Update: 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards To Be Delayed Until 2021 Due To COVID-19
Updated December 8 KST:
The 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards will no longer be taking place on December 11.
Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in South Korea, the 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards announced that the ceremony would be postponed for the safety of all the people involved. The ceremony will now take place sometime early in 2021.
A source from the awards ceremony stated, “There is growing social concern over the uncontrolled rise in COVID-19 cases, so we have decided to guard as much as possible against further spread and postpone the ceremony for the safety of the filmmakers. We ask for the understanding of all the actors, film industry personnel, media personnel, and audience members involved, and pray that the COVID-19 situation will soon be contained.”
Another statement read, “More than any other year, the 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards had a highly competitive and diverse lineup of nominees. Rather than just an awards ceremony, it was meant to give hope and comfort to the film industry, which has suffered due to COVID-19. But the explosive rise in COVID-19 cases means that we must put the filmmakers’ safety first and postpone the ceremony.”
The 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards are scheduled to take place on December 11.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ceremony will have several safety measures in place. Set to take place in Paradise City in Incheon, the ceremony will be “ontact,” meaning that there will be no live audience in the arena. However, a multiscreen will be set up near the stage so that fans can cheer on their stars through a video screen.
There will be a limit on the number of people allowed in the building to comply with social distancing guidelines. There will also be temperature checks, installation of hand sanitizer dispensers, and sterilization of the event arena. For the actors attending the ceremony, the usual audience seats will be replaced with small tables, with a small number of people seated at each table. There will also be clear plastic guards to separate the celebrities.
Like previous years, the ceremony will feature a red carpet event and performances from special guests. For the first time in the history of the Blue Dragon Film Awards, the red carpet event will be broadcast live all over the world through the mobile video platform TikTok. Announcer Park Shin Young and GOT7’s BamBam, who are fluent in multiple languages like Korean, English, Thai, and Japanese, will be the MCs for the red carpet event.
The Blue Dragon Film Awards always attracts a stellar lineup for congratulatory performances. Past performers include Rain, TVXQ, Wonder Girls, KARA, IU, TWICE, MAMAMOO, and most recently, SEVENTEEN. For this year’s ceremony, MONSTA X, RabidAnce, and BoA have been named as performers. Joo Won and Ivy, who are cast members in the musical “Ghost,” are also reported to be preparing for a congratulatory performance.
The 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards will be broadcast through SBS and Naver TV. Kim Hye Soo and Yoo Yeon Seok will be hosting the ceremony for the third year in a row. Check out the list of nominees here!