No matter how much we complain about how the TVB Anniversary Awards are rigged, we (or at least I) still look forward and enjoy watching them.
The top 5 nominees this year were just ridiculous. Some were random, some were undeserved, and a couple were snubbed. While there were other people who arguably deserved to win more, this year's winners were reasonable and acceptable.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Lee Heung Kam
Congratulations to Kam Jeh! She should've received this award last year. I didn't know she has been in the industry for so long (since she was 14 or 15 years old). Although "Moonlight Resonance" was ridiculously overrated and loud, Lee Heung Kam shined there!
Most Improved Actor: MC Jin
I was cheering for Jazz to win as he is the true Most Improved Actor of 2011. His casting as the lawyer in "Ghetto Justice" could've been a huge mistake, but he pleasantly surprised viewers by pulling off the role with heart and comedic timing. However, I can see why TVB would want to reward MC Jin since he's filmed so much for them recently. If someone had to win besides Jazz, I'm glad it was MC. He never fails to be fun with his great rapping and improvisation skills, including in his acceptance speech. Better luck next year, Jazz? The only actor who didn't deserve to be here was Matt, since he didn't have any significant or memorable roles this year.
Most Improved Actress: Sire Ma
No, poor Mandy! It's no surprise Sire won, but I'm still very disappointed and this is probably the award I'm most unhappy about. I have mixed feelings about almost every other category. Mandy's acting is more consistent and has improved more. Out of all the newer young actresses, she has the most potential. However, TVB is keen on promoting Sire. She was in more series than the rest of the nominees, but wasn't the most memorable. It's silly Samantha was even here since all she did was host programs and a short guest appearance in FH3. Katy is adorable with potential, but her roles in series right now aren't too significant. Cilla is a decent newcomer, but has yet to prove she can play something besides a school girl.
Best Supporting Actor: Ben Wong
Ben Wong (Lives of Omission)
Jazz Lam (Ghetto Justice)
Derek Kwok (LOO)
Ngo Ka Nin (River of Wine)
Lee Kwok Lun (Forensic Heroes III)
Although I did not watch all of "Lives of Omission", Ben Wong has been a solid supporting actor for nearly 20 years and the recognition is greatly deserved. Jazz and Ngo Ka Nin earned their spots here as well. It's a shame to see that when Derek is able to get into the top 5 again, it's for a series where he had a forgettable and small role. Lee Kwok Lun deserved to win this award back in 2009 for his performance in "Beyond the Realm of Conscience". But for his guest appearance in FH3? Definitely not. Since when did such short guest appearances even qualify you for the Best Supporting categories? This year apparently. Would've liked to see Patrick place.
Best Supporting Actress: Sharon Chan
Sharon Chan (GJ)
Nancy Wu (FH3)
Aimee Chan (The Other Truth)
Helen Ma (TOT)
Natalie Tong (TOT)
The amazingly talented and lovely Elena Kong is the most offensive snub of the year. After all that buzz about her possibly winning this award, she couldn't even get in the top 5? What the hell, TVB? However, Sharon truly deserved to win this award. Yes, Elena and Nancy delivered stronger performances, but Sharon has worked so hard without recognition for so long. It's about time for Sharon to finally shine. Her speech, along with Myolie's for Best Actress, was the most touching of the night. She broke into tears as soon as her name was announced as the winner. Close friend Christine Ng did as well! She said when nobody wanted her, TVB was there for her. It was sweet and funny to see an incredibly emotional and touched Sharon remove her heels per Felix Wong's request, even though he was only kidding. Speaking of Felix Wong, after his rant about TVB last year, it was a huge surprise to see him present. It was also nice, and his words and handing of the tissue for Sharon were very sweet and subtlety comedic. I couldn't stop smiling for the actress. Aimee's top 5 nomination for her mediocre three episode guest appearance in TOT is the worst and most undeserving this year. Helen Ma always delivers as the bitchy (excuse my language) mother, but it was random for her to finally place this year.
My Favorite Male Character: Kevin Cheng
Kevin Cheng (GJ)
Ruco Chan (TOT)
Michael Tse (LOO)
Bosco Wong (LOO)
Wayne Lai (FH3)
Was it surprising that Kevin won this award instead of Michael or Bosco? Yes. However, the character of "Laughing Gor" has been tired out, so I'm glad "Law Ba" won over him. I can't put too much input on Bosco since I didn't watch all of LOO, but having him win for more variety would've been nice. Although it was expected, I was crushed black horse Ruco didn't win. After getting so much hype that Ruco would take home an award this year, he finally left home empty handed and was neglected at the show as well.
My Favorite Female Character: Myolie Wu
Myolie Wu (GJ)
Fala Chen (LOO)
Linda Chung (Yes Sir, Sorry Sir)
Maggie Cheung (FH3)
Aimee Chan (FH3)
It was clear Myolie wasn't too happy to win this award as she thought it meant she would lose out on Best Actress. While Myolie deserves to win as her character genuinely was the most memorable and entertaining of the year, this award should've gone to Fala or Linda who probably would've appreciated it more. I was expecting Fala to get this as consolation or Linda since she received the most buzz for her character "Ms. Cool". Now, what in the world is Aimee doing here? Does she have some weird guarantee that she makes it into the top 5 of every category she's nominated in? Surprised Tavia didn't get in.
Best Actor: Kevin Cheng
Kevin Cheng (GJ)
Michael Tse (LOO)
Bosco Wong (LOO)
Wayne Lai (FH3)
Moses Chan (YSSS)
Why is Moses here instead of Ruco?! I knew Ruco wasn't going to win, but he deserved a top 5 nomination more than anyone! Poor guy. Most certainly more than Moses, who was simply over the top in Yes Sir, Sorry Sir. My anger and disappointment aside, I am genuinely happy Kevin won. He finally relaxed and learned to be more laid back this year, resulting in a memorable and fantastic performance in "Ghetto Justice". He was very honest and humble in his acceptance speech. He himself admits that he didn't really deserve Best Actor back in 2006, but he definitely does this time!
Best Actress: Myolie Wu
Myolie Wu (Curse of the Royal Harem)
Fala Chen (LOO)
Maggie Cheung (FH3)
Linda Chung (YSSS)
Liza Wang (Home Troopers)
There is no other young leading actress more deserving of this award than Myolie. It was still a mistake for TVB to nominate her for "Curse" though. Unlike her speech for My Favorite Character, her speech for Best Actress was very touching. Having just completed "Triumph in the Skies" myself, it was an extra special treat to have her award presented by former co-star Francis Ng. Her proclamation of love for Bosco, her real life boyfriend of 7 years, was the most memorable moment of the night. Myolie has always been more secretive and closed off in talking about her relationship with Bosco, but finally opened up last night. An excerpt from her speech: “There is one more person. He has always been very strict towards me. When we were filming War of In-Laws, he cared very much for me. I do not know what to say…anyhow we had a little argument last night. He told reporters that when I receive the award tonight, he will go to the restroom! However, he did not go to the restroom. I know that I have many flaws and that I am difficult to get along with. But you (Bosco Wong) also have many flaws and you are difficult to get along with as well. I hope that we will continue to support each other!” Bosco and Myolie are so sweet and are now my favorite TVB couple ever. I truly do hope they get married someday!
Best Drama: Lives of Omission
Lives of Omission
The Other Truth
Forensic Heroes III
Yes Sir, Sorry Sir
Despite sweeping a majority of the awards, "Ghetto Justice" failed to grab Best Drama. I would've preferred GJ to win Best Drama and have the Favorite Character awards divided. LOO was more hype with high ratings while GJ had the best writing, characters, acting, and was overall a more creative and entertaining series.
tvb.com Weibo Popularity Award: Kevin Cheng
Was hoping Ruco to at least take home this award since "The Other Truth" resulted in Ruco becoming the #1 artiste on tvb.com for months as well as a significant increase in Weibo followers and Facebook friends on his official account. Kevin experienced a huge popularity spike in the Mainland this year though, so this is once again no surprise.
It was too cute to have both of them win together! The two were so shy to go accept the award together!
I would like to give a special shout out to both Ruco and Roger Kwok, who failed to place in the top 5 for Best Actor or even be nominated for Favorite Character in "Wax and Wane". While everybody was obsessing over Law Ba and Laughing Gor, I was in love with Keith Lau and the extremely underrated Yee Chun. My like for Roger had gradually started to decrease after seeing him in boring roles like in "The Threshold of a Persona" and exaggerated comedic roles. Although "Wax and Wane" was not great, it was not given a fair chance by viewers. Roger's performance as "Yee Chun" finally won me over again. His tough-exterior and soft-exterior character was intriguing and lovable as was his character's love for Peace (Kate Tsui). Roger Kwok's performance and character in "Wax and Wane" is the most underrated lead performance of the year.
There has been a lot of talk about how TVB didn't "divide the pork" this year by offering consolation prizes to Michael, Fala, Linda, and others. While I'm glad TVB decided to give the awards to the people they thought deserved it instead of giving out consolations, I would've liked more variety. It's one thing if there was nobody else deserving, but TVB could've easily rewarded more hardworking and deserving artistes. Three awards each for both Kevin and Myolie was a bit much though I would've been fine with two. Then again, you can't ever count on TVB to be fair. Congratulations to this year's winners!