‘When the Camellia Blooms’ takes home Daesang; ‘Stove League’ named Best Drama at 56th Baeksang Arts Awards

It was indeed a night of stars dressed to the nines at the recently concluded 56th Baeksang Arts Awards!

KBS2’s When the Camellia Blooms bagged the Daesang (Grand Prize), the highest recognition awarded by the ceremony. Among its nine nominations, the show also nabbed three other awards. Lim Sang-choon secured the first win of the series with the Best Screenplay award. His 2017 work, Fight for My Way, also earned him the same nomination at the 54th Baeksang Arts Awards. Oh Jung-se achieved the next win with the Best Supporting Actor award. His personification of the annoying landlord and peanut non-payer No Gyu-tae was well-received by viewers and selection committee. Kang Ha-neul, who played the lovable and loyal local police officer Hwang Yong-sik in the show, received the Best Actor award for his performance.

The international hit series Crash Landing on You, which had the second most number of nominations at eight, won one main award and three special awards. Kim Sun-young, who played the adored village leader of North Korea Na Wol-suk, scored the Best Supporting Actress award. The drama’s lead stars Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin received the TikTok Popularity Award, garnering the most number of fan votes in an official poll held for a week, right before the awarding. This recognition is in official partnership with TikTok, a social media sharing service of short-form videos optimized for mobile. Seo Ji-hye was also honored as the best fashion and style figure, receiving the Harper’s Bazaar Icon Award. It was last received by Nana (Justice) in the 2018 Baeksang Arts Awards. 

The highest-rated Korean drama of cable TV, The World of the Married, claimed two wins. The woman behind the scorned wife of the show, Kim Hee-ae, emerged as the victor among the Best Actress nominees. Mo Wan-il, who was nominated for Best Director with 2018’s Misty, got this year’s win for the same category. 

Meanwhile, the SBS sports drama Stove League broke the four-year winning streak of Best Dramas from tvN as it bested When the Camellia Blooms, Crash Landing on You, Kingdom Season 2, and Hyena

Rounding out the winners for TV dramas are Ahn Hyo-seop for Best New Actor and Kim Da-mi for Best New Actress for their notable performances in Dr. Romantic 2 and Itaewon Class, respectively. 

Dubbed as the Korean version of the Oscars, the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards celebrated and gave recognition to the most outstanding cast and crew of TV, film, and theater productions released between April 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. This year’s awarding, held on June 5, was hosted by Shin Dong-yup, Bae Suzy, and Park Bo-gum, who have been the official emcees of the event for three consecutive years.

In accordance with safety protocols against COVID-19, the ceremony was held without an audience and had arranged social-distancing seating for all attendees. 

You can check out the full list of winners for TV here and for film here.

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