And now it's time for our first Arts & Culture segment of the week with Lee Tae Ho, who joins us today with all of the latest from the entertainment world. Good afternoon Tae Ho.
Good afternoon, Daniel, it's great to be here today
So today, I hear you'll be giving us an overview of all the latest entertainment news from over the weekend?
That's right, Daniel. There were two very big awards shows over the weekend and some of the biggest stars from Korea and the world were in attendance.
Let's take a look.
The Blue Dragon Film Awards is one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in Korea, honoring the best films of the past year.
The ceremony was established in 1963, then discontinued in 1973, only to be resurrected again in 1990.
Since its revival, it has been held every year, and Friday was the 34th annual show.
This year, the award for best film went to a dark horse contender -- the film "Wish" directed by Lee Jun-ik and starring Sol Kyung-gu and Uhm Ji-won.
The film about a family struggling to cope after the daughter is raped won two other awards -- best supporting actress for Ra Mi-ran and best screenplay for Kim Ji-hye and Jo Joong-hoon.
World-class director Bong Joon-ho took home the top prize in the best director category for his hit film "Snowpiercer."
Hwang Jung-min was named best actor, for his work in the film "New World," and Han Hyo-joo won best actress for her role in "Cold Eyes."
Congratulations to all the winners this year, and with the Korean film market booming, we'll be looking forward to next year's festivities.
It's surprising that the popular film "The Face Reader" didn't win the best film award.
That surprised me, too.
I thought that it would've taken home a few more awards at this year's ceremony.
But it only took home one "Blue" award and that went, most rightfully I might add, to Lee Jung-jae, who won the best supporting actor trophy.
I agree, Lee Jung-jae was fantastic in "The Face Reader" as the ambitious nobleman.
But you said there were two awards ceremonies over the weekend.
What was the other one?
That is correct The highly anticipated 2013 M-Net Asian Music Awards were also held on Friday evening. Who was there and who were the big winners? Well, let's find out
All eyes were on the 2013 M-net Asian Music Awards on Friday night, which took place in Hong Kong for the second year in a row.
The show was broadcast in 13 countries, including the U.S., Japan and Australia.
Awards are given out in six main categories and numerous sub-categories, including the prestigious Grand Prize.
The super popular boy band Exo took home the Album of the Year award for "XOXO," and the group was on stage for a whopping eleven minutes, performing their hits "Growl" and "Beauty and the Beast."
The Song of the Year award went to industry veteran, and Korean music legend, Cho Yong-pil for his hit single "Bounce."
G-Dragon of the group Big Bang picked up the Artist of the Year award, which was no big surprise considering the success of his latest album "Coup d'etat."
But the highlight of the evening was the performances.
The headliners included Stevie Wonder and late addition Paris Hilton.
Fans went wild for Crayon Pop and the YouTube sensation Ylvis and the combo of CL with the duo Icona Pop.
But perhaps the most interesting combo of the night consisted of Stevie Wonder, Aaron Kwok and Hylolyn of the group Sistar performing "I Just Called to Say I Love You."
Girl group 2NE1 took the stage to perform "Missing You" for the first time on TV.
Pop superstar Rain gave fans a medley of his hits "How to Avoid the Sun," "It's Raining" and "Hip Song" and announced that he will be releasing a new album on January 6th called "Rain Falls Again."
Congratulations to all of this year's winners and welcome back Rain
Well, that definitely looked like a fun-filled evening
The performances looked amazing and the crowd was very into the whole show. It was a great lineup.
Well, with K-pop being such a hot item at the moment, I'm sure fans worldwide were tuned in.
I'm sure they were, and with the continued popularity of Korean culture, it looks like awards ceremonies like these will be receiving more attention in Korea and around the world.
Well, we'll definitely be looking forward to next year's festivities. Thank you, Tae Ho, for that update and we'll see you again tomorrow.
Alright, have a wonderful afternoon, Daniel.