On July 19th, 2022, the first Blue Dragon Series Awards were held, and Lee Jung-Jae of “Squid Game” and Kim Go-Eun of “Yumi’s Cells” were named Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. The Best Drama award went to the Netflix series “D.P.”
What exactly are the Blue Dragon Series Awards, and why are they so unique in the K-drama industry?
“Blue Dragon” is a well-known name in South Korea due to the existence of the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Since it began in 1963, the Blue Dragon Film Awards have been the most prestigious awards in the Korean film industry.
In the last few decades, the film industry has faced a big challenge: far more dramas are made than movies. This made the Blue Dragon Film Awards less important than they used to be. The people in charge of the awards came up with a creative way to choose the best dramas while keeping the Blue Dragon name.
Also, the new awards are only for K-dramas that are shown on streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, WAAVE, TVING and others. That is how the Blue Dragon Series Awards were born and how they are distinguished from other drama awards in Korea.
So, who are the winners of the first Blue Dragon Series Awards? The award for Best Drama went to Netflix’s “D.P.,” which tells the story of military soldiers on a mission to capture deserters.
Lee Jung-Jae of the mega-hit series “Squid Game” won Best Actor.
Kim Go-Eun was named Best Actress for her outstanding performance in the romantic drama “Yumi’s Cells.” Kim Go-Eun said the award is especially meaningful for her because it marks the tenth anniversary of her acting career.
Lee Hak-Joo from “Political Fever” was named Best Supporting Actor.
Kim Shin-Rok from “Hellbound” was named Best Supporting Actress.
Koo Kyo-Hwan of “D.P.” won Best Rookie Actor.
Jung Ho-Yeon of “Squid Game” won Best Rookie Actress.
The Blue Dragon Series Awards took their first steps this year. Let’s see how the awards develop as more interesting K-dramas with great actors are produced in coming years.