The 51st Baeksang Art Awards nominations came out last Friday and was by and large pretty decent on the selection of quality performances and works. A few questionable selections snuck in but nothing so egregious as to offend sensibilities. Aside from the nominees selected by the voting committee, there are four popularity awards up for grabs in each of the lead acting categories. It’s called “Favorite ______ Award” and doesn’t mince around – the winner is selected 100% by popular vote.
There are two ways to vote this year, a Chinese weibo account and a Baeksang app for Android devices, both of which are tallied together and the current stats can be viewed on either platform. In the first two days of voting, the leading vote getters in each of the four categories are as follows (by a wide margin lead): Lee Min Ho – Favorite Film Actor for Gangnam Blues, Park Shin Hye – Favorite Film Actress for The Royal Tailor, Lee Jong Seok – Favorite Television Actor for Pinocchio, and Krystal Jung – Favorite Television Actress for My Lovely Girl.
It’s pretty darn entertaining to behold the power of the popularity award at work in full force, for example the current second place vote getters are: Park Yoochun – Favorite Film Actor for Sea Fog, Choi Sulli – Favorite Film Actress for Fashion King, Ji Sung – Favorite Television Actor for Kill Me Heal Me, and Gu Hye Sun – Favorite Television Actress for Blood. In third place after two days voting are: Kwang Soo – Favorite Film Actor for Confession, Kim So Eun – Favorite Film Actress for Entangled, Do Kyung Soo – Favorite Television Actor for It’s Okay, It’s Love, and Jung Yumi – Favorite Television Actress for Discovery of Love. I honestly have no comment on any of the leading vote getters, this is after all an award that goes to the actor or actress with the most itchy fingered voting fans. If I cared then I would be voting, as should anyone who wants to see his/her bias win this award if not nominated in the substantive categories. I’m just rubbernecking to see if any of the runner ups can top the current leads in the next few weeks.
Click here to go to the live weibo account with voting and stats.