The ′Daejong Film Awards′ are Taken Over by ′Masquerade′
Masquerade won the awards for Best Director, Male Supporting Actor, Editing, Popularity, Design, Lighting, Scenario, Costume, Artwork, Audio, Music, Filming, Video, Male Lead Actor and Best Film at the 49th Daejong Film Awards, practically swepping in all the awards it could get its hands on.
The Thieves, which recorded the biggest audience in Korean film history, and Pieta, which won the Leone D′Oro at the Venice Film Festival, only won the Best Female Lead Actor Award (Kim Hae Suk) and the Judges′ Special Award.
The Daejong Film Awards were held on October 30, hosted by MCs Shin Hyeon Jun and Kim Jung Eun. This day, the biggest actors and actresses in Korea gathered to be at the most grand film festival of the year.
The day was swallowed by Masquerade. It took over almost all of the most weighted awards, and at this, Shin Hyeon Jun was led to repeat again and again, "This really is a day for Masquerade."
The string of awards for Masquerade started with the Costume and Artwork award. Costume directors Kwon Yoo Jin and Im Seung Hee, and art director Oh Heung Suk stood onstage to thank everyone for what would be the start of a flood of awards for the film.
Editor Nam Na Young, scriptwriter Hwang Jo Yoon, supporting actor Ryu Seung Ryong, music director Kim Jun Sung, designer Im Sang Jin, video director Lee Tae Yoon, video technician Jung Jae Hoon, lighting director Oh Seung Chul, audio director Lee Sang Joon and Lee Byung Hun all went on to win their awards for their work with Masquerade.
Director Kim Ki Duk and a judge for the Daejong Film Awards of the same name clarified, "We believe there will be suspicions on why the awards have been given to one specific piece. We used to judge each piece and then compare each area, but this week, whenever the screening of a film ended, we put down our scores, sealed the envelopes and kept them in a safe. Even I, the judge for the ceremony, didn′t know this would yield such results. Since we didn′t get to compare, we didn′t know which piece would be winning which award. We hope you understand."
Even after the comments were made, the awards for Masquerade didn′t stop coming. Director Choo Chang Min won the Best Director Award, and Lee Byung Hun also won the Best Lead Actor award. The film then topped the day with a win for Best Film, sweeping through a total of 15 categories in all.
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