The nominees for the 2015 Korea Drama Awards were announced earlier today (September 9th) and competition is fierce for who will win the Daesang and Top Excellence awards. MBC’s popular drama “Kill Me, Heal Me” is the most nominated drama, lead actor Ji Sung is nominated for the Daesang, whilst lead actress Hwang Jung Eum is nominated for Top Excellence Actress, the drama itself is also nominated for Best Drama. The 2015 Korea Drama Awards will be held on the 6th of October 2015 at Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province. Continue reading
Following last weeks “Top 30 Sexiest Female K-Celebs” list is this weeks “Top 30 Most Beautiful Female K-Celeb Faces” list as voted by netizens. Topping the list this week is actress Kim Tae Hee (Yong Pal) who is known for her flawless and small face, coming in second is Lee Young Ae of Dae Jung Geum fame, followed by Jeon Ji Hyun (You Who Came From The Stars) whom also came in at third on last weeks list. Other celebs who made last weeks and this weeks list include Son Ye Jin (Shark), Han Go Eun (Goddess of Fire) and Shin Min Ah (Arang and the Magistrate). Continue reading
The 2014 3rd APAN Star Awards (part of the annual Daejeon Drama Festival) was held a few days ago on November 15th and Jo In Sung was the big winner of the night for his performance in the critically-acclaimed It’s Okay, It’s Love, while two of his fellow castmates, Lee Kwang Soo and rookie actor Do Kyung Soo (D.O of EXO), also took home awards. To absolutely no one’s surprise, however, the show that earned the most nods was You Who Came From the Stars with a total of five – most notably Kim Soo Hyun winning the Actor Top Excellence award and both Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun taking home the Hallyu Star award.
That’s not to say the night wasn’t without a few eyebrow-raising surprises – Kim Hee Sun (while I love her) winning the Actress Top Excellence for Feature-length Dramas for Wonderful Season over Ha Ji Won (Empress Ki) was unexpected, to say the least. I didn’t expect Kim Hee Ae to win Actress Top Excellence for Mini-series over Gong Hyo Jin either, though I wouldn’t say Gong Hyo Jin was robbed in this case – both actresses are excellent. But what about Jin Se Yeon winning a popularity award for Doctor Stranger? At least the love was spread out across the dramas nominated?
The APAN Star Awards ceremony was broadcasted on tvN on November 19th from 6-7pm.
It’s awards season again, the time of year when top stars trot out to accept recognition for their work in TV/film/entertainment and impress (or shock) us all with their red carpet fashion choices. The list of nominations have been released for the APAN Star Awards 2014, which covers all dramas that aired on the Big 3 channels (SBS, MBC, KBS) as well as cable networks from October 1st, 2013 to September 31st, 2014. Along with the nominee roster is confirmation of the special guest performers who will grace the event, which includes Chen of EXO, Ailee, Red Velvet, T-ara and Dae Guk Nam Ah.
The APAN Star Awards is part of the Daejeon Drama Festival and a relatively new event – this year will mark the third time the awards have been held. This year’s ceremony will take place on November 15th (5:00-10:00 PM KST) at the Hall of Jeongsimhwa International Cultural Center, Chungnam National University in Daejeon. Despite its fairly new status, it’s an interesting way to see which dramas and its actors stood out most across the board (the network-hosted award shows every year are really an excuse for broadcasters to give everyone who gave them ratings a pat on the back).
With that said, the nominees this year are fairly obvious on the whole (in particular, Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun being nominated for You Who Came From the Stars and Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin for It’s Okay, It’s Love in the Top Excellence Actor/Actress categories), though not without its fair share of head-scratchers (like Kang So Ra and Jin Se Yeon both being nominated for Excellence Actress for Doctor Stranger – why that drama is even included on an awards list is beyond me). There’s also the Daesang to consider – last year’s Daesang was taken home by Song Hye Kyo for That Winter, The Wind Blows. I’d say it’ll come down to either Stars or It’s Okay, It’s Love for the big winners, but we won’t know until November 15th – in the meantime, what are everyone’s choices for each category?
It’s raining teasers and stills for upcoming KBS weekend drama Wonderful Season! If I was surprised what a warm and nostalgic tone the first teaser took, I’m downright in love with the adorable second teaser, which features Kim Hee Sun as Cha Hae Won, a tough and delightfully unrefined debt-collector. She’s loud, abrasive and certainly not shy of confrontations, clashing often with Kang Dong Hee (Taecyeon). Heh, I’m looking forward to this portrayal already.
KBS weekend drama Wonderful Season (also known as Very Good Times or Wonderful Days) is gearing up to air on February 22nd, having recently released a surprisingly cute 40-second teaser. Producer expectations are sky high after it reportedly broke the 10,000 view mark after 3 days (not exactly viral, but still) and there has been much talk regarding the distinct Gyeongsang dialect that the cast has had to practice, since the drama is set in Gyeongju.
It’s hard to shake off the idea that a drama written by melo-queen Lee Kyung Hee (of Nice Guy fame) will be… well, dark and melo, and both leads Lee Seo Jin and Kim Hee Sun is better known for their serious roles. But first teaser certainly sells the “warm, healing drama” description that has been attached to Wonderful Season and I, for one, am certainly not complaining.