2014 was a fruitful year for Ji Chang Wook, who saw his popularity surge as he wowed audiences with his impressive performance in the highly successful drama “Empress Ki”, and he continues to heat up the screen this winter with heart-throbbing action and romance in his ongoing drama “Healer”. As 2014 drew to a close, Ji Chang Wook wrapped up the year with 2 more awards to add to his resume. What a great way to end off the year!
On the night of 31 December, Ji Chang Wook took home the Popularity Award and the Best Couple Award at the 2014 KBS Drama Awards for his performance in “Healer”.
The Popularity Award was jointly awarded to both Ji Chang Wook and Joo Won from “Tomorrow Cantabile”. However, this does not make the award any less prestigious. Although he did not win the Netizen Award (which was what we were allowed to vote for), the Popularity Award is a meaningful one as the winner is hand-picked by a judging committee comprising of drama PDs, scriptwriters, and entertainment reporters.
Besides that, Ji Chang Wook was nominated for the Excellence Actor – Mid Length Drama category, but lost out to his senior Lee Joon Gi from “Joseon Gunman” (no surprises here). On the bright side, it is great to see the two of them on the same screen again after working together in the MBC drama “Hero” back in 2009. Back then, Ji Chang Wook was only a rookie and played a minor character in the show. To think that they actually got nominated in the same category now 6 years later! Ji Chang Wook has come a long way indeed, and his senior is proud of him (look at how Lee Joon Gi smiled at him in the video! And they even hugged after the event…*sobs*).
Ji Chang Wook also bagged the Best Couple Award with Park Min Young in “Healer”. The Best Couple Award also went to four other couples from other KBS dramas, namely, Kim Sang Kyung and Kim Hyun Joo from “What’s With This Family”, Lee Joon Gi and Nam Sang Mi from “Joseon Gunman”, Nam Ji Hyun and Park Hyung Shik from “What’s With This Family”, and Eric and Jung Yoo Mi from “Discovery of Love”. A NG footage of one of the couples was aired, so it was a pity that they did not have enough time to air the video of our Healer couple (me thinks the “lack of time” is just an excuse for not having enough romantic scenes to show since Healer is still airing). But I’m sure Ji Chang Wook (who seems like a nervous wreck again) is more than happy to leave the stage earlier.
Prior to all these, Ji Chang Wook also appeared as a prize presenter with actress Han Chae Ah to give away the Netizen Award. Simply because Healer the tech whiz is the best person to use a smartphone to present such an award. But unfortunately he wasn’t given a gadget to calm his nerves as he tripped over his words.
In other good news, it was also revealed that viewership ratings for the awards ceremony was at its highest at 16.5% when Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young made their acceptance speech for the Best Couple award, making it the best 1-minute of the show that was watched by the most number of people. (Source)
Check out the compilation of Ji Chang Wook’s appearances at the ceremony in the English-subbed video below: (I’ve tried to include all his scenes, but I could have missed out a few seconds…)
Video edited and subbed by Gabby. PLEASE DO NOT RE-UPLOAD, REPURPOSE OR OTHERWISE COPY OUR SUBS WITHOUT CREDIT.
Photos from the red carpet ceremony can be found here.