56th Baeksang Arts Awards announces nominees

The 56th Baeksang Arts Awards has announced its nominees on May 8 and is finally pushing through, sans the audience.

Also known as “South Korea’s Oscars,” which was initially scheduled to take place on May 1, the Baeksang Arts Awards had been pushed back one month due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be held on June 5 at KINTEX in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province, and aired on JTBC.

The prestigious annual event is organized by the publisher of Ilgan Sports, IS PLUS Corp, to honor the cast and crew of TV programs, films, and theater productions released between April 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020.

Kingdom Season 2 Poster
Promotional poster for Netflix’s Kingdom Season 2

This year’s nominees are quite the set. A notable nominee is Netflix’s original series Kingdom Season 2 for Best Drama and Technical Award for visual effects. The historical zombie thriller, penned by Kim Eun-hee, is the first-ever web-based show in the history of the awards ceremony to earn a nomination.

Meanwhile, KBS2’s When the Camellia Blooms and tvN’s Crash Landing on You go head-to-head, bagging nine and eight nominations, respectively, such as Best Drama, Best Actor, and Best Actress, to name a few. This is reminiscent of last year’s nominees, JTBC’s SKY Castle and tvN’s Mr. Sunshine, which bagged nine nominations each, the highest number of nominations for 2019. JTBC’s Itaewon Class is not far behind with seven nominations, including Technical Award for music.

Crash Landing On You Poster
Promotional poster for tvN’s Crash Landing on You

SBS dramas Hyena and Stove League round out the list of nominees for Best Drama.

Cable TV’s highest-rated series The World of the Married (JTBC), with four episodes left to air, also received nominations, including Best Actress and Best New Actress.

Parasite, the international hit that made history as the first non-English film to win an Oscar for Best Picture, also received multiple nominations, including Best Film.

Here are the Baeksang Arts Awards 2020 nominees for drama and film:

My Mister Poster
Promotional poster for My Mister, the winner of the best drama award in 2019.

Best Drama (Last Year’s Winner: tvN’s My Mister)

  • When the Camellia Blooms (KBS2)
  • Crash Landing on You (tvN)
  • Stove League (SBS)
  • Kingdom Season 2 (Netflix)
  • Hyena (SBS)

Best Actor (Last Year’s Winner: Lee Byung-hun of Mr. Sunshine)

  • Kang Ha-neul – KBS2’s When the Camellia Blooms
  • Namkoong Min – SBS’s Stove League
  • Park Seo-joon – JTBC‘s Itaewon Class
  • Joo Ji-hoon – SBS’s Hyena
  • Hyun Bin – tvN’s Crash Landing on You

Best Actress (Last Year’s Winner: Yum Jung-ah of SKY Castle)

  • Gong Hyo-jin – KBS2’s When the Camellia Blooms
  • Kim Hye-soo – SBS’s Hyena
  • Kim Hee-ae – JTBC’s The World of the Married
  • Son Ye-jin – tvN’s Crash Landing on You
  • IU – tvN’s Hotel Del Luna

Best Supporting Actor (Last Year’s Winner: Kim Byung-chul of SKY Castle)

  • Kim Young-min – JTBC’s The World of the Married
  • Yang Kyung-won – tvN’s Crash Landing on You
  • Oh Jung-se – KBS2’s When the Camellia Blooms
  • Yoo Jae-myung – JTBC’s Itaewon Class
  • Jeon Seok-ho – SBS’s Hyena

Best Supporting Actress (Last Year’s Winner: Lee Jung-eun of The Light in Your Eyes)

  • Kwon Nara – JTBC’s Itaewon Class
  • Kim Sun-young – tvN’s Crash Landing on You
  • Seo Ji-hye – tvN’s Crash Landing on You
  • Son Dam-bi – KBS2’s When the Camellia Blooms
  • Yeom Hye-ran – KBS2’s When the Camellia Blooms

Best New Actor (Last Year’s Winner: Jang Ki-yong of Come and Hug Me)

  • Kim Kang-hoon – KBS2’s When the Camellia Blooms
  • Ahn Bo-hyun – JTBC‘s Itaewon Class
  • Ahn Hyo-seop – SBS’s Dr. Romantic 2
  • Ong Seong-wu – JTBC’s Moments of 18
  • Lee Jae-wook – MBC’s Extraordinary You

Best New Actress (Last Year’s Winner: Kim Hye-yoon of SKY Castle)

  • Kim Da-mi – JTBC’s Itaewon Class
  • Jeon Mi-do – tvN’s Hospital Playlist
  • Jeon Yeo-bin – JTBC’s Melo Is My Nature
  • Jung Ji-so – tvN’s The Cursed
  • Han So-hee – JTBC’s The World of the Married

Best Director (Last Year’s Winner: Jo Hyun-tak of SKY Castle)

  • Kim Sung-yoon – JTBC‘s Itaewon Class
  • Lee Jung-hyo – tvN’s Crash Landing on You
  • Cha Yeong-hoon – KBS2’s When the Camellia Blooms
  • Jeong Dong-yoon – SBS’s Stove League
  • Mo Wan-il – JTBC’s The World of the Married

Best Screenplay (Last Year’s Winner: Park Hae-young of My Mister)

  • Kim Roo-ri – SBS’s Hyena
  • Park Ji-eun – tvN’s Crash Landing on You
  • Lee Shin-hwa – SBS’s Stove League
  • Lee Woo-jung – tvN’s Hospital Playlist
  • Lim Sang-choon – KBS2’s When the Camellia Blooms

Technical Award (Last Year’s Winner: Park Sung-jin, special effects, of Memories of the Alhambra)

  • Kim Nam-sik, Ryu Gun-hee, visual effects – Netflix’s Kingdom 2
  • Kim Ji-soo, art – tvN’s Pegasus Market
  • Park Sung-il, music – JTBC’s Itaewon Class
  • Park Si-yeon, filming – tvN’s You Quiz on the Block
  • Jeong Yeon-wook, art – tvN’s Great Escape 3

Best Film (Last Year’s Winner: The Spy Gone North)

  • Parasite
  • The Man Standing Next
  • House of Hummingbird
  • Exit
  • Kim Ji Young, Born 1982

Best Actor (Last Year’s Winner: Lee Sung-min of The Spy Gone North)

  • Song Kang-hoParasite
  • Lee Byung-hunThe Man Standing Next
  • Lee Je-hoonTime to Hunt
  • Jo Jung-sukExit
  • Han Suk-kyuForbidden Dream

Best Actress (Last Year’s Winner: Han Ji-min of Miss Baek)

  • Kim So-jinAnother Child
  • Kim Hee-aeMoonlit Winter
  • Jeon Do-yeonBirthday
  • Jung Yu-miKim Ji Young, Born 1982
  • Jo Yeo-jung – Parasite

Best Supporting Actor (Last Year’s Winner: Kim Joo-hyuk of Believer)

  • Kim Young-minLucky Chan Sil
  • Park Myung-hoonParasite
  • Won Hyun-joonThe Divine Move 2: The Wrathful
  • Lee Gwang-soo Inseparable Bros
  • Lee Hee-joonThe Man Standing Next

Best Supporting Actress (Last Year’s Winner: Kwon So-hyun of Miss Baek)

  • Kim Guk-heeTune in for Love
  • Kim Mi-kyungKim Ji Young, Born 1982
  • Kim Sae-byeokHouse of Hummingbird
  • Park So-dam – Parasite
  • Lee Jung-eunParasite

Best New Actor (Last Year’s Winner: Kim Young-kwang of On Your Wedding Day)

  • Park Myung-hoon Parasite
  • Park Hae-sooTime to Hunt
  • Park Hyung-sik – Juror 8
  • Ahn Ji-hoA Boy and Sungreen
  • Jung Hae-in Tune in for Love

Best New Actress (Last Year’s Winner: Lee Jae-in of Svaha: The Sixth Finger)

  • Kang Mal-geumLucky Chan Sil
  • Kim So-hye Moonlit Winter
  • Kim Hye-joonAnother Child
  • Park Ji-hooHouse of Hummingbird
  • Jang Hye-jinParasite

Best Director (Last Year’s Winner: Kang Hyeong-cheol of Swing Kids)

  • Kim Bora – House of Hummingbird
  • Bong Joon-ho – Parasite
  • Woo Min-ho – The Man Standing Next
  • Lee Jong-eon – Birthday
  • Chung Ji-young – Black Money

Best Screenplay (Last Year’s Winner: Kwak Kyung-taek, Kim Tae-kyun of Dark Figure of Crime)

  • Kim Bora – House of Hummingbird
  • Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won – Parasite
  • Woo Min-ho, Lee Ji-min – The Man Standing Next
  • Lee Sang-geun – Exit
  • Lim Dae-hyung – Moonlit Winter

Technical Award (Last Year’s Winner: Hong Kyung-pyo, filming, of Burning)

  • Lee Ha-jun, art Parasite
  • Hong Kyung-pyo, filming – Parasite
  • Kim Seo-hee, makeup and hair – The Man Standing Next
  • Kim Young-ho, filming – The Battle: Roar to Victory
  • Exit, action

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