12 Baeksang Arts Award-Winning K-Dramas to Watch on Netflix and Viu

The best of the best, right this way.
by Hanna Tamondong for Cosmo.ph   |  May 8, 2021
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Soon, we will get to witness the awarding ceremony of the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards, aka the Oscars of South Korea. Hallyu fans are *super* excited for this event as it recognizes the top Korean actors, directors, screenwriters, K-dramas, movies, and variety shows in the industry.

To give you a brief background, the Baeksang Arts Awards is a distinguished ceremony hosted by TV network JTBC and newspaper Ilgan Sports. It's held every second quarter of the year and for 2021, the event will be broadcasted on May 13 via JTBC. Similar to last year, there will be no audience participating in the venue this time.

For K-dramas, the Baeksang Arts Awards has two categories: The Best Drama award and the Grand Prize, which can also be given to an actor, director, screenwriter, or variety show. How do they select the best of the best, you ask? According to The Korea Times, there's a "rigorous process" that happens before a winner is chosen. The nominees and nominated shows are presented to a diverse group of critics to allow a broader viewpoint.

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Before the announcement of this year's winners, it's time for us to binge-watch first the series that were given the two titles mentioned. Here's a list of the Baeksang Arts Award-winning K-dramas on Netflix and Viu:

1. When The Camellia Blooms (2020)

The award: Grand Prize

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Who's in it: Gong Hyo Jin, Kang Ha Neul, Oh Jung Se, Kim Ji Seok

Where you can watch it: Netflix

The plot, according to Netflix: "Dongbaek is a single mother. When a potential new love enters her life, she finds ways to defy the social stigmas surrounding her."

2. Hot Stove League (2020)

The award: Best Drama

Who's in it: Namgoong Min, Park Eun Bin, Oh Jung Se, Jo Byeong Gyu

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

The plot, according to Netflix: "During off-season, a professional basketball team ranked dead last in the leagues hires an unorthodox manager who's determined to push it to the top."

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3. My Mister (2019)

The award: Grand Prize

Who's in it: IU, Lee Sun Kyun

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

The plot, according to Viu: "Dong Hun has a wife, a son, two trouble-making brothers, and a mother. The kind-hearted son who works as a structural engineer at a large company is the pride of his mother. On the outside, he seems like a perfectly happy man who has everything he’d ever wish for. But Ji An, who lives a miserable and painful life, sees him differently."

4. Stranger/Secret Forest (2018)

The award: Grand Prize

Who's in it: Bae Doona, Cho Seung Woo, Lee Joon Hyuk

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

The plot, according to Netflix: "With the help of a gutsy female detective, a prosecutor who has lost the ability to feel empathy tackles a murder case amid political corruption."

5. Mother (2018)

The award: Best Drama

Who's in it: Lee Bo Young, Heo Yool, Lee Hye Young

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Where you can watch it: Viu

The plot, according to Viu: "This is the story of a woman becoming a mother. Soo Jin is a teacher at an elementary school. She plans to go abroad to study and teaching is just a temporary job. However, she notices that one of her students, Hye Na, is being abused by her mother and uncle at home."

6. Dear My Friends (2017)

The award: Best Drama

Who's in it: Youn Yuh Jung, Shin Gu, Kim Yeong Ok, Kim Hye Ja, Na Moon Hee, Joo Hyun, Park Won Sook, Go Du Sim, Go Hyun Jung

Where you can watch it: Netflix

The plot, according to Netflix: "Life is ever-delightful—and ever-changing—for a group of friends in their twilight years as they rediscover themselves through love and family."

7. Descendants Of The Sun (2016)

The award: Grand Prize

Who's in it: Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo, Kim Ji Won, Jin Goo

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Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

The plot, according to Viu: "This drama is about how young doctors and soldiers overcome hardships and build their relationships in the war-torn country of Uruk."

8. Signal (2016)

The award: Best Drama

Who's in it: Kim Hye Soo, Lee Je Hoon, Cho Jin Woong

Where you can watch it: Netflix

The plot, according to Netflix: "Communicating via a walkie-talkie that transcends time, a profiler from 2015 and a detective from 1989 join forces to tackle crimes and injustice."

9. The Good Doctor (2014)

The award: Best Drama

Who's in it: Joo Won, Moon Chae Won, Joo Sang Wook, Cheon Ho Jin

Where you can watch it: Netflix

The short plot, according to Netflix: "A savant-like pediatric surgeon is in constant conflict with a fellow doctor—a rivalry that heats up when they develop feelings for the same woman."

10. The Moon Embracing The Sun (2012)

The award: Best Drama

Who's in it: Kim Soo Hyun, Han Ga In, Jung Il Woo, Kim So Hyun, Kim Yoo Jung

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Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

The short plot, according to Viu: "Crown Prince Lee Hwon's first love was Yeon Woo, who was framed by Queen Dowager and lost her memory after she was chosen as the Crown Princess. Years later, destiny brought Lee Hwon and Yeon Woo back together again and they finally got married after overcoming countless obstacles."

11. Secret Garden (2011)

The award: Best Drama

Who's in it: Hyun Bin, Ha Ji Won, Yoon Sang Hyun

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

The short plot, according to Netflix: "A wealthy man and a poor stunt girl fall in love. But things get complicated when their souls become inexplicably swapped and dark secrets surface."

12. Iris (2010)

The award: Best Drama

Who's in it: Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Hee, Jung Joon Ho, BIGBANG's T.O.P

Where you can watch it: Netflix

The short plot, according to Netflix: "Two friends' lives are changed forever when they are recruited by a top-secret organization tasked with protecting the country for foreign threats."

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