2022 Winners: 8th APAN Star Awards

The 8th APAN Star Awards has officially announced the winners in this year’s ceremony, an award-giving body that recognizes the excellence in South Korea’s television including domestic terrestrial, general, cable, OTT, and web dramas.

The event was held on September 29th at Korea International Exhibition Center, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, and hosted by Kwon Yu-ri and Jung Il-woo.

This year’s winners were selected from dramas that aired from March 2021 to July 2022:


Grand Prize (Daesang) Award: Song Joong-ki for Vincenzo (2021)


Drama of the Year: MBC’s The Red Sleeve (2021)

Nominees:

  • Netflix’s Squid Game (2021)
  • MBC’s The Red Sleeve (2021)
  • JTBC’s My Liberation Notes (2022)
  • tvN’s Our Blues (2022)
  • ENA’s Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022)

Web Drama: Be My Boyfriend (2021)

Nominees:

  • Be My Boyfriend
  • Mad for Each Other
  • Heart.zip
  • Would You Like a Cup of Coffee?
  • Blue Birthday

Best Director: Jung Ji-in and Song Yeon-hwa for The Red Sleeve (2021)

Nominees:

  • Kim Hee-won (Vincenzo)
  • Yoo In-sik (Extraordinary Attorney Woo)
  • Jung Ji-in and Song Yeon-hwa (The Red Sleeve)
  • Han Joon-hee (D.P.)
  • Hwang Dong-hyuk (Squid Game)

Best Writer: Moon Ji-won for Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022)

Nominees:

  • Kim Min-seok (Juvenile Justice)
  • Noh Hee-kyung (Our Blues)
  • Moon Ji-won (Extraordinary Attorney Woo)
  • Park Hae-young (My Liberation Notes)
  • Jung Hae-ri (The Red Sleeve)

Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries: Lee Junho for The Red Sleeve (2021)

Image: MBC, Hancinema

Nominees:

  • Kim Nam-gil (Through the Darkness)
  • Namgoong Min (The Veil)
  • Song Joong-ki (Vincenzo)
  • Lee Junho (The Red Sleeve)
  • Lee Je-hoon (Taxi Driver)

Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries: Shin Min-ah for Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021) & Our Blues (2022)

Nominees:

  • Kim Tae-ri (Twenty-Five Twenty-One)
  • Park Eun-bin (The King’s Affection, Extraordinary Attorney Woo)
  • Seo Hyun-jin (Why Her?)
  • Shin Min-ah (Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, Our Blues)
  • Honey Lee (One the Woman)

Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries: Jin Sun-kyu for Through The Darkness (2022)

Nominees:

  • Rowoon (The King’s Affection)
  • Son Suk-ku (My Liberation Notes)
  • Ahn Hyo-seop (Lovers of the Red Sky, A Business Proposal)
  • Jin Sun-kyu (Through The Darkness)
  • Choi Woo-shik (Our Beloved Summer)

Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries: Yoo Sun for Eve (2022)

Nominees:

  • Kim Sejeong (A Business Proposal)
  • Kim Ji-won (My Liberation Notes)
  • Shin Hyun-been (Hospital Playlist 2, Reflection of You)
  • Yoo Sun (Eve)
  • Lee Se-young (The Red Sleeve)

Top Excellence Award, Actor in an OTT Series: Jung Hae-in for D.P. (2021)

Nominees:

  • Kim Soo-hyun (One Ordinary Day)
  • Yoo Ah-in (Hellbound)
  • Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game)
  • Im Siwan (Tracer)
  • Jung Hae-in (D.P.)

Top Excellence Award, Actress in an OTT Series: Kim Sung-ryung for Political Fever (2021)

Nominees:

  • Kim Go-eun (Yumi’s Cells)
  • Kim Sung-ryung (Political Fever)
  • Kim Hye-soo (Juvenile Justice)
  • Bae Suzy (Anna)
  • Han So-hee (My Name)

Excellence Award, Actor in an OTT Series: Ahn Bo-hyun for Yumi’s Cells (2021) and My Name (2021)

Nominees:

  • Goo Kyo-wan (D.P.)
  • Park Jung-min (Hellbound)
  • Park Hae-soo (Squid Game)
  • Ahn Bo-hyun (Yumi’s Cells, My Name)
  • Oh Young-soo (Squid Game)

Excellence Award, Actress in an OTT Series: Han Sun-hwa for Work Later, Drink Now (2021)

Nominees:

  • Kim Hyun-joo (Hellbound)
  • Lee Yoo-mi (Squid Game, All of Us Are Dead)
  • Lee Jung-eun (Juvenile Justice)
  • Jung Eun-chae (Anna)
  • Han Sun-hwa (Work Later, Drink Now)

Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama: Joo Sang-wook for The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won (2021)

Nominees:

  • Uhm Ki-joon (The Penthouse 2 & 3)
  • Yoon Si-yoon (It’s Beautiful Now)
  • Lee Tae-gon (Love Ft. Marriage And Divorce 2)
  • Joo Sang-wook (The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won)
  • Ji Hyun-woo (Young Lady and Gentleman)

Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama: Park Jin-hee for The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won (2021)

Nominees:

  • Kim So-yeon (The Penthouse 2 & 3)
  • Park Joo-mi (Love Ft. Marriage And Divorce)
  • Park Jin-hee (The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won)
  • Uhm Hyun-kyung (The Second Husband)
  • Choi Myung-gil (Red Shoes)

Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama: Han Sang-jin for The All-Round Wife (2021)

Image: Hancinema

Nominees:

  • Kang Eun-tak (Young Lady and Gentleman)
  • Kim Kyung-nam (Revolutionary Sisters)
  • Oh Min-seok (It’s Beautiful Now)
  • Cha Seo-won (The Second Husband)
  • Han Sang-jin (The All-Round Wife)

Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama: So Yi-hyun for Red Shoes (2021)

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Nominees:

  • Park Ha-na (Young Lady and Gentleman)
  • So Yi-hyun (Red Shoes)
  • Shin Dong-mi (It’s Beautiful Now)
  • Lee Ga-ryung (Love Ft. Marriage And Divorce)
  • Han Da-gam (The All-Round Wife)

Best Supporting Actor: Heo Sung-tae for Squid Game (2021) & Yoon Byung-hee for Vincenzo (2021)

Nominees:

  • Park Ji-hwan (Our Blues)
  • Yoon Kyung-ho (My Name)
  • Yoon Byung-hee (Vincenzo, Our Blues)
  • Choi Young-joon (Our Blues)
  • Heo Sung-tae (Squid Game)

Best Supporting Actress: Kim Shin-rok for Hellbound (2021) & Baek Ji-won for Anna (2022) and Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022)

Nominees:

  • Kim Shin-rok (Hellbound)
  • Kim Ji-hyun (Thirty-Nine)
  • Baek Ji-won (Anna, Extraordinary Attorney Woo)
  • Lee El (My Liberation Notes)
  • Cha Ji-yeon (Taxi Driver)

Best New Actor: Yoon Chan-young for All Of Us Are Dead (2022) and Tang Jun-sang for Move To Heaven (2021) & Racket Boys (2021)

Nominees:

  • Kang Young-seok (Military Prosecutor Doberman, Insider)
  • Park Seo-ham (Semantic Error)
  • Yoon Chan-young (All Of Us Are Dead)
  • Choi Hyun-wook (Racket Boys, Twenty-Five Twenty-One)
  • Tang Jun-sang (Move To Heaven, Racket Boys)

Best New Actress: Park Ji-hoo for All Of Us Are Dead (2022)

Image: Netflix, Hancinema

Nominees:

  • Roh Yoon-seo (Our Blues)
  • Park Ji-hoo (All Of Us Are Dead)
  • Jung Ho-yeon (Squid Game)
  • Cho Yi-hyun (School 2021, All Of Us Are Dead)
  • Choi Seong-eun (Beyond Evil)

Best Couple: Park Seo-ham & Park Jae-chan (Semantic Error)


Most Popular Actor: Park Jae-chan


Most Popular Actress: Park Eun-bin


APAN Global Star Award: Ji Chang-wook for The Sound Of Magic (2022)


Congratulations to all the winners!