DramaFever hosts fan choice awards for K-Drama

UK netizens possibly won’t make much use of DramaFever as their episodes of K-Drama series are limited to IP addresses in the Americas. But K-drama fans wherever you are may want to participate in their fan choice awards for K-drama, which are open for voting until the end of March. This is the first year they’ve run the awards, and included in the nominee list are over 70 actors, actresses and dramas.

Moon Embracing the Sun
Moon Embracing the Sun in the running for Drama of the Year

Although the site has included shows from other countries, like Taiwanese drama and even telenovelas, most of this first year’s nominees are the most watched K-dramas in 2012. Take a look at the nominees here and take a few minutes to vote in the 1st Annual DramaFever Awards.

How it works:

Vote for your favorites among six contenders in 12 categories. Categories range from Best Actor and Best Actress, favorite performances by an ensemble cast, most unforgettable theme music, breakout actors and, of course, the big prize for “Drama Of the Year.” Viewers are also being asked to choose among dramas with actors who electrified the screen as couples, best guy friends (“bromance”), exceptional villains, and the ever-present unrequited loves.

Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince – another nomination

Once all the votes are in, DramaFever will announce the results and send the award trophies to the winners in each category.

DramaFever is based in New York, where two former college buddies who were born in Korea both made good on a promise they made to themselves to start their own business before they settled down and turned 30. In 2008, they were traveling for their full-time jobs as executives of global media companies and noticed Korean drama was translated in different languages. DramaFever launched a year later in 2009. Over the years, they noticed that there were also no formal fan choice awards for the growing fan base outside of Korea. So, Boram Nam, VP and head of licensing for Asia, asked some Korean TV networks and actors how they’d feel to connect and get recognition with their US fans. They loved the idea!

Voting for the DramaFever Awards began March 1 and ends March 31. So cast your votes now. It looks like the total number of votes will reach the half million mark before then.

I Miss You
I Miss You – a three-hankie drama?

The nominees were selected based on the popularity of the dramas on DramaFever and their channel on Hulu. Let us know in the comments who you think they missed.

In the “Most Underrated Drama,” you’ll find an Argentine thriller “Killer Women,” which is not a mistake. DramaFever’s cofounder Suk Park and his brother, Hyun were born in Korea but grew up in Spain, so Spanish-language content was added in October. This title got a lot of attention because ABC and Modern Family star, Sofia Vergara announced they are doing a US version.

Here’s a partial list of the major categories and nominees, followed by a few links.

2012 Drama Of the Year

  • The Moon that Embraces the Sun
  • Faith
  • Bridal Mask
  • Rooftop Prince
  • Answer Me 1997
  • I Miss You
Best Actor

  • Lee Min Ho (Faith)
  • Lee Seung Gi (King 2 Hearts)
  • Song Joong Ki (Nice Guy)
  • Micky Yoo Chun (Rooftop Prince)
  • Roy Chiu (Miss Rose)
  • Joo Won (Bridal Mask)
Best Actress

  • Han Ji Min (Padam Padam)
  • Yoon Eun Hye (I Miss You)
  • Moon Chae Won (Nice Guy)
  • Jung Ryeo Won (History of a Salaryman)
  • Ha Ji Won (King 2 Hearts)
  • Kim Sun Ah (I Do, I Do)
Best Ensemble Cast

  • Shut Up Flower Boy Band
  • A Gentleman’s Dignity
  • Answer Me 1997
  • Rooftop Prince
  • Bachelor’s Vegetable Store
  • Dream High 2
Breakthrough Performance

  • Jo Jung Suk (King 2 Hearts)
  • Jung Eun Ji (Answer Me 1997)
  • Seo In Guk (Answer Me 1997)
  • Lee Jong Suk (High Kick 3)
  • Sung Joon (Shut Up Flower Boy Band)
  • Yeo Jin Goo (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)
Best Music

  • Shut Up Flower Boy Band
  • What’s Up
  • Dream High 2
  • Answer Me 1997
  • I Need Romance 2012
  • Full House Take 2
Best Villain

  • Vampire Prosecutor 2 (Kwon Hyun Sang)
  • Bridal Mask (Park Ki Woong)
  • King 2 Hearts (Yoon Je Moon)
  • Arang and the Magistrate (Kang Moon Young)
  • Faith (Yoo Oh Sung)
  • Padam Padam (Kim Joon Sung)
Most Underrated Drama

  • Haeundae Lovers
  • I Do, I Do
  • Feast of the Gods
  • Shut Up Flower Boy Band
  • Killer Women
  • A Gentleman’s Dignity
Best Kiss

  • Answer Me 1997 (Seo In Guk and Jung Eun Ji)
  • Full House Take 2 (No Min Woo and Park Ki Woong)
  • A Gentleman’s Dignity (Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ha Neul)
  • King 2 Hearts (Lee Seung Gi and Ha Ji Won)
  • The Great Seer (Ji Sung and Kim So Yeon)
  • Rooftop Prince (Micky Yoo Chun and Han Ji Min)

Other categories: Best Couple, Best Bromance, Best Couple Not Meant to Be

Here are some video clip compilations for each award category:

Best DramaBest ActorBest Actress
Best KissBest VillainBest Bromance
Best CoupleBest Couple Not Meant to BeBest Ensemble
Most Underrated DramaBest MusicBreakthrough Performance

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