SBS has announced the Daesang nominees and presenters lineup for its highly anticipated SBS Drama Awards 2023 ceremony, which will take place on December 29, 2023. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the Daesang nominees and presenters lineup below!
The Daesang (Grand Prize) Nominees and Presenters Lineup for the 2023 SBS Drama Awards
Daesang (Grand Prize) Nominees
Following Best Couple nominees, the Korean network SBS has recently unveiled the highly esteemed Daesang or Grand Prize nominees for the 2023 SBS Drama Awards. This highly anticipated event recognizes and celebrates the exceptional talent within the industry.
The nominees for the prestigious award have been selected for their outstanding performances in acting. These talented Korean actors have captivated audiences with their remarkable portrayals, making a lasting impact on Korean dramas. And their nominations for the Daesang are a testament to their hard work and dedication to their craft.
Here are the nominees for the Daesang:
Lee Je Hoon for “Taxi Driver 2”
Lee Je Hoon’s outstanding performance in “Taxi Driver 2” has earned him a nomination for the Grand Prize. This gripping series achieved an unprecedented viewer rating of 25.6%. The latest rating surpasses its first season’s rating of 16.0% and 3.117 million viewers.
In season 2, viewers follow the relentless efforts of Kim Do Gi and his Rainbow Taxi team. They embarked on a daring mission to find a missing Korean teenager in Vietnam. Along the way, they unveil an elaborate international criminal ring, operating an insidious online gambling site.
Han Suk Kyu for “Dr. Romantic”
Actor Han Suk Kyu’s exceptional performance in “Dr. Romantic 3“ has earned him a Daesang nomination. The third season of “Dr. Romantic” became the 4th highest-rated Korean drama in 2023 and introduced a new trauma center.
The show successfully kept viewers engaged by portraying the lives of medical professionals. However, it fell short in the ratings department compared to the previous seasons. Season 3 garnered a rating of 16.8%, while Seasons 1 and 2 achieved significantly higher ratings of 27.6% and 27.1% respectively.
Kim Tae Ri for “Revenant”
Actress Kim Tae Ri’s outstanding performance in the Korean occult genre drama “Revenant” has earned her a Daesang nomination. The thriller mystery drama ranked 10th among the highest-rated Korean dramas of 2023.
In the exceptional horror story, Goo San Yeong (Kim Tae Ri) becomes possessed by a demon, leading to unpredictable behavior. With the guidance of folklore professor Yeom Hae Sang (Oh Jung Se) and detective Lee Hong Sae (Hong Kyung), they delve into the truth of mysterious deaths and the existence of demons in a parallel world.
With its unique horror theme and talented cast, “Revenant” achieved an impressive 11.2% household rating and attracted 2.302 million viewers.
Kim Rae Won for “The First Responders 2”
Last but not least, actor Kim Rae Won has received a nomination for the prestigious Grand Prize for his outstanding performance in “The First Responders 2.” In the second season, the show delves into the courageous lives of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics as they confront dangerous situations.
The narrative reveals the characters’ motivations and struggles. It gives audiences a deeper understanding of the individuals behind the uniforms and their remarkable teamwork. The finale episode of “The First Responders 2” set a new personal record with a nationwide rating of 9.3 percent.
The presenter lineup will include previous winners of the SBS Drama Awards as well as artists who will be starring in upcoming SBS dramas. They are:
- Han Ji Min and Lee Joon Hyuk from “Greetings”
- Ji Sung and Jeon Mi Do from “Connection”
- Ahn Bo Hyun and Park Ji Hyun from “Flex x Cop”
- Kang Sang Joon and Kim Shin Bi from “Flex x Cop”
- Kim Dong Wook and Park Se Wan from “Kang Maegang”
How to Watch the 2023 SBS Drama Awards
The Korean network SBS will hold the 2023 SBS Drama Awards on December 29, 2023. The ceremony starts at 8:40 PM KST and can be watched on Viki in select regions. Additionally, KOCOWA+ will also livestream the event in certain locations.
“Payback: Money and Power” Cast Will Not Attend 2023 SBS Drama Awards
The cast of SBS Kdrama, “Payback: Money and Power,” will be notably absent from the upcoming SBS Drama Awards. This decision was made following the unfortunate passing of actor Lee Sun Kyun, who played the lead role in the series.
Despite its immense popularity, boasting a remarkable viewership rating of 11.4%, the cast has respectfully declined participation in the awards show. This decision serves as a heartfelt tribute to their late co-star, Lee Sun Kyun.
In a poignant show of solidarity, other actors attending the event will don black attire, symbolizing their condolences and deep respect for Lee Sun Kyun’s memory.
Find the complete list of SBS Drama Awards 2023 winners here.
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