“Stranger” & “1987: When The Day Comes” Win Grand Prizes At The 54th Baeksang Arts Awards

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Well-deserved achievements were given to the victorious artists who graced 2017’s television and film productions in the 54th Baeksang Arts Awards.

South Korea’s popular actors attended the celebration of the 54th Baeksang Arts Awards on May 3 at COEX Convention & Exhibition Center in Seoul.

Park Bo Gum, Bae Suzy and Shin Dong Yup brightened up the mood as the hosts of the event.

The 2018 edition of the awarding ceremony highlighted the superb drama and film selections, which aired in 2017 up until the first quarter of 2018.

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Here’s a run down of the winners in the 54th Baeksang Arts Awards. Check out the nominees here.


Stranger bagged the grand prize for television with Mother winning the Best TV Drama category.

Seasoned top actors Cho Seung Woo and Kim Nam Joo emerged as the best lead actor and actress respectively for their works in Stranger and Misty.

54th Baeksang Arts Awards

54th Baeksang Arts Awards

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Yang Se Jong bested a tight race in the new actor award, owing to his heartfelt performance in Temperature of Love. He was also great in the crime thriller Duel last year.

Child actress Heo Yool (Mother) won the newcomer honor for female actress — a tropy well-deserved for her insightful and amazing chemistry with on-screen mom Lee Bo Young.

Bae Suzy notched the most popular TV actress.

Her While You Were Sleeping co-star Jung Hae In led the male race for the award with his stint on Prison Playbook. But we actually think it’s more of his recent popularity surge in Something in the Rain.

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The technical and creative achievements for television were well-distributed and justified.

PD Kim Yun Cheol was awarded as the best director for his orchestration in The Lady in Dignity. Best TV script went to writer Lee Soo Yeon who penned Stranger.

Best Supporting Actor and Actress were given to Park Jung Hwan and Ye Ji Won.

Healing variety show Hyori’s Homestay secured the Best TV Entertainment program, while KBS Special was the top choice for Educational/Cultural TV show.


In the movie section, star-powered political thriller film, 1987: When The Day Comes, secured the Grand Prize honor as well as the Best Screenplay.

Veteran actor Kim Yoon Seok won the Best Film Actor, with Park Hee Sun also winning the top supporting actor award.

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Na Moon Hee claimed the festival’s best film actress, with Lee Su Kyung winning the supporting actress honor.

The Fortress was given the Best Film honor. PD Kang Yoon Sung was cited as the Best New Film Director for his work in The Outlaws.

Kim Yong Hwa succeeded as the Best Film Director for the top-grossing film of 2017, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds. The movie also finished first in the visual effects category.

54th Baeksang Arts Awards

Below is the complete list of the winners of 54th Baeksang Arts Awards.


▲ Grand Prize Television : Stranger (tvN)
▲ Best Drama: Mother (tvN)
▲ Best Entertainment Show: Hyori’s Homestay
▲ TV Award: Lee Seung-Moon
▲ Best Director: Kim Yun Cheol (The Lady in Dignity)
▲ Best Actor: Cho Seung Woo (Stranger)
▲ Best Actress: Kim Nam Joo (Misty)
▲ Best New Actor: Yang Se Jong (Temperature of Love)
▲ Best New Actress: Heo Yool (Mother)
▲ Male Variety Show Performer: Seo Jang Hoon
▲ Female Variety Show Performer: Song Eun Yi
▲ Best Script: Lee Soo Yeon (Stranger)
▲ Popularity Award: Jung Hae In (Prison Playbook) & Bae Suzy (While You Were Sleeping)
▲ Bazaar icon: Nana
▲ Best Educational/Culture Show: KBS Special
▲ Best Technical Achievement: Choi Sung Woo (KBS Special)
▲ Best Supporting Actor: Park Jeong Hwan (Prison Playbook)
▲ Best Supporting Actress: Ye Ji Won (Should We Kiss First?)

▲ Grand Prize Film: 1987: When the Day Comes
▲ Best Film: The Fortress
▲ Best Director: Kim Yong Hwa (Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds)
▲ Best Actor: Kim Yun Seok (1987: When the Day Comes)
▲ Best Actress: Na Moon Hee (I Can Speak)
▲ Best Supporting Actor: Park Hee Sun (1987: When the Day Comes)
▲ Best Supporting Actress: Lee Su Kyung (Heart Blackened)
▲ Best New Actor: Koo Gyo Hwan (Jane)
▲ Best New Actress: Choi Hee Seo (Anarchist of Colony)
▲ Best New Director: Kang Yun Seong (The Outlaws)
▲ Best Screenplay: Kim Kyung Chan (1987: When the Day Comes)
▲ Best Visual Effects: Jin Jong Hyun (Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds)

Congratulations to the winners!

Check out more photos from the red carpet.

54th Baeksang Arts Awards

(Photos from iMBC)

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