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Gong Hyo-jin wins KBS Drama Awards grand prize

By Lee Min-young The Korea Times hny2.gif

Actress Gong Hyo-jin wins her first drama award grand prize in a 20-year acting career. Courtesy of KBS
Actress Gong Hyo-jin wins her first drama award grand prize in a 20-year acting career. Courtesy of KBS

Actress Gong Hyo-jin, 40, took home her first grand prize at the 2019 KBS Drama Awards on Dec. 31 for "When the Camellia Blooms."


In the romantic comedy, Gong plays Dong Baek, an orphan and single mom struggling to make ends meet at a new town she settles in with her young son.


The women-empowering drama shows how she deals with life's difficulties and a man she later falls in love with, Yong-shik (Kang Ha-neul), who slowly opens her heart through love and care.


In her acceptance speech, an overwhelmed Gong said: "I have received so much love through this drama. The drama has consoled and encouraged the actors as much as it did for the viewers. I felt sad as the drama was nearing an end because it was so special to me.


"I think I won't be able to meet a drama like this ever again in my life."

Actress Gong Hyo-jin wins her first drama award grand prize in a 20-year acting career. Courtesy of KBS
"When the Camellia Blooms" topped the ratings on KBS when it aired from Sept. 18 to Nov. 21. Courtesy of KBS


"When the Camellia Blooms" also set a record in KBS drama awards by receiving 12 prizes at Tuesday's ceremony.


The show quickly rose to top spot in the ratings after it aired on Sept. 18 and maintained that until it finished on Nov. 21. It is now available on Netflix.


Gong was a teenager when she debuted as a model. Her film career began with the horror flick "Whispering Corridors 2" in 1999. She has starred in mega-hit TV dramas and films throughout her 20-year career, including MBC's "Pasta" (2010) and "The Greatest Love" (2011).


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56th Baeksang Arts Awards

Daesang (When Camellia Blooms)

Best Screenplay (When Camelia Blooms)

Best Actor (Kang Ha Neul)

Best suporting actor (Oh Jung Se)




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The “56th Baeksang Arts Awards” Judges Share How They Came To Select These 5 Winners

On June 5, 2020, the prestigious 56th Baeksang Arts Awards held its no-audience ceremony — celebrating another successful year of Korean movies and dramas. The greatest hits from April 2019 to April 2020 took home the well-deserved trophies. In case you’re curious though, here are the details on how the Baeksang Arts Awards judges selected some of the winners.

1. Daesang (Grand Prize)

While the daesang candidates have not been revealed prior to the ceremony, the judges discussed the possibilities among When The Camellia BloomsMister Trot, and actress Kim Hee Ae from The World of The Married. When the actual voting process began, however, the judges in general showed a strong inclination toward When The Camellia Blooms. They commented, “Television nowadays must provide the viewers with both entertainment and social insight. When The Camellia Blooms did exactly that.” According to the judges, When The Camellia Blooms taught the viewers that the average citizens can come together and make big changes — which is certainly the most appropriate message that the society needs at the moment. The judges thought highly of the fact that When The Camellia Blooms emphasized “We’re all protagonists in our own ways” and thus, inspired them to throne it the Baeksang grand prize.

2. Best Actor

The judges shared that the votes remained split between actor Kang Ha Neul of When The Camellia Blooms and acter Namkoong Min of Hot Stove League until the final round. Ultimately, Kang Ha Neul had the honor of winning Best Actor — for his most believable portrayal of the character Hwang Yong Shik. The judges believed Kang Ha Neul boasted an excellent spectrum of emotions on the show, which is rare from the relatively young group of actors in their 30s.
3. Best Supporting Actor
Actor Oh Jung Se of both When The Camellia Blooms and Stove League won Best Supporting Actor with an unanimous vote from the judges. They commented, “Oh Jung Se successfully played two entirely different characters in his hit dramas — all the while making the viewers believe they are completely separate people. His ability to do this is simply irreplaceable.
4. Best Actress
The competition for the Best Actress award had been the fiercest yet. According to the judges, The World of The Married‘s Kim Hee Ae went head to head against When The Camellia Blooms‘s Gong Hyo Jin and Hyena‘s Kim Hye Soo. Eventually the judges came to agree that Kim Hee Ae’s deep understanding of — and the multi-dimensional portrayal of — the shattered-and-miserable Dr. Ji Sun Woo deserved to be awarded

5. Best New Actress

Actress Kim Da Mi happily took home this once-in-a-lifetime award — for her funky-fresh character in the webtoon-based K-Drama Itaewon Class. Judges commented that she and Hospital Playlist actress Jeon Mi Do had the judges bouncing back and forth until the very last minute. They revealed, “It was a really close call. Jeon Mi Do actually lost by a single vote.” In the end, Kim Da Mi’s rising and trendsetting presence in the K-Drama world deemed her more worthy of the super rookie title.



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Actor Kang Ha-neul, Pengsoo and producer Kim Tae-ho among KBA winners

September 2, 2020




Actor Kang Ha-neul, Pengsoo and producer Kim Tae-ho were some of the recipients at the annual award ceremony hosted by the Korean Broadcasters Association (KBA), the group announced on Wednesday.

Kang won the Best Actor award for the hit KBS drama series “When the Camellia Blooms” (2019), EBS star Pengsoo took Best Entertainer for the program “Giant PengTV” and Kim won Best Producer for his popular MBC reality show “Hangout With Yoo.”

The title of the Best Television Drama Series also went to “When the Camellia Blooms,” and screenwriter Im Sang-chun received the Best Screenwriter award.

“SBS drama series ’Hot Stove League’ and ‘Camellia,’ which signaled the recovery of the popularity of drama series on terrestrial broadcasters, were neck and neck in the competition,” the organization said. “By the smallest gap, ‘Camellia’ won. By winning the Best Television Drama Series, Best Actor and Best Screenwriter, the series once again proved that it was the best drama series of 2019.”

The Korea Broadcasting Awards recognizes the nation’s top television programs, entertainers and actors. Due to Covid-19, the ceremony this year will be prerecorded and aired on MBC on Sept. 10. The recipient of the Grand Prize will also be revealed then.


BY LEE JAE-LIM   [lee.jaelim@joongang.co.kr] 



[Korea Broadcasting Awards] Acting Prize (goes to an actor or actress)
2020: Kang Ha-neul (When the Camellia Blooms)
2019: Kim Nam-gil (The Fiery Priest)
2018: Gam Woo-sung (Should We Kiss First?)
2017: Nam Goong-min (Good Manager)
2016: Hwang Jung-eum (She was Pretty)
2015: Jo Jae-hyun (Punch)
2014: Jeon Ji-hyun (My Love from the Star)
2013: Son Hyun-joo (The Chaser)
2012: Kim Soo-hyun (Moon Embracing the Sun)
2011: Cha Seung-won (The Greatest Love)
2010: Go Hyun-Jung (Queen Seondeok)

2009: Kim Myung-min (Beethoven Virus)
2008: Choi Soo-jung (Dae Jo-yeong)
2007: Ha Ji-won (Hwang Jin-yi)
2006: Kim Myung-min (Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin)

2005: Kim Jung-eun (Lovers in Paris)
2004: Go Doo-shim (More Beautiful than a Flower)
2003: Lee Byung-hun (All In)
2002: Jeon In-hwa (Ladies of the Palace)
2001: Kim Young-chul (Taejo Wang Geon)
2000: Kim Young-ae (Waves)
1999: Choi Soo-jung (Legendary Ambition)



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