Korea: Masquerade sweeps awards board

Korea's major awards bash, the Daejong (Great Bell) Film Awards, has awarded Chang-min CHOO's Gwanghae (released as Masquerade overseas) wins in all 15 categories it was nominated in.
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Korea’s major awards bash, the Daejong (Great Bell) Film Awards, has awarded Chang-min CHOO’s Gwanghae (released as Masquerade overseas) wins in all 15 categories it was nominated in.

The film is the second Korean release this year to top the 10 million admissions mark, and one of only six to ever reach the mark. A local film achieving 4 million admissions is considered a success. Masquerade held the #1 slot at the Korean box office for the last six weeks, losing it (to Skyfall) on the day of the awards ceremony.

CHOI Dong-hun’s The Thieves passed the 13 million admissions mark in August to become Korea’s biggest box office title ever, but was almost completely shut out at Monday’s awards ceremony. KIM Hae-suk took the Best Supporting Actress gong for her role, and that was it for The Thieves as Masquerade took 15 of the 20 competitive awards on offer.

Venice Golden Lion winner KIM Ki-duk’s Pieta won the Best Actress award for JO Min-su, although there is no female lead role in Masquerade.

Local commentators quibbled about Masquerade’s shut out, noting that it won the Visual Effects award despite having very few VFX shots in the film. Commentators also noted that 2012 has been a strong year for Korean film across the board, with two outstanding titles contributing to an overall increase in the percentage of box office going to local films.

The Daejong Film Awards Winners were:

Best Film
Masquerade
Special Jury Award, Pieta

Best Director
Choo Chang-min (Masquerade)

Best Actor
Lee Byung-hun (Masquerade)

Best Actress
Jo Min-su (Pieta)

Best Supporting Actor
Ryoo Seung-ryong (Masquerade)

Best Supporting Actress
Kim Hae-suk (The Thieves)

Best New Actor
Kim Sung-kyun (Neighbors)

Best New Actress
Kim Ko-eun (Eungyo)

Best New Director
Choi Jong-tae (Hand in Hand)

Best Screenplay
Hwang Jo-young (Masquerade)

Best Production
Im Sang-jin (Masquerade)

Best Editing
Nam Na-young (Masquerade)

Best Lighting
Oh Seung-chul (Masquerade)

Best Costume Design
Kwon Yoo-jin, Im Seung-hee (Masquerade)

Best Art Design
Oh Heung-suk (Masquerade)

Best Music
Mogue, Kim Joon-sung (Masquerade)

Best Sound Effects
Lee Sang-joon (Masquerade)

Best Visual Effects
Jung Jae-hoon (Masquerade)

Popularity Award
Lee Byung-hun (Masquerade)

Best Short Film
Woman, dir CHOI Ji-Yeon

Lifetime Achievement Award
Kwak Jung-hwan, Ko Eun-ah

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