Awards Show Features Diverse Winners
The 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards were held on Friday, November 22nd in Seoul with hosts YU Jun-sang and KIM Hye-soo. Demonstrating just how wide the field of contenders was this year, no clear winner emerged by night’s end with 12 films scooping up awards in 17 categories. Leading the pack by a thin margin was LEE Joon-ik’s Hope
, which earned Best Film as well as Best Supporting Actress for LA Mi-ran and Best Screenplay for KIM Ji-hye and JO Joong-hoon.
Among other big winners for the night was BONG Joon-ho, who earned Best Director for Snowpiercer, while his film also walked away with Best Art Design for Ondrej Nekvasil. HAN Hyo-joo nabbed Best Actress for her performance in popular thriller Cold Eyes while veteran performer HWANG Jung-min was given the Best Actor prize for his colorful turn in PARK Hong-joon’s gangster film New World. The last of the major awards went to LEE Jung-jae, who won Best Supporting Actor for his role in HAN Jae-rim’s The Face Reader.
KIM Byung-woo was awarded Best New Director for his sophomore work The Terror, LIVE while PARK Ji-soo and YEO Jin-gu were named Best Supporting Actress and Actor for Mai Ratima and Hwayi, respectively. JANG Joon-hwan’s Hwayi also picked up a second award for Best Music, which went to artist Mowg.
In the technical categories, RYU Seung-wan’s The Berlin File prevailed with wins for Best Cinematography and Lighting. The Technical Award went to KIM Jong-hwa’s 3D family film Mr. Go.
In audience categories, performers LEE Byung-hun, SEOL Kyung-gu, KONG Hyo-jin and KIM Min-hee shared the Popularity Award while the runaway hit Miracle in Cell No. 7 was awarded the Audience Choice Award for Most Popular Movie. Lastly, Best Short went to JEON Hyo-jong’s Mija.