The stage opens as different sets of TVB artistes are introduced based on pairing in their dramas.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Natalis Chan(presented by Chung King Fai)
A standing ovation for Natalis Chan, the one who claims he is 25 every year. From hosting and acting, Natalis Chan has served TVB since 1978. As he has many years of hosting experience, he used his quick wit to transform a regular acceptance speech into a funny and memorable one. He thanked TVB for allowing him to play, from the EYT days. He also taught the younger generation to strive and work harder. Only hard work will pay off and get them further. And lastly, he joked, unless TVB fires him, he will not leave TVB. His speech was casual, something that helped to perhaps relax the overall intensity of the nominees’ feelings as they anticipated at the beginning of the show.
Most Improved Female Artiste: Grace Chan(presented by Anthony Wong)
To liven the environment, the nominees were asked to stand on stage, with their heart rate being measured. The humble Grace Chan fought to hold back tears as her mother shed tears in the audience. She thanked God and her mother for encouraging her and allowing her to work hard each day to improve. After Linda Chung, Grace Chan is the fastest to earn the Most Improved Award, with just two years since her win in Miss Hong Kong. There was a slight hint that she was going to win the award before it was announced as Anthony Wong mentioned why Wong Cho Lam kept mentioning her name, to which Wong Cho Lam just said to go with the rundown. To me, Grace is a humble person with a bubbly and cheerful personality, so I do not mind seeing her improve and continuing to perfect her acting skills (like the high-pitch scream).
Most Improved Male Artiste: Tony Hung(presented by Priscilla Wong and Natalie Tong)
To make things even more interesting, the nominees’ “other half” were asked to stand of stage to have their heart rate measured. Tony Hung started off as a host, but in the last two years, has took on acting roles. With Captain of Destiny’, he has gained a lot of popularity. This segment also seemed as if the MCs Wong Cho Lam and Sammy Leung knew who would win, because they asked Priscilla Wong to announce the recipient and Natalie Tong to present the award. The first is a good friend of Tony’s and the latter is his girlfriend. Tony was very emotional to receive the award from Natalie. He thanked the behind-the-scene people who had bought him into the TV screen. He thanked Ruco Chan for teaching and advising him, knocking down rumors that they did not get along. He almost forgot to thank Natalie after she went back to sit, but thankfully he did, as he joked he would get cruel punishment if he did not! This was one of the highlights of the ceremony, seeing how nervous Natalie was for him, seeing how proud Natalie was upon knowing he received the award, and how emotional Tony got when he hugged Natalie after his name was announced. After thanking various people, Tony did not forget to apologize to his family and the ones he cared about for not spending much time with them lately, as he had been extremely busy. He is no longer just a host, but a recognized actor as well. You go Tony! I see great potential in you (and Natalie)!!
Best Supporting Actress: Elaine Yiu (Captain of Destiny)(presented by Nancy Wu, Tavia Yeung, and Sharon Chan
After announcing her name, Elaine Yiu immediately started crying, just as she had at Malaysia for the Astro Awards. She said she recently felt she did not know how to act, but a mentor told her to act, she must let go of herself and sometimes this means starting from the beginning. She did not forget to thank her close group of friends including Nancy Wu, Mandy Wong, Myolie Wu, Selena Li, and Paisley Wu. I found it a bit weird that she did not mention anything in regards to Captain of Destiny, the series in which she won the award for, and instead spoke about Raising the Bar and ICAC 2016 instead.
Best Supporting Actor: Willie Wai (Lord of Shanghai)(presented by Ben Wong, Benz Hui, Evergreen Mak, and Kenny Wong)
Before Willie Wai even made it to accept the award, a horde of coworkers lined up to congratulate him, whether with a hug or a handshake. This is the best definition of receiving support from coworkers. Upon taking the stage, Willie immediately thanked Anthony Wong and the producer for choosing him to take part in Lord of Shanghai. This is his 20th year in TVB, and to be finally recognized, it truly meant a lot to him. Because he took advantage of one given opportunity, there should be more coming on his way.
Best Informative Program: Big Big World 2(presented by Chin Ka Lok and Moses Chan)
Let me keep it short, as how the person came on stage to accept the award was: awkward. She basically said thank you to the supporters and quickly left the stage. The person in charge of keeping the time had no problem with it of course!
Best Variety Show or Special Program: Dodo Goes Shopping(presented by Eliza Sam, Priscilla Wong, and Jacqueline Wong)
I do not know how the award presenters were chosen, but they were basically invited to stand on the stage as Sammy and Wong Cho Lam asked Tony Hung unrelated questions to pass time. Dodo Cheng was very gracious and allowed the behind-the-scenes people thank those they wanted instead. Sharon Chan looked extremely excited on stage, even happier than Dodo. I only watched six episodes and in my honest opinion, of those six episodes, I only found the first five (with Fama and Priscilla Wong) to be appealing and comedic.
Best Host: Liza Wang, Adam Cheng, Jerry Lamb (Sunday Songbird)(presented by Raymond Cho, Raymond Wong, and Edwin Siu)
The presenters were special in that they have never hosted a show… Liza Wang got worried that she did not have a chance because her co-host Adam Cheng was not there. But, at the end she won. Nothing really much to say about her acceptance speech. The presenters tried to crack a few jokes here and there and I would say they succeeded.
Best Theme Song: 眼淚的秘密 The Secret of Tears by Jinny Ng (Theme for The Empress)(presented by Oscar Leung and Jerry Lamb)
This is the second year that TVB is giving a theme song award and Jinny Ng has won both times. There were a total of 582,094 votes, as the public can vote more than once. No one stood up to congratulate her. Grace Wong and Jacqueline Wong only helped her with her dress as she made her way down to the stage.
Most Popular Classic Drama Serial: The Greed of Man(presented by Bowie Wu and Kenneth Tsang)
What’s with presenters presenting awards to themselves? One is funny, but more than that, that is just odd. Kenneth Tsang had absolutely no idea what award he was presenting and had no idea his past series were nominated in this category. Greed of Man took home the award with 21,982 votes. Dodo Cheng ended up calling Adam Cheng to inform him of the awards he won, to which he showed no excitement and gave a clichéd few lines of thanks.
Most Popular Female Character: Kristal Tin (Ghost of Relativity)(presented by Ruco Chan and Wayne Lai)
Kristal Tin looked utterly shocked when her name was announced. Her speech was devoted to TVB, explaining it is impossible that all dramas produced become classics, but the audience do need to know that a lot of time, effort, and work are put behind each award, whether the actor, the actress, or the behind-the-scene crew members. I feel this is very true because a series’ success is largely dependent on first, the production, and then the reviews and feedback it gets when it airs. If both parts are well, then that series becomes a success, but it is impossible to tell from the beginning.
Best Actress: Nancy Wu (Ghost of Relativity)(presented by Ruco Chan and Wayne Lai)
Congrats to Nancy for being recognized! She only recently started on taking first lead roles, but she has taken on each character well. Nancy could not believe it when Wayne announced her name. Nancy gave a very humble speech, noting she still had improvement for the role. In her mind, Liza Wang and Kristal Tin will always be the Best Actress. Nancy was not the only one to shed tears, as her close group of fellow actresses Mandy Wong, Selena Li, and Elaine Yiu could not hold back tears as they hugged each other.
Most Popular Male Character: Ruco Chan (Captain of Destiny)(presented by Linda Chung, Kristal Tin, and Nancy Wu)
**Fangirl Moment when Tony Hung hugged Ruco Chan**
Before all the applause and commotion, the three presenters already screamed in excitement upon seeing Ruco’s name. Ruco looked a bit shocked, perhaps he did not expect to win this award. As Ruco made his way to the stage, a lot of people congratulated him, and therefore showed he deserved the award. Ruco mainly thanked his supportive parents and those who made it possible for him to come back to TVB because he did graduate from TVB’s acting class. This is Ruco’s first TVB award. He even bowed before leaving the stage!!
Best Actor: Anthony Wong (Lord of Shanghai)(presented by Linda Chung, Kristal Tin, and Nancy Wu)
This came as a surprise to me because I had expected Ruco to win. This was special such that Anthony presented the Best Actress award to Kristal in 2013 and here in 2015, Kristal presented him with the Best Actor award. With this award, Anthony Wong becomes the only Hong Kong actor to win Best Actor in film, stage, and TV production. He thanked everyone who had assisted him with the role, from his driver to his assistant and the rest of the cast members. Perhaps he will not criticize TVB as much with the award in hand?
Best Drama Serial: Lord of Shanghai(presented by Sammy Leung, Dodo Cheng, and Wong Cho Lam)
The producer was very emotional and excited when giving her acceptance speech. She thanked TVB and the cast for allowing her to produce a drama that gained so much popularity. She owed it to the four directors of the series. She was happy and so were the cast members on the stage because without either, the award would not have been possible.
In general, Wong Cho Lam literally kept begging people to say things he wanted them to say so he can “do his job”. This included Anthony Wong, when he was presenting Most Improved Female Artist, Tony Hung, when he was answering why Eliza Sam was called BB, and then Anthony Wong once again when he dodged his questions.
This year, most of the actors and actresses served as nominees and presenters. It must have either been nerve wrecking or mind calming… Some of the presenters had no correlation to the award presented, so there were many pointless introductions.
Also, some of the awards did not show clips of the nominees, as they had in previous years. This made the awards show run faster, but I had no clue who the top 5 in each category were.