‘Ode to My Father’ Takes Ten Trophies at Grand Bell Awards

JK Youn’s box office sensation “Ode to My Father” came out on top at the 52nd Grand Bell Awards (a.k.a Daejong Awards), one of Korea’s major film awards.

At the ceremony held at the Korean Broadcasting System Hall, “Ode” took home ten trophies including best picture, best director for Youn, best actor for Hwang Jung-min, best supporting actor for Oh Dal-soo, and six technical prizes.

At the 160-minute ceremony, Choi Dong-hoon’s “Assassination” won best actress for Gianna Jeon and Lee Joon-ik’s “The Throne” took best supporting actress for Kim Hae-sook. A major hit, Ryoo Seung-wan’s “Veteran” did not win any award.

Best debut actor and actress went to fast-rising star Lee Min-ho from Yoo Ha’s “Gangnam Blues” and Lee Yoo-young from Cho Geun-hyun’s “Late Spring.” Baek took best debut director for his high concept romantic comedy “The Beauty Inside.”

Chinese stars Sun Honglei (“Silent Witness”) and Gao Yuanyuan (“But Always”) took best actor and best actress awards in the newly introduced international section.

At a press conference before the event, organizers announced a new rule saying that prizes would only be given out to people attending the ceremony. However, out of twenty two categories, half the awards went unrepresented as the recipients were unavailable. That included major categories such as best actor, best actress, and best supporting actor and actress.

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