(x)clusive!: The night the Sun, Stars and Moon aligned (2016 KBS Drama Awards)
If one has to name some of the most memorable Korean dramas in 2016, one would not have to go on further in the galaxy than the Sun and Moon. “Descendants Of The Sun” headed by Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo, as well as “Love In The Moonlight” starring Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung, were two top dramas which captured the hearts of audience both in Korea and worldwide, with TV ratings hitting an all-time high of 38.8% (highest of 2016) and 23.3% respectively. As such, it was no wonder that all eyes were on the annual 2016 KBS Drama Awards and who would win the prestigious Grand Award (Daesang) of the night.
Held at the KBS Hall at Yeouido, Seoul in South Korea, the award show brought together some of the top actors and actresses in the scene as both award presenters and awardees, as KBS celebrated their 30th anniversary of the award show. “My Love From the Star” star Kim Soo Hyun also graced the event as the presenter for the Grand Award, which he won the previous year for the said drama.
Much to the fans’ delight, Park Seo Joon and Park Hyung Sik who are starring in the current hot ‘pretty-boy’ drama “Hwarang” also made a surprise appearance to present the Best Actress for Mini-Series Award.
Song Joong Ki VS Park Bo Gum?
Child actress Heo Jung Eun, who took home the Best Child Actor Award of the night, was posed with this seemingly tough question onstage, after choosing Song Joong Ki over her onscreen father Oh Ji Ho. But she didn’t even needed a second to think – “Song Joong Ki.”
But as much as a Joong Ki fan she is, she ultimately picked her other onscreen father Park Shin Yang for his great care and acting skills. So we guess Park Shin Yang is the biggest winner of the night!
The Top Bromance of 2016 goes to…
If there was such an award, it would definitely be awarded to Song Joong Ki and Park Bo Gum. While Park Bo Gum was always seen smiling and nodding as Song Joong Ki received his awards, Song Joong Ki was spotted tearing up as he listened to Park Bo Gum’s prize acceptance speech after receiving the Best Actor of the Year Award. Bo Gum also cried during Joong Ki’s Daesang speech, and the boys gave each other a brotherly hug at the end to the ‘aww’s of the audience.
Here is the full list of winners of the 2016 KBS Drama Awards:
Best Child Actor – Jung Yoon Suk (“Five Enough,” “Jang Yeong Sil,” “Love In The Moonlight”) and Heo Jung Eun (“My Fair Lady 2016”, “Love In The Moonlight”)
Best Supporting Actor – Lee Joon Hyuk (“Love In The Moonlight”)
Best Supporting Actress – Ra Mi Ran (“The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop”)
Asia’s Best Couple (presented by Viu) – Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo (“Descendants Of The Sun”)
Best Actor for Short Dramas – Kim Sung Oh (“Baek Hee Has Returned”) and Lee Dong Hwi (“Drama Special – Red Teacher”)
Best Actress for Short Dramas – Kang Ye Won (“Baek Hee Has Returned”) and Jo Yeo Jeong (“Babysitter”)
Netizen Award – Park Bo Gum (“Love In The Moonlight”)
Best Scriptwriter – Kim Eun Sook and Kim Won Suk (“Descendants of the Sun”)
Best New Actor – Sung Hoon (“Five Enough”) and Jinyoung (“Love In The Moonlight”)
Best New Actress – Kim Ji Won (“Descendants of the Sun”) and Lee Se Young (“The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop”)
Best Couple – Lee Se Young and Hyun Woo (“The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop”), Kim Ha Neul and Lee Sang Yoon (“On the Way to the Airport”), Oh Ji Ho and Heo Jung Eun (“My Fair Lady 2016”), Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo (“Descendants of the Sun”), Cha In Pyo and Ra Mi Ran (“The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop”), Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung (“Love In The Moonlight”), and Jin Goo and Kim Ji Won (“Descendants of the Sun”)
Best Actor for Serial Drama – Lee Dong Gun (“The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop”) and Ahn Jae Wook (“Five Enough”)
Best Actress in Serial Drama – So Yoo Jin (“Five Enough”) and Jo Yoon Hee (“The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop”)
Best Actor in Daily Drama – Oh Min Seok (“Secrets Of Women”)
Best Actress in Daily Drama – Lee Yu Ri (“The Promise”) and So Yi Hyun (“Secrets Of Women”)
Best Actor in Mini-Series – Lee Sang Yoon (“On the Way to the Airport”)
Best Actress in Mini-Series – Kim Ji Won (“Descendants of the Sun”)
Best Actor in Mid-Length Drama – Song Il Gook (“Jang Yeong Sil”)
Best Actress in Mid-Length Drama – Kim Yoo Jung (“Love In The Moonlight”)
Best Actor – Park Shin Yang (“My Lawyer, Mr. Jo”) and Park Bo Gum (“Love In The Moonlight”)
Best Actress – Kim Ha Neul (“On the Way to the Airport”)
Grand Award (Daesang) – Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo (“Descendants of the Sun”)
You can catch the full 2016 KBS Drama Awards Show here on Viu to relive all the cute, funny and touching moments!
Other than the 2016 KBS Drama Awards, you can also watch the other KBS award shows as well as the award-winning Korean dramas on Viu for free, via the Viu app (available on both iOS and Android devices) or viu.com. While free users get to watch all the shows with no charge (in a Wifi environment), Premium users will get to enjoy unlimited downloads of all Korean, Japanese and Thai dramas just for a small fee of $5.98/month – that’s just the cost of a cup of Starbucks! Check out Viu.com for more information.
Many thanks to Viu for inviting us!