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Korea’s Blue Dragon Spreads Awards Heat Between Hit Movies and Indie Titles

Unlike last week’s Grand Bell Awards, which gave ten prizes to “Ode to My Father,” Korea’s Blue Dragon Awards (a.k.a Cheongryong Awards) spread the love between “Ode,” “Assassination,” “Veteran” and “The Throne,” the four big box office hits of the year, and a few indie releases.

Best picture, Thursday night’s biggest award, went to Choi Dong-hoon’s patriotic period drama “Assassination.” The film also won best picture and best costume for Cho Sang-gyeong

Action comedy “Veteran” won best director for Ryoo Seung-wan. Ryoo did not attend the awards as he is in Japan, scouting locations for his next feature “Gun-ham-do.”

The numerical winner was, however, Lee Joon-ik’s “The Throne,” which won best actor for Yoo Ah-in, best supporting actress for Jeon Hye-jin, and three technical awards including best score, cinematography and lighting. “Ode,” the year’s biggest grossing title, was awarded highest audience award, best supporting actor for Oh Dal-soo, and best production design for Ryu Seong-hee.

The Blue Dragon Awards gave the actress prize to singer-actress Lee Jung-hyun for her role in debut director Ahn Gooc-jin’s low-budget movie “Alice in Earnestland.”

Another indie release “Set Me Free” won best debut director for Kim Tae-yong and best debut actor for Choi Woo-shik. Lee Yoo-young won best debut actress for her role in erotic costume drama “Treacherous.” Lee won the same prize at last week’s Grand Bell Awards for “Late Spring.”

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