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57th Baeksang Art Awards


Yoo Ah-in, Jeon Jong-seo, Shin Ha-kyun, Kim So-yeon

The 57th annual Baeksang Arts Awards commenced on May 13 this year, and the stars of film and TV gathered together to celebrate the best of the entertainment industry. Just like last year, no spectators were present and the ceremony enacted social distancing measures to keep attendees safe.

Unlike the end-of-the-year ceremonies by the Big Three (KBS, MBC, SBS), the Baeksang Awards select nominees across all the TV networks and the winners tend to be a little less predictable.


Lee Jun-ik, Yoo Jae-suk

The Daesang went to Yoo Jae-suk and director Lee Jun-ik this year, for TV and film respectively. This is actually Yoo Jae-suk’s second Baeksang Daesang and I know he probably has more awards than he knows what to do with, but he’s one of my favorite variety presences and it’s nice to see his hard work be recognized officially. When he accepted his award, he reflected on his career, “These days I’m known more as a TV host and emcee, but when I debuted in 1991 it was as a comedian. In the future, I’ll concentrate more on bringing the laughter as befits my job and I’ll work to bring laughter into people’s lives.”

Director Lee netted the film Daesang for The Book of Fish, a sageuk about an exiled scholar and a fisherman set in the 19th century. During his acceptance speech, he acknowledged veteran director Lee Chun-yeon (Addicted, Hwang Jin Yi, and Arahan). Lee Chun-yeon was a major figure in Chungmuro and the Korean film industry has been mourning his recent, sudden passing.


Co-hosts Shin Dong-yup, Suzy

In TV, Beyond Evil beat out very heavy competition to win best drama. (It was up against It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, Flower of Evil, My Unfamiliar Family, and Extracurricular.) The drama’s leading man Shin Ha-kyun went on to win best actor, and the thriller also picked up an award for its writing. Ultimately, Beyond Evil and It’s Okay to Not Be Okay tied for most awards in the TV section, with three each.

Kim So-yeon took home best actress for her role in the mega-hit Penthouse. As she accepted her award, she teared up as she thanked the show’s writer and PD; she also shared that they were working hard on filming Penthouse 3 (the third season premieres next month). She closed by giving a shoutout to her husband, “To my beloved Lee Sang-woo and my family, you are my strength and I want share this great honor with you.”

In the supporting actor category, Oh Jung-se racked up a second consecutive Baeksang win for his work in It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. Yeom Hye-ran snagged best supporting actress for The Uncanny Counter and apart from both prizes being well-deserved, I loved seeing this mini When the Camellia Blooms reunion.


Park Jung-min, Kim Sun-young, Yeom Hye-ran, Oh Jung-se

Last year, Parasite dominated all the awards, but this year there was no one work that conquered the categories in the same way. Deliver Us from Evil had the most nominations, six, but only picked up one award (Park Jung-min, for best supporting actor). Best picture went to Samjin Company English Class, a plucky underdog story filled with memorable characters.

Voice of Silence scooped two awards, one for director Hong Eui-jung and best actor for Yoo Ah-in. The relative newcomer Jeon Jong-seo won best actress for The Call a thriller about two women who connect over a time slip by telephone. She was absolutely terrifying and I loved it. It’s hard to believe Jeon’s only been in two movies so far, (her debut was in Burning, with Yoo Ah-in and Steven Yeun) but I can’t wait to see her in more projects.

Sartorially speaking…I think the less said about this year’s fashion, the better. It was monochromatic even by Korean award show standards, but I expect the pandemic might mean subdued fashions for a while longer. Luckily for our eyes, there were still some beautiful fashion choices out there.

And the winners are…


57th Baeksang Award winners

 
WINNERS LIST:

FILM SECTION

Daesang: Lee Jun-ik (The Book of Fish)
Best Picture: Samjin Company English Class (Lee Jong-pil)
Director: Hong Eui-jung (Voice of Silence)
Top Excellence, Actor: Yoo Ah-in (Voice of Silence)
Top Excellence, Actress: Jeon Jong-seo (The Call)
Supporting Actor: Park Jung-min (Deliver Us from Evil)
Supporting Actress: Kim Sun-young (Three Sisters)
New Actor: Hong Kyung (Innocence)
New Actress: Choi Jung-woon (Moving On)
New Director: Yoon Dan-bi (Moving On)
Screenplay: The Day I Died: Unclosed Case (Park Ji-wan)
Art Award: Space Sweepers (Jung Sung-jin, Jung Chul-min, VFX)

 
TV SECTION

Daesang: Yoo Jae-suk
Best Drama: Beyond Evil (Shim Na-yeon)
Variety Program: Hangout With Yoo
Educational Program: Archive Project–Modern Korea 2
Directing: Kim Chul-kyu (Flower of Evil)
Top Excellence, Actor: Shin Ha-kyun (Beyond Evil)
Top Excellence, Actress: Kim So-yeon (Penthouse)
Supporting Actor: Oh Jung-se (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay)
Supporting Actress: Yeom Hye-ran (The Uncanny Counter)
New Actor: Lee Do-hyun (Eighteen Again)
New Actress: Park Joo-hyun (Extracurricular)
Variety, Male Performer: Lee Seung-gi (Master in the House, Busted 3)
Variety, Female Performer: Jang Do-yeon (I Live Alone, Don’t Be the First One)
Scriptwriting: Kim Soo-jin (Beyond Evil)
Technical Art Award: Jo Sang-kyung (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay)
TikTok Popularity Award, Actor: Kim Sun-ho (Start-Up)
TikTok Popularity Award, Actress: Seo Ye-ji (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay)


Kim So-yeon


Jung Il-woo, Yuri


Kim Soo-hyun


Eom Ji-won


Park Ha-sun


Lee Jung-jae


Lee Jun-ki, Kim Ji-hoon


Kim So-hyun


Lee Do-hyun


Kim Sun-ho

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Yaay! So glad for Oh Jung Se, that was the performance of the year! And beyond.

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The last picture is a mood!

Happy to see "Beyond Evil" dominates the drama category. I've predicted it would bring home the awards, and I'm so happy it did! Shin Ha Kyun did a top notch performance!

Loving the Camellia's 'couple' Oh Jung Se & Yeom Hye Ran bring home the awards, and also "Burning" reunion..

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Yay! I loved "Burning" and was so happy Yoo Ah-in and Jeon Jong-seo won for their respective movies.

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So sad to see Song Kang, Na In-woo, Song Joong-ki and even Um Ki-joon (Penthouse) lost this year's awards and went empty-handed on the TV section! Even Vincenzo didn't win at all!

On the winners, I love Lee Do-hyun that won while he was currently on Youth of May and of course, Kim So-yeon deserved to be the best actress and even her most elegant black dress! As Yoo Jae-suk became a Daesang TV winner this year, I knew he was one of the Korean media personalities of all time and soon, one of Korean entertainment hall-of-famers!

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what the heck is with Kim Ji Hoon's long hair??? ohhhh, perhaps he has a sageuk in the making? but, ya know... it's kinda sexy, now that i have taken a second look....
: D

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This isn't my favorite picture of him with his long hair, but I just did an image search and I must say that I think it really suits him. He's one of the few men who I think looks more attractive with long hair. He's kind of forgettable looking when he has short hair.

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I love his mane of glory and I hope he’ll be cast in a sageuk soon.
He is probably filming the Korean version of MONEY HEIST aka HOUSE of PAPER.

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Must have not seen Flower of Evil...hehe

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I never usually watch this kind of thing and just look at the winners afterwards but the baby woke up at 2am this morning and refused to go back to sleep, so I turned it on just in time to see Lee Seung Gi get his award, which felt pretty well deserved to me (it was good timing since I had to be awake but I still would have preferred to be asleep). The compulsory masks must be handy for hiding the “will it be me/disappointed it’s not me” faces 😅

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I was thinking the same thing! Those masks really help them to save face in the most literal sense.

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I've realised that for Korean awards, they aren't sponsored by the big brands at all, which is pretty surprising. I'm guessing Korea doesn't have enough impact in the luxury market?

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So I guess the pic of Kim Seon-ho is supposed to be interactive? Because when I see his pic, I couldn’t help shooting a finger heart back.

😂😘😘😘

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I really didn't understand why Beyond Evil was so successful. The casting was great but the writing was disapointing for characters being cops. You can make a psychological story while respecting the procedure a little... My Unfamiliar Family won nothing, but they have my heart :p

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I do understand your point, like why they let the male lead involved in the investigation while he has deep connection with the case? But again they smartly set the place of incident at this little city where everyone is connected to each other since they are young. There is family bond that this people have with each other that make them covering for their friends action about things that law do not let them.

Unfamiliar family is great tho, i think it is one of my favorite drama last year.

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It was more like YJG's character would choose who he thinks he's guilty then tries to find evidences and not following the evidences to find the murderer.
I liked the bond the characters shared.

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Beyond Evil wouldn’t be the story it is if without that small town and its folks. That’s the backbone of the drama and why things could happen that way - you could loath it but at the same time feel sympathetic.

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My Unfamiliar Family was my favourite too.. :)

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@kurama I had the same thought! I thought the acting in Beyond Evil was great, but the story was disappointing and the last third didn't really hold any surprises. I thought both My Unfamiliar Family and Extracurricular were better written and exceptionally good shows.

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The writer really tortured his poor sister...

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I agree. I thought Beyond Evil was a decent drama with Shin Ha-kyun putting in a very good performance, but IMO Extracurricular and My Unfamiliar Family were both better written.

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My Unfamiliar Family TT__TT

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This drama was underrated!

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very! Wishing it'll be available on Netflix or somewhere more accessible to new drama fans.

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From all category of this year, i think the best supporting actor for drama is the toughest one. They are Oh Jung Se, Lee Hee Jun and Choi Dae Hoon as nominees, whose each perfomance completely epic bu showing a different level of acting, authenticity and talent. If i have to chose one only by perfomance, i can’t. Oh Jung Se is well deserved the award, but still it’s a shame that Lee Hee Jun and Choi Dae Hoon didn’t win it.

For the rest of drama category, Beyond Evil deserved all awards they’ve got. It just simply the best drama compared to other nominees. It has everything from story, directing, and a class acting. You just can’t ask for more. Second best from best drama for me is Extracurricular. It is dark and gripping, makes me question my moral compass when i found myself rooting for the male and female lead to escape from hell they created themselves.

I think i’m mostly satisfied with how the winners turned out for Baeksang this year. I hope we’ll get much more even better drama this year.

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051521. Wise, " Beyond Evil deserved all awards they’ve got. It just simply the best drama compared to other nominees."
<- I watched FLOWER OF EVIL and BEYOND EVIL rather close together, and thought FOE was the better drama.

I've watched countless investigation/thriller Kdramas over the years.
BE was unrelentingly intense, dark and graphic, but that shock value and suffering didn't make it a higher quality "watching experience" for me.  The misery got rather repetitive.
IMO it was well done, but not any game changer/classic in a positive sense.  
Rather than feeling eagerly challenged and interested in the processes and outcomes 
(as in shows like SIGNAL, I REMEMBER YOU, MEMORIES OF MURDER, THE CLIENT, DEFENDANT, THE ATTORNEY, etc,), 
I felt BE was more of a "downer".

By the way, I thought "Flower From Evil" might have been a more accurate translation, because of a "redemption" type theme that it had.

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adding to my above reply:
"feeling eagerly challenged and interested in the processes and outcomes (as in shows like "
<- I meant to add FOREST OF SECRETS to the more intense, thriller/psychological type list.
I didn't include some other favorites, like the Kdr, TUNNEL, or others that are more a mixture of mystery and light-hearted elements.

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I’m so glad Kim So Yeon won. She gets best dressed female from me together with Kim So Hyun.She absolutely deserves the best actress and I’m constantly blown away by the stark contrast between Cheon Seo Jin in penthouse and Kim So Yeon herself. Even her acceptance speech was so quiet and touching, all the emotion in her voice, I teared up. Congratulations Kim So Yeon, you truly deserve it!🍾
So happy for Lee Do Hyun winning and how sweet was Song Joong Ki holding/tapping Kim Hee Won PD during the director’s nomination. It reminded me of when Son Ye Jin was looking at Hyun Bin after he didn’t win the best actor last year.

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Beyond Evil is so far my favourite drama in this year. Shin H Kyun well deserved it. He was amazing .

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Second that. It was finely written and about so much more than a police procedural.

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Yay for Lee Joon-ik PD! I'm still waiting to watch THE BOOK OF FISH.

*sigh of relief that Yoo Ah-in's hair is back by the way*

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All hail Yoo Ah-in's hair!

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Same. I hope it’ll be on the net soon.

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I’ve been dying to see Book of Fish - had watched the different reiteration of trailer. It takes some brave souls to build a script and then movie on that premise. Fascinating story!

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Still sad Baeksang slept on Kairos 😢.

Everyone watch Kairos.

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Baeksang Awardees this year we’re well deserved.

Beyond Evil’s acting is impeccable and the drama is smartly written. It’s not perfect ( eg trimming 1-2 eps might’ve helped) but it treats the audience with respect. Btw, it also has the best soundtrack

IOTNBO got what it deserved. Despite all the hype, I didn’t think it portrayed mental illness - especially on the part of FL -realistically. The romcom It’s Ok That’s Love is actually more profound and more sensitive in handling mental illness than this overhyped drama. The villain nurse sprung out of nowhere, was caricaturish and reflects weakness on writing. But Oh Jung Se was exceptional and rightly so garnered best supporting nod.

As for Vincenzo, I felt it was style over substance. The writing was repetitive and execution jarring. The comedy was so unfunny, it has to resort to stupid expression and heralding drumroll “humorous scene, here I come! !” to make sure audience get it. Despite this, Song Joong Ki acquitted himself well and deserved the nomination. But Shin Ha Kyun acting is in a class by itself and deserves to win.

I’m also glad for Flower of Evil’s Best Director win. It deserved something, and the director is a good proxy in having its worth recognised.

To summarize, I’m glad overhyped dramas didn’t win (or didn’t win big) while the deserving ones shone.

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Amen on IOTNBO. I work in the mental health field and the topic was woefully presented, like they romanticized it.

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MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY deserved more recognition but the choices were good.

As for the fashion- better luck next year, although at least Kim Seo-yeon's stylist seems to have had a clue.

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Agree. I was bummed for My Unfamiliar Family.

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Happy for Oh Jung-se ,Yeom Hye-ran & Lee Dohyun! Certainly Song Kang will get his awards next year.

A little sad that My Unfamiliar Family didn't get a win, that show deserves so much!

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I'm always glad to see actors, Kim Seon-Ho receive the recognition they deserve. Likewise, Kim So-Hyun is blossoming into a lovely young lady! Love her accomplishments and how far she's come.

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The awards were so evenly distributed this year, which is good to see because none of the dramas are 100% better than the rest unlike Camelia in 2019. Beyond Evil and IOTNBO were the best for me in 2020 too, so it makes sense that they came out with the most wins.

Very surprised Vincenzo and Unfamiliar Family didn’t get anything. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Vincenzo but it did have high ratings. Unfamiliar Family was high quality throughout. But the overall winners make a lot of sense. I just wish SHK would’ve won the Daesang this year tho. He was absolutely phenomenal in Beyond Evil and while YJS is good, he wins a lot yearly... oh well. It is what it is.

(Can I just add how absolutely gorgeous Kim Soo-hyun looked? *Drools*)

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Kim Soo Hyun looked sooooo good. That hair - and all hair not translating to mushrooms - make him look absolutely gorgeous. This year, so many actors are taking up 2 projects at a time (HHJ, SHK, SHJ, LJH) so I hope he does a sageuk or basically any drama where his hair isn’t a mushroom on his head. I’d take perm, comma, hair spayed or mane of glory, tyvm

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Congratulations to all the winners! I'm sure all the awards are well deserved but I'm sorry to see My Unfamiliar Family and Shin Hye-sun lose out. Kim Sun-young also won consecutively, she got the TV award though last year, so cool!

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award ceremonies as such is an outdated thing and I think there should be a movie amarathon event instead with watching together and having fun and inbetween being like, oh, you get this statue, too!

waste of fabric to go all black. are they catching ghosts

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Beyond Evil, Shin Ha-kyun and the scriptwriter - very very deserving win! I’m only up to Ep 12 but can’t wait for Viki to release the remaining episodes in my region.

It’s a binge watch with requisite gap time in between to unpack and digest. As pointed out by @leetennant, its Twin-Peak-esque and the small community is perhaps more the main character than its two leads. Tight layered plot gets peeled and peeled in different directions but without diversion from the central story.

Meanwhile, it’s a shame that Unfamilar Family didn’t win something.

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Congratulations to all. Hope next year please nominate Jong Min, he is so natural funny and passionate for 1n2d n he is quite smart and wise.

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I also think Jong Min is so underrated. He's a gem of 2D1N!
It's very difficult to act silly, well unless... 🤣

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Someone said that it's the 1st time 2nd lead win popularity award (well deserved for Seon Ho), if jong min is nominated next year, maybe a variety star will win popularity award?

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Haha...Seon Ho is so cute congrats for winning the award. I am looking forward to his new drama seaside village cha cha cha

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so happy to see that lee do-hyun won an award for best new actor! i watched 18 again recently all in one day >.< and now I'm currently watching sweet home and youth of may haha, he's definitely climbing up onto my favorite actors' list

kim so-yeon really deserved the top excellence award, her role in penthouse was so well-played and the piano scene was just as iconic! can't wait for penthouse S3! i also see that beyond evil won best drama, i didn't watch but i heard it's good. anyone know if its worth watching?

this year really fed us kdrama fans well, so many amazing kdramas and actors/actresses :DD

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I squealed when Lee Do-hyun won Best New Actor. It was least expected and such a happy surprise. I was thrilled Baeksang awarded Oh Jung-se consecutive Best Supporting Actor because his performance in It’s Okay to Not Be Okay deserved it. I had hoped Shin Ha-kyun would win the Daesang, but if he didn't, then there was no competition for Best Actor or Best Actress.

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Nothing this past year that I was burning with enthusiasm to get an award. I liked some dramas and performances, liked some very much, but nothing I was jumping out of my seat exclaiming 'THIS IS AWARDS MATERIAL!' over.

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Okay, those last 2 pictures (Lee Do Hyun and Kim Seonho) are so cute though 😭🥰

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