Another year has flown by, the anniversary awards season is finally over, and it's time for the TVB machine to (literally) churn out more productions for the upcoming new year. After months of speculation, we finally have the year's award winners, and they're actually all quite deserving!
Best Actor: Wayne Lai, "The Confidant"
Top 5: Wayne Lai, Kenneth Ma, Moses Chan, Raymond Lam, and Damien Lau
Comments: Although the press had made speculations that Wayne would win "Best Actor" a third time, I was still surprised when he did. I knew it was unlikely, but at the last minute I started cheering for Kenneth even though I didn't watch "The Hippocratic Crush". Nevertheless, you can't deny Wayne is definitely "Best Actor". However, I also feel slight pity for Raymond because with his loss this year, he probably won't ever win it now with his announced focus on his movie and music career.
Best Actress: Tavia Yeung, "Silver Spoons, Sterling Shackles"
Top 5: Tavia Yeung, Charmaine Sheh, Kate Tsui, Linda Chung, and Michelle Yim
Comments: We all knew that in the end, Tavia would win. I think even TVB knew giving Best Actress to Kate now would just be too premature. Tavia's lost her spark to me since becoming a leading actress, but that doesn't keep me from truly believing this award belonged to her. It was such a touching moment hearing Fiona Sit's powerful theme song for "Silver Spoons, Sterling Shackles" play as Tavia was hugged (and got french kissed by Fala!) by her colleagues, including co-stars first wife and third wife Mary Hon, Elena Kong, as well as Kenneth Ma and Kevin Cheng. The most memorable thing for me was seeing real life boyfriend Him Law shedding tears of happiness for Tavia. While I'm neutral against the couple, it felt like I was seeing such a genuine and special moment. However, it annoyed me that Tavia did not go to hug, or even mention Him in her acceptance speech. Surely she could have at least given an indirect thanks?
Best Supporting Actor: Koo Ming Wah, "Divas in Distress"
Top 2: Koo Ming Wah, Power Chan
Comments: TVB made an interesting twist in the presenting of the Best Supporting categories this year! Instead of just announcing the top 5 nominees, the top 2 announced the winner themselves (how nerve wracking for them!). Both are fantastic actors, but Koo Ming Wah was victorious! This was the perfect way to complete this actor's unexpected and extraordinary success story.
Best Supporting Actress: Nancy Wu, "Gloves Come Off"
Top 2: Nancy Wu, Mandy Wong
After winning Best Supporting Actress categories from various other awards shows, Nancy finished off the year by sweeping up the one at the TVB Anniversary Awards too! She has been a strong contender for this category for a while, and the mute and deaf boxer role finally gave her the breakthrough she needed. With the physical limitations of her character, Nancy really needed to rely on her acting skills to portray it. Next stop: leading actress! On another note, it's a shame to see that after getting so much buzz, Elena did not even make it into the top 2. It was still nice to see that despite winning Most Improved, Mandy was also "runner up" to Best Supporting! It proves that despite being relatively young and new, her acting is already at such a high level.
My Favorite Male Character: Kenneth Ma, "The Hippocratic Crush" as "Dr. Cheung Yat-Kin"
A deserved win! Kenneth's acceptance speech was very sweet. I loved how he was genuinely happy for winning the award, especially when he said how it's a dreaded award as it has become to be known as consolation for the Best Actor/Actress award, but he wouldn't mind winning it every year. Yay Kenneth! The Best Actor award is still in his future.
My Favorite Female Character: Kate Tsui, "Highs and Lows" as "Chan Ka-Pik/Pat Chan"
Kate could have shown a "black face" in response to winning this award, but she was genuinely happy as well. Her acceptance speech was so touching, especially when she talked about how she is not very well liked, and said she never thought she would be "favorite" anything in tears. This may be dubbed the "pork chop" award for Best Actor/Actress, but after working so hard, this was the boost Kate needed. She may have been the target of much criticism in the past, but by winning this award, she has risen above it all.
Most Improved Actor: Oscar Leung
Him Law may have been pegged to be the hot (black horse) winner early on, but after much delay, it finally landed into Oscar's hands! Oscar has always made the best of even the smallest characters, and is another great success story this year. I'm happy for all the recognition and accolades he's received this year.
Most Improved Actress: Mandy Wong
Mandy was at a slight disadvantage as her critically acclaimed performance in "L'Escargot" had aired so long ago, but still took the award home. And honestly, after getting robbed last year, her name was written on it all this year. Who could picture anyone else so rightfully winning it?
Best Drama: When Heaven Burns
This win was either the result of 100% online voting, or 100% executive decision. "When Heaven Burns" may have not been well received overall, but the small cult fan base has proved to be very loyal and very avid. If TVB really allowed the results to rely fully on online voting, who said this fan base couldn't have made their favorite series win? On the other hand, this could have also been a lame move on TVB's side to get Charmaine's attention and potentially get her back to film with them. No one expected WHB to win, which was shown through Moses' stunned reaction to when its name was announced as Best Drama. The biggest "what the heck?" moment of the night.
Outstanding Artist Award:
This year's "pork chop" awards did not go to the younger actors who lost out on Best Actor/Actress, but five of the many great veteran actors at TVB. This was surprising, but a very pleasant surprise! All five of these artists are so deserving. In particular, Carol's face when she found out she was one of the winners while at her podium was priceless! I bet she never would've guessed that the host would win an award.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Liza Wang
We all knew that Liza would eventually get this award, and this was her year! She is truly the "#1 sister" of TVB! There is no one quite as loyal to TVB as Liza is.
Overall, it has been an enjoyable and exciting awards season and I'm quite satisfied with all the results!