The last week of December is indeed filled with glitz and glamor as several award ceremonies are being held in this period. Just this December 27, the Daejong Film Awards or the 53 rd Golden Bell Awards took place at the prestigious Sejong University’s Convention Center. This event was held to recognize several distinguished Korean films.
Several movies got honored such as “Inside Men” and “The Wailing” which lead the night as both films garnered not only one but five awards each in different categories. Since last year, the Daejong Film Awards received a huge amount of controversy. Yonhap News noted that the said award ceremony was deeply criticized for its fee-based voting system and its policy of having only the attendees can win awards. Up until this year, the issue was still not resolved which was highlighted in the speech of this year’s “Best Actor” awardee, Lee Byung Hun. Meanwhile, Soompi just released the full list of winners. Check it below. Best Picture: “Inside Men” Best Director: Woo Min Ho (“Inside Men”) Best Male Actor: Lee Byung Hun (“Inside Men”) Best Female Actor: Son Ye Jin (“The Last Princess”) Best Supporting Male Actor: Uhm Tae Goo (“The Age of Shadows”) Best Supporting Female Actor: Ra Mi Ran (“The Last Princess”) Best New Actor: Jung Ga Ram (“4th Place”) Best New Actress: Kim Hwan Hee (“The Wailing”) Popularity Award: Lee Beom Soo (“Operation Chromite”) New Rising Star: Kim Hee Jin (“Operation Chromite”) and Choi Ri (“Homecoming”) Best New Director: Jo Jung Rae (“Homecoming”) Best Cinematography: Hong Kyung Pyo (“The Wailing”) Best Original Score: Choi Yong Rak, Jo Sung Woo (“The Last Princess”) Best Art Direction: Jo Hwa Sung (“The Age of Shadows”) Best Film Editing: Kim Sun Min (“The Wailing”) Best Screenplay: Woo Min Ho (“Inside Men”) Best Costume Design: Kwon Yoo Jin, Im Seung Hee (“The Last Princess”) Best Lighting: Kim Chan Ho (“The Wailing”) Best Planning: Kim Won Guk (“Inside Men”) Best Sound Recording: Kim Shin Yong, Park Yong Ki (“The Wailing”) Special Prize for Cutting Edge Technology: Jo Yong Suk, Hwang Hyo Kyun, Kwak Tae Yong, Kim Tae Eui (“The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale”) Lifetime achievement Award: Director Yoon Sam Yook