(Congtin.net) - 2016 has been an exciting year for drama fans. Some of the brightest stars of K-drama returned to the small screen bearing impressive works to share: Song Hye Kyo, Jun Ji Hyun, Han Hyo Joo, Park Shin Hye, and even K-pop idol Yoona has jumped into the fray. As we near the finish line of the 12th Annual Soompi Awards, who among them will emerge the winner?
Let’s take a look at the nominees for Actress of the Year.
Jun Ji Hyun made her long-awaited return to drama this year with “The Legend of the Blue Sea” along with Lee Min Ho, also making his return to the small screen for the first time in years. She showed off her signature comedic touch in many delightful scenes: mobbing five-year-olds on the street, scaring off kindergarten bullies, crying tears of pearl. And she skillfully portrayed the naiveté of a mermaid with little to no experience living on land. It was no surprise that she brought home three trophies this year: Best Couple, Top 10 Stars, and Idol Academy Award — Best Eating at the 2016 SBS Drama Awards.
Actresses generally fall into two camps: head-turning star (a la Jun Ji Hyun), or innocent sweetheart (such as Song Hye Kyo). But Gong Hyo Jin belongs in a category all to her own. An atypical beauty, she excels in playing down-to-earth types you can find sitting next to you anywhere. “Don’t Dare to Dream,” also known as “Jealousy Incarnate,” is a romantic comedy about a sunny weather girl, Pyo Na Ri (Gong Hyo Jin), who dreams of becoming a news anchor at SBC. Romantically, Na Ri flirts between two men: a big-shot news anchor (Jo Jung Suk) and a chaebol luxury store owner (Go Kyung Pyo), who is also conveniently her landlord. As a woman in her thirties, instead of beautifying the realities of dating at that age, Gong Hyo Jin chose to keep it real. She won the 2016 SBS Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Romantic Comedy Drama.
For a singer, IU has landed major roles countless professional actresses would covet, from “Producer” to “Scarlet Heart: Goryeo.” But with great privilege comes great responsibility. The Korean remake of the Chinese drama “Scarlet Heart” is the story of a modern girl who travels back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty. Though viewer reviews were mixed, Director Kim Kyu Tae has publicly praised IU’s performance in a press conference.
After spending the past three years concentrating on Chinese films, Song Hye Kyo returned to the small screen with yet another solid performance. A refreshing change from time traveling historical dramas or lovelorn medical thrillers, “Descendants of the Sun” stole everyone’s hearts in its noble exploration of duty. Song Hye Kyo charmed us once again as the strong and unrelenting Doctor Kang Mo Yeon, winning the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV), iQiyi Global Star Award, Best Couple Award, as well as the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the 2016 KBS Drama Awards.
When it comes to “W,” the first thing that people talk about is the mind-blowing screenplay. Then it’s Lee Jong Suk. The cardio-thoracic surgeon played by Han Hyo Joo almost comes as an afterthought. Her character takes a backseat to the fantastic plot and the intriguing life story of Kang Cheol (Lee Jong Suk) despite its difficulty; the writer of the drama even apologized to Han Hyo Joo for giving her a difficult character to play. But Han Hyo Joo did it well, and snatched up the Top Excellence Award at both the 2016 APAN Star Awards and the MBC Drama Awards.
The latest and greatest from #TeamParkShinHye is the 20-episode medical drama “Doctors.” Park Shin Hye plays a bad-ass doc who knows how to administer a flu shot as well as a jaw-tenderizing punch. The series averaged at 20 percent ratings, peaking at No. 1 on the Nielsen charts. Under the expert tutelage of her teacher Hong Ji Hong (Kim Rae Won), Park Shin Hye’s character transformed from a prickly high school delinquent to a compassionate neurosurgeon. Albeit the plot lines may have left us a bit wanting, Park Shin Hye showed off her karate chops in no uncertain terms, taunting anyone eyeing her SBS Best Actress trophy with a fearsome glare.
If Uee’s role in “High Society” was a bit flat, then her performance in “Marriage Contract” was simply amazing. It is the story of a fake marriage arrangement between a cynical chaebol and a single mother. Stricken with the double tragedy of debt and brain tumor, Uee’s touching portrayal of the single mother earned her praise from fans as “deep and authentic.” “Marriage Contract” scored double digit ratings consistently for every episode, closing at 22 percent for the finale. Uee’s improvements were well-noted, and she received the Best Actress (special project) title at 2016 MBC Drama Awards.
“Uncontrollably Fond” was a highly anticipated drama this summer. The series opened strongly in 3rd place with double digit ratings, but wasn’t able to keep it up through the end. However, despite this, the series redeemed itself overseas. In China, “Uncontrollably Fond” reached 4 billion cumulative views on Youku, making it the site’s most viewed Korean drama. Suzy won Asia Artist Best Star Award for her performance.