Just the mere thought that I get to see Lee Seung Gi and Ha Ji Won at the same place, attending the year end MBC Drama Awards, makes me giddy with excitement. It’s been a year and a half since they worked together in The King 2 Hearts, also a MBC drama, and to date in 2013 I still haven’t found an OTP that I’ve loved as much as I loved them as the King Lee Jae Ha and his Queen Kim Hang Ah. The nominations are out for MBC’s 2013 Daesang (the highest award of the night) and chances are only the winner will attend while the other nominees might show up if they win other awards. Each network’s drama awards is like an employee recognition event so it’s purely goodwill, ratings, connections, and pats on the back all around. Don’t read too much into winning anything being the equivalent of an acting validation. MBC has had an okay year in 2013 – it’s all-sageuk line-up on Mon-Tues did good to solid ratings, it mostly floundered in the Wed-Thurs timeslot, but it made up for it by doing even more makjang than usual weekend fare and luring the audience in. The nominations for the Daesang are all heavyweights to current It-actors or actresses and I actually don’t see a frontrunner in the bunch. The line up includes: Lee Seung Gi for Gu Family Book, Ha Ji Won for the currently airing Empress Ki, Moon Geun Young for Goddess of Fire Jeongi (LOL forever), The Queen’s Classroom with Go Hyun Jung, and Park Won Sook for A Hundred Years Inheritance. Last year’s Daesang winner was Horse Doctor with Jo Seung Woo. I guess Han Ji Hye‘s valiant turn as twins in the bipolar I Summon You, Gold didn’t make the cut. I don’t care who wins as long as Ha Ji Won and Lee Seung Gi pose for a picture together for me, even if my King has turned into a half-gumiho while his Queen has run off to become an Empress. I’m also chuckling with the sneaking suspicion that MBC will somehow give Moon Geun Young and Kim Bum a couples award for GoF, despite them NOT being a couple in the drama, since this is one network that will pounce on any free fanservice when it can. The winners will all be announced before the ceremony which is usually held in the last few days of December.
I’m betting one of the ladies bags the MBC Daesang this year. Prolly a toss-up between Ha Ji Won and Go Hyun Jung.