Lee Jong Suk, Namgoong Min, Park Eun Bin and more actors have had a good performance this year.
The year-end acting awards season, which encourages the hard work of actors and production crews who made viewers laugh and cry at home theaters throughout the year, is just around the corner. Even in 2022, many works provided fun and excitement to viewers, and we predicted in advance who would win the acting grand prize by broadcaster this year.
MBC: Big Mouth – Lee Jong Suk
‘Big Mouth‘ received the most love among MBC dramas this year. It garnered a lot of attention as the first drama comeback after Lee Jong-suk‘s dismissal, and Lee Jong-suk, who played ‘Park Chang-ho’, had an impressive performance that is expected to win this year’s acting grand prize.
Yoona’s sweet chemistry with Lee Jong Suk, who acted as a couple in the drama, was also loved, so netizens think the best couple award will come to them. However, despite the actors’ good performances, viewers complained about the sudden ending.
SBS: 1,000 Won Lawyer – Namgoong Min
Namgoong Min, who has put on a variety of ever-changing performances in one work, from his smart looks to his charismatic and cool acting as ‘Cheon Ji Hoon’, is a strong candidate for the SBS Awards.
In particular, Namgoong Min won the SBS Drama Award (Stove League) once in 2020. On October 7, when 1000 Won Lawyer was being broadcast, he got married to his longtime lover Jin Ah Reum. Will 2022 be a happy year for him?
KBS: The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won – Joo Sang Wook
Broadcasting station KBS used to be called a weekend drama powerhouse. Unfortunately, there aren’t many outstanding works this year, so it’s hard to guess which actor will win the grand prize. Until now, Joo Sang Wook, who played the male lead Lee Bang Won in “The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won” is considered a top candidate.
“The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won” is a historical drama which started with a stable viewership rating of around 8%, which rose to more than 10% eventually. However, the drama’s ratings later fluctuated due to several controversies, and was only salvaged thanks to the admirable portrayals of its experienced cast members.
Unfortunately, other than the 3 broadcasting stations MBC, KBS, and SBS, no other broadcasting stations hold year-end awards ceremonies. Nevertheless, below are actors and actresses who show the best performance this year in cable TV K-dramas.
tvN: Our Blues – Kim Hye Ja/Go Doo Shim
tvN’s “Our Blues” is considered one of the best dramas of all broadcasting companies in the first half of 2022. Though the series boasts a star-studded cast, Kim Hye Ja and Go Doo Shim, who are representative actresses of Korea and considered “the nation’s mother”, managed to stand out with their indisputable acting skills.
If combined, the acting career of these two senior actresses would span over 100 years. Nevertheless, they never fail to impress viewers with phenomenal acting performances that rouse admiration. To junior actors, working with Kim Hye Ja and Go Doo Shim can be considered a huge honor.
ENA: Extraordinary Attorney Woo – Park Eun Bin
“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” started with less than 1% of rating as the second drama of ENA, a new channel, but soon caused a syndrome across the country as words spread. Thanks to this, the drama became an opportunity to raise awareness about the autism spectrum, captivating viewers with warm development and great acting by the actors.
It is no exaggeration to say that Park Eun Bin‘s meticulous performance as the main character “Woo Young Woo” led to the drama’s success. It is said that Park Eun Bin eventually decided to join the cast after one year of persuasion from the production team. It turned out to be a win-win situation
JTBC: Reborn Rich – Lee Sung Min
“Reborn Rich” is heating up the end of 2022. Although the show drew most of the attention from Song Joong Ki’s main character at first, the one in the center of attention after the drama went on air is “Jin Yang Chul” Lee Sung Min, the founder of Sun Yang Group. Many even believed that the industry should create a new acting award just for Lee.
In particular, Lee Sung Min’s delirium performance in the second half was evaluated as a “godly performance,” which pushed the viewer rating up to nearly 25%. If Lee Sung Min fails to win the grand prize at next year’s Baeksang Arts Awards, Baeksang may face great resistance (?!) from viewers.