Here we have brought the list of the Blue Dragon Series Awards 2022 winners! The award ceremony was organized by Sports Chosun and was held on 19 July 2022 at Paradise City, Incheon, South Korea. This event is the first award ceremony focusing on streaming series content (dramas, variety, and stars) in South Korea. Furthermore, The 1st Blue Dragon Series Awards was hosted by television host Jun Hyun Moo and Girls’ Generation’s Im Yoon Ah.
Since it targeted dramas, variety shows, and stars, the nominees for Blue Dragon Series Awards 2022 were announced before the event. The drama and entertainment categories included Through the Darkness, Yumi’s Cells, Squid Game, Play ou, Girls’ High School Mystery Class, SNL Korea, etc. As for the supporting and rookie awards (male and female), many new and old faces were nominated, such as Lee Seung Yuop, Jung Chan Sung, Bibi, Choi Ye Na, Son Seok Koo, Ahn Bo Hyun, Lee Jung Eun, Kim Joo Ryoung, etc.
Meanwhile, the nominees for the best leads and entertainers (male and female) included Jung Hae In, Kim Nam Gil, Kim Hye Soo, Han Hyo Joo, Shin Dong Yup, Yoo Jae Suk, Lee Hyori, Yura, and many more! No doubt the highest number of nominations was taken by Netflix’s Squid Game. So here are the winners of the Blue Dragon Series Awards 2022 from drama and variety categories!
Blue Dragon Series Awards 2022 Winners: Drama Category
The following list includes winners from the drama category as it covered Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Rookie Actor and Actress, and Best Drama!
- Best Rookie Actor- Koo Kyo Hwan (D.P.)
The South Korean actor Koo Kyo Hwan played Corporal Han Ho Yul character in Netflix’s D.P. Unlike typical rigid military officers, Han Ho Yul is different. And Koo Kyo Hwan has done an exceptional job portraying this playful but deep-raw character who occasionally guides but most often annoys Ah Jun Ho (Jung Hae In). Koo Kyo Hwan as Corporal Han takes viewers on a crazy ride. Whereas at one moment, you love his comical antics, and then at another point, he leaves you speechless due to outstanding acting.
- Best Rookie Actress- Jung Ho Yeon (Squid Game)
The South Korean model and actress Jung Ho Yeon played Kang Sae Byeok character in Netflix’s Squid Game. Kang Sae Byeok is a North Korean defector who enters the game to pay for a broker who can rescue her parents across the border and buy a house for her reunited family to live in. Despite the cold and harsh external cover, Kang Sae Byeok was one of the warmest characters in Squid Game. Thus, there is no doubt Jung Ho Yeon deserved to be the winner of the Blue Dragon Series Best Rookie Actress Award 2022 due to her first excellent performance!
- Best Supporting Actor- Lee Hak Joo (Political Fever)
Like Lee Hak Joo received the Blue Dragon Series Best Supporting Actor Award, he deserves to receive the best secretary award. In Wavve’s Political Fever, Lee Hak Joo as Kim Soo Jin showed impressive acting skills as the secretary of the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Kim Sung Ryung). It’s a domestically hit drama, but many international viewers may not know since it was released on Wavve. However, you can check it out on KOCOWA if you are a fan of political satire or dark comedy series!
- Best Supporting Actress– Kim Shin Rok (Hellbound)
The rising South Korean actor Kim Shin Rok played Park Jeong Ja character in Netflix’s Hellbound. Park Jeong Ja is a single mother subject to the first public demonstration. Even for a supporting role, Kim Shin Rok showcased her acting skills, leaving unforgettable prints of her character in viewers’ minds. Thus, her name had to be on the winners of the Blue Dragon Series Best Supporting Actress Award 2022!
- Best Actor- Lee Jung Jae (Squid Game)
One of the successful actors, Lee Jung Jae, played the leading role of Seong Gi Hun in Netflix’s Squid Game. Seong Gi Hun is a divorced gambling addict living with his mother while struggling to support his daughter financially. Thus to settle his load of debts, Seong Gi Hun participates in the game, which eventually becomes his downfall! Throughout the series, Lee Jung Jae expressed various raw emotions of being a desperate father to a miserably enraged survivor flawlessly.
- Best Actress- Kim Go Eun (Yumi’s Cells)
The leading character of the first-ever live-action and 3D animation combined drama Yumi’s Cells ‘Kim Yumi’ is played by Kim Go Eun. From working as an office worker to a well-known writer, Kim Yumi goes through various ups and downs. Kim Yumi is nothing extraordinary, but the warm touch of the mundane and her struggle have made her character fan-favorite! And the most credit goes to actress Kim Go Eun who did an exceptional job delivering Kim Yumi that many of us can relate to.
- Best Drama- D.P.
D.P. stands for Deserter Pursuit and is a military kdrama. Set in 2014, it narrates the story of a team of Korean military police with their mission to catch deserters. The series has magnified the undesirable nature of the military, especially within a South Korean context. Therefore, various sensitive subjects like bullying and hazing have been covered remarkably. Thus, it’s not surprising that D.P. kdrama won the Blue Dragon Series Best Drama Award 2022! It’s a six-episode series available on Netflix.
- Popular Star Award
The winners of the Blue Dragon Series Popular Star Award 2022 were Jung Hae In, Kang Daniel, Han Hyo Joo, Lee Yong Jin, Park Seo Ham, and DKZ’s Jaechan.
Blue Dragon Series Awards 2022 Winners: Variety Category
The following list includes winners from the variety category, revealing Best Male and Female Entertainer, Best Rookie Male and Female Entertainer, and Best Variety Program.
- Best Rookie Male Entertainer- EXO’s Kai (New World)
EXO’s Kai won the Blue Dragon Series Best Rookie Male Entertainer Award for his participation in Netflix’s New World. In this show, the members face various survival tasks, duels, and twists. Furthermore, fans discover new sides of EXO’s Kai throughout the series.
- Best Rookie Female Entertainer- Joo Hyun Young (SNL Korea)
Joo Hyun Young stool viewers’ attention as SNL Korea‘s awkward intern report who shared various funny but relatable experiences. Due to her attentiveness while showcasing her character’s traits, the comedian received the nickname ‘Human Scanner.’
- Best Male Entertainer- Kang Ho Dong (New Journey to the West Special: Spring Camp)
From the beginning, the television host and comedian Kang Ho Dong has been part of tvN’s New Journey to the West. Throughout all seasons, Kang Ho Dong did a wonderful job entertaining and bringing witty content to the audience. Considering his years of experience as a host and comedian, it should not be surprising that he won the Blue Dragon Series Best Male Entertainer Award 2022!
- Best Female Entertainer- Celeb Five’s Song Yun I, Shin Bong Sun, Ahn Young Mi, and Kim Shin Young (Celeb Five: Behind the Curtain)
The South Korean group Celeb Five gives off different vibes as the group consists of four female comedians Kim Shin Young, Song Eun I, Shin Bong Sun, and Ahn Young Mi. With a creative and fun-loving concept, Celeb Five performs the 80s and 90s vocals and choreographs while dressing in the 80s-era splashy outfits. So their recent Netflix behind-the-scenes mockumentary Celeb Five: Behind the Curtain reveals how the members brainstorm material for a comedy special. Four prominent comedians together, and no doubt chaos is meant to happen, bringing laughter to everyday life!
- Best Entertainment Program- Transit Love
TVING’s dating reality show Transit Love is the winner of the Blue Dragon Series Best Entertainment Program Award 2022! Transit Love, also known as EXchange, is a dating reality program. It forms a consensus about the breakup that everyone experiences at least once, such as reuniting with a former lover or meeting new people. Unlike other dating shows, Transit Love reveals different layers of breakup and its aftermath, leaving viewers with various answered questions. It’s a fifteen-episode series available on TVING.