I know I haven't updated in forever, but since Anniversary Awards are still my favorite time of year for TVB, I am coming out of hibernation! Instead of making predictions this year, I will be making my own list of nominations. These are my personal picks with minimal influence from predictions and gossip. Most of these people will most likely not be nominated or have no chances of winning. There is no set number of nominations, I nominated as many (or as little) as I thought deserved a nomination. Note that there is some bias since these are my personal choices and I skipped many series this year.
Ruco Chan - The Other Truth
Joe Ma - Relic of an Emissary
Chilam Cheung - The Rippling Blossom
Roger Kwok - Wax and Wane
Ruco portrayed Keith with so much charisma and genuine emotion he should at lest be nominated and get into the top 5! I'm not a fan of Laughing Gor and only watched 7 episodes of "Lives of Omission", so Michael Tse is not included. Wayne gives a solid performance in "Forensic Heroes III", but it's not new territory for the versatile veteran actor who has already won this award twice. My close friend noted that Joe's performance in "Relic" was superb yet underrated. Although I did not watch the series, I don't want the underdog to go unnoticed! While Chilam's performance and character was nothing extraordinary, he was cute and likable. He is rumored to take home this award as an incentive/"bribe" from TVB so that he will agree to film "Triumph in the Skies II". Roger's performance in "Wax and Wane" may not be anything new, but he portrays "Yee Chun" with so much charm and sincerity. After seeing him in many lackluster comedic roles recently, it was refreshing to see him in a dramatic role that showed his emotional range and soft side.
Myolie Wu - Ghetto Justice
Maggie Cheung - Forensic Heroes III
If the male performances for this year weren't award worthy, the females were even less so. My only choices are Myolie and Maggie. Myolie was great as a witty and intelligent lawyer. Maggie is very professional as "Dr. Chung" and pulls off the role of a pathologist very well.
Damien Lau - The Rippling Blossom
Derek Kwok - Wax and Wane
Patrick Tang - 7 Days in Life
Raymond Wong - The Other Truth
In a smaller role than he usually plays, Damien is surprisingly hilarious in the first comedic role I've ever seen of his! He portrays the grumpiness and roughness of his character so well and had so much chemistry with Myolie and Chilam. Derek Kwok consistently delivers as a solid supporting actor, and "Wax and Wane" is no exception. Patrick isn't the best actor and "7 Days in Life" has sadly been long forgotten, but is my honorable mention. He proved that he has great comedic timing. I never expected him to be so genuinely cute and funny or have so much chemistry with Mimi Lo. Raymond Wong did well in "The Other Truth" has the cool, rich boy and shared many cute scenes with Tavia (and this is a Ruco-Tavia fan speaking).
Kate Tsui - Lives of Omission
Mimi Lo - 7 Days in Love
Nancy Wu - Forensic Heroes III
Sharon Chan - Ghetto Justice
Despite not watching "Lives of Omission", I think Kate has improved so much as an actress. Mimi Lo is hilarious and adorable in "7 Days" with Patrick! They had so much chemistry and were very underrated. "Eva" is unlike any other character Nancy has played and quite intriguing. Sharon is the hot choice to win this year, and I support her. Her performance may not have been spectacular, but she was likable and has been so hardworking in her career I'm willing to turn a blind eye to that. Perhaps it's time for Sharon to finally shine!
My Favorite Male Character
Ruco Chan - The Other Truth, "Keith"
Roger Kwok - Wax and Wane, "Yee Chun"
Kevin Cheng - Ghetto Justice, "Law Ba"
Keith is righteous and professional, yet tries to push his limits and do whatever he can to establish justice. Charming and sweet, yet rebellious. A great example of a grey character! Yee Chun was the classic tough-exterior, soft-exterior character, an archetype I never seem to get tired of. He came off as serious and slightly cold but inside, had the deepest care and love for his family. Law Ba is the hot favorite, and was indeed an entertaining and unique character. However, Keith is still my favorite character of the year, with Yee Chun as a close second.
My Favorite Female Character
Myolie Wu - Ghetto Justice, "Kris"
Kate Tsui - Wax and Wane, "Peace"
I usually have countless female characters that I love, so the number this year is disappointing. Kris is so professional and witty it's endearing. Although Kate could've done a better job at her portrayal of Peace, the character was incredibly sweet and cute. I loved how she was the only one that could get Yee Chun to open up! The little notes she wrote for him were adorable. With every note she wrote for him, he came closer to falling in love with her. :)
I really don't think I need to keep restating my love, admiration, and respect for Ruco. This award has his name written on it even though he's overqualified for the award considering how much experience he has. When asked about winning any awards, he replied “Many people feel that I have a good chance in winning the Most Improved Actor Award. However, if the award title were changed to ‘Oldest Qualified Newcomer Award,’ then I have confidence to win!” So cute, yet so true. Edwin Siu seems to be getting promoting more lately, which he deserves. He is cute and has a lively acting style different from other young actors, and I think he can groomed to become a leading actor over time.
My one and only choice. Mandy is rather plain looking, but puts so much effort into her performances, making her extremely likable. Out of the new young actresses, I strongly believe she has the most potential. TVB, give her bigger roles!
TVB Weibo Popularity
Following his breakthrough and success from "The Other Truth", Ruco has finally received the recognition and fans he deserves. He has been the #1 artiste on tvb.com for a while and has gained many more followers on Weibo since portraying Keith.
At 64 years old, Liza still possesses the youthfulness and spirit of someone much younger. She exceeds at everything she does and has been loyal to TVB for countless years.
With the most original, creative, and solidly written script and characters for a TVB series in years, "Ghetto Justice" deserves to win hands down. "7 Days in Life" is a honorable mention for its original and comedic storyline, but its lead characters were not executed well. "The Other Truth" was a highlight only for Ruco/Keith, while the series itself was mediocre. "Forensic Heroes III" is addictive and entertaining, but not outstanding.