Actor Kim Seon Ho has received an award at The 2022 Seoul International Drama Awards, and fans couldn’t be more proud.
The 2022 Seoul International Drama Awards (also known as The 17th Seoul International Drama Awards or SDA) was held at KBS Hall on September 22 at 5 PM KST. It was hosted by Apink‘s Eunji and Joo Sang Wook.
While many worthy actors received recognition, one especially is being praised by netizens too. Actor Kim Seon Ho was awarded “Outstanding Korean Actor” for his performance as Chief Hong Du Sik in tvN‘s healing K-Drama Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.
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.
Kim Seon Ho, unfortunately, couldn’t attend in person due to another schedule. Still, he sent in an acceptance speech via video.
— kdrama diary (@kdramasdiary) September 22, 2022
Netizens are praising his speech as he used his own spotlight to credit the entire Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha crew. He emphasized, “This award is given to not only me but also all the staff, actors, and directors who worked so hard for our drama.”
THIS AWARD IS NOT ONLY FOR ME BUT ALSO TO ALL THE STAFF, ACTORS, AND DIRECTORS WHO WORKED SO HARD FOR OUR DRAMA 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
— 제이 (@seonhopage) September 22, 2022
Seonho said he is receiving this award on behalf of everyone who worked hard in #HometownChaChaCha.💙He is dedicating this win to the cast and the production team. In a way it is so true. We voted for him and Homecha. A final recognition and a complete closure. #김선호 #KimSeonHo pic.twitter.com/u53kyeGRt2
— js (@jkshum) September 22, 2022
Previously, fans of the K-Drama were disappointed as Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha was allegedly snubbed at The 58th Baeksang Arts Awards (also known as The 2022 Baeksang Arts Awards). Considering that it was the highest-rated K-Drama and an international hit on Netflix of its time, it was especially shocking.
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.
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
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
At the time, many were concerned that it was a result of the industry attempting to cancel Kim Seon Ho. Accusations were made against him by his ex-girlfriend, and Kim Seon Ho apologized right after the Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha finale. While Dispatch helped to clear his name, and he has since made his acting comeback, Kim Seon Ho was dropped from his advertisements and broadcast appearances for some time.
— ◡̈︎ (@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
— mira 🌘 (@wntrwix) April 11, 2022
— carol ◡̈ (@queenseonho) April 11, 2022
So, now that Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha and Kim Seon Ho are finally getting the recognition they deserve, netizens can’t help but be emotional. It’s truly an inspiring story of healing and overcoming adversity just as Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha was.
His name being called out as "Outstanding Actor" on the TV station edited him out & in front of the industry cancel him and the way he gave credits to his co-actors and pds are more than enough. Thank you #KimSeonHo. You and HomCha do indeed shine bright💙 pic.twitter.com/rw9wxDZlyg
— ben – SeonTiger era 🐅 (@hyejincha6) September 22, 2022
kim seon ho deserved to address hometown chachacha so much right after it ended, i know full well the cast had a healing time filming the series too 🥺 the industry may have been tough for you, but you are tougher, uri hong banjang! so much love for them and the story 🥺💙🌊 https://t.co/8yo0DOZ9P7
— 𝙨𝙤𝙡 🍏 (@SolHwix) September 23, 2022
ahhhhh Kim Seon Ho finally bouncing back!! ❤️ https://t.co/BtBTpRPNBE
— erin • Four5easons 💛 (@bbvipwhenever) September 22, 2022
“Outstanding Korean Actor” is a well-deserved award and title for Kim Seon Ho. His performance as Chief Hong Du Sik was remarkable as he displayed great versatility as a comedian, romantic male lead, and man with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
this scene will forever scream "BEST ACTOR KIM SEON HO"
— ria ◡̈ (@seonhokimfiles) September 22, 2022
Congratulations to Kim Seon Ho and the rest of the Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha team!
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