Let’s find out which Korean dramas have been honored at the Seoul Drama Awards 2021 that took place yesterday.
Seoul Drama Awards is an annual international drama festival that celebrates impressive dramas around the world. Seoul Drama Awards first took place in 2006 and 2021 marks the 16th year this award was held. Actor Cha Eun Woo and actress Park Eun Bin took on the role of hosts at this year’s awards ceremony, which was broadcast on MBC. Let’s take a look at the Korean representative dramas that have been honored at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2021.
One of the most important awards of the Seoul International Drama Awards is “Serial Drama Golden Bird Prize”, which was awarded to SBS’s hit thriller drama – “The Penthouse: War in Life”. Writer Kim Soon Ok‘s work, although not being able to maintain its compelling pace throughout 3 seasons, “Penthouse” is still considered a series that is well worth the watch by many viewers. Regarding the level of popularity and impact both in Korea and internationally, it is difficult for any other K-drama to be on par with “Penthouse” during the past 2 years. “Penthouse” is the 5th Korean TV series to be honored in this important category.
In the category dedicated to Korean dramas, “Outstanding Korean Drama”, 4 dramas were the winners. Among them, tvN had 2 winning series, “Vincenzo” and “Start-Up”. Both dramas are popular productions that manage to garner huge amounts of viewers’ attention thanks to interesting storylines, engaging plot and quality cast. In terms of commercial performance, “Vincenzo” is slightly more successful than “Start-Up” both domestically and globally.
The remaining two winners in this category are SBS’s “Taxi Driver” and MBC’s “Kairos”. The MBC drama could not achieve high ratings, but it is still highly appreciated for its quality plot and logical flow. Meanwhile, “Taxi Driver” is evidently a formidable opponent with stable ratings recorded in Korea, increasing steadily with each episode and is considered a strong competitor at the 2022 Baeksang Arts Awards.
The most important award at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2021 is the Grand Prize – Daesang which went to JTBC’s “Missing Child”. Director Jo Yong Won‘s drama is a two-episode television special, about a couple’s life when they find their lost child after 11 years of searching.
Taking on the lead roles in “Missing Child” are Park Hyuk Kwon – who plays the eldest son in “Mine” and Jang So Yeon – a familiar actress in “Something in the Rain” or “Crash Landing on You”. Park Hyuk Kwon also received the “Best Actor” award. He surpassed many other impressive nominees of international TV at this year’s award. After Lee Moon Sik (2013) and Kim Dong Wook (2019), Park Hyuk Kwon is the third Korean actor to win “Best Actor” in the history of Seoul International Drama Awards.
“Missing Child” is the second Korean drama to win the Grand Prize – Daesang in the history of Seoul International Drama Awards, after “Deep Rooted Tree” in 2012. In addition, “Missing Child”‘s director Jo Yong Won excellently won “Best Director”.
In addition to the categories dedicated to Korean dramas, Seoul International Drama Awards 2021 also celebrates individual actors for their outstanding performances. Song Joong Ki convincingly took home the “Outstanding Korean Actor” award thanks to his spectacular performance in “Vincenzo”. Previously, Song Joong Ki was nominated for “Leading Actor in TV” at the Baeksang Arts Awards 2021 and won “Actor Of The Year” at the Brand Of The Year Awards 2021.
As for the category “Outstanding Korean Actress”, the award belongs to Suzy in the drama “Start-Up”. Suzy‘s character Seo Dal Mi in this drama has captured the hearts of many viewers. Compared to her previous roles that often sparked mixed reactions, Suzy received many compliments for her natural performance in “Start-Up”. Winning at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2021 can be seen as a recognition for the improvement in acting of the 1994-born “Nation’s first love” after constantly starring in different dramas. Earlier at the Korea First Brand Awards 2020, Suzy also won “Actress Of The Year” for her role in “Start-Up”.
The last representative of Korea to win at this year’s award is KBS2’s family drama – “Revolutionary Sisters”. The category in which this drama was honored was “Best Original Soundtrack” with the song “Okay” by male singer Young Tak. “Revolutionary Sisters” has continued the success of KBS2 dramas of the family genre when it ended with an average rating of 26.88% and the highest rating of 32.6%.
With 3 wins, JTBC’s “Missing Child” is the most successful drama at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2021, despite the fact that it is only a special project. Congratulations to all the representatives of Korean dramas that won at this year’s awards.