55th Baeksang Arts Awards

The 55th annual Baeksang Arts Awards was held last May 1, 2019, in Seoul. The award-giving body celebrated some of the best of this year’s television and film.

Unlike the year-end shows, the Baeksang Awards are not organized by local broadcasters so the nominees and winners tend to be more interesting and less predictable.

Last year’s set of hosts, Shin Dong-Yup, Suzy, and Park Bo-Gum returned to host the awards night.

Shin Dong-Yup, Suzy, and Park Bo-Gum

Jung Woo-Sung received the Grand Prize Awards for Film while Kim Hye-Ja received the Grand Prize Awards for Television. Jung Woo-Sung won the Daesang for his role in the film Innocent Witness and veteran actress Kim Hye-Ja received the Daesang in television for her role in The Light in Your Eyes.

Kim Hye-Ja and Jung Woo-Sung

JTBC’s SKY Castle picked up the most awards in the TV categories, with four awards in total including Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best New Actress.

SKY Castle
Photo Credit: JTBC

My Ahjussi won the Best Drama award and prevailed in a strong field against other nominees. Nominees for the Drama category include Mr. Sunshine, The Light in Your Eyes, SKY Castle, and Red Moon, Blue Sun.

The drama film Miss Baek bagged the most awards in the Film categories with three awards, but the North Korean spy thriller The Spy Gone North followed closely behind with two awards.

Miss Baek, The Spy Gone North

Here’s the complete list of winners:


Daesang: Jung Woo-Sung (Innocent Witness)
Best Picture: The Spy Gone North (Yoon Jong-Bin)
Director: Kang Hyung-Chul (Swing Kids)
Top Excellence, Actor: Lee Sung-Min (The Spy Gone North)
Top Excellence, Actress: Han Ji-Min (Miss Baek)
Supporting Actor: Kim Joo-Hyuk (Believer)
Supporting Actress: Kwon So-Hyun (Miss Baek)
New Actor: Kim Young-Hwang (On Your Wedding Day)
New Actress: Lee Jae-In (Svaha: The Sixth Finger)
New Director: Lee Ji-Won (Miss Baek)
Screenplay: Dark Figure of Crime (Kwak Kyung-Taek)
Art Award: Burning (Hong Kyung-Pyo)


Daesang: Kim Hye-Ja (The Light in Your Eyes)
Best Drama: My Ajusshi (Kim Won-Seok)
Variety Program: Omniscient Interfering View
Educational Program: Journalism Talk Show
Directing: Jo Hyun-Tak (SKY Castle)
Top Excellence, Actor: Lee Byung-Heon (Mr. Sunshine)
Top Excellence, Actress: Yeom Jung-ah (SKY Castle)
Supporting Actor: Kim Byung-Chul (SKY Castle)
Supporting Actress: Lee Jung-Eun (The Light in Your Eyes)
New Actor: Jang Ki-Yong (Come Here and Hug Me)
New Actress: Kim Hye-Yoon (SKY Castle)
Variety, Male Performer: Jun Hyun-moo (I Live Alone)
Variety, Female Performer: Lee Young-Ja (Omniscient Interfering View)
Scriptwriting: Park Hye-Young (My Ajusshi)
Visual Effects Award: Park Seong-Jin (Memories of the Alhambra)
VLive Popularity Award, Actor: D.O. (100 Days My Prince)
VLive Popularity Award, Actress: IU (My Ajusshi)
Bazaar Icon Award: Kim Hye-Soo

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