South Korean Actor Choi Min-sik Wins Grand Prize at Baeksang Awards

Choi Min-sik - P 2014
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Choi Min-sik - P 2014

The 'Oldboy' star won the top award for the box-office record breaker 'Roaring Currents' while Chinese media giant iQiyi sponsored special prizes.

South Korean actor Choi Min-sik (Oldboy, Lucy) took home the grand prize at the 2015 Baeksang Arts Awards on Tuesday evening, for his leading role in the record-setting film Roaring Currents.

The CJ Entertainment film beat the long-standing score of Avatar (13.3 million admissions) to become Korea's most-watched (17.6 million admissions) and highest-grossing ($123 million) film of all time last summer.

The annual awards ceremony is one of the country's top entertainment industry events, and the 51st edition took place at Kyung Hee University's Peace Hall in Seoul.

Sharing the grand prize with Choi was star TV producer Na Young-seok. Na has been behind some of the country's most popular programs, including Grandpas Over Flowers, a reality show featuring elderly actors backpacking overseas. NBC announced plans to adapt the show for American audiences last years.

Meanwhile, Revivre, the 102nd film by veteran director Im Kwon-taek, won best film and supporting actress (Kim Ho-jung). A Hard Day, an actioner that received positive reviews at Cannes last year, took home awards for best director (Kim Seong-hun) and actor (Lee Sun-kyun).

July Jung was given the best-new-filmmaker award for A Girl at My Door, which was also invited to show at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Yum Jung-ah was named best actress for Cart, which premiered at Toronto last year. The film, penned by Kim Kyung-chan, also won best screenplay.

K-pop star-turned-actor Park Yoo-chun won best actor for Sea Fog (a.k.a. Haemoo), Korea's Oscar submission produced by Bong Joon Ho. Chun Woo-hee, who won critical praise for her role in the hit indie film Han Gong-ju, won best new actress.

In the television category, Misaeng, a rare smash hit among cable TV dramas, swept several awards, including best director, best actor and best new actor.

iQiyi, the online video subsidiary of Chinese web giant Baidu, introduced the new iQiyi Star Award for the first time. The honors went to pan-Asian stars Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye, this year's recipients of the most popular actor/actress awards in the film category.

Here is the full list of awards below.

Grand prize

Actor Choi Min-sik (Roaring Currents)

Producer Na Young-seok (Grandpas Over Flowers, Three Meals a Day)

Film category

Best film: Revivre by Im Kwon-taek

Best director: Kim Seong-hun (A Hard Day)

Best actor: Lee Sun-kyun (A Hard Day)

Best actress: Yum Jung-ah (Cart)

Best supporting actor: Yoo Hae-jin (The Pirates)

Best supporting actress: Kim Ho-jung (Revivre)

Best screenplay: Kim Kyung-chan (Cart)

Best new director: July Jung (A Girl at My Door)

Best new actor: Park Yoo-chun (Sea Fog)

Best new actress: Chun Woo-hee (Han Gong-ju)

Most popular actor: Lee Min-ho (Gangnam Blues)

Most popular actress: Park Shin-hye (The Royal Tailor)

TV category

Best drama: Heart it Through the Grapevine (SBS)

Best educational show: Food Odyssey (KBS)

Best entertainment program: Non-Summit (JTBC)

Best director: Kim Won-seok for TV drama Misaeng (tvN)

Best actor: Lee Sung-min (Misaeng, tvN)

Best actress: Song Yun-ah (Mama, MBC)

Best screenplay: Park Kyung-soo (Punch, SBS)

Best new actor: Yim Si-wan (Misaeng, tvN)

Best new actress: Go Ah-sung (Heart it Through the Grapevine, SBS)

Most popular actor: Lee Jong-suk (Pinocchio, SBS)

Most popular actress: Krystal (My Lovely Girl, SBS)

Best variety performer-male: Jun Hyun-moo (Non Summit, tvN; I Live Alone, MBC)

Best variety performer-female: Lee Guk-joo (Roommate, SBS)

Special category

iQiyi Star Award: Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-hye