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The Biggest Winners At The 2020 Seoul International Drama Awards

Leading the list are Korean stars Son Ye-jin, Gong Hyo-jin, and Kang Ha-neul!

Drama buffs who soak in the best of what the cinematic universe has to offer from the genre know not to miss the Seoul International Drama Awards.


The annual ceremony honors both Korean and international titles in film and television, bringing to the forefront projects that would have otherwise remained buried in the archives and underappreciated—or undiscovered, altogether—by audiences from around the world. It's an especially unique awards ceremony as it puts A-list, independent, and up-and-coming filmmakers, actors, and actresses at par with each other; here, talent, originality, and soul are what contend for top awards and it's certainly not a matter of popularity or box-office numbers. 


In its 2020 edition, the Seoul International Drama Awards shines the spotlight on titles both new and familiar. Crash Landing on You, Itaewon Class, and When the Camellia Blooms proved to be big winners, while surprise hits Everything and Nothing, World on Fire, Mr. Fighter and even The Philippines' very own adaptation of Descendants of the Sun got their fair share of glory. 


See what you should be watching next and which actors, actresses, films, and shows shone the brightest at the 2020 Seoul International Drama Awards in the gallery below! 


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For Filipino audiences, they'll be glad to know that Descendants of the Sun wasn't the only entry from the country that made it to the nominees short list. Bela Padilla was up for the Best Actress award alongside When the Camellia Blooms' (WTCB) Gong Hyo-jin (as a deeply devoted K-Drama fan, this recognition was truly extra special for Bela, especially since she saw WTCB) for her performance in Sino Ang Maysala?: Mea Culpa.


Two other special awards were given to France's 18h30 (Short-Form Drama Golden Bird Prize) and the Czech Republic's The Cage (Jury’s Special Prize). 


Audiences and winners alike expressed enthusiasm about the ceremony pushing through despite the ongoing health crisis and South Korea's re-tightened controls on social events and mass gatherings. Despite being held online sans red carpet arrivals, glamorous gowns and tuxedos on display, and no live audience, the ceremony was a success and was an excellent tribute to Korea's dedication to promoting the brightest talents in the industry across the world.


Lead photos from Piaget (Gong Hyo-jin), MSteam Entertainment (Son Ye-jin), and Vonin (Kang Ha-neul)