2023 SBS Drama Awards: Celebrating Excellence in K-Drama

Held on December 29, the 2023 SBS Drama Awards held a spectacular night of celebration for the Korean drama industry. The prestigious event, held at the SBS Prism Tower in Sangam-dong, Seoul, brought together talented stars and honored outstanding performances in various categories. Let’s dive into the glitz and glamor of this year’s winners.

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Daesang (Grand Prize): A Shared Victory

Lee Jae Hoon – Taxi Driver 2, Kim Tae Ri – The Revenant

The highest honor, Daesang, was jointly awarded to Lee Jae Hoon for his compelling role in Taxi Driver 2 and Kim Tae Ri for his extraordinary performance in The Revenant.

Top Excellence Awards

Multi-season series

Ahn Hyo Seop & Lee Sung Kyung – Dr. Romantic 3

The Top Excellence Award in the Multi-Season Series category went to the talented duo of Ahn Hyo Seop and Lee Sung Kyung for their stellar performances in Dr. Romantic 3.

2023 SBS Drama Awards: Celebrating Excellence in K-Drama

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Romance or Rom-Com Miniseries

Song Kang and Kim Yoo Jung – My Demon

In the Romance or Rom-Com Miniseries category, My Demon’s charismatic pairing of Song Kang and Kim Yoo Jung took home the top excellence award.

Specialized Genre or Action Miniseries

Park Sung Woong – The Killing Vote, Moon Chae Won for Payback

Recognizing extraordinary talents, Park Sung Woong and Moon Chae Won received the Top Excellence Award for their roles in a specific genre or action miniseries.

Excellence Award

Multi-Season Series

Shin Jae Ha and Pyo Ye Jin for Taxi Driver 2

Shin Jae Ha and Pyo Ye Jin earned excellence awards for their outstanding contributions to the multi-season series Taxi Driver 2.

Romance or Rom-Com Miniseries

Ryun and Shin Ye Eun – The Secret Romantic Guesthouse

The Excellence Award for Romance or Rom-Com Miniseries was claimed by Ryeon and Shin Ye Eun for their adorable performances in The Secret Romantic Guesthouse.

Genre or Action Miniseries

Lee Joon, Hong Kyung, and Lee Yoo Bi – The Escape of the Seven, Payback

Recognizing excellence in a specific genre or action miniseries, Lee Jun, Hong Kyung and Lee Yoo Bi received the prestigious Excellence Award.

Best Couple and Other Awards

Best Couple: Kim Yoo Jung and Song Kang (My Demon)

The chemistry between Kim Yoo Jung and Song Kang in My Demon earned them the coveted Best Couple award.

Best Performance Award: Jin Sun Kyu for The Revenant

Jin Sun Kyu’s extraordinary performance in The Revenant was honored with the Best Performance Award.

Best Teamwork Award: Dr. Romantic 3

The collaborative efforts of the cast of Dr. Romantic 3 were celebrated with the Best Teamwork Award.

Supporting Actors and Scene Stealers

Multi-Season Series

Bae Yoo Ram, Jung Hyuk Jin, and Son Ji Yoon – Taxi Driver 2, The First Responders 2

In the Multi-Season Series category, Bae Yoo Ram, Jung Hyuk Jin and Son Ji Yoon received the Best Supporting Actor award.

Romance or Rom-Com Miniseries

Jung Soon Won and Seo Jung Yeon – My Demon, Trolley

Jung Soon Won and Seo Jung Yeon were accepted as Best Supporting Actor in a Romance or Rom-Com Miniseries.

Genre or Action Miniseries

Kim Won Hye – The Revenant

Kim Won Hye’s impressive portrayal in The Revenant earned him the title of Best Supporting Actor.

2023 SBS Drama Awards: Celebrating Excellence in K-Drama

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Scene Stealer Award

Go Sang Ho and Byun Jong Hee – Taxi Driver 2, Dr. Romantic 3

The Scene Stealer Award went to Go Sang Ho and Byun Jong Hee for their memorable performances in Taxi Driver 2 and Dr. Romantic 3.

Recognizing Young Talents

Best Child Actor: Choi Hyun Jin, Han Ji An, Park So Yi, and Ahn Chae Hyum

Choi Hyun Jin, Han Ji An, Park So Yi and Ahn Chae Heum were acknowledged as Best Child Actors for their impressive performances in various dramas.

Best New Actor: Kang Yoo Seok, Kwon Ah Reum, Kim Do Hoon, Yang Hye Ji, Lee Shin Young, Lee Hong Ne, Jang Soo Bin

A new wave of talent emerged with Kang Yoo Seok, Kwon Ah Reum, Kim Do Hoon, Yang Hye Ji, Lee Shin Young, Lee Hong Nae, and Jung Soo Bin winning Best New Actor awards.

Netizen’s Choices and Special Moments

Netizen’s Best 2023 SBS Drama: Taxi Driver 2

Voted by viewers, Taxi Driver 2 was crowned as netizen’s best 2023 SBS drama.

Best of the Year: Tomorrow x Together, Hwasa, Guckkasten, Doldams, Ahn Hyo Seop, and Lee Sung Kyung

The event witnessed captivating performances by Tomorrow x Together, Hwasa, Guckkasten, Doldams, Ahn Hyo Seop, and Lee Sung Kyung, enhancing the overall experience.

Controversy and Victory

Despite the controversy surrounding the Best Couple award, My Demon stars Kim Yoo Jung and Song Kang emerged victorious. The duo not only won the online vote but also achieved other criteria, dispelling rumors of a change in the award criteria.

Conclusion

The 2023 SBS Drama Awards was a testament to the incredible talent within the Korean drama industry. From shared triumphs to young talents, the night celebrated diversity and excellence. As we applaud the winners, we look forward to another year of compelling dramas and outstanding performances.

FAQs

1. Did Song Kang attend the 2023 SBS Drama Awards?
Yes, Song Kang attended the awards ceremony and won the Top Excellence Award and Best Couple Award.

2. Which drama won the Netizen’s Best 2023 SBS Drama Award?
Taxi Driver 2 was awarded the Netizen’s Best 2023 SBS Drama Award.

3. Why was there controversy over the Best Couple Award?
Controversy arose due to speculation of a change in the award criteria, but the winners, Kim Yoo Jung and Song Kang, ultimately received the award.

4. Who won the Daesang (Grand Prize) for the 2023 SBS Drama Awards?
Lee Je Hoon and Kim Tae Ri shared the Daesang for their outstanding performances in Taxi Driver 2 and The Revenant respectively.

5. Any special moment during the awards ceremony?
The event included heart-touching moments, including a tribute to late actor Lee Sun-kyun and altered performances in his memory.

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