The stage opens with its glamorous setting of shining bright lights and shining stars of TVB. The hosts, Amigo Chui and Carol Cheng call out names of the artistes who have been nominated. They walk down in pairs.
This year, the results of the following that I am commenting on are a combination of public vote and a selected group of juries. Public vote comprised of 50% and the other 50% was from the group of juries. This group consisted of 807 people, who take part in the behind-the-scenes productions.
The “slaps” finally paid off. From being slapped by Damien Lau in ‘Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles’ to being slapped by Susan Tse in ‘Will Power’, Vincent Wong took home Most Improved Male Artiste. I thought it was well-deserved. His acting has matured over the years, since he debuted in ‘Wars of In-Laws II’. In his acceptance speech, he thanked his wife and his daughter, as sometimes he would take home the personality of the character he was playing.
She was very thankful for the award. Although her Cantonese still needs improvement, I had expected her to take home the award, because of her rising popularity. She has been taking on female leads or second-leads even though she has only been at TVB for a short time. Her portrayal as Che Che in ‘The Hippocratic Crush II’ was probably what got her the award.
This was truly a surprise to me, although Benz Hui has always been noted as the funny, comedic side role. He won the award for his portrayal as Dayo Wong’s brother in ‘Bounty Lady’. It was obviously a result that everyone agreed on, as different male and female artistes all stood up to shake his hand and to give him a hug. However, I don’t think he should have brought up Hong Kong’s raging TV politics war in his speech.
This was another well-deserved recipient. Before her name was even called, as Koo Ming Wah gave enough hints, Elena Kong began breaking down. She ran to hug her co-star Kenneth Ma. In her speech, she noted that she was unable to get tickets for her parents to come watch the show, but hoped that her parents saw her getting the award, live on TV. I thought she would win because her steamy relationship with Kenneth Ma in ‘Triumph in the Skies II’ was well received. Her acting has been recognized because she can portray any role.
This was truly a moment I had expected. The series was well-received, as the ratings did all the talking. The grand cast, the spectacular locations, and the different storylines, all contributed to this award. What made this series unique, is that the sequel was filmed and aired a whole decade after the first one. Well deserved!
This was another surprise for me. I had thought the Best Actress battle was between Linda Chung and Kate Tsui. Upon hearing her name called, Kristal broke down into tears. Linda, who sat next to her hugged her and told her not to cry. I guess her role in ‘Brother’s Keeper’ was really accepted by the viewers. She dissed ATV, saying no one watches that channel.
This came to be the shocker and highlight of the night to me. But I’m sure the Carol Cheng and others who watched the awards ceremony was equally as shocked. This was the first time that a Best Actor award was given to someone who was not present at the ceremony. This created a funny environment because Carol did not know what to do, and same went for Amigo Chui. While walking to the stage, Carol decided to call Dayo up to inform him. The suspense was, would he pick up? Thankfully, he picked up, and said he was in Shanghai rather than at home, because that would have been plain awkward. Dayo continued to be the funny guy, asking what the award was, how he was selected, and who the presenters were. This was my favorite part of the show. Haha, Dayo never fails to be comedic.
(Note: The last two awards were purely 100% public vote.)
Kristal Tin won another big award of the night! With 100,614 votes, it can be said that her role as Yiu Man Ying in ‘Brother’s Keeper’ was well-received. Once again, she cried upon hearing her name. She beat out hot favorites like Myolie Wu and Fala Chan from Triumph in the Skies II. She did not forget to thank the other top 5 from the same award category.
With 77,948 votes, Chilam Cheung took home the award for his role as Jayden Koo in ‘Triumph in the Skies II’. However, I felt he was ungrateful when he gave the acceptance speech. He totally dissed TVB, by indirectly saying that contracted artistes are cute, but others come back when needed. This meant he felt he was definitely going to receive the Best Actor award. I hope he was only joking.
Well, I’m quite satisfied with this year’s results. I especially loved the part when Dayo Wong won. I don’t know why, but I feel so happy for him as well!