The recently concluded 54th Baeksang Arts Awards recognized tvN’s Secret Forest as the overall winner of the said ceremony (television category) as the drama went home with the Daesang or grand prize, keeping any actor, director, or writer from bagging the award on May 3. The last drama to win the grand prize is 2016’s Descendants of the Sun while its writer Kim Eun-sook took home the same recognition the following year for Goblin.
Secret Forest recorded a total of 3 wins (out of 6 nominations), with its lead actor Jo Seung-woo and rookie writer Lee Soo-yeon getting the Best Actor and Best Screenwriter awards, respectively. Meanwhile, Kim Nam-joo of mystery melodrama Misty bested four equally strong contenders to win Best Actress.
Another tvN drama, Mother, won the Best Drama award and beat JTBC’s Misty, KBS2′s Fight For My Way and My Golden Life. The Best Director award was received by PD Kim Yoon-chul of one the highest-rated cable dramas of 2017—Woman of Dignity.
Winning the best supporting actor and actress awards are Park Ho-san of Prison Playbook and Ye Ji-won of Should We Kiss First, respectively. These awards have been newly added to the television category this year. Yang Se-jong of Temperature of Love won Best New Actor while child actress Heo Yool of Mother bagged the best new actress award.
For the popularity awards, Jung Hae-in of Prison Playbook and Bae Suzy of While You Were Sleeping emerged as the Most Popular Actor and Actress, respectively.
The 54th Baeksang Arts Awards took place on May 3, 2018, at the COEX Convention & Exhibition Center in Seoul, with Bae Suzy, Park Bo-gum, and Shin Dong-yup as the hosts of the ceremony. It is a prestigious annual award ceremony considered to be South Korea’s Golden Globe Awards in which notable achievements in the South Korean entertainment industry are given honor in the fields of film and television.