Nominations for Best Actress
Each performance in this year’s Best Actress category is characterized by a very distinctive kind of energy. In each case, the performer brought something unique and personal to the role that made the character come to life. In a year when there were a very large number of accomplished performances, these actors left a particularly strong impression.
Rising star Jung Eun-chae started work as a model and studied art in the UK before making her film debut with a supporting role in Haunters (2010). In Nobody’s Daughter Haewon she attracted widespread attention for her sensitive portrayal of a young woman facing a crossroads in her life.
Nominations for Best Actor
Independent and low-budget films may not get the wide distribution and expensive marketing campaigns of mainstream commercial films. But that doesn’t mean they have no star power. Of the 60+ independent fiction films released in Korea in 2013, there was a tremendous diversity of performances from new actors, veterans, and well-known stars. This year our six nominees for best actor are primarily young, up-and-coming performers who show great potential for the future.
Um Tae-gu’s appearance in the film Ingtoogi reminds many viewers of the actor Ryoo Seung-beom. This is not because of a similarity in acting styles, but rather for the simple reason that Um too forms a potent combination with his brother, director Um Tae-hwa (who also received a Best New Director nomination). But Um also has extensive experience working with other directors, including as the lead actor in independent film Choked (2012).