As 2019 comes to an end, Korean broadcasting stations begin appreciating their talented actors and actresses by giving them well-deserved awards.

2019’s Grand Prize (Daesang) winners were all long overdue for the award, if you consider how many great dramas listed in their filmography. But of course, the same goes for a long line of actors and actresses who have been consistent in showing great performances throughout the years.

Here are the Grand Prize winners awarded by all three broadcasting networks (KBS, MBC, and SBS)!


Kong Hyo-Jin (“When the Camellia Blooms”)

Kong Hyo-Jin received her first award from SBS for New Star Award for “Wonderful Days” in 2001. Since then, she has received so much love for her romantic comedies that she is known as the rom-com queen!

Her filmography is an impressive list filled with popular dramas. To list a few, her latest dramas are “When the Camellia Blooms” starring opposite Kang Ha-Neul, “Don’t Dare to Dream” starring opposite Cho Jung-Seok, and “THE Producers” starring opposite Cha Tae-Hyun. Giving her the Grand Prize was nothing more than a matter of time.

Where can we find Kong Hyo-Jin on KOCOWA?

Dramas: THE Producers (2015), It’s Okay, That’s Love (2014), Master’s Sun (2013), The Greatest Love (2011), Pasta (2010).


Kim Dong-Wook (“Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo”)

His bubbly supporting role in “Coffee Prince” helped him bag his first award–the Netizen Popularity Award by the Korea Drama Awards in 2007. Kim Dong-Wook was later nominated by the MBC Drama Awards for the drama “Radiant Office” for the Excellence Award in 2017.

The talented actor seems to be on a row since 2017! Starting from his supporting role in “Radiant Office,” he took on the lead role for the popular horror drama “The Guest” the following year, and in 2019, “Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo” which won him a Grand Prize.

Where can we find Kim Dong-Wook on KOCOWA?

Drama: Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo (2019), Coffee Prince (2007).


Kim Nam-Gil (“The Fiery Priest“)

It’s been 4 years since Kim Nam-Gil was even nominated for an award–He received his last award from the 24th Buil Film Awards in 2015 for Best Actor Award for the film “The Shameless.” But the wait was worth it. “The Fiery Priest” helped him bag three Best Actor Award this year and even got him a Grand Prize from SBS!

Kim Nam-Gil debuted way back in 1999 and has a few hit dramas in his filmography. Apart from the hit drama “The Fiery Priest,” some of his notable dramas are “The Great Queen Seondeok” (2009), “Bad Guy” (2010), “Live Up To Your Name” (2017).

Where can we find Kim Nam-Gil on KOCOWA?

Dramas: The Fiery Priest (2019), Bad Boy (2010), The Great Queen Seondeok (2009).

Documentary: Life of Samantha (voice narration).

Congratulations to all three actors! We hope that they will have another amazing year ahead!

Do you think there are any other actors or actresses that deserve the Grand Prize too? Who do you think should receive the Grand Prize this year?

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Binge-watching Korean dramas while eating ramyeon. University student. During her free time, she imagines beating up villains in Korean dramas, but often have to remind herself that she can't fight. And then, reality gives her a gentle reminder that she has research essays waiting for her.

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