091107* - Kim Myung Min Wins Two Trophies at the 46th Daejong Awards


Top actor Kim Myung Min grabbed two awards at the esteemed 46th Daejong (Grand Bell) Film Awards - also known as Korea's Academy Awards - held on November 6 in Seoul. Kim earned the Best Lead Actor and the Netizen's Choice/Popularity Awards for playing the challenging role of Lou Gehrig's disease patient, Baek Jong-woo in the tearjerker box office hit Closer to Heaven.

As Kim was not present to personally receive the awards, Closer to Heaven co-star Nam Neung Mi (Best Supporting Actress nominee) received the awards on his behalf.



In the Netizen's Choice/Popularity Award speech, Nam said, "If Kim Myung Min was here, he would be very happy. As you know, he did his best during filming without any concern for his physical well being. As a result, he got sick due to the rapid weight loss. He is a great actor and I want to give him a standing ovation as a senior actress."

In receiving the Best Lead Actor Award, Nam said, "I feel dizzy for standing here twice tonight. Kim Myung Min is worthy of winning this prize. If he was here, he would have said these words. "Thank you, Director Park Jin-pyo, all staff and crew of Closer to Heaven, and representative Lee You-jin. But the biggest appreciation goes to the audience who watched the movie. God bless you. Thank you!""

During the ceremony, the SBS announcer mentioned that Kim's absence was due to his confinement at the hospital. However, Kim's management released an official statement refuting this, saying that Kim was not hospitalized but he is taking a rest with his family. All his schedules have been canceled so he can focus on recovering his body weight and improve his physical condition.

Kim Myung Min is known to have undergone a drastic weight loss during the course of the three and a half filming for the movie. He reduced from 72 kilos to a skeletal 51.6 kilos by the end of filming in May.  Closer to Heaven opened on September 24 and it remained on top of the charts for 3 consecutive weeks.


7 November 2009, MyungMin International