The 56th Baeksang Awards have come and gone. For the third consecutive year, our lovely presenters, Suzy, Park Bo-gum and Shin Dong-yup, guided us through the ceremony. The celebration of this event occurred Friday, June 5. Some of our favorite shows received the recognition they deserve.
Big Categories & Big Winners
In television, there were a great number of categories. Grand Prize, Best Drama and Best Screenplay represent the overall quality of a K-drama. Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress give insight into the best ensemble. Best New Actor, Best New Actress, Most Popular Actor and Most Popular Actress show a spotlight on up-and-coming talents. These last awards also represent the tastes of the public.
“When the Camellia Blooms” portrays the difficulties of being a single mother in Korean society. The K-drama won several awards: Grand Prize, Best Screenplay (Im Sang-choon), Best Actor (Kang Ha-neul) and Best Supporting Actor (Oh Jung-se).
“The World of the Married” won Best Director (Mo Wan-il) and Best Actress (Kim Hee-ae). In Korean cable TV, this drama became the highest-rated drama in history. This incredibly popular show dealt with themes such as revenge, marital relations and adultery.
“Crash Landing on You” is the story of the socio-political issues that divide our lead couple. This K-drama won Best Supporting Actress (Kim Sun-young), the Bazaar Icon Award (Seo Ji-hye) and both the Male and Female TikTok Awards for Popularity (Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin).
“Itaewon Class,” a drama about an ex-convict who aims to open a restaurant in Itaewon, won Best New Actress (Kim Da-mi). Lastly, “Dr. Romantic 2” won the award for Best New Actor (Ahn Hyo-seop).
Connected By Love of the Arts
No one can deny that the pandemic affected the 56th Baeksang Awards. There was no audience. The actors sat rather separate from one another to maintain their safety. But then a group of child actors took the stage to sing Lee Juck classic “Things We Took For Granted.” These children overwhelmed the hearts of all the spectators and the actors.
All the nominated and winning dramas of this year brought humor, emotion and even controversy to our screens. The eventual winners must have taken the committee ages to decide. Whether your favorite drama won or not, every single one was special in their own way. Each show deserved its nomination. Here’s hoping we see many more brilliant dramas nominated for the 57th Baeksang Awards!
Maria Jose Marin Rodrigues is a young aspiring journalist and writer. Her area of interest is in entertainment, especially in non-occidental productions, with a focus on Asian and Latin-American shows.