Actors representing K-Entertainment will face off at this year’s Baeksang Arts Awards. Who will be taking home the trophies?
Best Actor (TV Category)
Kim Nam Gil, who hit the jackpot in 2019 with the drama The Fiery Priest, made a successful comeback after three years with SBS’s Through the Darkness. He firmly took the center of the drama, which could be drawn provocatively for its true story-based episodes, completing meaningful work.
Lee Jung Jae established himself as a global star through Netflix’s Squid Game. Within four weeks of releasing the series, it captivated more than 100 million viewers around the world and got invited to various awards ceremonies, proving its global syndrome.
Lee Junho is already in the ninth year of his acting career. Amid the continued rise of OTT platforms, he was the one who kept the pride of terrestrial networks. He sparked the Yi San syndrome with MBC’s The Red Sleeve, opening the second heyday of his life.
Jung Hae In easily broke through the limitations of being dubbed “the nation’s younger brother” with Netflix’s D.P. His charm, which we thought only stood out in the romance genre, was clearly showcased even in a series centering around the military. Poignantly portraying the issue of military absurdity, he and the show caused considerable social resonance.
Best Actress (TV Category)
Kim Tae Ri is a never-failing actress. Even her second drama, tvN’s Twenty-Five Twenty-One, became a hit, thanks to her flawless performance. In particular, it was her acting that persuaded viewers of the cartoon-like narrative of a teenager.
Kim Hye Soo transformed from a juvenile judge on Netflix’s Juvenile Justice, taking the center of a serious and heavy project. And just as expected, she led the show to success with her intense acting.
Park Eun Bin gave birth to a new character – a girl dressed up as a guy to become the king – in KBS’s The King’s Affection. With her unique, powerful voice and delicate portrayals of the character, she settled the unrealistic plot into the historical genre.
In MBC’s The Red Sleeve, Lee Se Young was the strong and lovely Deok In herself. The actress took on the challenge of naturally portraying the long years, from her 18-year-old court lady days to becoming a consort, of the female lead.
Han So Hee proved her potential in Netflix’s My Name. She led the 8-part action series herself. She stood out even amongst the veteran actors, and she pulled off both the intense action sequences and delicate emotional scenes impeccably.
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