The nominations are out for The 58th Baeksang Arts Awards (also known as The 2022 Baeksang Arts Awards), and K-Drama fans are unhappy.
— howlingowl ( ◠‿◠ ) (@howling_E) April 11, 2022
The Annual Baeksang Arts Awards honors Korean films, dramas, and entertainment. The nominations for the upcoming ceremony were released on April 11, and many hit K-Dramas and actors were not nominated, much to viewers’ surprise.
Netflix‘s D.P., tvN‘s Twenty Five Twenty One, Netflix’s Squid Game, MBC‘s The Red Sleeve, and wavve‘s Political Fever were deservedly nominated for “Best K-Drama.” Still, many feel that dramas were overlooked, such as JTBC‘s Snowdrop and SBS‘s Our Beloved Summer.
What a great way to put everyone's efforts & precious talents to waste. 💔 pic.twitter.com/XiJlndNWqD
— Kim💙 (@SeonHo_FanGirl) April 11, 2022
The one K-Drama that was most surprising of all to be unrecognized by The 58th Baeksang Arts Awards is tvN’s Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.
It is still shocking because I never imagined that Homecha wouldn’t be nominated. It is very disappointing and incomprehensible that they are completely ignored. It was the best drama ever and will remain as the best for a long time. 💙🥺#HometownChaChaCha #KimSeonHo #김선호 pic.twitter.com/tmY7OpDL37
— So2021So (@so_so2021) April 11, 2022
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha was a fan-favorite romantic-comedy K-Drama of many. The remake of the 2004 South Korean film Mr. Handy, Mr. Hong did more than do its source material justice. The K-Drama also became more than just a “healing” drama, it was a great comfort during the pandemic, and viewers were able to relate to the ensemble cast, especially its leads, dentist Yoon Hye Jin and Chief Hong Du Sik, portrayed by Shin Min Ah and Kim Seon Ho, respectively.
A big-city dentist opens up a practice in a close-knit seaside village, home to a charming jack-of-all-trades who is her polar opposite in every way.
K-Drama fans even questioned if the committee had watched the allegedly snubbed K-Dramas for them to be unrecognized, considering they were so good and beloved by my viewers.
— 피오나 메간 𝑭𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂 🏼#1ΞX0🏼 (@ImSoFionget) April 11, 2022
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is especially shocking since it was the highest-rated dramas of its time. It even was an international on Netflix!
The series was a commercial hit and became one of the highest-rated series on cable television history. It ranked first place during its entire run for eight weeks, and the last episode achieved 12.665% nationwide rating, with over 3.2 million views. It also became one of Netflix’s most-watched non-English television shows, and one of its longest-running hits as it spent 16 weeks in global top ten rankings.
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha actually ranked alongside Squid Game as one of the streaming service’s top Non-English TV shows.
Beyond disappointment and anger,I still can't believe it. I wasn't hoping for an unqualified actor to be nominated. This drama and Seonho deserved it.I'm just sorry for those of you who can’t see the real gem…#KimSeonHo #김선호 #HometownChaChaCha pic.twitter.com/g75Soxyvf2
— So2021So (@so_so2021) April 11, 2022
Neither the K-Drama itself nor its actors received any nominations. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha fans especially feel that the lead actors Kim Seon Ho and Shin Min Ah deserved awards for their acting.
give hometown chachacha, kim seonho & shin minah the nominations they deserve. baeksang please don’t disappoint me, give it all or else-#KimSeonHo #김선호 #ShinMinAh #HometownChaChaChapic.twitter.com/kuCOqQLhwF
— verity ♕ (@seonhomiloves) April 10, 2022
Viewers agree that Kim Seon Ho’s portrayal of Chief Hong Du Sik was perfect. He showed great versatility, from a comedian to romantic male lead to a man suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
— ✌︎ (@seonhojpeg) April 11, 2022
KimSeonho, thank u for everything, for working so hard & for being our comfort character also thank u for bringing HONG BANJANG to life & portraying him in a way nobody else could🥺💙 homcha u will always be my home#KimSeonHo #HometownChaChaCha pic.twitter.com/5k1etdEoQw
— 🍒 (@wntrwix) April 11, 2022
— carol queen ◡̈ (@queenseonho) April 11, 2022
Unfortunately, he may also be the reason why Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha was snubbed. Although previously, he won “Most Popular Actor” at The 57th Baeksang Arts Awards and was nominated for “Best Supporting Actor” for his role as Han Ji Pyeong in Start-Up.
Following the Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha finale, accusations were made against him by his ex-girlfriend, and Kim Seon Ho apologized. This resulted in a scandal, and he was dropped from his advertisements and broadcast appearances.
Yet, Dispatch revealed the truth behind Kim Seon Ho and his ex-girlfriend’s relationship that showed the actor in a favorable light again, reassuring fans and clearing the actor’s name. Since then, previously taken down advertisements have started to return, and he has been scheduled to resume his entertainment activities. Seon Ho even recently made a public appearance in Thailand. So, there should be no reason for the lack of nominations for the beloved K-Drama that is Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.
— Reign ◡̈ (@SeonReign) March 31, 2022
Nevertheless, fans of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha are choosing to ultimately channel their frustrations and disappointment regarding the lack of The 58th Baeksang Arts Awards nominations in expressing their support and appreciation for the K-Drama’s cast and crew.
— ғʀᴀɴᴄʜ (@yoonhyejins) April 11, 2022
Who knew that a lovely story set in a beautiful seaside village would bring us such joy and happiness, but #HometownChaChaCha did, it showed us love, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, grief, loss and so much more. Thank you to the cast and crew for giving us a timeless classic
— Nancy (@TexasZAgal) April 11, 2022
Rather than send or comment hate messages targeted at Baeksang, fans are tweeting loving messages for all those who took part in making Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.
#Hometownchachacha is inarguably one of the best Kdramas of 2021. We appreciate and commend the actors and all the staffs in making this precious series. You all deserve the best accolade! Pls know that the message you conveyed through the series was received well and felt deeply
— DAnnie (@dAnniE56826) April 11, 2022
Thus, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha became a trending topic on Twitter shortly after the nominations were released.
— vanthuy__van (@vanthuy5197) April 11, 2022