And the awards night must go on and so they did! The 56th Baeksang Arts Awards held June 5, 2020 in Goyang, South Korea went on despite not having their usual huge crowd of audience to cheer for their Korean actors and actresses in the movie and television categories.
Considered as South Korea’s counterpart of the Oscar’s, competition was tight among it’s popular nominees who are no strangers to major acting events. Present in their handsome suits and gorgeous elegant gowns were, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Hye-soo, Kim Hee-ae, Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Kwon Nara, Jung Hae-in, Namgoong-min, Gong Hyo-jin, Son Ye-jin, Hyun Bin, Kim Soo-hyun, Jo Jung-suk, Seo Ji-hye, Kang Ha-neul, and Han So-hee with Hae Jun-park.
Fans and supporters viewed the awards night via YouTube and Twitter livestreaming.
Congratulations to the Honor Roll of this year’s 56th Baeksang Arts Awards:
Best TV Drama: Hot Stove League
Best Actress: Kim Hee-ae for World of the Married
Best Actor: Kang Ha-neul for When The Camellia Blooms
Best Supporting Actress: Kim Sun-young for Crash Landing On You
Best Supporting Actor: Oh Jung-se for When The Camellia Blooms
Best New Actress: Kim Da-mi for Itaewon Class
Best New Actor: Ahn Yeo-seop for Dr. Romantic 2
Most Popular Actor and Actress: Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin
Best Director: Mo Wan-il for The World of the Married
Best Screenplay: When The Camellia Blooms
Bazaar Icon Award: Seo Ji-hye
Best Variety Performer, Male: Yoo Jae-suk
Best Variety Performer, Female: Park Na-rae
Best Technical Achievement: Jang Yeon-ok for The Great Escape
The Daesang or Grand Prize for drama went to When The Camellia Blooms
Best Film: Parasite
Best Film Director: Bora Kim (Kim Bora) for House of Hummingbird.
Best New Film Director: Kim Do-young for Kim Ji-Young: Born 1982
Best Film Screenplay: Lee Sang-geun for Exit
Best Actor: Lee Byung Hun for The Man Standing Next
Best Actress: Jeon Do-yeon for Happy Birthday
Best Supporting Actor, Film Category: Lee Kwang-soo for Inseparable Bros
Best Supporting Actress, Film Category: Kim Sae-byuk for House of Hummingbird
Best New Actress: Kang Mal-geum for Lucky Chan Sil
Best New Actor: Park Myung-hoon for Parasite
Best Technical Achievement: Kim Seo-hee for The Man Standing Next
The Daesang or Grand Prize for film: Bong Joon-ho for Parasite
Hosting the awards night for the 3rd straight year were Shin Dong Yup, Suzy and Park Bo Gum.
It was also notable that due to the ongoing pandemic on CoVid-19, the Baeksang Arts Awards could be considered as the first award-giving body who carefully observed and adhered to the new normal of social distancing protocol by the WHO World Health Organization.