The nominations are out for the 50th annual Baeksang Arts Award which will be held a month from now on Mary 27th. There is a separate section for movies and television and this post will only discuss the television section. I haven’t caught most of the nominated movies yet so I don’t have any opinion value to add other, other than being super stoked than my I Lub You Jung Woo Sung getting nominated for Best Actor Movies for his villain performance in Cold Eyes. Back to the television section, the two dramas that garnered the most nominations was You From Another Star and Answer Me 1994. I’m totally not surprised since those two were the ratings smashes in their respective major network and cable network forums. Other dramas that also got a respectable number of nominations were Good Doctor, I Hear Your Voice, Secret Love Affair, and Warm Words, while other high profile dramas got ignored such as Empress Ki, Heirs, and The Master’s Sun. A few underrated gems such as Cruel City (Heartless City), Miss Korea, and Two Weeks getting shafted was really sad to see.
The nominations for the individual categories are dominated primarily by the actors and actresses from the dramas that got the most love from the Baeksangs, with the nods in the Best Actor Drama category being especially hilarious and chock full of pretty boys most of whom I think do not deserve to be there at all – Kim Soo Hyun, Lee Jong Seok, Joo Won, and Yoo Ah In – and rounded out by the magnificent Jo Jae Hyun who got a nod not for his performance in Scandal but for his sageuk Jeong Do Jeon. The Best Actress Drama category is more well-rounded and acceptable with the choices though I think Jeon Ji Hyun is a lock there. I’m surprised Secret Love Affair got so many nods (though surprisingly none for female lead Kim Hee Ae) since it’s only midway through with it’s run but I guess the selection committee has faith the drama won’t go to pot in its final stretch. Check out the full nominations for the television section below and see if your faves got singled out for the accolade.
Best Drama: Good Doctor, I Hear Your Voice, You From Another Star, Answer Me 1994, Secret Love Affair
Best Director: PD of Good Doctor, PD of Answer Me 1994, PD of Secret Love Affair, PD of You From Another Star, PD of I Hear Your Voice.
Best Screenwriter: Kim Ji Woo (Shark), Park Ji Eun (You From Another Star), Lee Woo Jung (Answer Me 1994), Jung Sung Joo (Secret Love Affair), Ha Ming Hee (Warm Words)
Best Actress Drama: Go Ara (Answer Me 1994), Kim Hye Soo (Queen of the Office), Lee Bo Young (I Hear Your Voice), Jeon Ji Hyun (You From Another Star), Kim Ji Soo (Warm Words).
Best Actor Drama: Kim Soo Hyun (You From Another Star), Lee Jong Seok (I Hear Your Voice), Yoo Ah In (Secret Love Affair), Joo Won (Good Doctor), Jo Jae Hyun (Jeong Do Jeon).
Best New Actress Drama: Kyung Soo Jin (Eun Hee), Doo Hee (Answer Me 1994), Baek Jin Hee (Empress Ki), Han Groo (Warm Words), Son Yeo Eun (Thrice Married Woman)
Best New Actor Drama: Kim Sung Kyun (Answer Me 1994), Baro (God’s Gift: 14 Days), Park Seo Joon (Warm Words), Jung Woo (Answer Me 1994), Choi Jin Hyuk (Gu Family Book).
Best Drama OST Song: Roy Kim “Seoul This Place” Answer Me 1994, Lyn “My Destiny” You From Another Star, Sung Shi Kyung “To You” Answer Me 1994, Ailee “Tears Stole My Heart” Secret Love, Lee Chang Min of 2AM “Moment” Heirs.
Popularity Award: Female Actress
Popularity Award: Male Actor