Director Park Chan Wook and actress Kang Soo Yeon became the main characters of the 2022 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards.
The awards ceremony for the 2022 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards, the most prestigious government-run award in the field of popular culture and arts, was held at the National Theater of Korea’s Haeoreum Grand Theater on Nov 24th. Hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Minister Park Bo Kyun) and organized by the Korea Creative Content Agency (Director Cho Hyun Rae), the “Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award” has been awarded annually since 2010.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism selected 28 nominations for 4 categories, including ▲ Order of Cultural Merit (5), ▲ Presidential Commendation (6), ▲ Prime Minister’s Commendation (8), and ▲ Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation (9).
The Eungwan (Silver Crown) of the Order of Cultural Merit, the biggest honor of this year’s ceremony, was awarded to the winner of the Cannes Film Festival Director Award, director Park Chan Wook of “Decision to Leave” and Korea’s first world star actress Kang Soo Yeon, who debuted in 1969 at the age of 3 and won the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival.
Actor Song Kang Ho, who won the Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in “Broker,” Park Jin Sook, who wrote popular dramas such as “Son and Daughter” after debuting as a writer in 1987, and Heo Young Man, who created countless comics that have been remade into a variety of films and dramas such as “Mr. Q,” “Bridal Mask,” “Tazza,” won the Bogwan (Precious Crown) of the Order of Cultural Merit.
After winning the award, Song Kang Ho said, “I’m so nervous that I want to go to the bathroom. It is an honor to receive such a big award in front of many artists who I respect and admire. There are times when life is good, but there are times when it is hard. It’s still the same these days. If my acting can be a small comfort to you guys, I will try hard to be an actor who can do so,” he said.
The Presidential Commendation announced 6 winner, including ▲ voice actor Hong Seung Ok, ▲ performer Byun Sung Yong, ▲ actor Kim Yoon Seok, ▲ singer Kim Hyun Chul, ▲ writer Park Hae Young, and ▲ music director Bang Joon Seok.
The Prime Minister’s commendation was awarded to 8 people/teams, including ▲ actor Lee Sung Min, ▲ singer Jang Pil Soon, ▲ comedian Park Myung Soo, ▲ singer (team) Jaurim, ▲ director Yeon Sang Ho, ▲ producer Kim Ji Jeon, ▲ singer Zico, and ▲ writer Kim Jung Eun.
The Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation was won by 9 people/teams, including ▲ voice actor Kim Young Sun, ▲ musical actor Kim Sun Young, ▲ producer Han Seung Won, ▲ actress Jeon Mi Do, ▲ comedy actor Hong Hyun Hee, ▲ choreographer Aiki, ▲ singer Paul Kim, ▲ singer (team) Tomorrow by Together, and ▲ singer (team) aespa.
At the awards ceremony hosted by announcer Jang Ye Won and actor Park Sun Ho, popular culture and arts representing the Korean Wave, including choreographer Aiki, dance team HOOK, Oh My Girl Yoo A, and Paul Kim, performed a variety of celebratory performances.