‘CLOY’ star Hyun Bin wins grand prize at 2020 APAN Star Awards

Sought-after actor Hyun Bin has bagged the Daesang or Grand Prize at the 2020 APAN Star Awards for his outstanding performance as Captian Ri Jeong-hyeok in the hit romantic-comedy series Crash Landing on You (CLOY).

Following the announcement of his victory, the 38-year-old star went onstage to receive the highly coveted trophy. In his acceptance speech, Hyun Bin first thanked the drama’s supportive fans, saying, “I am happy to be able to start 2021 with such a big prize. I am now more motivated to do better this year to repay this honor. Up until this moment, I have been receiving lots of love for Crash Landing on You. We are truly grateful to the fans who have watched Crash Landing on You in Korea and from all over the world.”  

He also gave his appreciation to the production team and his co-stars, especially to his then onscreen partner now real-life lover, actress Son Ye-jin (Something in the Rain). He continued, “Many people worked hard to create Crash Landing on You. Thank you to the writer, director, and all of the staff. It was an honor to work and keep up with talented peers, seniors, and juniors, who all showed great acting. I am also grateful to Son Ye-jin, who made Yoon Se-ri the best partner for Ri Jeong-hyeok. Thanks to Ye-jin’s brilliant portrayal of Se-ri, Jeong-hyeok was able to come to life. Thank you.”

To close his speech, Hyun Bin stated, “I will practice more in the future and show you a better version of me. I think I will be able to meet you through a movie this year. I’m cautiously looking forward that it will happen on a day when we can finally take off our masks and greet one another with a smile. Please stay healthy and happy. I hope this year will be better than the last.”

Regarded as one of South Korea’s prestigious award-giving bodies, APAN Star Awards aims to recognize excellence in both terrestrial and cable television entertainment. For its seventh year, APAN took the celebration to The Peace Hall of Kyunghee University in Seoul and was hosted by renowned entertainer Kim Seung-woo (Late Night Restaurant). Two months after its postponement due to COVID-19, the annual event was finally held this January 23 (Star) and 24 (Music), wherein the second day acknowledged the many contributions that were made to the music industry in 2020. The integrated 2020 APAN MusicStar Awards was broadcast exclusively on online platforms Olleh TV and Seezn.

Check out the full list of personalities who also received their much-deserved distinctions below!

2020 APAN Star Awards Winners

Daesang (Grand Prize): Hyun BinCrash Landing on You

Drama of the Year: Itaewon Class (JTBC)

Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries: Kang Ha-neulWhen the Camellia Blooms

Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries: Kim Hee-sunAlice

Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama: Lee Sang-yeobOnce Again

Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama: Lee Min-jungOnce Again

Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries: Park Hae-joonThe World of the Married

Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries: Seo Ye-jiIt’s Okay To Not Be Okay

Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama: Lee Sang-yiOnce Again

Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama: Shim Yi-youngMy Wonderful Life

Best New Actor: Lee Do-hyun18 Again and Jang Dong-yoonThe Tale of Nokdu

Best New Actress: Jeon Mi-doHospital Playlist

Best Supporting Actor: Oh Jung-seIt’s Okay To Not Be Okay, Hot Stove League and Kim Young-minThe World of the Married, Crash Landing on You

Best Supporting Actress: Kim Sun-youngCrash Landing on You, Backstreet Rookie

Popular Star Award, Actor: Kim Soo-hyun It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

Popular Star Award, Actress: Seo Ye-ji It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

KT Seezn Star Award: Son Ye-jin Crash Landing on You

Best OST: “Sweet Night” by BTS’s VItaewon Class

Best Writer: Lee Shin-hwa Hot Stove League

Best Director: Cha Young-hoonWhen the Camellia Blooms

Best Manager: Kang Geon-taek (VAST Entertainment)

Web Drama Award: Best Mistake (V Live)

Short-Form Drama Award: Live Like That (KBS2)

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Aurora Bae

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