooking Project
Directing: Kim Won-seok (Misaeng)
Top Excellence, Actor: Lee Sung-min (Misaeng)
Top Excellence, Actress: Song Yoon-ah (Mama)
New Actor: Im Shi-wan (Misaeng)
New Actress: Go Ah-sung (Heard It Through the Grapevine)
Variety, Male Performer: Jeon Hyun-moo (Abnormal Summit)
Variety, Female Performer: Lee Guk-joo (Comedy Big League)
Scriptwriting: Park Kyung-soo (Punch)
Popularity Award, Actor: Lee Jong-seok (Pinocchio)
Popularity Award, Actress: Krystal (She’s So Lovable)
InStyle Award: Lee Jung-jae, Shin Mina
iQiyi Star Award: Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-hye

 

How much do I love that PD Na Young-seok (Grandpas Over Flowers, Three Meals a Day) accepted his Baeksang Award clutching a cell phone? And wearing jeans and a T-shirt? I’m pretty sure this is the fanciest outfit he owns.

 

Choi Min-shik takes home a deserved Daesang for headlining the historical blockbuster and box-office record-breaker Roaring Currents.

 

Yeom Jung-ah took home the Top Excellence trophy for her role in the movie Cart, about union grocery workers who lose their jobs and fight for their rights. She’s one of several bright red looks for the night, and my personal favorite, with her elegant styling and confidence.

 

What did you do to your hair, Lee Seon-kyun, and why did you leave the house without fixing it? At least the night was rewarding for him; he took home the Top Excellence for A Hard Day — and so did his co-star/enemy in that film, Jo Jin-woong. I’m surprised that the Baeksangs gave dual awards in the same category, but that is very much a two-top film, with Lee Seon-kyun playing a cop who’s driven to some desperate measures to cover up for a hit and run and Jo Jin-woong as the man who knows his secret.

 

The movie Revivre was named Best Picture, starring Kim Ho-jung and Ahn Sung-ki. I love Kim’s look, pairing the soft flowing pink with the bold pixie haircut. As for Ahn, has he ever not been good in anything?

 

The trio of Shin Dong-yup, Kim Ah-joong, and Joo-won were MCs for the night and walked the red carpet together. You can always count on Kim Ah-joong to look sophisticated and Joo-won to clean up nice in a tux. Shin Dong-yup… should really find some socks.

 

Bae Doo-na was nominated for Top Excellence for A Girl at My Door, though she didn’t nab the award. She pretty much killed it in this edgy black number. It’s the smoky makeup that really makes the look work — she looks badass and sexy.

 

Kim Sae-ron (A Girl at My Door) is turning out to be quite a budding fashionista, isn’t she? Every awards show since she burst onto the scene with Ajusshi, she’s been pulling out looks that are both fashion-conscious and age-appropriate (she turns 15 this summer). She, like Bae Doo-na, was nominated for A Girl at My Door but didn’t win.

 

Song Sae-byuk, another A Girl at My Door co-star, was another nominee who didn’t win…

 

…though I can’t be too disappointed when the supporting actor award went to Yoo Hae-jin instead for the period action-comedy The Pirates. (Mostly, though, now I see him as a sad fishing-challenged papa who spent weeks bickering with Chajumma on Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village. It’s a good character for him, endearing and wryly funny.)

 

Yoochun! He won a newcomer award for Sea Fog, though right now the image of his doofy attempts at gag comedy from Girl Who Sees Smells is fresher in my mind. As with many an award-show outing, it took quite a number of tries to find pictures of Yoochun where he wasn’t sticking out a tongue or wearing a strange face of some sort, like the awkward kind that reads, Is this what a smile looks like? Am I doing it right? The Chunface, it is everywhere.

 

His co-star, Han Ye-ri (Sea Fog), was nominated for a supporting actress award, and pulls out another clean, sleek look for the red carpet.

 

Ah, reliably dapper Lee Min-ho. A lot of the attendees work frequently in both film and television, and some were nominated in both sections, but he was one of the only ones to win in both — a popularity award for his action noir Gangnam 1970 and a Star Award alongside Park Shin-hye (she happens to be the other one to win in both sections).

 

Speaking of Park Shin-hye, she also wins this night on the fashion front, hands-down. She’s perfected the art of looking both fresh and safe — not so safe that she’s boring, but not so fashion-forward that she risks coming off really random and bizarre. Love the silvery overlay, the cut of the gown, and the way it flows.

 

Uh, did newcomer Esom (Scarlet Innocence) forget that the Baeksangs were a formal event? It looks like she was at a lunch meeting at the office that went long and just showed up to the red carpet in her everyday business casual.

 

Love the color on Chun Woo-hee, though not necessarily the style of the dress itself. (I prefer Yeom Jung-ah’s one-shoulder gown in silhouette.) Still, the makeup is flattering and she looks like a fresh star on the rise, which is what she is after picking up yet another win for her career-making turn in sleeper indie hit Han Gong-joo.

 

Rookie actress Im Ji-yeon made a splash in the ero-melo romance film Obsessed, for which she was nominated (as was her co-star, Jo Yeo-jung), and has been a new face in the award ceremony circuit. I prefer her in more structured, chic gowns since I know she can carry them, so this peachy draped number feels a bit bland for her, but I suppose it’s her year to be the ingénue.

 

Once again the new actor/actress designation results in a strange winner, because Go Ah-sung has been around for a decade, just mostly in film, but got a newcomer award for Heard It Through the Grapevine (even though she also did the drama God of Study in 2010). She arrived with her co-star Lee Joon, who was also nominated for a newcomer award, though he didn’t win his.

 

I find Song Yoon-ah’s win a little perplexing, not because she isn’t a good actress, but because the actress category seemed a little scattered this time around. Other nominees included Lee Yuri of Jang Bo-ri Is Here, Park Shin-hye for Pinocchio, Kim Ok-bin of Yoo-na’s Street

 

…and her Mama co-star Moon Jung-hee, who had a very cute reaction to Song Yoon-ah’s win. Moon Jung-hee was also nominated in the film section for Cart, though she didn’t get that one either.

 

It’s the Misaeng crew, back together again! Lee Sung-min and Im Shi-wan both took home well-earned awards for the drama, in the leading and new actor categories, while Kim Dae-myung was nominated for new actor. Below them is another of their co-stars, Oh Min-seok.

 

Byun Yo-han, another Misaeng alum, was nominated for a new actor award, but in the film category for Socialphobia.

 

I still can’t believe Ji Sung didn’t get anything for Kill Me, Heal Me. Well, at least I can be pretty certain he’ll be awarded at MBC’s acting awards come the end of the year…

 

It’s also disappointing that Kim Rae-won didn’t win anything for Punch, either, though to be fair the category was tough; other nominees include Jo In-sung (It’s Okay, It’s Love) and Jo Jae-hyun (Punch), who’s below.

 

I do love the clean sophistication of Baek Jin-hee’s (Pride and Prejudice) red gown; she’s graduating into leading lady status quite well.

 

Lee Yuri did take home a Daesang last winter at the MBC Drama Awards for Jang Bori Is Here, which should take the sting off missing out on the Top Excellence here. I can’t help feeling that her gown choice was a little childish for this occasion — it’s a pretty, safe gown but feels wrong for her.

 

At first, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Yoo In-young’s (Veteran, Mask) gown, but the more I look at it, the more it grows on me. Granted, it kind of looks like it’s growing on her, too, like some kind of mutant algae or corroded metal, but the sheer paneling is interesting and the shape sleek and flattering.

 

Aw, Oppa-ya! I love how Jung Woo (C’est Si Bon) always just looks happy to be here, all goofy smiles and beaming face.

 

I don’t know what happened to Kang Haneul’s hair. Won’t somebody give it back? And I would pay somebody to get him some pants that fit. He looks like a schoolboy gone astray who’s outgrown his last fancy suit!

 

Not a terrible look on Krystal, who inexplicably won a popularity award for the decidedly unpopular She’s So Lovable, though I don’t think it’s all that flattering on her, either. But I suppose idols get used to wearing things that aren’t exactly flattering?

 

This isn’t the best look for Han Sun-hwa (Rosy Lovers), either, who looks worryingly wan. Is it the ill-fitting shape of the gown, the color, or the makeup that washes her out?

 

Park Ye-jin (Mr. Back) goes for a modern, edgy approach to her gown.

 

Honey Lee was nominated for Tazza 2, and while I think this pale pink color washes her out, she does have presence on the red carpet that balances it out. Somewhat. A little. (Still don’t love that dress.)

 

I love that Kim Seul-gi was nominated for Discovery of Romance, and that she came wearing such a sunny pop of color. One of these days she’ll get her leading role, won’t she?

 

Park Hyung-shik (What’s With This Family), why go for the stark all-white look and then forget the shoes? Such a jarring effect when you scroll down and see those feet!

 

Kim Hyang-gi (Elegant Lie) is a pint-sized thing, but other than the height it’s nice to see her transitioning from precocious child actor to… well, still child actor (she’s 14), but at least older ones with a bit more screentime.

 

That’s quite a short skirt on former child actress Nam Ji-hyun (What’s With This Family, Angel Eyes), who’s now 19 years old. I’ve mostly seen her playing plucky, “common” types of characters, so I almost didn’t recognize her looking a lot more like It Girl than Everygirl.

 

Does anybody else think Jung Kyeo-woon’s (Birth of a Beauty) smile looks like it might glow in the dark?

 

BOOBS! What, like that wasn’t what Kim Sa-rang (Beloved Eun-dong) intended us to notice first with that dress?

 

Another safe, flowy, kinda boring pink dress on Lee Jung-hyun (Roaring Currents). Meh.

 

Sexy ajusshi Park Sung-woong! He seems to be constantly working in one film after another (Fatal Encounter, The Shameless, The Deal, Office), but I can’t wait for him to return to television next with his cable crime drama Hidden Identity.

 

A jumpsuit to an awards ceremony is a strong move, but I love that Shim Eun-kyung (Miss Granny, Cantabile Tomorrow) went in that direction, paired with the blue heels and the chic, slicked hairstyle. The only thing this style really wants frrom her is a touch more swagger. How much better would it look with a strut?

 

 

This dress on Park Jumi (King’s Dream) has the strange effect where as a whole, the effect is fine, but individually all its parts annoy me. I want to tear off that flappy bib-like draping on the front, when the thing would just look so much cleaner without the fussy bits.

 

Park Jung-ah had a recent drama with JTBC’s Noblewoman, and we’ll be seeing her soon again with tvN’s occult rom-com Oh My Ghostess.

 

AOA idol member and actress Seolhyun (Orange Marmalade) looks fresh and sweet in her champagne-pink gown. A perfectly safe choice for a young starlet.

 

No surprise to see the perennially well-dressed Lee Jung-jae (Big Match) being singled out for a style award…

 

…but I have no answer for why Shin Mina (My Love, My Bride) came to pick up her style award dressed like a pregnant Pilgrim. Maybe a scandalous one, cutting her sleeves open to bare a little elbow up top, with a flash of ankle down below. I don’t get it.

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What the??...My bias Ji Sung didn't win for Best TV Actor???

This 'award ceremony' is invalid! Invalid! It's INVALID!!!!! #JusticeforJiSung

Lol! JK :) Lee Sung Min deserved the award too. Chief Oh was pure perfection.

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Hee! I see what you did there, I love the reference and.....Gah, I suddenly miss Segi!!! :((

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I'd do the calculations for you. 1-1+(100x1)+1 = 101. So far +101 then.

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+10,000 x 10,000,000,000,000 LOL.. XD

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I think it will be better if we count it as 6 : 2 for Jisung :))

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that se gi reference :D

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Noooo Jisung noooooo. It was a plot twist and my mind went blank for a while. "Na PD? Wait. Is it Daesang? Oh, yes, Jun Ji Hyun is there." though it's not the first time non-actor wins, I was still surprised. And I got a very high expectation since LSM won best actor (love!). Oh, well, MBC drama awards have a trophy prepared for him already (if not, I'm pretty sure k-fans will raid MBC headquarters). But still, I feel like he should be home with wifey.
Anyway, a child is more precious than any trophy, so here I'm hoping for LBY's safe delivery. After that, Jisung will come back stronger and grab the trophy in no time.

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Can they get rid of popularity awards? Those awards are more like People's Choice Awards, and make the Baeksang Award (Korean version of Golden Globes) looks silly.

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Well, they need to raise money to hold the award show so............... but I agree, it's silly. They rob fans' money (although fans vote voluntarily). I hope fans will be smarter and boycott that kind of award.

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I'm sure PSH loves the popularity awards, she won them for the fifth year running ???

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Ikr? Popularity is more like a teen award show. Replace it with a category for best Original Score/OST.

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They usually have best OST, I don't know why they didn't include that this year. Auditory Hallucinations could win :/

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IKR? So far, it's still the best OST this year.

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They did everything so snob Kill Me heal me :/ Auditory Hallucinations could have wong hand down !

Couldn't they make a deasang for PDs and let Ji sung win , it was the role of his life !

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I agree. Popularity award is like "MTV Awards".

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Well - the "acting" awards are pretty much based on popularity anyway (tho not as bad as the network awards).

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I think this award show is better than the end of year broadcast channel awards, which often awards actors/shows based on the popularity of shows. I like how Baeksang awards only one person per award unlike the broadcast channel ones and I think many of the award choices were right on and surprising even. Through the Grapevine wasn't popular, but it won a couple awards.

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It is upsetting that Ji Sung didn't win but I'm glad for the Misaeng team, they deserved it!

Lol, Go ah Sung won newcomer award? She's great in HITTG but she's hardly a newcomer.

Wow! Including this one, how many awards has Yoochun won for Sea Fog so far? So happy for him!

And, I didn't know Joo Won was co-hosting. I would've watched it live if I did, I miss his dimples on my screen! :)

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I believe this award is Yoochun's 9th for Sea Fog. This is a home run, a grand slam, an all kill, or whatever they call it! :D

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Daebak!!

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I'm just done counting his awards for Haemoo LOL! Yes, it was his 9th! A grand slam definitely.
I love his new haircut, makes him different eventho I cant see Mugak in him anymore which I missed so much! but hey, the award he got is way more precious. he looks speechless, probably didnt think he will win again since the nominees are different this time. churrrrrrrr to you Park Yoochun :lol:
Congratulations Dongshik-ah also to other winners tho some of my predictions were a bit off last night but better luck next time.

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Congratulations to Lee Jong suk winning most popular actor in TV. I'm sad that he wasn't there.

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I know. All his fans including me are really sad and angry that he wasn't there. Anyway, I am happy he won it.
Congrats

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I miss him too. I didn't even watch this because he didn't attend. It was an honor for him and he proved himself as a popular hallyu star.

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The red carpet looks were so underwhelming...

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I 100% agree. Only saw two or three good gowns and the rest were forgettable.

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Everytime I look at the red carpet for these Korean award shows, the gowns are always so bland and uninteresting. I don't get it...

Is it that Korean stylists can't get the newest, top of the line couture looks? (Which seems weird considering the power of the Korean celeb machine from a PR perspective) Or is it more the Korean expectation to conform and a fear of standing out with an unusual look?

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I agree -- the dresses -- fabric and silhouettes -- are really pageant-y overall, and most of the younger women are wearing gowns meant for women a decade or two older than they are. I wish some of the stylists would take a look at what Emma Stone and Lupito Nyong'o have been wearing on the red carpet. The only look I really liked was the jumpsuit and that's mainly because it was unexpected.

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Aww, I’m sad Ji Sung didn’t win (KMHM is love! and him in it is life!)....but a big yay! for Misaeng and Punch winning.

Although, thinking about it, how great would it have been if Ji Sung won and Lee Bo Young presented (since she won last year)? I'm bummed this scenario didn't happen but she's giving birth soon...so super yay!

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Park Shin Hye's dress is lovely. It gives her some va va voom!

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The dress is interesting, but I do not think that the sandals go with the color of the gown and the clutch. Like the guy dressed in white with black shoes. Just that for him it was easier to notice.

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I'm was so happy for Lee Sung Min, Lee Seon-kyun, Jo Jin-woong and Na PD. But then I was waiting for Ji Sung and it did not happened ... well I hope he gets the award at the MBC ceremony. Shim Eun-kyung looked so good, Kang Ha Neul hair though...
I need to find time to watch Grapevine now...

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That is for me a GREAT show. I am so upset that it isn't recapped here (yes, I know it is the ladies' blog and they do whatever they want and feel like and I respect that) but not only do they rob me from their insight on the drama, but also the fabulous gathering point where so many fans can come and discuss about it.
I think the drama is a breath of fresh-y air and I like the restricted means - in terms of mise en scene but also tone and acting - so tight and constraint, so vivid at the same time.

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Grapevine is good, but I feel like it's not in Misaeng's league. Worth a watch, not worth "best drama". I feel like the people behind SLA are also behind Grapevine, but the SLA love last year was more justified.

Then again, "Good Doctor" got best drama last year. So perhaps it's all a bit random.

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Woah! Park Jumi looks just like Jung Ryeo Won...am I the only one who did a double take?

Hot, damn! Ji Sung looked gorgeous....so jealous of Bo Young unni...

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Congrats to Lee Sung Min and Im Shi Wan whose awards for Misaeng are most deserved. Also congrats to Heard It Through the Grapevine for winning before the drama is even over. Nam Ji Hyun looks fab, both her hair and her dress. I can't wait until she starts leading prime-time dramas. Shin Mina went terribly wrong. I laughed at javabeans' "pregnant Pilgrim" description. She looks like a nun.

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I can't wait for Seo Jin to be whiny to PD Na and ask them a special allowance since he won the Daesang Award. I was thinking why would PD Na won but then when you said Midas Touch that I can't say anything. He'a accidentally genius including the whole staff....why accidentally he he he he he discover his artist always on different manner of experiment. From Seo Jin to Choi Ji Wo during 1n2d days...hopefully some more A-list actor/actres will shed some of their true self on variety shows because regardless of they are still human after all...love them..
And CONGRATS to all winners...MICKEY yahoo...he's good as an actor.

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I love Kim Sarang's dress.

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Heh, didn't expect to see a AKF-er here.

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I've been coming here since 2009.

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why nothing for Jisung. impossible.

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Is that what they called awarding? How come that Kill me heal me didn't win anything? The judgement is wrong and unfavorable. If they base on popularity and rating what is the use of story? The award should acknowledge the impact that the show bring to them civilian and even the change it bought to the life of others. If they give points because of the rating it is pointless to create a show that talk about social and human problem. It is better to make a story that is all about romance that is not Realtor happening in real life.
They should judge base on the culture and social impact not because the cast of a certain show is popular.

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I also find a lot of awards seem to be based on popularity, but not all. As I didn't watch some of the dramas, I can't really judge, though they didn't interest me. As for Kill Me, Me Heal Me and It's Okay That's Love, the explored other areas that are not so popular to talk about and that left a lasting impression. I know, the split personality thing became a trend this past year, but it's how it was done. Ji Sung did an incredible job portraying all his characters. It takes a great actor to convincingly do that. What stuck with me though was Jo In Sung's acting in It's Okay, That's Love. The drama itself wasn't as entertaining as KMHM, but it was more realistic. The last few episodes of that drama left a lasting impression and made it memorable. Well, at least it was awarded before for bringing awareness to mental health issues.

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Jo In Sung has won Daesang last year. I highly doubt he would win. Plus, sorry to say, he's the weakest in best actor category.

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As much as I admire JIS, he is definitely not the strongest. I am so bummed out that Ji Sung didn't win anything... How can this be?! Though kudos to Misaeng team, they deserved these awards for sure

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The judgement is wrong and unfavourable? That's kind of a stretch. I mean, I get that popular dramas sometimes win over others, that may be more deserving. But you're implying that the dramas that KMHM lost to, had no story? I'm convinced that you haven't seen those dramas.

I enjoyed KMHM, and I believe Ji Sung will be rewarded eventually for his amazing performance. But as much as I enjoyed it, KMHM as a whole product doesn't compare to well written, well thought out and executed dramas such as Misaeng, Punch and Heard it through the Grapevine.

Those dramas that won over KMHM certainly have good stories to them. Ratings were good for Misaeng, Punch and HITTG (which gradually improved) because they indeed had a lot of impact and were also extremely socially relevant. Just because a cast may be popular as well, doesn't mean that the drama is bad and they're not worthy of these awards.

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agreed!

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Couldn't agree more and I'm happy for Lee Sung-min for winning Top Excellence, Actor. This category was a tough competition because they were all great.

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Honestly, Ji Sung's acting was great, but the drama was lacking. There were better dramas than Kill Me, Heal Me. In another year maybe he'd be a shoe in and the drama would win everything, but not in a year with Punch and Misaeng and the actors who starred in it. Not to mention Jo Insung, and he's the weakest in the category.. that shows you have strong it was. Any one of the best actors could have won and it would have been fine, stop acting like Ji Sung was robbed.

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I agree. Actually, this year's best dramas were pretty good, not just some mainstream hits that had no story but popular leads. This is why despite being upset at Ji Sung not winning, I don't think it's unfair, the winners were deserving of the awards.

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i also think Punch and Misaeng deserved more than KMHM, but at very least..one or two names should be on the list! jisung and his 'yona' character really didnt make it to the popularity list?? while.. ehm.. no offense, but seriously, what's sooo happening with knetizen.. Krystal's performance in Heirs were waaaayy better than in 'that drama', sorry but i totally forgot its name. Jisung is such a great actor and really deserve an award.. any other award ceremony this year???

ps : where's my woobin?? lols

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The popularity award is not really an award, and Ji Sung is way to old for it.

Do you really want to add the name "Ji Sung" to a list that consists of mediocre idol actors and entertainers?

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Well said!

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I think dramas that try to make a social point do not expect to get awards, after all, they know how the system works. They do though tend to get a certain repect/status to them that most prime time drama do not..unless of course they really bring in the $$$, after all money and status go hand in hand. I would name the new School series that was thought well of because of the social issues they covered..um that is the 2013, the lastest is hardly at the same level from what I seen so far.

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KMHM was nominated in four categories:

(1) Best drama
Beaten by "Grapevine", which had neither better ratings nor more popular actors or more popularity as a show. It is, however, better written, better executed and better acted than KMHM. (And while the impact of the show is much lower than KMHM, the cultural and social "message" of Grapevine is much stronger.)
If not for Grapevine, other dramas in that category will still beat KMHM on all factors other than popularity.

(2) Best screenwriting
Beaten by "Punch", and absolutely deservedly so. I don't think anyone will complain about that one.

(3) Best directing
KMHM has its moments, but against Misaeng and Grapevine, it doesn't stand a chance.

(4) Best actor
Ji Sung is a great actor, no doubt. And he had a lot to work with in KMHM. But as entertaining as his hilarious overacting was, Lee Sung-min was better in Misaeng. (And if he wasn't, there'd still be Punch.)

I think in weaker years, KMHM might have scored multiple awards.
Your argument about popularity and stuff, however, is beside the point. KMHM lost almost all of its categories to shows with LESS popularity (and no stronger ratings).

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Yay for Punch! I really love that drama...

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I do believe Misaeng reflects the real world more than KMHM.
I hated split personality dramas so much last year and was happy the trend gone finally, why? because they weren't realistic! all they managed to do is leaving the real issues untouched.

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Well, Misaeng was deliberately written to address office working conditions.
KMHM was NOT written to address psychological issues, but to make fun of them.
I don't think it's fair to compare these two approaches.

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Well, that is even worse.

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Re Korean red carpets, can someone please help me? Where is the jewelry? Almost all the ladies look like they thought they were finished with just a dress on. I've always wondered why?

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Well I may be wrong but I guess they feel it'll be kinda of vulgar to have big bling blings so statement jewellery is out for them. You can still see some earrings and bangles around.

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......I actually like Shin Mina's dress? I must be crazy, but I like the strong black and white look and the full skirt, and her jacket has an interesting shape too. And her lipstick!

Kim Sae Ron is sooooo pretty, the little girl from Ajusshi grew up so well. And I also love Bae Doona's dress and eye makeup.

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Also, no win for Ji Sung ?! T_T

but the Misaeng cast and PD wins (Chief Oh!) so I feel happy about that at least. ♥♥♥♥♥♥

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I also kind of like Shin Mina's dress. Much better than cheap-looking prom dresses the rest of them are wearing.

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I also like Shim Eun Kyung's jumpsuit! It looks very chic, it's well styled and so different from everyone else in a gown.

but sometimes even a simple basic black dress can look good, I like Go Ah Sung's one with the waist detail and the simple neckline that's not strapless or strappy like so many dresses. I like that tshirt feel.

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Oh yes, that jumpsuit is glorious. I love that her electric blue shoes add a pop of colour to an otherwise monotone outfit. (Park Shin Hye could really learn a thing or two from her younger colleague. Stripper heels are bad enough by themselves, but when they are black and paired with white flowy dress it's on a whole other level of fashion terrorism).

Go Ah Sung dress is smart. Not terribly exiting, but nevertheless quite flattering and a good contrast to the Barbieland mass.

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Honestly, this is one of Park Shin-hye's best red carpet looks ever, it appears to fit well/have some details keeping it interesting.

And she looks lovely and fresh and age-appropriate recently (well, ever since the SBS awards 2014 anyway). Whoever her Heirs-era stylist was, did her no favours. It was ridiculous seeing a 22-23 year old in those matronly dresses, she looks much more confident and stylish now. She'll never be a red carpet revolutionary but this look of hers is a huge upgrade from a lot of her past event outfits.

(btw count me in as another one who loves what Shim Eun-kyung and Go Ah-sung are wearing! They're not crazy-looking or anything, but they stand out subtly and I love that)

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Park Shin-hye once again proves she is the greatest person to ever grace this earth. Another popularity award, for the fifth consecutive year... You will be forever loved.

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i think park shinhye deserves the instyle award more than shin mina - the dress just looks awkward.

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noo... why kang hanuel?! his hair..pants.. D:
anyways, congrats to all the winners. sad that jisung didnt win anything either but hoping mbc will give him sthg!

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Well it tough contender for best actor (drama category). Ji sung can get that daesang award at mbc later this end year later. Yeah I'm so happy for Misaeng team. Lee Sung Min is remarkable as Cheif Oh Sang sik. His acting is another level. Congrats to Im Siwan too, he deserves the recognition.
I'm happy to see my favorite actress here. Park Shin Hye and Go Ah Sung rock their looks that night. Elegant and pretty.

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I love Kill Me Heal Me, I've rewatched it about 4 times now (in it's entirety). I still can't get over it...but I don't think it deserved to win for Best Drama when it was up against Misaeng and especially Punch. I did not watch Grapevine and Yoona's Street so I can't comment about them.

Same with Best Screenplay and Directing. Punch and Misaeng deserved their wins in their respective categories (although I was rooting for Bad Guys to win Directing, the cinematography in that show was gorgeously consistent).

But, I was so bummed Ji Sung was snubbed because I really thought he was gonna win it and that the Daesang would surely go to Lee Sung Min but Na PD winning it instead was really unpredictable and a great surprise (and well-deserved IMO) so I won't complain anymore.

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YaY!! for HIITG and Goh Ah-Sung!

Recognition well deserved for both - even if the new actress category is a bit of a stretch. :-D

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As usual, 50 shades of pink nightgowns. Koreans dress so well in real life, why the hell every award show reminds me of cheap school dances.

On the topic of awards: I Heard It Through Greapvine is great fun, but Misaeng should have won the best drama I'e never seen such a well executed drama in my life. Well, at least the director and Lee Sungmin/Im Shiwan got so much deserved recognition.

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The issues I have for HITTG is that it's still airing. It's not fair because they could mess it up in several last episodes though I doubt that.

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Then again, KMHM, Misaeng and IOTL all DID mess up with their several last episodes and still got nominations.

Even if Grapevine does screw up all dramatic composition in the final (the only thing that's at stake at this point in time), it will still be slightly ahead of Misaeng because of all its other strengths.

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I'm not questioning the quality of HITTG. I believe it won't mess up. But I still find giving Best Drama to the one that's still airing isn't a wise decision. But yeah they have they own rules.

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and didnt the team behind HITTG already win last year with another still airing but superior SLA?

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They won directing and screenwriting, but not best drama.

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I disagree about SLA being superior to HITTG in anyway. It had a promising start, but ended up being gratingly theatrical.

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IMO, SLA is still better than HITTG. I don't find it gratingly theatrical, I find it very subtle. Maybe that's just fit my taste.

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Well, it's quite obvious the Cinema Awards (along with all the nominations) are judged by quite different criteria than the TV Awards. SK film Industry has always been filled with impeccable peformances while dramas do struggle among live-shooting, ratings agony, idols, pushy agencies and tons of PPL.
Though the jury has had covered all the bases, has acknowledged both blockbusters and indy movies and even handed out a dual leading actor award, everything else was left to be judged by audiences,PDs and ratings (of course!).
I fully agree with more than half of the final choices but I'd have to be blind not to see the politics behind those. Variety programmes do bring money -at least more than all the current dramas-, a good production team should be reward for its fine productions, especially since the last work is airing on a major Broadcasting Channel (and we all can assume the massive difficulties on such a project) and last but certainly not least, cable networks are far more advanced in terms of ovel-all quality prorammes.
With all these said -a whole lot, I'm afraid...so sorry, that was not my intention whatsoever- Entertainment Industry may and need to reward an artistically acclaimed drama that comes to its finale with good ratings in a few weeks, should they make a point here for all the projects and all the production teams are yet to come. That's basically my own personal perspective and wishful thinking

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It's plausible. Although I, as mere viewer without such power, can only hope they judge objectively. If it goes according to your logic, I hoped it went to Punch as a drama that sets the bar high on public broadcast and has already ended, though HITTG is more cable-ly and artistic. I'm sure it will end on a high note, but no one can deny even 1% chance they won't pull out a God's Gift, or worse (like Insang and Bom suicide without a reason or Han family becomes the dictator of the world fighting against Godzilla because, hey, the writer can write anything). It's not fair for other shows that have been concluded because they've been reviewed thoroughly and might get 'minus point' for something that happened in last episode. And the hype and raves may be bias unlike other shows that have calmed down. But, then again, if the reason is like what you've stated, I can't do anything other than hoping it won't screw up and there will be other high-quality dramas to come.

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I strongly believe that there hasn't been a teeny-tiny chance a cable drama ( Misaeng to be specific) would have won in Best Drama category, ever!
HITTG is the best example of dramas' "golden" ratio: Solid script, a production team coming from a cable channel setting new standards in mainstream tv, great performances, an idol-actor (which is a must; but who can really call Lee Joon an idol any more?!) and good ratings - all things considered it's still double-digit in this ocean of dramas with poor ratings.
So it is THE perfect choice; even if things get less smoothly by the finale, it still has the whole package. Besides, God's Gift has been brutally butchered by DS's trailer and has been cut off its last 2 crucial minutes (the director must have cried like a baby, right?). Let's hope SBS CEOs treat their prizewinner with more courtesy!

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God's Gift was hopelessly lost way before the final episodes though.

However, I understand where you're coming from. It's difficult/impossible to compare the whole product with something not yet finished.

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Kalel.
Ummmm HITTG doesn't have specially high ratings since it's mostly second below MBC (SOGC and now Hwajung) but I agree, it has golden ratio (not sure why having idol-actor is included since many dramas have succeed ratings-wise without idol and I'd consider Joon an actor) though it's not without criticism. But I still stand on my opinion. Btw talking about SBS CEO, their drama department have done their job poorly this year. Excluding Punch and Pinocchio that started last year, there's no SBS drama that excels in critics AND rating. They need to gear up to face summer-fall big-bugeted sageuk DOTS and Scholars in other big 3. Hope they get their mind right.

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Ji Sung, why???
as to the dresses, I like and dislike opposite ones. Bae Do Na just looks like a crazy person, and I never would have guessed some of them were just 14-15 or 19. They look at least 10, if not 15 years older. I wonder what happened...

Gah,Ji Sung was seriously snubbed. Perry park should have come out and threatened them with a rice cooker, then snitched the award and run off while applying lipstick...

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Hahaha, that last paragraph seriously cracked me up. Thanks!!!

You know, I actually had a dream just like that. I was counting down to this ceremony because I legit thought Ji Sung would win and he would get up on stage to receive the award as himself first but then he would switch to all the personalities ending with Yo Na, as energetic and sassy as ever, fangirling like crazy because of all the handsome suited-up oppas looking at her.

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haha..lol at Perry Park

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LOL...would the lipstick have been the usual shade? U know, the one that has been a sold-out????
Miss Foxy, u r the best! XD...

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+1 Thanks for making me laugh! Can't believe how personally I'm taking Ji Sung's loss, even though Lee Sung-Min deserved something too. But really.

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I don't get Shin Min-ah's dress either. It makes such a weird shape and the cut isn't flattering.

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Yay for Misaeng! Im Siwan looks really good!
I've been watching Heard it through the Grapevine and wasn't expecting for it to win Best Drama. It's ok but its not yet even finished.

I'm happy for Na PD and Lol at his speech but I was also expecting Ji Sung to take home something but anyway I'm sure MBC will reward him at the year end awards.

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I love that jumpsuit! I have to restart watching HITTG.

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Popularity awards are always predictable. For male, KSH, LMH and PYC always won it. For female, PSH and one of SNSD or other famous idol like this year's Krystal. I think this year is the first time for LJS. Who knows, he will be next opponent along with these guys in next years.
It is like robbing money from fans. Fans do whatever for their idols.

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Not only for LJS, but also it is the first time for LMH. He never wins popularity awards in PS in TV category. Now it's also first time in Movie.
Especially, PSH, she always enjoys popularity awards.

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Oh no... I'm incredibly sad that Ji Sung didn't get the top actor award here, or any award for that matter. He really deserved it. Well, like others have said, I'm glad the Misaeng team won something. The drama was not my cup of tea, but it was well written and acted, and I did watch Miseang until the end because of the script and wonderful performances.

It's the first time I have commented on dramabeans (having been a lurker for years) I just have to state how unfair I personally feel about Ji Sung not receiving any awards.

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To be fair, he really had some tough competition. If you think about it, all of the actors in the Best Actor TV category all deserved that award.

I thought Ji Sung or Kim Rae-won would've won, although I absolutely loved Jo In-sung's performance in IOTL. But I'm more happy that Lee Sung-min got some more recognition for his work.

I would've also liked KMHM to pick up some awards, but I can't say it's screenplay was better than Punch. Or that it was directed better than Misaeng. Considering KMHM in it's entirety (not just Ji Sung who was freaking amazing), it just wasn't better than the aforementioned dramas.

Sad, but at least KMHM will sweep awards at MBC Drama Awards later this year.

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"I thought Ji Sung or Kim Rae-won would’ve won, although I absolutely loved Jo In-sung’s performance in IOTL. But I’m more happy that Lee Sung-min got some more recognition for his work. "
totally agree with this part.

as for MBC drama awards, it would be tight competition for Daesang since there is Cha Seung Won currently rocking in Hwajung... MBC had been so ridiculous awarding TGL daesang instead him in 2011, curious how they will handle it this year... but if if not daesang, Ji Sung absolutely will win top excellent actor. :)

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WOOT WOOT WAY TO GO NA PD!!! hes increasingly popular recently with his name mentioned in dramas and such hahha! Can't wait for Seo Jeonie to tease him about his awards ceremony fashion then have Na PD knocking off their allowances or giving them a super hard mission as payback.
Sadly, still trying to look for english subs of Three Meals :(

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Taecyon fans have already sub everything. The season 2 will be next sunday of the current episode being shown. Its like if episode 3 is on friday then episode 2 sub is release on sunday...
SPOILER ALERT...he he he he PSH was so fun that makes Taecyon all happy in doing everything to the point of asking her to be a regular of the show...and mind you even Seo Jin agree to booked her as their regular but then she's busy but one thing for sure she will return during harvest time...she wanted to join them during harvest....he he he he he...

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They already subbed the first episode :D.
http://hottestcollab.weebly.com/150515-episode-1.html

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THANK YOU !!!!! grateful virtual HUGS

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I actually thought I was going to start crying when I saw Kang Haneul's hair. What happened to it??? It was so beautiful in Monstar and Misaeng!!!!

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RIGHT. I sincerely hope it's for an acting role. He looks like he is on his way to military service, but that can't be...

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Kim Seul Gi was sincerely beautiful in her yellow dress. She really is a ray of sunshine.

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Lee Min Ho looks good last night. Dayuuummm
Go back soon to dramaland dude. I'm craving for you. Yumyum

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awww i need to find na pd's speech and watch it.

park shin-hye's dress is so pretty, and she looks so pretty in it. love how the hair was styled. nailed the look.

i'm a big fan of bright red dresses on the red carpet. for some reason, the red carpet seems to make a bright red gown (and its wearer) really pop out. you'd think red on red would wash out its wearer, or blend you in, but i tend to think it does the opposite. i don't know if anyone else has noticed this...

i don't particularly like krystal's dress, but she certainly does look gorgeous. from the waist up it's a winner—the hair, lips, and subtly smoky makeup. she's a gorgeous girl to begin with.

i tend to remember kim sae-ron for the poofy cupcake dresses she often wore as a little girl, though i know she's moved on from them (except for one look last year), but she looks super lovely when not wearing something too little girlish. i never finished high school love on due to the one episode a week format (should i pick it back up?), but i really admired how young and pretty and fresh and adorable she looked in the first few episodes. i hope she gets a drama of her own like kim so-hyun and kim yoo-jung...

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Im just glad her dress is longer than usual. I know she got legs but girl must be freezing..

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Not going to lie, I'm sad that Ji Sung didn't win anything for Kill Me Heal Me but considering who else was nominated there was tough competition.

You know when it comes to fashion and the red carpet, I wish S.Korea had their own fashionista akin to Fan BingBing, Blake Lively or Sonam Kapoor from India. Make it exciting, it's always so dull.

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Blake Lively always looks so cheap though, her figure is nice but she has no sense of coordination. Her clothes never fit properly or she shows too much skin so even couture dresses end up looking like she bought them at a cheap mall store.

I much prefer the unusual but chic styles of Korean actresses like Bae Doona, Gong Hyo Jin and Kim Min Hee. They can style even a simple dress to get a unique style, like GHJ at I think the Blue Dragon awards two years ago. And of course Jun Ji Hyun is a true goddess of. red carpets, she looked bbeautiful in Gucci at Cannes but she wears the clothes, the clothes don't wear her.

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Btw I agree with you that most SK red carpet dressing is a little lacking but I was just saying, they have their fashion-aware red carpet actresses too. Bollywood is also quite boring on red carpets, Sonam Kapoor is an exception and not the rule.

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No that's cool !. Whenever I check out these award ceremonies and scroll through the pictures I honestly don't register what most wear cause to me they genuinely look like clones of one another when it comes to their sense of style. I know majority opt for the classic and simple looks which is fine, I just wish there was something distinctive and unique.
Love the actresses you've mentioned especially Kim Min Hee and Jun Ji Hyun on the red carpet.

I personally love Blake Lively's sense of style lol, especially when she's been promoting Age of Adaline, it has been on point for me.

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@Katherine - sorry to say it, but I'm with @pigsnout on Blake Lively's style constantly looking cheap. I think it's because her clothes are always either ill-fitting or too revealing, and she just doesn't know how to carry herself (posture makes a huge difference to the impression one makes in any clothes). Wearing all the trends right off the runway does not make one stylish!

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I would post a long-ass comment on my surprise and irritation at Ji Sung being snubbed but thankfully I'm not the only one whose noticed this so, there we go. I frankly can't wait for the end of the year MBC awards for Ji Sung to get that Daesang he so clearly deserves and put it up with his wife's in their family trophy cabinet. At least he can add 'Baeksang Nominee' to his long list of accomplishments. Now, if only he could have come away with the award... :(

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When the reached their 20yrs of age, hopefully they will realized, why am I spending my money for Park Shin Hye, Lee Min Ho-for what?, my IQ or my sanity. They are not growing into normal adult.

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LOL to those buttheart KMHM fans, as i thought LSM's winning is well-deserved

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When I first saw 'buttheart' I immediately thought of a heart-shaped butt..... now that's weird. Okay, sorry. LSM is well-deserved, not gonna lie. It's just many predicted Ji Sung would win Daesang since best actor went to LSM (and variety people rarely won Daesang).

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Lol, a 'buttheart' KMHM fan here. I soooo wanted Ji Sung to win but it was a tough category and Lee Sung Min really did deserve it. I also rooted for Kim Rae Won but at least they can still get awards during the year enders.

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I don't get all the moaning and groaning over Ji Sung's loss either. It's not like he got robbed and they gave the award to someone who sucked. LSM owned that role plus the character itself hit a chord with the nation and propelled him to stardom, doing cfs and cameos. He's been a hot commodity ever since Misaeng.

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Ji Sung wasn't snubbed. A snub is not getting any recognition at all, and a Best Actor nomination (and 3 other noms for KMHM) from the Baeksangs is an honor, that's why he and the other nominees showed up (unlike the farcical network drama awards, where only the winners bother to go).

The Best TV Actor category was super competitive, all the nominees were deserving. So congrats to Lee Sung-min.

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+1 on this comment. Thank you.

Jisung fans can say he was snubbed or robbed all they want (which I'm really seeing all over the internet), but the category was tough. No one was robbed of anything, the winner was well-deserved. The other actors were deserving to win as well. Him coming up to as a nominee is IN ITSELF a win already, and his career definitely did a massive turn post-KMHM.

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It s funny that the same team which won Best TV Drama last year won again this year. And both dramas won when they havent finished airing yet.

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Last year's best drama is Good Doctor. This year's best drama is Heard It Through The Grapevine. Where's the same team?

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JB's comment about Shin Mina looking like a pregnant pilgrim was hilarious.

I don't know about Ji-sung. Although I like him, I thought his acting seemed kinda forced in Kill Me, Heal Me. So I'm not feeling indignant about him not getting an award.

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I'm pissed that Ji Sung didn't win anything (can't help it)... But at least someone deserving got it. Na PD winning was surprise too but probably a nice precedent for other entertainers to win instead of actors/actresses.

As for the red carpet, that hairstyle is awful on Kang Haneul.. And I wanna say something about Jung Kyeon Won's smile but considering that's how I look when somebody asks me to smile for cameras, I'll give him a pass lol

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I didn't recognize Bae Doo Na at first glance. Kim Seul Gi is one of the few people that can wear yellow dress prettily. Lastly, what's with the teen actresses dress? They really look more years older than they actual age.

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Well, that's a surprise. I wasn't convinced by the nominations (then again, compared to other Korean award shows, Baeksang is at least not completely insane), but among them, the winners are pretty close to perfect.

I'm especially proud that they passed on the "Award-baiting performances" of huge names Ji Sung and Jo In-sung and went for an actor who did a much better job.

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I wonder. It's tough to know whether to take into account the difficulty of a role. The only thing I can think of that would make Cha Do-Hyun or Jang Jae-Yeol "award-baiting" performances is that they are more difficult parts. And though JIS was great as Jang Jae-Yeol (he reminded me of people I know), that role wasn't nearly as difficult as Ji Sung's part in KMHM. None of the other roles this year made those crazy demands. If we were like Olympic ice skating judges and took difficulty into account, Ji Sung would get a high score on the basis of all those triple axels he had to do.

But if we gave too many points for difficulty, we'd leave out some other amazing performances, like Lee Sung-Min's. We're lucky that 2015 gave us a high-quality group of contenders in the acting category--none of whom are there for their ratings. There's no "My Love from the Stars" this year, to my relief. None of the nominees even approached being #1 shows. Many weren't even the #1 drama in their time-slot.

And it's inaccurate to say Ji Sung is a huge name. The fact that he's popular among readers here doesn't reflect his position in Korea, which I'd characterize as "working actor" on the same level with a couple dozen other guys. One of the reliable work-horses. He was in a surprise hit with the movie PS Partner in Korea in 2012, and his dramas do fine in the ratings, but he's not a Hallyu star, a ratings power-house or a face on advertising billboards. And he wasn't someone who usually gets offered interesting parts like the one in KMHM. The network only offered him the part at the last minute because they had a casting crisis as bad as something out of "King of Dramas." I think some of his popularity among fans here stems from the fact that he isn't a huge name like the twenty-somethings who win the popularity awards.

"Award-baiting" seems to imply that actors should avoid playing unusual characters, which would be a loss. But if I'm misinterpreting your comment, I apologize.

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Can't say that any of the female celebs impressed me w/ their (or their stylist's) choice of gown/makeup/hair aside from Kim Seul-gi who looked absolutely radiant.

Yeom Jung-ah's dress looked too much liked tied up drapes.

Going to disagree whole-heartedly w/ JB on Bae Doo-na.

Dress looked like it was missing 2 strips (that's not "edgy") and besides, was ill-fitting on BDN's frail frame.

Her raccoon eyes and styled "messy" coif was a miss as well (she just looked discombobulated/unkempt).

Lee Seon-kyun (and other Korean male celebs) should really lay off the perm (do stylists actually think this looks good?).

Basically a lot of misses or just bleh/boring or tacky (like a bad prom dress).

Yoo In-young’s dress was one of the few that was interesting - and while not perfect (looked better in certain lighting conditions), she filled it out nicely.

Han Sun-hwa looks way too thin - she looked so much better/healthier when she was on IY.

Honey Lee needs to relax it w/ the botox.

Nam Ji-hyun looks older than 19 (not exactly an appropriate dress hem-length-wise).

Was Kim Sa-ran trying to pass for ghost (who for some reason has her boobs pushed up and squeezed together)?

Park Jung-ah and Seolhyun looked good in their respective gowns, makeup and hairdo (nothing trail-blazing, but nothing wrong either).

Oh, Shin Mina - my dear, please get a new stylist (such a shame that one of the most gorgeous K-actresses w/ one of the best figures to boot ends up looking like this).

As for the Baeksangs - the "newbie" awards are a joke, but overall, not as much of a joke as each of the network awards.

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Kim Seulgi consistently knocks it out of the park, doesn't she? Ordinarily I go for edgier looks, but she always has a little quirk to her traditional gowns, which combined with her personality, just makes me smile.

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Yes Heard it Through the Grapevine and Misaeng earned their well deserved awards! Byun Yo Han and Manager Kang look great.

I watched two episodes of KMHM and just wasn't compelled to continue, even with following the recaps. Ji Sung's switching personas was cool, but I couldn't get into the story. I guess it's just not for everyone?

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agree with you! i watched 10 eps of KMHM and just couldn't bring myself to complete it, even though i really loved Ji Sung's acting :(

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It's definitely not for everyone! I haven't been able to get into Misaeng, but loved KMHM. I think they represent two opposite ends of the spectrum. Misaeng on the hardcore documentary realism end, and KMHM on the Gothic expressionist end. I can recognize that Misaeng is outstanding, I just don't personally enjoy the realist style. And I hesitate to recommend KMHM to people, because not everyone loves that style as much as I do.

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Misaeng IS the drama of the Year. A survey among TV drama directors showed a landslide survey result in favor of this drama.

Happy for all the Misaeng awardees! Totally deserving of the awards!

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Na PD winning was pretty awesome. Lee Sun Kyun winning was a bit bittersweet since it can only mean we have lost him to films. I doubt we'll see him in a drama anytime soon. Love Love love Kim Seul Gi. She is so hot!

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You are totally right about this. As much as I am happy that he has had so much success with this film I am just very sad that this may mean never to see him for weeks at a time in a drama anymore. :-(

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