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Here Are Our Predictions For The 56th Baeksang Arts Awards

From Best Drama to Best Film, here are the stars, shows, and films that our editors think will take home the awards

It’s finally the day! The 56th Baeksang Arts Awards are here. The fervor that follows this year’s awards is especially strong and passionate, as many viewers became new fans of K-drama, thanks to Crash Landing on You and Itaewon Class, combined with excitement from lifelong fans. 


We asked Metro.Style editors which stars they think will win and which dramas and films they believe will take home the awards—here are their predictions! 


Best Drama

When the Camellia Blooms (★) 

Crash Landing on You (★★★★) 

Stove League

Kingdom Season 2 (★)

Hyena (★)


“While Rom-coms tend to get overlooked by big award-giving bodies, CLOY should be recognized as a game changer for 2020—with its excellent storytelling, on-point direction, heart-fluttering dialogue, beautiful cinematography, and top-notch acting from Hyun Bin and Son Ye-Jin. So yes—CLOY is it!" —Geolette Esguerra, Editor-in-Chief


“Even though Crash Landing on You is competing against heavyweights, I feel like it has a fighting chance to win, because of its undeniable likability and lasting effect on K-Drama fans all over the world. It was well-made in terms of production, and has a cast that’s highly lovable. It also opens up viewers’ eyes to the South Korea-North Korea issue that is very real up to this day. It’s not heartbreaking or anything too serious, but has the ability to make one feel really good after watching it.” —Kate Paras-Santiago, Beauty and Wellness Editor


Best Actor for TV

Kang Ha-neul – When the Camellia Blooms

Namgoong Min – Stove League

Park Seo-joon – Itaewon Class (★★★)

Joo Ji-hoon – Hyena

Hyun Bin – Crash Landing on You (★★★★)


“Hyun Bin has been nominated for this category in the past, but I feel like he deserves to win it this year, simply because he gave justice to the Captain Ri character that everyone just can’t get enough of. He played the perfect military man who has a soft spot for the woman he loves and was able to make the audience feel the strong emotions that made him cross the dangerous route of North Korea to South Korea.” –KPS


Best Actress for TV

Gong Hyo-jin – When the Camellia Blooms

Kim Hye-soo – Hyena

Kim Hee-ae – The World of the Married (★★★★★)

Son Ye-jin – Crash Landing on You (★★★)

IU – Hotel Del Luna


“It’s nice to see ‘Queen of Melodrama’ Son Ye-jin in a romcom like CLOY, which proved that she’s that kind of actress who’s not only capable of making viewers cry but laugh out loud as well. She has a solid onscreen presence that makes her character believable. Kim Hee-ae, meanwhile, is one impressive bida-kontrabida in The World of the Married; this isn’t the first time she starred in a love affair-centric drama so we could perhaps say she has mastered all the emotions a role in such a series demands.” —Grace Libero-Cruz, People Editor 


"Like the Best Actor category, this is also a bloody battle, but I have to give it to Kim Hee-ae, for the maturity in her acting which was, granted, also called for by the story.  She exhibited a very calibrated, commanding performance.  I also noticed that she communicated with her eyes.  Her eyes also did a lot of the expression, which is something that’s hard to do, but she did it well."—Anna Rosete, Living Editor


Best Supporting Actor

Kim Young-min – The World of the Married (★)

Yang Kyung-won – Crash Landing on You (★)

Oh Jung-se – When the Camellia Blooms

Yoo Jae-myung – Itaewon Class (★★★)

Jeon Seok-ho – Hyena (★)


“I’m torn between these two, as they both played their respective characters really well that you can’t help but hate them when they’re being hateful, pity them when they’re being pitiful, to the point that you’d want to throw something at the screen in anger or frustration. Yoo Jae-myung was such a despicable character that you can’t help but say, “Die already!” while Kim Young-min was so good as ‘that kind of cheating-yet-repentant husband’ that he could charm his way to winning anyone over even if he’s a compulsive cheater.” —Ceia Ylagan, Travel Editor


Best Supporting Actress

Kwon Nara – Itaewon Class (★★★)

Kim Sun-young – Crash Landing on You

Seo Ji-hye – Crash Landing on You (★★)

Son Dambi – When the Camellia Blooms

Yeom Hye-ran – When the Camellia Blooms


"She made such an impact that there were actually a lot more in the team Soo-ah camp! Such is the performance of Kwon Nara for Itaewon Class."—GE


“Seo Ji-hye has a big chance of winning. She portrayed a North Korean department store heiress in CLOY who seems uptight but is actually soft-hearted. The message of the empowerment of strong women that she delivered in the series leaves a lasting impression.” —GLC


Best New Actor

Kim Kang-hoon – When the Camellia Blooms (★)

Ahn Bo-hyun – Itaewon Class

Ahn Hyo-seop – Dr. Romantic 2

Ong Seong-wu – Moments of 18 (★)

Lee Jae-wook – Extraordinary You


“Ong Seong-wu is a fan favorite, placing second at BAA’s ‘Official Fan Vote With TikTok,’ next to Hyun Bin. This just shows that his portrayal of a student finding his way around a new environment at The Moment of 18 resonated with the viewers.” –GLC


"Hands down, scene stealer, the most emotive, and the most moving actor in When the Camellia Blooms. In fact his pivotal moment in Episode 2 opened the floodgates for me."—GE 


Best New Actress

Kim Da-mi – Itaewon Class (★)

Jeon Mi-do – Hospital Playlist (★)

Jeon Yeo-bin – Melo Is My Nature

Jung Ji-so – The Cursed Han

So-hee – The World of the Married (★★)


“It would’ve been so easy to hate her—the querida!—but So-hee as Da-kyung played with viewers’ emotions. One minute you’re hating her, the next minute, she’s just pitiful and pathetic. She could have played the mistress role as it’s usually done: proud, victorious, bitchy even. But So-hee showed how Da-kyung was really just a woman who fell for Tae-oh’s charm, and was actually a victim as well.” –CY


"I would never have known that she was a new actress, just based on watching her performance in Itaewon Class.  She packed it in like a pro.  I think the award should go to her."—AR


Best Film

Parasite (★★)

The Man Standing Next

House of Hummingbird

E.X.I.T

Kim Ji Young, Born 1982 (★★)


Kim Ji Young, Born 1982 was an eye-opening film. It was a slow burn. There was a pervading mood that stays with you even long after the final credits roll, but that mood doesn’t stay just ‘a feeling.’ It makes the viewer feel, but also think. It makes you ask questions, makes you want to know why things are the way they are, makes you demand for change. The film makes you think of a simmering pot of water or a volcano threatening to erupt. It helps a lot that Gong Yoo and Jung Yu-mi had good on-screen chemistry, too.” –CY


"Of course everyone would think Parasite would win, it is already at that global level, but I also want to point out this film that is making a big impact for women not just in Korea, but all over the world. A must-watch!"—GE


Who do you think will win at the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards? Stay tuned to Metro.Style for all the updates from what’s sure to be a stellar evening with your favorite Korean entertainment stars.


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