Weekend dramas lead nominations at 2018 Korea Drama Awards

Weekend Korean dramas (those that air from Friday to Sunday) compose the majority of the series which received nominations from the 2018 Korea Drama Awards (KDA), an annual award ceremony organized by the Korea Drama Festival since 2007 that honors outstanding accomplishments in television. Out of the 19 dramas which received nominations from the KDA this year, 12 (63 %) are weekend series from KBS2, MBC, SBS, JTBC, and tvN—with KBS2 having the most number of dramas that earned nominations, at 6. This year’s ceremony covers dramas which aired from October 2017 to September 2018.

KBS2’s Marry Me Now and My Golden Life lead the list of nominees with the most number of nominations, garnering a total of 7 and 6, respectively, including the Grand Prize and Best Drama. All contenders for the Grand Prize come from weekend dramas. Meanwhile, competing against Marry Me Now and My Golden Life for both the Best Drama and Best Screenplay awards are tvN’s My Ajusshi and MBC’s Money Flower. The complete list of nominees is shown below. For more information about the award ceremony, one can visit the organizer’s website.

Last year, Kim Sang-joong from the MBC drama Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People won the Grand Prize while Ruler: Master of the Mask and Goblin took home the Best Drama award. The Best Screenplay award was given to Park Hye-jin for penning the series Ruler: Master of the Mask.

The 2018 Korea Drama Awards will be held on October 2, 2018 at the Gyeongnam Culture and Art Center in  Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province.

Grand Prize

  • Lee Mi-sook — Money Flower (MBC)
  • Lee Byung-hun — Mr. Sunshine (tvN)
  • Yoo Dong-geun — Marry Me Now (KBS2)
  • Chun Ho-jin — My Golden Life (KBS2)

Best Drama

  • Marry Me Now
  • My Ajusshi
  • Money Flower
  • My Golden Life

Best Screenplay

  • Park Pil-joo — Marry Me Now (KBS2)
  • Park Hae-young — My Ajusshi (tvN)
  • Lee Myung-hee — Money Flower (MBC)
  • So Hyun-kyung — My Golden Life (KBS2)

Top Excellence Award (Actor)

  • Kam Woo-sung — Shall We Kiss First (SBS)
  • Park Seo-joon — What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (tvN)
  • Park Si-hoo — My Golden Life (KBS2)
  • Lee Sang-woo — Marry Me Now (KBS2)

Top Excellence Awards (Actress)

  • Shin Hye-sun — My Golden Life (KBS2)
  • Wang Bit-na — Mysterious Personal Shopper (KBS2)
  • Jung Yu-mi — Live (tvN)
  • Han Ji-hye — Marry Me Now (KBS2)

Excellence Award (Actor)

  • Ryu Soo-young — The Good Witch (SBS)
  • Seo Kang-joon — Are You Human Too? (KBS2)
  • Ohn Joo-wan — Man Who Sets The Table (MBC)
  • Chansung — What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (tvN)

Excellence Awards (Actress)

  • Park Se-young — Money Flower (MBC)
  • Shin Se-kyung — Black Knight (KBS2)
  • Uee — My Husband Oh Jak Doo (MBC)
  • Chae Jung-ahn — Suits (KBS2)

Best New Actor

  • Lee Si-kang — Happy Sisters (SBS)
  • Yeo Hoi-hyun — Marry Me Now (KBS2)
  • Wi Ha-joon — Something in the Rain (JTBC)
  • Cha Eun-woo — My ID is Gangnam Beauty (JTBC)

Best New Actress

  • Kim Tae-ri — Mr. Sunshine (tvN)
  • Park Se-wan — Marry Me Now (KBS2)
  • Seo Eun-soo — My Golden Life (KBS2)
  • Jung Hye-sung  — Doubtful Victory (SBS)


Me? Just an ordinary lad with an extraordinary (says this something called 'stereotype') habit of watching Korean dramas. It started with action-filled City Hunter and the rest, as they say, is history.