The 2021 Baeksang Arts Award nominations came out five days ago but I didn’t have a chance to write about it since the news was overshadowed by the hullabaloo that was the production of MBC drama Time and things surrounding it. This year’s nominations were solid but still plenty to discuss especially with real life scandal with one nominee. The Best Drama category has Beyond Evil, It’s Okay to Not be Okay, Flower of Evil, Extracurricular, and My Unfamiliar Family. I think it goes to Beyond Evil as It’s Okay is now tied up with Seo Ye Ji‘s scandal, so she can kiss her Best Actress chances goodbye as well. I loved Kim Soo Hyun’s performance but the Best Actor nomination will go to Shin Ha Kyun unless he wins the Daesang (high chance) then I think Lee Jun Ki is long overdue but both Uhm Ki Joon and Song Joong Ki could be the dark horse here. Like I said, a murderer’s row of nominees, and the same in the Best Supporting Actor category.
Anyone can win and deserve it, but Oh Jung Se won last year for When the Camellia Blooms so he’s out this year, Kim Sun Ho was wonderful in Start Up but the drama feels too light, so it’s really a three way race between Park Hee Joon, Kim Ji Hoon, and Choi Dae Hoon. The Best Actress award is going to Kim So Yeon, and Shin Hye Sun could have given her a real run for the money but for the controversy around Queen Cheorin distortion of history stuff. I find the nomination for Kim So Hyun here and Na In Woo for Best New Actor rewards for their hard work in River Where the Moon Rises moreso than actually a nomination worthy performance. I think Moon Chae Won was robbed of her Best Actress nod this year as was Yeo Jin Gu not getting a Best Supporting Actor nom. As for Best Supporting Actress, it’s probably Yeom Hye Ran winning and K-ent is also talking about how the drama and male lead Jo Byung Gyu didn’t get noms after his bullying controversy when earlier he was seen as a lock for a nom.
It’s Okay Not To Be Okay
Flower of Evil
My Unfamiliar Family
Kim Soo Hyun for It’s Okay Not To Be Okay
Song Joong Ki for Vincenzo
Shin Ha Kyun for Beyond Evil
Uhm Ki Joon for Penthouse
Lee Jun Ki for Flower of Evil.
Kim So Yeon for The Penthouse
Kim So Hyun for River Where The Moon Rises
Seo Ye Ji for It’s Okay Not To Be Okay
Shin Hye Sun for Mr. Queen
Uhm Ji Won for Birthcare Center.
Best Supporting Actor:
Kim Sun Ho for Start Up
Kim Ji Hoon for Flower of Evil
Oh Jung Se for It’s Okay Not To Be Okay
Lee Hee Joon for Mouse
Choi Dae Hoon for Beyond Evil
Best Supporting Actress:
Park Ha Sun for Birthcare Center
Shin Eun Kyung for Penthouse
Yeom Hye Ran for The Uncanny Counter
Jang Young Nam for It’s Okay Not To Be Okay
Cha Chung Hwa for Mr. Queen.
Best New Actor:
Kim Young Dae for Penthouse
Na In Woo for River Where The Moon Rises
Nam Yoon Soo for Extracurricular
Song Kang for Sweet Home
Lee Do Hyun for 18 Again
Best New Actress:
Kim Hyun Soo for Penthouse
Park Gyu Young for Sweet Home
Park Joo Hyun for Extracurricular
Lee Joo Young for Times
Choi Sung Eun for Beyond Evil