It’s finally time to move on to the boys on TvN’s summer special program “The List 2015“, the show has done two other lists so far both focused on women, Top 30 Hottest Females and Top 30 Most Beautiful Faces . This weeks list of “Top 20 Coolest Male K-Celebs” was done a bit differently to the previous two, being that it was created based solely on male votes, whilst the previous two were done by a mix of both men and women, however TvN also did a separate vote just for the women and so we have the Top 10 from that one to compare to the Top 10 from the male votes. Coming in at #1 for the guys is actor and director Ha Jung Woo (Assassination) who’s one of the top Korean actors of his generation and exudes charisma whether on the small screen, big screen or stage. For the girls All About Eve’s Jang Dong Gun comes in at #1, one of Korea’s original hearthrobs and most bankable stars, Jang Dong Gun is not only one of Korea’s beloved stars but is also one amazing actor and a constant mention during film festivals.
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?
Is anyone excited for some Yoo Ah In? It’s been a long while since he won me over in Sungkyunkwan Scandal and his subsequent drama choices have left much to be desired – The Drama Which Shall Not Be Named (Hint: It started with “Fashion” and ended with “King”) and Jang Ok Jung, which reportedly started off well and showcased his strong chemistry with Kim Tae Hee before the plot gradually transcended Earth logic – so I’m long overdue for my Yoo Ah In fix. I’m not sure a boundary-defying romance melodrama will renew my devotion to his small-screen roles, but I have my fingers and toes crossed.