2023 Daejong Film Awards Winners: The Childe’s Kim Seon-ho, Moving’s Han Hyo-joo and Others Return Victorious

The 2023 Daejong Film Awards winners were honoured with one of the greatest prestige markers of Korean cinema, deemed an equally ranked counterpart of the Oscars. Also knows as the 2023 Grand Bell Awards (대종상 영화제), the 59th edition of the annual ceremony was held at the Gyeonggi Arts Center Grand Theater and Convention Hall, South Korea, and hosted by actors Cha In-pyo and Jang Do-yeon. All domestic titles, including TV series as well, released in the timeframe October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023, were eligible for nominations.

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While inaugurated in 1962, Daejong Film Awards 2023 had a 9-member judging panel with film critic Jeong Sung-il, novelist Kim Hong-shin, film producer Won Dong-yeon, Kyonggi University professor Kang Kyung-ho, Theatre Directors Association’s Sung Joon-hyun, Korean National University of Arts’ Park Jong-won, Women’s Filmmakers’ Associations’ Kim Sun-a and Chung-Ang University’s Jo Hye-jeong.

From the Korean film Cobweb ringing in with the highest number of nominations (14) to Concrete Utopia winning big, with much-loved actors like Kim Seon-ho and Han Hyo-joo taking the lead as noteworthy victors of the night, the Daejong International Film Awards celebrated the best efforts of this year with ease.

2023 Daejong Film Awards Winners List

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jang Mi-hee

Best Film Editing

Kim Sun-min for The Night Owl

Documentary Award

Yang Young-hee for Soup and Ideology

Best Sound

Kim Suk-won for Concrete Utopia

Best Costume Design

Yoon Jung-hee for Killing Romance

Best Visual Effects

Eun Jae-hyun for Concrete Utopia

Best Cinematography

Choi Young-hwan for Smugglers

Best Music

Dalpalan for Phantom

Best Art Direction

Cho Hwa-sung and Choi Hyun-seouk for Concrete Utopia

Best New Director

Ahn Tae-jin for The Night Owl

Best Screenplay

Ahn tae-jin and Hyun Eun-mi for The Night Owl

Best New Actor

Kim Seon-ho for The Childe

Best New Actress

Kim Si-eun for Next Sohee

Best Supporting Actor

Oh Jung-se for Cobweb

Best Supporting Actress

Kim Sun-young for Concrete Utopia

Best Actor

Lee Byung-hun for Concrete Utopia

2023 Daejong Film Awards Winners - Lee Byung-hun

Best Actress

Kim Seo-hyung for Green House

2023 Daejong Film Awards Winners - Kim Seo-hyung

Best Film

Concrete Utopia

Best Director

Ryoo Seung-wan for Smugglers

Best Series

Moving on Disney+

Best Director Series

Kang Yoon-sung for Big Bet

Best Actor in a Series

Choi Min-sin for Big Bet

Best Actress in a Series

Han Hyo-joo for Moving

The awards ceremony was live streamed on the @iloveggac YouTube channel.

Congratulations to all the 2023 Grand Bell Awards Winners!

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