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52nd Daejong Film Awards

Oh man, you guuuuuuys, grab your popcorn and settle in, because this year’s 52nd Daejong (Grand Bell) Film Awards were an unmitigated hot mess, and it is so entertaining.

The ceremony for Korea’s longest-running film awards was held on Friday, November 20, but to get the full context for the unprecedented disaster that was the event, we have to back up a bit to last month, when the awards organizers announced that they would implement a rule whereby only attendees of the ceremony would be given their awards. If a winner did not show up to accept the award, it would be given to another nominee. We may note that this unofficial winners-should-attend rule has been tacitly understood for years, which is why we have historically seen lots of ceremonies where the stars who didn’t win were often absent altogether.

That said, that’s just how everyone understood things, and no awards ceremony had ever been so brazen as to state it explicitly like the Daejongs did last month—because when you put it in black and white terms like that, it makes it feel much more like a threat than an award.

So, there was no surprise when the backlash was swift and pretty much universal, and the Daejongs went from prestigious institution to laughingstock of the industry overnight. (That’s not an overstatement; news was flooded with headlines blaring the downfall of the Daejongs and its now-tarnished history.) If the organizers had retracted their rule immediately, I suspect the situation would have calmed down, but instead they took way too long to address the criticism.

More than a week after the initial announcement blew up in their faces, amidst rumors that they might retract the rule, organizers announced that there were no plans to change their minds (which seemed, frankly, stubborn and tone-deaf). Criticism continued. Finally, the organizers did rescind the no-attendance-no-award rule, but that was nearly a full month after the first announcement.

But it was too little too late, apparently. In the days leading up to the ceremony, it was announced that ALL of the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees would be skipping the awards, as well as some directors and other nominees. They all provided reasons for their planned absences, but you can’t ignore that it was, in effect, a boycott.

(The long litany of excuses was hilarious to read, as each star offered up their politely professional reasons for not attending. Ha Jung-woo is out of the country, Hwang Jung-min is filming a movie, Yoo Ah-in is shooting his drama Six Flying Dragons, Jeon Ji-hyun is in her third trimester of pregnancy, Oh Dal-soo is shooting a movie, Kim Yun-jin is filming in the States, and so on and so forth. They all sound so reasonable on the surface, but put together, it takes on a farcical quality. In what has to be a sheer coincidence of bad timing, Choi Min-shik, the event’s own promotional ambassador, missed the awards citing an injured back, though it was revealed afterward that his mother had passed away the day before.)

In the days heading into the ceremony, the media had a field day with headlines like “Now Even Actors Reject Their Awards” and “Daejong Awards: Like Steamed Buns Without a Filling?” and “More Than Half of Nominees Skipping Awards… Who in the World Will Show Up?” and “Reputation, Prestige Have All Vanished.”

But that’s not all!

There were other offenses, such as the implementation of a pay-to-vote feature for the popularity award. Literally, they were selling the votes online, and that spurred an outcry.

Other actors complained that they were not given adequate notice to attend; typically a month or more of lead time is given, but the Daejongs contacted invitees a week to two weeks out… that is, if they contacted them at all. Yeo Jin-gu, who was nominated for a New Actor Award for his film Shoot My Heart, said the day before the ceremony that he would not be attending because he hadn’t received an invitation at all.

Then, there’s the Kim Hye-ja debacle. A new prize was created this year, the ambiguously named Sharing Harmony Award, to be presented to veteran actress Kim Hye-ja (Mother, Unkind Women). She told them she could not make it due to planned theater performances, and they warned that she had to be present to receive it. Her representatives replied that it was fine (and declined the award), but the organizers reportedly continued to pester her saying they wanted to give her the award, until they came to a compromise that she would pre-record a speech on video to play during the ceremony.

But when the day came for the scheduled shoot, the organizers abruptly canceled the shoot, and Kim Hye-ja said she was hurt and confused because there was no explanation and no apology. The organizers then said they would present the award as planned… but at the ceremony, there was no mention of it. Apparently they canceled the category and retracted the award without notice.

 
WINNERS LIST

Best Picture: Ode to My Father
Director Award: Yoon Je-kyun (Ode to My Father)
Screenplay: Ode to My Father (Park Su-jin)
Actor Award: Hwang Jung-min (Ode to My Father)
Actress Award: Jeon Ji-hyun (Assassination)
Supporting Actor: Oh Dal-soo (Ode to My Father)
Supporting Actress: Kim Hae-sook (Sado)
New Actor: Lee Min-ho (Gangnam 1970)
New Actress: Lee Yoo-young (Spring)
New Director: Baek Jong-yeol (Beauty Inside)

Cinematography: Ode to My Father (Choi Young-hwan)
Lighting: The Silenced (Kim Min-jae)
Editing: Ode to My Father (Lee Jin)
Music: The Tenor Lirico Spinto (Kim Joon-sung)
Costuming: The Royal Tailor (Jo Sang-kyung)
Art Direction: The Royal Tailor (Chae Kyung-sun)
High Technology Special Award: Ode to My Father
Sound Recording Award: Ode to My Father (Lee Seung-chul, Han Myung-hwan)
Foreign Category Award: Sun Honglei, Gao Yuanyuan
Popularity Award: Kim Soo-hyun, Gong Hyo-jin
Korean Film Lifetime Achievement Award: Dir. Jung Chang-hwa,
            actor Yoon Il-bong
Planning: Ode to My Father

 

What this also means is that the red carpet was full of faces and names we may not recognize, with most of the big stars sitting out the event. There were still some recognizable stars in attendance, mostly the younger actors up for popularity and new actor/actress categories. So there was some eye candy, but not nearly the amount we’re used to seeing.

 
Lee Min-ho showed up to pick up his New Actor award (Gangnam 1970), and looks kind of like he always does, but as that mostly means he’s looking mighty fine, I can’t complain. I do wonder how public sentiment will land on the issue of the attendees versus the non-attendees. On one hand, public and media sentiment is skewing heavily on the “Daejongs messed up” side of the argument, but I’ve also read a few (minority) arguments accusing boycotters of arrogance and calling attendees responsible for seeing through their commitments. We’ll have to see how things shake out.


 

Park Seo-joon (Beauty Inside, She Was Pretty) has the best crinkly smile. How does he pull off adorable and manly at the same time?


 

Lee Hyun-woo (Beauty Inside), what did you do to your hair, and why does gray hair look so awesome on you? Enjoy it while you’re young and beautiful! (Though something tells me he’ll always be beautiful.)


 

Han Go-eun (Black Hands, Would You Give Love Away) and Shin Hyun-joon (Oohlala Spouses, currently on the variety show Heard It Through the Grapevine) emceed the ceremony, which reportedly had some awkward moments when an award was announced for an absent star. I don’t envy that job, though on the fashion front, they do both nail it.


 

Yoo Yeon-seok was nominated for a Supporting Actor award (The Royal Tailor), which he lost to Oh Dal-soo, who was not in attendance. For the sake of what remaining pride/face the Daejongs still have, I suppose I’m glad they didn’t then just hand Yoo Yeon-seok the award instead just for showing up, as their initial rule warned they would. I’m sure Yoo Yeon-seok will have plenty of opportunity to pick up more awards in the future, though.


 

Kang Haneul lost out on the New Actor award (Twenty), but he doesn’t look too torn up about it. His characters are often so stone-faced or reserved that it’s great to see him beaming.


 

Park So-dam is the newest It Girl on the rise, and as far as I’ve seen, she totally deserves the attention. She was nominated here for The Silenced, and is by all accounts very good in the new Kang Dong-won film The Priests, although I will just have to take the critics at their word about that because I will never see the movie that’s “scarier than The Exorcist.” She is very winning in the cable drama Because It’s the First Time, though.


 

Park So-dam missed out on the New Actress prize, which went to her BFF Lee Yoo-young (Late Spring).


 

Perfection. Kim Seo-hyung (Late Spring) could cut you with that stare.


 

Im Ji-yeon (The Treacherous, High Society) was a winner in last year’s awards for the New Actress category (Obsessed). I find her pale pink dress pretty in a forgettable way—she was way edgier last year in leather and lace, and could pull off bolder styles.

 

Im Eun-kyung (Untouchable Lawmen) goes sparkly with her black-and-white dress. I find myself unable to form an opinion on it, which means it looks good but I don’t care.

 

This is an interesting cut on Hong Ah-reum (Legendary Witches, Makgeolli Girls); when she’s standing still it looks like a long gown, but in motion it becomes something else altogether.

 

Rock the Bono shades, Park Sang-min (Scandal). Pretty sharp.

 

Poor Won Ki-joon (Gu-am), who got mislabeled Eom Ki-joon in half the headlines. But he looks pretty happy to be here in all his photos.

 

Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan (Let’s Get Married) looks awesome in this fiery orange gown. I honestly don’t know what this Foreign Category Award is for, or why she received one, but I am learning that when you question the Daejongs, sometimes there are no answers.

 

Chinese actor Sun Honglei (One Step Aawy) was the other recipient of the Foreign Category Award. Those are really dark shades.

 

Y’know, not a lot of actors can pull off the mustache, but Jung Eui-gab (Chronicle of a Blood Merchant) is making it work for him.

 

I had to look her up, but MC Park Young-sun is apparently a top model from the ’90s. I’m not feeling the gown, though it is attention-grabbing and therefore has done its job.

 

Kim Dong-hee (The Technicians, Northern Limit Line) looks pretty snazzy, decked out in his patterned suit and hat.

 

Park Doo-shik (Shoot My Heart) gives off a vaguely unkempt vibe despite his tux, but I suppose that’s part of his image—he’s forever playing the doofy side characters who endear and annoy in equal measure (Who Are You—School 2015, She’s So Lovable, Emergency Couple, I Hear Your Voice), so it fits.

 

Kim Bo-yeon (Strange Daughter-in-Law) is wearing head-to-toe gold, and it works on her.

 

Kim Ga-yeon and Im Yo-hwan are a married couple and both in the industry, though their current resumés aren’t very prolific. She’s been on some variety and cable shows (Queen of Home Cooking), while his most recent show was The Genius. I do like their matching all-black look and her twist on the hanbok. It’s a little gothic, but in an interesting way.

 

Teen Top’s Changjo is also dipping his foot into acting waters, with the movie Makgeolli Girls and the cable drama Sweden Laundry. An all-red suit is a bold choice, but he is an idol, which means he’s used to outrageous fashions.

 

More idols! Here are B.I.G’s Benji in white, and Heedo with the funky colored hair.

 

Aw, kiddos! Lee Re is a hilarious and precocious young talent (Six Flying Dragons, Superdaddy Yeol), while I find Hong Eun-taek squeezably cute despite almost never hearing him speak (I Remember You, Master’s Sun). Both were in the movie How to Steal a Dog, which got Lee Re a nomination in the New Actress category. She’s wearing a crown. I love it.

 

Child actress Lee Ji-won was also in How to Steal a Dog. I always envy the little-girl party dresses at these awards, despite hating party dresses when I was that age. One of life’s ironies?

 

Hm, Kim Mi-young won a New Actress award at the 1994 Golden Cinematography awards, but her resumé’s been blank for the past two decades. I know she’s got a movie called Ajumma’s Revolt, but there was no need to take the ajumma to heart with this unflattering gown, was there?

 

Jung Jae-yeon (Polaroid) is here with Joo Ho-sung, aka Jang Nara’s actor-producer father.

 

In some pictures, Noh Ji-seung’s gown looks okay, and in others, it seems super tacky. What say you?

 

I have no doubt on this one, though: super tacky for Choi Yoon-seul (He’s Coming, Eden). It looks like her dress is trying to eat itself. In shame, maybe?

 

Okay, you have to make allowances when we’re talking about a fashion designer, as we are with Mok Eun-jung here, since fashion is pretty much supposed to be weird and bold. Still, I can’t help thinking she’s gonna try to sell me a Hot Dog on a Stick in that getup. Would you like fries with that?

Via Asia Today, Star News, Newsen, Osen, Star News, Segye

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I can just imagine the Kim Hye Ja situation.

Daejong representative: Let us love you! We want you to have this! HERE!

Kim: Thank you, but I can't. I have work.

DR: Pleeeeease! We demand you let us honor you! Here, look! It's shiny!

Kim: I really cannot. Now please get out of my laundry basket. I'm having my locks changed.

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LOL too funny.

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I can't feel like walking on glass shell right now but despite this sentiments going on the Daejong awards got great detail of hype and trends on social medias and put there name out there.

I was checking my accounts and the news went everywhere and thanks to Lee Min Ho he saved this awards and not only that but put its name out there to the world, so at the end of the day Daejong awards are the winners here and add the controversy on this which made it even more huge.

The audience and the korean public should be grateful and proud of how things pend out which is only positive. Daejong got great deal of Media coverage on several langauges due to it trending on SNS. Congrats to the winners and remember all these who were going to win got there awards

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It was trending in Korea for the laughing stock, you must know it. Outside Korea it looked like very popular, but inside Korea people laughed at the Daejong news. http://www.hancinema.net/red-faces-at-daejong-film-awards-as-stars-stay-home-88777.html

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There is this saying in my native langauge ''kill the non-believer but give him his rights'' Lee Min Ho saved Daejong awards and deservedly the Shining Knight who came and saved the lost princess(Daejong)

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No one and nothing can save Daejong awards other than Daejong itself being introspective and making major change/reformation on their own action and policies. Lee Min Ho is just a sugar coated thing on the top of sinking ship.

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Awwww Park Seo Joon! But this years awards feel way too empty and lacks the big name power

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When your top picture in a major Film Awards is Park Seo-joon, you know something went majorly wrong. Lmfao, if feel the organizers embarrassment from the other side of the world. An unwritten and unspoken rule is there for a reason. I'm not sure what they were trying to prove by virtually threatening the nominees, but they failed - duh. They aren't the first award function to make fans pay for voting (Baeksangs do that too) but the latter's popularity award feels a whole lot more important than this.

Anyway, I highly doubt the backlash would be against everyone who boycotted. Too many huge names. I'm more surprised some popular names attended at all tbh. Not after the controversies all round.

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It'd be better if they continue this trend to avoid major awards shows but yes, how lack lusting. Imagine if Lee Min Ho were not to attend... lol

Anyway, I don't think Korean awards seriously because I always felt they were biased. So crazy how they thought it was fair to give the award to the 'next best thing' just because they showed up. Makes you question about all the previous winners. Serves them right that most of the actors boycotted for that reason.

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Congrats to Lee Minho! I think he was awesome in Gangnam 1970. Though it feels weird to see him getting a rookie award because I've been since my school days ages back lol.

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It's a rookie award for acting in movies. When it comes to the bigscreen, he's still considered a rookie.

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Wtf... wow, what an incredible train wreck. You're right, it must've been so incredibly awkward and unfortunate for the stars who had to present at the ceremony.

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I can't be the only one sitting here having a little giggle about how ALL the acting award nominees basically pulled off a united front to give the Daejongs the politest finger ever..... I love how all the excuses are totally valid but taken together and in the context of the no-attendance=no award threats, it's glorious.

I really do want to watch The Priests though. From what I've seen of her, Park So-dam is good (shame that The Silenced wasn't successful, though that may be partly down to its release timing - no one wants to watch a movie about young people mysteriously vanishing/dying in the middle of a real-life outbreak of a deadly disease)

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I am cackling too. I'm even petting my imaginary cat. The boycott is so perfect. ^____^

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Lol Hwang Jung Min I'm so proud of you! Even Choi Min-sik, Ha Jung-woo etc.

They should all get together and make a movie based on this. They can all play themselves too and make it the most star studded movie ever in the history of Chungmuro lol.

I'm such an evil person.

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I have to agree. I was chuckling, too, at how the actors had finally had enough and declared the emperor had no clothes. These awards have always been ridiculous, based on money and popularity and power-mongering rather than real talent (and here back in the day I thought the Oscars were the worst, what a young innocent I was, LOL). So it was pleasing to see them schooled at last for being the ratings-grab that they are.

As for Lee Min Ho "saving" the awards, he did the conventional thing and went with the established order and established money, as usual. And Dramafever is going to fangirl over him, also as usual. If that's all it takes to put the luster back on the tarnished bell, well - then it's got just as much value as it ever did.

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Haha, I actually like the last gown a lot. I think the slick hairstyle and bright smile sells it.

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Wow what a disaster. Who is the Daejong's Organizer actually?
Anyway Lee Hyun Woo and Hong Eun Taek is both cute?

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Awww Park Seo Joon!
o well, I never liked any awards show whether that's Korean or Hollywood, so makes no difference to me.
I only care about Dramabeans end of year drama award!
I nominate Park Seo Joon and Lee Won Geun for best crinkly eyes 2015!

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Ahh Park Seo-joon and Lee Won-geun... Can't I vote for both of them? ?

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i vote for Lee Won Geun for crinkly eyes too.. my Crinkles! >.<

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Are the Daejong Film Awards run by the same people as MBC? There's certainly a similar insanely stupid stubbornness in both parties

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These actors and actresses who attended just gained the highest respects from me. They possess such fine professionalism and humility. No matter who you are in the field of showbiz, an A-list or low-billed, humility is still the toughest test of character and success.

Kudos to these actors who valued the efforts of the organizers -- people who worked hard to make the event possible. It is not an easy job.

PS: (Since I never did, but now) I am beginning to like Lee Min-ho for his show of professionalism. Way to go bro!

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I feel the opposite – those actors have got no rebel spirit (the kids get a pass though) and just confirm that they are a-okay with a system of awards being given out not for actual acting skills but... well, the fact that you show up.

The organisers I can only laugh at. The only ones that deserve respect are the no-name people that lay out the red carpet, set out the flowers, prepare the food etc etc.

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Yeah, I have respect for the people that boycotted this event instead. This shows you who the real actors are imo. The ones that boycotted clearly have respect for themselves, their profession, and for fellow actors. They want the right ones awarded even if that means it might not be them. I appreciate that they didn't give into the blackmail, that's the only way to make Grand Bell rethink things.

For the ones attending, I won't hold it against them for too long. Maybe some of them have no power to stand up for themselves yet, I see a lot of the nominated ones that attended are little rising stars instead of big ones.

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If only they could unite like this against live shooting and long hours on the set.

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Everyone was thrust into an awkward situation. If you went, you were allowing yourself to be manipulated. And if you didn't, you were caving.
Either way, netizens could find some reason to hate you--whatever you did.

(I also have sympathy for the no-name powerless people who probably lost money/livelihood in this. I also have sympathy for those in the profession actors/actresses/directors etc who were in a damned if we go, damned if we boycott position. But what does it say about me that even though I sympathize, I also find the whole thing hypocritically hilarious.)

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I wouldn't call that humility or professionalism but rather them silently agreeing to something that's not only unfair but also utterly unprofessional on the part of the organizers. Sure people worked hard to put in a good show, but nominees also worked hard to be a part of the nomination list. Essentially blackmailing them to attend just so they can be awarded for their efforts is simply classless from an award function thats over half a century old.

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I have nothing to say about those who showed up because I can see the argument of going and not going equally understandable. However, I don't think the ones who did not go did so out of conceitedness. The organizers wrongefully tried to force people who would be glad to go to the awards already into going in a manner that basically said "I don't care how good of an actor/actress you are. I just care that you show up and bring prestige to our award. If not, then whoever attends is good enough to win for us." If just anyone can receive the reward then that reward no longer has meaning. The organization had many opportunities to handle this better and they didn't.

Rereading your comment, I might have read too much in between the lines. lol if I did, sorry!

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I agree with you. It's not like award functions were credible before. Those who show up last night respect their projects in which they worked.

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It could be that they don't have the clout or seniority of the big stars to dare to pass on the invitation without consequences.

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Well, if you're lesser known, I would think this would be a great opportunity to be at least buzzed about for a night. Some of these people above wouldn't have most of their press if it wasn't for the lack of high profile stars.

I think this generally is just being stuck between a rock and a hard place though.

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SMH people have to stand up for something in their lives. If you acquiesce to an unjust system you're helping to perpetuate it.

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It's not a lack of humility for the one that refused to attend. Lee min ho is a rookie in the film industry and his award is not that prestigious so he can't afford to boycott the event . The other actors and directors who didn't attend are all nominated to the most important awards .Accepting to attend to get an award not because of the work but because he showed to the event is humiliating for all actors concerned . I love their unity and the way they reversed the rule.

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it's just a big "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. i don't think the actors who boycotted it are necessarily conceited. they're just standing up to a pretty awful and unjust practice that disrespects their craft.

i hate awards shows in general, though. they can be so corrupt. even the oscars, which are believed by many to be awards that always value the best, have their own problems. a lot of members of the academy do not even watch all of the nominated movies for best picture of the year.. it's a mess lmao.

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I agree with @whitewire.

To me those who did not attend are just plain hypocrites.

As Javabeans mentionned, the "unspoken rule" has always been known in the film industry circle that awards go to those who attend... and they sure been attending and getting them!

But suddenly the unspoken rule is no longer one since Daejong open their mouths to let the public know what awards are really all about, and suddenly these actors are outraged? LOL!

Basically, they are blaming Daejong for divulging their little secrets! How dare you tell the public that we get awards when we attend the ceremony...

The problem is...you've been doing that for years...and you've been fine with it as long as the public did not know so that you can keep your pride...

Let's backtrack a little.

I remember last year when people were saying here in this forum that the deasang will go to jeon Ji Hyun if she attends the awards and if she did not, it will go to Jo In Sung. Even the newspapers were speculating whether or not she will attend.
I didn't here any of the people being outraged today at deajong complaining about the hypocrisy of that whole situation.

And when missy finally announced that she will attend the awards...guess what? Jo In Sung didn't bother going because he knew he was not going to get it.

Does that not show that the awards go to those who attend?

Another example.

How many here were saying that Ji Sung gave a wonderful performance in KMHM?

How many awards did he attend?... ZERO!

How many awards did he get even though he did not attend?... ZERO!

How many people thought he deserved the awards?...EVERYONE!

Awards are a bunch of BS and showoff!
Actors know it and the organizers know it.

All those actors who did not attend are just ashamed that the public now know that awards are just a joke and they've been discovered...that's all.

Even if the Daejong lose credit, I'm all for them denouncing these bunch of hypocrites.

I started to dislike LMH for neglecting his acting and focusing too much on his so called "singing" career and too many commercials, but he just went a notch up in my esteem for showing up.

Kudos to all those who showed up... and all those who did not are just a bunch of losers and hypocrites in my eyes and I lost tons of respect for them.

I never took awards seriously anyway because I know the real truth behind the closed doors.

I enjoy them because of the red carpet and doing the fashion police and it's ridiculous to me and plain laughable the length at which these "actors" will go to to keep the public in the dark so that they can protect their so called "image"...read fake image.

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You don't know what people in the industry think, who's to say actors weren't already against how award season is run for a while now. Then when Grand Bell brought it out in the open, the actors got the ammunition they needed to boycott the system out in the open too. Publicly and strength in numbers is always more powerful, in this industry you need to know the right time to strike in order to have the public be on your side (one wrong move and they'll crucify you; career over), and this was the perfect time since the public thought Grand Bell was being ridiculous too. Directors were also part of the boycott.

This was never the point of the boycott anyway. Sure maybe for some film and drama awards, actors were told beforehand if they won or not so they chose whether to attend or not in accordance to that (and therefore sometimes you only see the winners attend; why spend half your day getting dolled up, sit at an award show for 2 hours just to watch yourself lose). However, to get your award taken away from you and given to someone else just because you couldn't attend is dumb-- that's what they're boycotting, they just want the award to go to the actual planned winner. They want the winner to get it even if he/she couldn't attend. What's wrong with that?

You can call it hypocritical but that does not mean they're not right to boycott. It will always be like that, you can work in an industry (any industry) and sometimes even have to go along with it and still dislike how things are done.

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There's a difference between going because you won an award and going to win an award. Yes, it is well known that the winners are usually notified in advance, but it is in the spirit of "hey, you *earned* this award, so we need you to look pretty and write an awesome acceptance speech if you can make it!". It has not been "psst. we rigged the voting to get you this award, so show up or else." Yes, there's a bunch of politics going on in all award shows and I think most of them are hoaxes, but in this case the organizers tried to coerce these talented actors/actresses in showing when they were already going to anyway. It was insulting because the organizers effectively turned the award from Best in Class to a participation ribbon. The best is the best no matter who shows up to a ceremony.

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If I were an actress I would have boycotted going. Not because I don't have humility or I'm not professional but because the no attendance no award rule negates the purpose of this whole awards ceremony.

If someone works hard at their craft and are being recognized for that, why should they only be allowed that award if they attend a ceremony? They are the best at what they do so they should get an award no matter if they can attend or not. But when you tell people they wont win an award for doing their best but instead the 2nd or 3rd best will get it just because they showed up, what is the point of the award then? It isn't a best actor/actress award anymore, it's now a who showed up award.

So I am proud of those who boycotted because it's them standing up to something that's unfair and telling this award ceremony they wont let them do that. I don't have anything against those who did attend because they are mostly new or younger talent and don't have the clout to stand up against the organizers. It had nothing to do with professionalism.

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Congrats Lee Min Ho. You deserve it. Youre great on Gangnam 1970.
Agree, what if LMH decide to not attend too? I dont know who those names above maybe around 80 - 90% lol

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Javabeans, I dont think Shin Hyun Joon was in Heard it through the Grapevine.

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It's a currently airing variety show, I see how the title's confusing.

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lol. hilarious.

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Sorry, I didn't quite get it. Did they eventually award the nominees even though they didn't show up? Or did the awards go to whoever showed up?

And no offense to LMH's fans, but why is he getting the new actor award? Was Gangnam 1970 his first movie?

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Yes his movie in lead role.

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Yes.. the organizer eventually awarded the winners, even though they didn't come.
Most notably Hwang Jung Min, Jeon Ji Hyun, Kim Soo Hyun and Gong Hyo Jin are absent even though they win something.

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They don't invite Yeo Jin Gu at all... How could they. Seriously...

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Woooww to this entire daejong drama. Smh.

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Reading this article remind me of the first time the news broke out on they would not give out reward for any one who don't show up and one comment on dramabeans still crack me up "and the award goes to .............. some random dude who show up" lol

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Hong eun taek is in Bubblegum and he does speak, Javabeans.

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And, I'm saving all of Park seo joon pics. =)

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Ok another trashy award ceremony, sparkling ceremony which lost its credibility, like all other award ceremonies in korea.

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LAWD. I mean, I totally understand why any actor or actress would boycott this stupid policy. The whole point of an awards ceremony should be for the art of acting and the artistry of the film. To outright say that they will only give awards to those in attendance (even if that was the silent rule) is a really big insult to the artistry of the industry.

Plus, the director of the awards said that he felt the actors/actresses who boycotted the ceremony were like "developing countries". First of all, that's incredibly insulting for developing countries (totally not PC but that's the least of his problems) and very much hypocritical. With someone like him as director, it's no surprise that this is beyond a hot mess. Plus, what they did to Kim Hye Ja is absolutely ridiculous and so rude, especially to such a veteran actress like her. If I were her, it'd be a long time before I decide to attend their awards again.

If they don't get themselves together for next year, this awards ceremony might become obsolete. Or the "let's get all the new face newbies together" awards ceremony.

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i dont understand why they boycott the awards or whatever they did .nothing has change on how they give awards ,they just voice it out and it sound strange to their ears because at the end of the day they will show up n recieve the awards, it not like the past most of the nominees didnt go but they still got the awards.respect to all actors who went.

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Nothing changed??? They were able to change the bullshit no attendance no award policy by simultaneously not attending. This means that the awards went to the people that deserved them instead of who was at hand. They will still receive their awards, but at the end of the day they did not show up. What do you mean they showed up?

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Poor Gao Yuanyuan, has to hit a shit in Korea attending an award ceremony. Also Park so dam looks like Koreanlized version of Gouriki Ayame.

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Wait, if they don't invite Yeo Jin Gu. How come Park Doo Sik come even though he is not one of the nominees although both of them act in the same movie. Did the organizer just invite all these extra (seat filler) at the last minute? No offense to them but this is how I see it.

It must be tough for Shin Hyun Joon to host this event like what JB said. He had been emceed for many big events and this must be his first time to encountered this.

I didn't know that Choi Min Sik is the honorary ambassador. So no wonder Ahn Sung Ki also don't come because he is the staple on the awards show.

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please correct!
Park seo-Joon: 'The Chronicles of Evil’, 'beuty inside'
He is a just rookie.
If he doesn't go there, all of people think about him as rude cocky actor.
He goes there to celebrate New Actor award winner.
that's all.

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http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t413/javabeansdb/event/2015/daejong15_leere_hongeuntaek.jpg

OMG the precious little boy looks like he was dressed by G-Dragon!!

I would LOVE to hear the conversations between the actors who boycotted, that must have been interesting. There's always some drama when it comes to the more heavy hitter award shows but this takes the damn cake!!

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beuty->beauty. sorry.

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On one hand, I agree with the boycott. On the other hand, I think some of them should've still attended even just to pick their awards and not do the red carpet.

I liked that many of the young flower boys attended and hope that they won't get criticized for attending. Hope the Daejong committee wold pull their act together for next year's award. Even if Korea's awards aren't that prestigious, I love seeing the stars on the red carpet.

On to fashion, I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Lee Re's dress. And crown. *envy* I'm gonna save a pic of that and drool over it.

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That child actress is in grown up high heels, it's extremely disturbing. I haven't exactly paid attention, but I don't think I've seen child actresses wear such shoes yet? They really should't do that to such little kids :/

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Gao Yuanyuan and Kang Haneul are perfection!!!

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I made a mistake in checking dramabeans and read the first paragraph on this article.Geez.. so I had to take a bathroom break and finish it on mobile.

The things I do for drama. XD

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Are Korean awards ceremonies supposed to be credible at all? The actors only go if they are definitely getting a prize. What's the point then? Isn't that extremely... I don't know. I get that it's probably a waste of time showing up when you're not going to win, but it seems like they don't value the fact that they are nominated too. You have those drama awards with only one nominee present I just need to watch the opening to know who's winning. That shouldn't be the case at all. It's just bad attitude in general for the whole industry.

On a side note, Gao Yuanyuan looks gooorgeous in that dress.

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I don't think that showing up means you agree with the new rule. Haven't you notice that those attendees were all rookies and non attendees were all veterans? I don't know but I think those rookies may thought that they have no right to ruin that event because they are still nobody in this chungmuro world. I call it humbleness? Please don't hate me but this is just my opinion. I'm more impress to those attendees for being responsible. I think boycotting is not the answer at all. Its organizers fault only but the whole production suffered. I find those who boycotted the event arrogant also because they only think of themselves, their pride and their dignity without thingking the hardship of those people behind the preparation of this event. I think there's another way to show their disgusto to the new rule of the organizers without sacrificing the hardship of those innocents. Sorry for my bad english, just really want to express my opinion.

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If they didn't boycott it means conforming to a broken, corrupt system in which awards are not given based on merit but on politics and whether you are available to show up or not. It is disrespectful of an awards show CREATED to honour achievements in acting to threaten the actors that work day and night for months to perfect their craft. And 'hardship of the innocents'? The organisers are sitting pretty in their big offices playing politics. If you want to pity anyone pity the workers who had to set up the red carpet, arrange the flowers etc. And I can ASSURE you that those people are not the ones making the horrible calls (i.e. the organisers).

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They boycotted not for themselves but for all their colleagues who in the future may be nominated and win but cannot attend for valid reasons. Your logic is flawed. Lol if they wanted the award and prestige for themselves then they would have attended, because then they'd FOR SURE get an award. Besides, you make the mistake of thinking these people care about awards all that much. If I were a serious actor, the directo's, critics, and viewers' reviews would be enough validation of my hardwork, I don't need an award for that. Afterall, if I lose to someone else should I think I'm a bad actor when there's only going to be one winner anyway?

As for the organizers, it was their arrogance and mistake that started this so they have no one else to blame. I work hard too, but when I experience a failure because of a mistake I committed I don't blame others for it. And I learn from my mistakes, just as the organizers will learn from this one.

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I have no idea who Gao Yuanyuan is or her drama Let's Get Married.. I've seen better and popular asian dramas and actors... I guess the same rule applies to foreigners too. Those not able to come to Korea wont get any awards...

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wow. wow, wow, wow. had no idea.

i'm surprised lee min-ho attended, given his star status, but then again, he's a film newbie, so maybe he couldn't afford to skip out?

i'd love to see these organizers in person. who are they? are they old farts completely out of touch with the real world or young-ish people who should be better attuned?

i'm interested to see what happens next year...

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Tbh i think the only people who really boycotted were the directors and those up for the major awards (best actor and actress). These people probably run in the same circles, and are serious actors who value the craft more than popularity so they probably had a sitdown and decided that they cannot let such a wrong thing continue in the future for the sake of the industry. Or they didn't have a sitdown, but they just all coincidentally believed that the awards were doing a disservice to all the hardworking actors... After all, it's easy to see how wrong that rule is. I don't even get why the grand bell said those things.

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one would probably say it is easy for me to say, but if i were an awardee, i would not put the award on the mantle to display. with all the controversies, it's nothing to be proud of.

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What were they thinking?

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Respect for the actors that were brave enough to fight a broken system and defend their craft. Can understand the motivations of those that decided to attend - pissing of big industry guys could end your career - as well.

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Javabean, how can the give popularity film award to Kim Soo Hyun and Gong Hyo Jin? They have no movie to promoted this year right?

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It doesn't need to make sense since it was just a way to squeeze money out of fans.

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I feel sorry for their fans who paid to vote but their bias was not professional enough to show up at the award and thank the fans.

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A professional actor needs to act and promote said work he/she acts in. Nothing more. If people want to buy into the "Prove your oppar/unnir is the best!" extortion and pay up to feed their obsession, that's their problem. They are adults with a brain after all. The actor owes nothing to them unless they were the ones who asked for money and therefore the ones who need to deliver what was promised.

If said "fans" love their actors so much, they would respect their efforts to cleanse this industry of these purely business-oriented and completely irrelevant to art and quality standards. I don't see how people for whom seeing some celeb in a nice dress or suit is more important than the industry's health and the celeb's integrity deserve any thanks.

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I would like to innocently think an award ceremony is fair but even the Oscars is rigged with bias.

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It's the first time I think, from wiki page both of them are the only one from popularity category who don't have movie. Like. Poor other nominees in that voting award vote who have movie and fans. So maybe we will get Kim Soo Hyun winning popularity award the next 10 years too without he do hard work.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Bell_Awards

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I think i only recognized like 5 people from this thread LOL honestly for a long running awards ceremony theyve sure made a mess of themselves. How disrespectful for them to force actors to be present in order to recieve their well-deserved award. I think its awesome that a boycott was planned out it just shows that an awards ceremony is nothing without your attendees.

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I adore Lee Min Ho and I'm glad he won rookie actor awards.. I do think he did good in gangnam 1970, but somehow its a pain thinking that they might have given the award to him just because the real winner was absent.. I don't know the other movies and the actors nominated.. They might have been awesome too ?.. darn the new rule!!

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Hahaha! I recall someone said on DB before like whether or not all best actor/actress nominees boycotting the award show! And tadaaa...it happened! I don't think Daejong is prestigious. It's the oldest but has smeared by a lot of controversies. It has lost its intregity. Instead of being stubborn and mocking actors who did not attend, why not reflecting on themselves and do some major reformation. Anyway, thumbs up to those who didn't attend the show.

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Park Sang-min's out and about again? This is the first entertainment news I've seen about him in almost 2 years. Thanks for the photos.

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I don't even know the majority of the attendees. LOL
I only know Lee Min Ho, Park Seo Joon, Park So Dam, Kang Ha Neul, Yoo Yeon Seok, the MCs Shin Hyun Joon and Han Go Eun, Lee Hyun Woo, Im Ji Yeon, Kim Seo Hyung, the child actors, and I think that's all.

Major F word to Daejong organizers, their rules are basically crap and major props to Best Actors/Actresses nominees to opt out altogether.

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Daejong Film Award Organizer: Quick, get me somebody recognizable to win this award!
gopher: Everyone we offered it to has backed out. Shouldn't we rescind the "you have to be there to get an award" stipulation?
DFAO: NEVER! Look up old idols. I'm sure some one hit wonder group who's now selling insurance or kimchi cabbages would jump at the chance to win an award.
g: Nope. We've tried everyone. I did think of a way around it.
DFAO: HOW?
g: We give an award to Pororo. Then we animate him to accept it. He'll be physically at the award EVEN if he actually isn't physically anywhere.
DAFO: Genius. Let's give every award to animated characters!
And that's how One Piece won the best foreign film category.

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ROFLMAO!

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LOL I'm almost 100% sure this is how it went down.

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LOL. WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING TO DAEJONG AWARD.

It's ridiculous, this is an insult to the industry. Good for the actors to boycott it. What they did to Kim Hye-jin is a new low. SMH

YOE YOEN SEOK was there and he didn't get any while the "winner" was absent?? Did the actor who didn't show up still get the award? What a bunch of amateurs.

Still so much pretty has attended. <3

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OMG about the award for Kim Hye Ja..

So embarrassing...

Gao Yuanyuan's dress is so pretty..the best for my eyes ??

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That lady on the last caption looks like a walking candy cane in that dress.

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Girlfriday, your comments are hilarious. Especially the one about the dress eating itself in shame.

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