The vicious cycle starts again with 53th Baeksang Art Awards as they recently release the nomination lists. Almost every year I go on a rampage at the results for South Korea’s Award Shows, but I can’t ignore because I am a sucker for seeing stars dressing up prettily on the red carpet. I love seeing biases or drama couples I adore reunite and appear together for their nominated projects. This year’s Baeksang is as highly anticipated as 2014’s when I was infatuated with You Who Came From the Star.
Let’s take a look at the nominees for this year. I have chosen my winners in light blue, hehe.
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If it was a couple years ago, I would probably skip the nomination list for movie section, because I would be completely clueless. I still hadn’t seen many listed below, but at least I know a lot more about them than previous years. I have been gradually watching more Korean movies these days. One may think what’s the big deal? It’s not, but Korean movies have very different tone to Korean dramas, and hence, takes a bit of getting used to or finding them enjoyable. More importantly, Korean movies with subtitles are harder to find online.
♦ Age of Shadows
♦ Asura: The City of Madness
♦ The Wailing
♦ Train to Busan
♦ The Handmaiden
I have only seen 2 out of the 5, thus render me ineligible to pick. I’m really, REALLY curious about The Wailing, but I’m too chicken to check it out. A horror film competing for Best Picture is something I least expected, but then again, Korea’s award shows can’t be trusted since they reward winners based on profits and ratings rather than acting performance or artistic talents.
♠ Hong Sang Soo (On The Beach At Night Alone)
♠ Kim Seong Soo (Asura: The City of Madness)
♠ Kim Ji Woon (Age of Shadows)
♠ Na Hong Jin (The Wailing)
♠ Park Chan Wook (The Handmaiden)
♦ Na Hong Jin (The Wailing)
♦ Lee Jin Min & Park Joong Dae (Age of Shadows)
♦ Park Chan Wook & Jung Seo Kyung (The Handmaiden)
♦ Kim Seong Soo (Asura: The City of Madness)
♦ Yoon Ga Eun (The World of Us)
♣ Ha Jung Woo (Tunnel)
♣ Lee Byung Hun (Master)
♣ Song Kang Ho (Age of Shadows)
♣ Kwak Do Won (The Wailing)
♣ Yoo Hae Jin (Luck Key)
Gee. Tough competition here; consisting all award winning veterans. Rising movie actors such as Kang Dong Won (Master), Gong Yoo (Train to Busan/Age of Shadows), Jo Jung Suk (Hyung) or Jo In Sung (The King) stand no chance at all, particularly Gong Yoo. The man did two movies, and still didn’t get in. I am disappointed for him since I thought he had an outstanding performance in Age of Shadows. I hope he attend the ceremony anyway. I am also surprise veteran actor Hwang Jung Min (The Wailing) isn’t nominated. By the way, does Song Kang Ho ever not get nominated every year in this category??? I can’t pick a winner for this category. I don’t think Lee Byung Hun and Song Kang Ho were impressive enough, and the other 3 I hadn’t watched.
♣ Han Ye Ri (Worst Woman)
♣ Kim Hye Soo (Goodbye Single)
♣ Kim Min Hee (The Handmaiden)
♣ Son Ye Jin (The Last Princess)
♣ Yoon Yeo Jung (The Bacchus Lady)
I have very little to say about these nominees too, because most movies I have watched are very male-oriented. I saw Goodbye Single, but I wouldn’t nominate or give Kim Hye Soo a Baeksang for this role.
Best Supporting Actor
♠ Bae Sung Woo (The King)
♠ Jo Jin Woong (The Handmaiden)
♠ Kim Eui Sung (Train to Busan)
♠ Ma Dong Suk (Train to Busan)
♠ Uhm Tae Goo (Age of Shadows)
Even the supporting actor category is tough for the boys. Out of the 5, I think Ma Dong Seok and Uhm Tae Goo are least likely to grab a Baeksang. My vote is on Jo Jin Woong, although I haven’t watched The Handmaiden. HAHAHA.
Best Supporting Actress
♠ Bae Doo Na (Tunnel)
♠ Chun Woo Hee (The Wailing)
♠ Han Ji Min (Age of Shadows)
♠ Kim So Jin (The King)
♠ Ra Mi Ran (The Last Princess)
I honestly had no idea why Kim So Jin is nominated at all; she didn’t have a huge part in The King! I adore Ra Mi Ran so here’s to putting a 100 bill on her winning. Please let uri Cheetah Omma win.
Best New Actor
♣ Do Kyung Soo (Hyung)
♣ Han Jae Young (New Trial)
♣ Ji Chang Wook (Fabricated City)
♣ Ryu Jun Yeol (The King)
♣ Woo Do Hwan (Master)
Ugh, this one is tough too. If I am biased, I would hand it to Ji Chang Wook, LMAO. And for the love of god, Woo Do Hwan should not win, because he was barely on screen in Master. I can’t judge Han Jae Young‘s acting performance because I haven’t seen New Trial. I don’t think Ryu Jun Yeol‘s performance can be considered a breakthrough in The King, so that leaves EXO’s D.O. Do Kyung Soo and Ji Chang Wook for me. Chang Wook had a few scenes which he did really well, but on a whole and his character, I didn’t think it would be an award winning role. But, I’m happy anyway if he wins his first movie trophy. He had better look SUPER HANDSOME with his fringe combed up that night!!!
Best New Actress
♣ Choi Soo In (The World of Us)
♣ Kim Hwan Hee (The Wailing)
♣ Kim Tae Ri (The Handmaiden)
♣ Lee Sang Hee (Our Love Story)
♣ Yoona (Confidential Assignment)
I have no pick for this category because I hadn’t seen any of these movies.
─ Drama ─
Ahhh we finally reach the drama section. Now I am in the comfort zone, and most probably will spew word vomit. Consider y’all warned.
♦ Dear My Friends (tvN)
♦ Goblin (tvN)
♦ Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (KBS)
♦ Romantic Doctor (SBS)
♦ W: Two Worlds (MBC)
I am stumped. Apart from Dear My Friends which I haven’t seen, I enjoyed the other 4 and think highly of them. But if I have to pick out of the 4 and judge them in terms of directing, script, cinematography and sound etc.—then it would be Goblin or W. Goblin wins my vote because W screwed up for the latter half.
♠ Hong Jong Chan (Dear My Friends)
♠ Lee Eung Bok (Goblin)
♠ Jung Dae Yoon (W: Two Worlds)
♠ Song Hyun Wook (Oh Hae Young Again)
♠ Yoo In Sik (Romantic Doctor)
Again, Goblin. Those who have seen this drama will understand why. Gotta thank CJ E&M for investing their big bucks into this project.
♠ Kang Eun Kyung (Romantic Doctor)
♠ Kim Eun Sook (Goblin)
♠ No Hee Kyung (Dear My Friends)
♠ Park Hae Young (Oh Hae Young Again)
♠ Song Jae Jung (W: Two Worlds)
I have difficulty deciding between Park Hae Young and Song Jae Jung. Ultimately, I think Song Jae Jung delivered an extremely refreshing and unique script to Dramaland. It unfortunately wasn’t executed very well on-screen, but I think she should at least be recognised for innovative ideas and thinking outside the box. I did wonder if W had the money, time and production team Goblin had, the quality might be of the scale of Inception. On the other hand, Kim Eun Sook should stop getting nominated for Best Script because she’s one of my least favourite scriptwriters. True that I love Goblin, but no way she’s the main reason why I adore the show.
♣ Gong Yoo (Goblin)
♣ Han Suk Kyu (Romantic Doctor)
♣ Jo Jung Suk (Jealousy Incarnate)
♣ Namgoong Min (Chief Kim)
♣ Park Bo Gum (Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds)
I am in immerse dilemma for this category. I always see best acting award as rewarding an actor who has a breakthrough performance for his/her role, and most of these actors have breakthrough performance in their respective dramas! But I will be blunt, I don’t want Park Bo Gum to win, at least not with the role of Lee Yeong. It is already an honour to be nominated alongside the veterans, but to win at this stage would be burdensome. For other nominees, they were acting against or alongside fellow veterans whose acting are just as good; not only they take centre stage firmly and shine brightly, but they were never overshadowed by others. In comparison to Bo Gum versus fellow actors his age in Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, their acting chops were not on par with Bo Gum’s. Naturally, he should stand out the most. I understand why he is chosen, and I acknowledge his hard work and outstanding performance for his first sageuk, but I also see that there were rooms for improvement. Had he been nominated for roles from I Remember You or Answer Me 1988 — performances where he stole the spotlight and attention from veteran actors — I think I’d have felt more comfortable of this nomination. His performance in Moonlight Drawn by Clouds can’t be overlooked, and he did carry the show through to the end, but I genuinely believe other actors in this category should receive it first—particularly Jo Jung Suk, Namgoong Min and Gong Yoo. How I wish he had won Best New Actor in movie section first! Sigh.
♣ Kim Go Eun (Goblin)
♣ Kim Ha Neul (On the Way to the Airport)
♣ Park Bo Young (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon)
♣ Park Shin Hye (Doctors)
♣ Seo Hyun Jin (Oh Hae Young Again)
I have said it on Twitter; I will say it again. I will be awfully pissed if neither #1 Seo Hyun Jin, #2 Kim Go Eun nor #3 Park Bo Young got it. Seo Hyun Jin must win this, because no one in this list is as sensational as her in Oh Hae Young Again. Kim Go Eun comes second on my should-win-list and then Park Bo Young. I’m not sure why Bo Young is nominated for Strong Woman Do Bong Soon; she’s a great actress, but I don’t think this is a winning role. Kim So Hyun should have been nominated for her role in The Page Turner in place of Park Shin Hye. If we judge from profit and rating, I understand why Shin Hye is in this list, but in terms of acting, she is still far from the Top 3.
Best New Actor
♦ Gong Myung (Drinking Solo)
♦ Kim Min Jae (Romantic Doctor)
♦ Kim Min Suk (Doctors)
♦ Ji Soo (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon)
♦ Jin Young (Moonlight Drawn by Clouds)
Dear Baeksang, are you serious? Ji Soo for Best New Actor with his role in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon? He had better role in The Page Turner! *Facepalm*
I genuinely am surprised with Kim Min Jae‘s nomination for Romantic Doctor because I thought he stood out more in Goblin. Minus Gong Myung from Drinking Solo because I didn’t watch this drama, I think breakthrough performance comes from Jin Young. He really impressed me in Moonlight Drawn by Clouds.
Best New Actress
♦ Gong Seung Yeon (Master: God of Noodles)
♦ Kang Han Na (Moon Lovers)
♦ Lee Se Young (Laurel Tree Tailors)
♦ Minah (Beautiful Gong Shim)
♦ Nana (The Good Wife)
Pwahaha, I’ve only seen Moon Lovers in this category, and I hated that character so I suppose Kang Ha Na did a fabulous job. I don’t know if the little girl from Legends of the Blue Sea and Defendant had been nominated or won a Baeksang before, but I thought she well deserved a mention for leaving a strong impression on me.
Hold on a second, why aren’t there categories for Best Supporting Actor and Actress in the Drama Section? I totally think Lee Dong Wook deserve a Best Supporting Actor nomination / award for Goblin. Kim Mi Kyung and Ye Ji Won from Oh Hae Young Again also deserve a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
53th Baeksang Arts Awards will take place May 3.