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There was no surprise in this year's Grand Prize winners of the 3 broadcasting stations' Drama Awards

2008/01/07 Source

MBC - Bae Yong-joon, KBS - Choi Soo-jong, SBS - Kim Hee-ae and Park Shin-yang

'There had been no surprise'.

The winners of this year's Grand Prize of each broadcasting station's Drama Awards had been announced. The result can be summarised into following phrase, 'No surprise'. It is no exaggeration to say that one of the biggest topics of the year was the drama "The Legend" with its astonishing 40 billion-won production bill. It is the most expensive and large-scaled drama ever made in the history of Korean drama and evoked much concerns and worries before it was telecasted. However, the drama recorded more than 30% rating and many agreed that much of its credit should be given to Bae Yong-joon.

Of course, there is a degree of regret that Kim Myung-min, who presented an outstanding charismatic performance in "White Tower", was only awarded the Best Actor of the Year. However, it was general agreement that Bae Yoon-joon did more than enough to be awarded the Grand Prize for his excellent performance.

On the 2007 KBS Drama Awards held on 31st, Choi Soo-jong from KBS 1TV historical drama, "Dae Jo Yeong" was awarded the Grand Prize. This is his 3rd Grand Prize from KBS Drama Awards; the first two were given on 1998 and 2001. However, prior to the ceremony, the majority of officials have already made a prediction that he will win the prize.

In particular, KBS suffered from a rating shortage this year, but "Dae Jo Yeong" was successful in fulfilling social significance of tracing the history of Balhae as well as achieving more than 30% rating. For KBS, "Dae Jo Yeong" was its dutiful son and its pride; and one should recognise Choi Soo-jong's hard work in achieving such great outcomes.

SBS had their award ceremony on the same day as KBS and their only fault was handing out a joint Grand Prize. However, it doesn't change the fact that both Kim Hee-ae and Park Shin-yang presented a worthwhile performance this year to win their Grand Prize.

Kim Hee-ae was the leading actress in script writer, Kim Su-hyun's adulterous drama "My Man's Woman". Her strong and delicate portrait of the psychology of a woman who falls in Forbidden Love affair with a married man have effectively achieved a high rating as well as the popularity of the drama. Also her extreme perm hair and expensive clothing style have enhanced the reality of her character and demonstrated her thorough understanding of the character. This is her 3rd Grand Prize; the first two were given from MBC.

Park Shin-yang have also awarded a Grand Prize from SBS in 2004 with his hit drama, "Lovers in Paris" and made a magnificent come back to receive the Grand Prize once again. The drama "War of Money" is based on the world of private moneylender and Park Shin-yang acted a heartless but humanistic moneylender, Geum Na-ra. For his outstanding performance, a majority of viewers and officials agreed that "Park Shin-yang is an actor who fulfils the viewers' expectation 120%" and was allowed the honour of receiving a Grand Prize.

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