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October 30, 2012: 49th Grand Bell Awards (2012 Daejong Film Festival) 제49회 대종상영화제


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The Best New Actor/Actress (Rookie) Category were given out by Joo Sang Wook/Cho Youn Hee & Park Shin Hye/Lee Chun Hee respectively  

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October 30, 2012
'Gwanghae' sweeps Korean Oscars
The Korea Herald
The local costume drama "Gwanghae: the Man Who Became the King" scored a knockout victory at the South Korean "Oscar awards" for this year on Tuesday, claiming best picture and 14 other trophies.
The box-office hit about King Gwanghae, the 15th ruler of Korea's last kingdom, the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) was given the best picture award at the 49th Daejong (Grand Bell) Film Awards. 
Lee Byung-hun won the best actor award for his dual role in the film as the king and the humble acrobat Ha-sun, who stands in for the monarch when he faces the threat of being poisoned, with Choo Chang-min chosen as best director.
The flick also received awards for the best supporting actor, the best editing, the most popular artist, the best lighting, the best screenplay, the best costume design, the best art direction, the best music, the best cinematography, the best technical achievement and the best sound effects.
The festival, created in 1962 and the most prestigious in the country, is considered South Korea's Academy Awards.
As "Gwanghae" swept two thirds of the 23 awards up for grabs at the annual event, "Pieta" by Venice winner director Kim Ki-duk and "The Thieves," a star-studded heist film that set a new all-time audience record with more than 13 million viewers earlier this month, won only one prize each. The best actress award went to Jo Min-su for her role as the self-proclaimed birth mother of the male protagonist in "Pieta." Kim Hye-sook picked up the best supporting actress prize for her role in "The Thieves" about 10 Korean and Chinese thieves who plot to steal a diamond necklet in Macao.
"Gwanghae" has drawn more than 11 million moviegoers, becoming the second local film this year to break the 10 million audience record following "The Thieves."
In South Korea, films drawing 3 to 4 million moviegoers are considered a box-office success. Only five other local films have ever passed the 10 million milestone. (Yonhap News)

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October 31, 2012
'Masquerade' sweeps up 15 awards at the Grand Bell Awards
by jennywill Allkpop
50511199.1.jpgThe 49th Grand Bell Awards were dominated by historical movie, ‘Masquerade‘, which stars Lee Byung Hun.
The event was held on the 30th, and presented a total of 23 different awards. Out of the 23, ‘Masquerade’ took home 15 of the awards, with ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Leading Male Actor’, ‘Best Supporting Male Actor’, ‘Best Costume’, ‘Best Art’, ‘Best Music’, ‘Best Sound Effects’, ‘Toyota Popularity Award’, ‘Best Lighting’, ‘Best Editing’, ‘Best Production’, ‘Best Scenario’, ‘Best Filming’, and ‘Best Video Effects’.
The chairman of the judge panel said, “I didn’t know this would be the results for today“, and the MC for the night, Shin Hyun Joon also expressed his awe and said, “‘Masquerage’ is awesome“.
Other winners include actress Cho Min Soo of ‘Pieta‘ for ‘Best Leading Female Actor’, Kim Hae Sook of ‘The Thieves‘ for ‘Best Supporting Female Actor’, Kim Sung Gyun of ‘Neighbor‘ for ‘Best Male Rookie Actor’, Kim Go Eun of ‘A Muse‘ for ‘Best Female Rookie Actor’, Choi Ji Yeon of ‘Woman‘ for ‘Best Short Film’, Director Choi Jong Tae of ‘Hand in Hand‘ for ‘Best New Director’, and Director Kim Ki Duk of ‘Pieta‘ for ‘Judges’ Special Award’.

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October 31, 2012
"The Masquerade' Sweeps Victory at Korea's Academy Awards Reporter : jiyeonkim@arirang.co.kr l Nate 20121030001249_0.jpg
2012 has been a bumper year of Korean film and the picture that arguably stole the show this year has swept the board at a prestigious local award ceremony.
"The Masquerade," released under the Korean title "Gwanghae," scooped the Best Picture Award at Korea's version of the Academy Awards.
The motion picture won fourteen other gongs at the forty-ninth Daejong Film Awards Tuesday with Lee Byung-hun winning Best Actor for his dual role as the king and an acrobat.
The movie attracted roughly eleven-million moviegoers within two months of its release, according to box-office figures by the Korean Film Council.
Kim Ki-Duk's "Pieta," which won the Golden Lion Award at Venice Film Festival, won two trophies -- the special award from the panels and the Best Actress award for Jo Min-su.

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