The #1 Annual Glaze-Over of TVB Awards: The Results!
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Let's kick off the festivities with the My Favourite Cameo Appearance Award. These are the actors and actresses who only appeared over a handful of episodes, but yet still managed to capture your love and support, and making you wish that they were the ones starring in the series instead of that other artiste.
My Favourite Cameo Appearance Award
Kenneth takes second place for his role as Yan Heung Ming in Brink of Law, brave and righteous police inspector by day, and goofy and loving brother, best friend, and boyfriend by night. Whether in catching criminals, righting the world's wrongs, or trying his best to make Bernice Liu's Ah Wing return his love for him, he did it all with devotion and determination. The many tears shed during his death turned into votes for him, and led him to second place.
Close behind: Ha Yu in Brink of Law, Tracy Ip Chui Chui in Steps
Interesting fact: Tavia Yeung and Fiona Sit had far less screen-time than any of the other cameo appearances and yet still placed first and third. The Academy is well and sorely missed.
How many times have you found yourself humming along to a theme song, or warbling the lyrics to a sub-theme in the shower? These are the scenes that make the series or a particular scene all the more poignant and the series would be a little poorer without them playing in the background or before every episode. Here's who you picked as your favourites.
My Favourite Sing-along Theme Song Award
This pretty song by Noella Choi, Ontario Independent Music Award winner, after being played over the romantic scene of Steven Ma and Bernice Liu in Steps had netizens searching high and low for it after the episode aired. Its subtle infusion of Latin music fit the series' theme well, and the lyrics are seemingly written for the sweet relationship between the two protagonists.
Close behind: Susanna Kwan Kuk Ying [Heart of Greed Opening Theme], Steven Ma Chun Wai & Ron Ng Cheuk Hei [Brink of Law, Opening Theme], Raymond Lam Fung & Linda Chung Ka Yan [Heart of Greed, Subtheme]
Interesting fact: Almost 75% of the votes went to theme-songs sung by TVB actor-singers. Case of improving quality of TVB actors becoming singers, or severe loyalty by fans?
It's not the professional entertainment critics or the tabloid reporters that are the harshest of them all. It's the viewers at home; us. Equipped with eyes sharper than an eagle when it comes to TVB and its artistes, we absolutely love to comment on appearances in series, especially hair. 2007 had some pretty flattering hairstyles for the actors and actresses, but it was certainly not short of atrocious and awful hairdos.
Most Atrocious Hairstyle Award
Close behind: Gigi Wong Suk Yee as Hui Zham Yan [Drive of Life], Moses Chan Ho as Tong Chi On [Heart of Greed], Kate Tsui Tsz San as Yeung Sze Man [Steps]
Interesting fact: The Drive of Life swept this category away; honestly, hairstyles weren't as bad as TVB/CCTV made them out to be, ten years ago, were they?
How many times have you felt like reaching through your TV screen to give a character a slap or two or resisted the urge to scratch their eyes out, simply just because he/she was so annoying?
Most Annoying Character Award
Of all the irritating characters to grace our screens in the past year, this family certainly takes the cake. Possibly the most money-minded, greedy, and selfish people that TVB has rbrt seen, one just might seen dollar signs in their jaded eyes. Totally disregarding Jackie, played by Tavia Yeung, they betray family for money from start to finish. Hearts of greed, indeed. How fitting it is, that they win the award for Most Annoying Character(s) then.
Close behind: Jeannette Leung as May May [Best Selling Secrets]
Interesting fact: Dance series Steps has spawned the highest number of annoying characters this year (Let's not forget Bob a.k.a. Kai Hung who tops the next category). Oh, and for general knowledge, Lorea Solabarrieta is spotted once again in War of In-Laws 2007 and is nothing short of wooden and non-dimensional for the whole half minute she is on screen.
There are moments where some scenes are just too visual for your liking, and you feel your stomach squirm just by watching them. Here's which scenes you thought had the highest "Ick Factor".
The "Ick Factor" Award
1st Runner-up: Billy some-other-ex-Mr-HK-contestant-which-we-don't-really-care-about as Bob/"Kai Hung" [Steps] 33.3%
Close behind: Chan Hung Lit reliving video in Best Selling Secrets
Interesting fact: Viewers will most likely be treated to yet another version of the "Ick Factor" winner very soon. Ngoh Wah will be paired up with yet another beautiful fa-dan, this time the amazing Ada Choi Siu Fun in The Gem of Life. And if the sales presentation clip is anything to go by, we just might have next year's winner already.
It's the poster that gives you a first initial feel of the series. A poster must not only be pretty, but also reflect the mood and the emotion of the series. Here are the posters which you felt deserved to take this prize.
Best Poster Award
Interesting fact: Fancy posters like the close behind contenders, Devil Disciples and The Ultimate Crime Fighter lost out to the simplicity of the Heart of Greed and Dicey Business posters. Guess less really is more.
Ever watch a TV series and wished that there were more scenes of a certain storyline, character or pairing? This award was specially crafted to honour just that; the story, person or couple that had such a profound impact on you, resulting in you wanting more of them.
Winner: Gilbert & Jackie as played by Bosco Wong Chung Chak & Tavia Yeung Yi [Heart of Greed] 28.6%
The highly popular Bosco and Tavia, each in their own right and also as a coupling, take on supporting roles in the Heart of Greed. In the large Tong family ensemble, these two with their great chemistry, make up a subplot to the series. While both shining in their respective roles as the hard-headed, stubborn individuals who love each other deeply, it is obvious that you all just couldn't get enough of Gilbert and Jackie and the sizzling chemistry that Bosco and Tavia depicted on screen. Whether they were fighting or being loving, you can't deny that you did want more of their scenes together, be it angsty or sweet.
Joint 1st Runner-up: Duk Duk Dei & Sheung Joi Sum as played by Moses Chan Ho & Linda Chung Ka Yan [Heart of Greed] 9.5%
While there was certainly no shortage of the oh-so-popular characters of Duk Duk Dei and Sheung Joi Sum in Heart of Greed, very little of it save for the last episode focused on their romance. You saw heaps of Alfred and Sheung Joi Sum scenes, and heaps of scenes of Duk Duk Dei struggling to keep his family together, but what most of your actually wanted were more scenes of just them. More romance, more of them talking in that cute dialect, just more. What happened after they ran off into the near distance with that rainbow in the background? Unfortunately, we'll never find out.
Joint 1st Runner-up: Zhan Man & Bing Yee as played by Feng Shao Feng & Myolie Wu Hung Yee [Drive of Life] 9.5%
2nd Runner-up: The Wah Family as played by Damian Lau Chung Yan, Gigi Wong Suk Yee, Jessica Hester Hsuan & Raymond Lam Fung 5%
The only non-romantic partnership to place in this award, Damian, Gigi, Jessica and Raymond portraying the Wah Family of Man Hon, Zham Yan, Ching Yu and Chan Bong take second place. The chemistry that they channeled in their scenes with one another were a joy to watch. The father-son relationship between Man Hon and Chan Bong were flawlessly acted out, the scenes between the two veterans were subtle, and the sibling relationship that Jessica and Raymond acted out were nothing short of believable. Together as a family, they just worked, and it's no surprise that you wanted more of their scenes.
Close behind: Kenneth Ma Kwok Ming in Brink of Law, Chan Hung Lit in Best Selling Secrets
Interesting fact: This was one of the categories which was left completely up to the votes, with zero nominees. Hence, no particular voting pattern was expected, with the votes expected to be scattered and random because of the varied tastes of the votes. To my surprise, the votes came pouring in for Gilbert and Jackie in Heart of Greed, and as you can see, they took nearly 30% of the votes. There is no doubt that you really did want more of them.
This is the award that goes to your favourite cast as a whole. The individual cast members just fit together like a puzzle, a jigsaw, and you couldn't imagine anyone else fitting in that could generate the same chemistry with the others. Here are your choice ensembles.
My Favourite Ensemble Award
Perfectly casted, you just could not imagine an addition to the cast of this production, or a subtraction. From the goofy Duk Duk Dei by Moses Chan, to the brilliant female veterans leads of Lee Sze Kei and Susanna Kwan as the two wives, the wacky Bao Bao by Ha Yu, and all the Tong children, with Tavia Yeung's under-used Jackie and not forgetting Raymond Lam and Linda Chung's star-crossed love story of Alfred and Sheung Joi Sum; everything just simply works. You believe each and every single relationship. It's no surprise that Heart of Greed takes its place as your favourite ensemble, with almost half the votes.
Interesting fact: The smaller budget production of Fathers and Sons paid off, beating out the three star-studded close contenders, along with The Brink of Law. Shows that sometimes formidable chemistry within an ensemble can't be bought with money.
TVB is known for its awful endings with no closure, no satisfaction. It's famous for making you feel like you've wasted twenty days of your life following the series every weeknight. Hence, when TVB actually produces an ending worth your time and emotional investment in the series, it's a shocker, to say the very least. No commentary due to possibility of spoiling the endings for readers. Banners also possibly contain spoilers, so scroll past at your own risk!
Winner: Steps 33.3%
1st Runner-up: Phoenix Rising 25%
2nd Runner-up: Drive of Life 16.7%
Interesting fact: Usual suspects like Heart of Greed and Dicey Business are nowhere in the top three, while feel-good series Steps, warehoused outcast gem Phoenix Rising and low-ratings Drive of Life all make it there. The underrated War and Destiny and Life Art, which has one of the poorest ratings of the year also garnered votes. Definitely a surprising category.
The head of the family; these men are strong, true, just and loving. They may show their care and affection in unorthodox ways, but truth be told, they're actually huge softies inside. Father figures, whether really a dad, a big brother or just simply a "si-fu", are big icons in TVB, and here's who you thought were the best at portraying father figures throughout the year.
Winner: Ha Yu as Tong Yan Kai [Heart of Greed] 27.8%
1st Runner-up: Damian Lau Chung Yan as Wah Man Hon [Drive of Life] 19.4%
2nd Runner-up: Bobby Au-Yeung Chan Wah as Man Tin Tsz [Fathers and Sons] 11.1%
Interesting fact: The top two fathers, collectively, garnered nearly half the number of votes for the whole category. Wayne Lai, for his father figure role in Steps and Devil's Disciples, was the only other actor to be nominated for two roles besides Ha Yu.
What would the world be without a mother's touch? A mother would give the world for her children, and this year, TVB was dominated by strong, unwavering maternal roles. Here are your favourites.
Winner: Louise Lee Sze Kei as Ling Hau [Heart of Greed] 34.4%
1st Runner-up: Michelle Yim as Ling Lei [Heart of Greed] 17.2%
2nd Runner-up: Michelle Yim as Sung Kam Chi [Brink of Law] 10.3%
Interesting fact: While Michelle Yim has the honour of being nominated for her two mother figures here, one other actress received that accolade - Sheren Tang for her maternal roles in The Drive of Life and The Family Link.
These are the people who make evil and conniving look like their second nature. Warped looks, slicing glances, icy words, they've mastered it down to a T. They are convincing, they do hell of a good job, and you have to admit, the series wouldn't have been such a gripping watch, if not for their presence. Despicable, detestable, and just damn good at it; here are your favourite villains of the year.
Winner: Susanna Kwan Kuk Ying as Wong Sau Kam [Heart of Greed] 32.1%
1st Runner-up: Michelle Yim Mai Suet as Sung Kam Chi [Brink of Law] 28.6%
2nd Runner-up: Louisa So Yuk Wah as Yim Pui Wu [Phoenix Rising] 17.9%
The Best Non-Romantic Partnership Award
Winner: Ha Yu & Moses Chan Ho as Dai Bao & Sai Bao [Heart of Greed] 15.8%
Joint 1st Runner-up: Bobby Au-Yeung Chan Wah, Michael Miu Kiu Wai & Benz Hui Siu Hung as Chai Foon Cheung, Kiu Ching Chor and Chow Fook Wing [Dicey Business] 13.1%
Joint 1st Runner-up: Wayne Lai Yiu Cheung & Bernice Liu Bik Yee as Lee Lik Keung & Lee Sum Ying [Steps] 13.1%
Joint 2nd Runner-up: Bobby Au Yeung Chan Wah & Jacky Wong Shu Hei as Man Tin Tsz & Jimmy Zai [Fathers and Sons] 10.5%
Joint 2nd Runner-up: Steven Ma Chun Wai & Wayne Lai Yiu Cheung as Cheng Ka Chun & Lee Lik Keung [Steps] 10.5%
Interesting fact: Most of the non-romantic partnerships that have been voted for are mostly made out of males entirely and are friendships. Looks like brotherhood and heng-tai has a bigger impact on you lot, more so than the chi-mui sisterly bond.
Winner: Bosco Wong Chung Chak & Tavia Yeung Yi as Cheung Loi Fu & Tam Chu Mei [Dicey Business]; and as Gilbert Tong Chi Yat & Jackie Cheuk Man Lei [Heart of Greed] 20.9%
1st Runner-up: Steven Ma Chun Wai & Bernice Liu Bik Yee as Tong Chi Ko & Chui Wing [Brink of Law]; and as Cheng Ka Chun & Lee Sum Ying [Steps] 18.6%
2nd Runner-up: Moses Chan Ho & Linda Chung Ka Yan as Duk Duk Dei & Sheung Joi Sum [Heart of Greed] 9.3%
Interesting fact: Raymond Lam has the highest number of total votes, spread out between his partnerships with three different co-stars: Charmaine Sheh and Myolie Wu in Drive of Life and Linda Chung in Heart of Greed. I suppose that means he generates great chemistry with whichever female co-star he works with. Good on him.
TVB has undoubtedly grown more and more daring as time goes by with its kissing scenes. Once limited to just a quick peck of lips, this declaration of love is now documented in more detail. Passion, romance and lust are all now shown too. Here are your favourites of the year.
Winner: Bosco Wong Chung Chak & Tavia Yeung Yi as Gilbert Tong Chi Yat & Jackie Cheuk Man Lei [Heart of Greed] 30%
1st Runner-up: Steven Ma Chun Wai & Bernice Liu Bik Yee as Cheng Ka Chun & Lee Sum Ying [Steps] 25%
2nd Runner-up: Raymond Lam Fung & Charmaine Sheh Sze Man as Wah Zhan Bong & Wing Sau Fung [Drive of Life] 15%
Interesting fact: The popular pairing of Bosco and Tavia garnered the most votes, not only for this kiss, but also collectively for their other many kisses in Dicey Business and Heart of Greed.
There are the characters that you live with for many episodes and that you just want to continue living with after that. They've made such a big impression on you that you know their name, their history, their hobbies; you root for them, have faith in them, want the best for them. Not only is this attributed to the good writing of the character and script, more than not it is because of the actor and actress' good portrayal. Here are your favourite characters of the year, both female and male.
Tam Chu Mei, or Mimi as she is sometimes called, is one of the most likable female characters of the year. The Asian equivalent to a dumb blonde, Ah Mei is superficial, ditzy and greedy; she dreams of a busty figure, designer handbags, and rich men. However, you can't help but falling in love with her idealistic character, even more so when she really falls for Bosco's Ah Fu, who has had a crush on her from the minute he laid eyes on her. You feel for her when she is ridiculed by her fellow colleagues, when she is dumped at the altar, and you root for her, when she holds her head up high and vows to raise her baby herself. Tavia shows the maturity beautifully and subtly, making us fall in love with her character. Even though Dicey Business was one of the very first shows in the qualification period for these awards and does not have the upper hand as compared to some of the fresher shows that have just aired, it is obvious that Ah Mei has made such a strong impression on viewer's hearts by winning this award.
Actresses who 'ugly' themselves up always get the audiences attention - case in point: Angela Tong's Lee Siu Ho in Life Made Simple a few years back or America Ferrerra in Ugly Betty. Gigi's affectionately nicknamed Jing Jing is by no means as ugly as the two characters above but possibly twice as endearing. What she lacks for in aesthetic beauty, she makes up for more than necessary in heart and in character. Her character is adorable, heart-warming and possibly a universal favourite, especially to the dashing men played by Moses Chan and Kevin Cheng. The beauty of Jing Jing is that you don't have to be a fan of Gigi to like her, and that is probably why she steals third place in this category.
Close behind: Tavia Yeung Yi as Jackie Cheuk Man Lei [Heart of Greed], Bernice Liu Bik Yee as Chui Wing [Brink of Law]
Interesting fact: The highest number of characters portrayed by a single actress which got votes per actress is three - Bernice and Tavia. Besides the ones above, Bernice also received votes for Bat Tong Ji Lung in Devil's Disciples, while Tavia also received votes for her Lo Sei Hei in Fathers and Sons. Also, the equivalent TVB Anniversary Award was won by Susanna Kwan, who portrayed a villain in Heart of Greed. Here, no female villain obtained any votes for My Favourite Female Character; the closest was Sharon Chan as Mok Man in Devil's Disciples, for her semi-villianous role.
Most Favourite Male Character
Through the topsy-turvy thirty episodes of Dicey Business, each character undergoes transformation; but, it is Bosco's Ah Fu that experiences the biggest evolution. From a recluse with horrible greasy hair with a scarred childhood, to the lovable silly and goofy card dealer who simply adores cards, to the success-loving disciple of Michael Miu's casino CEO, Kiu Ching Cho, and finally, a mature man who sees the wrongs of his actions, Bosco goes through each transition with ease and affinity, making Cheong Loi Fu your 2nd place winner for this category.
Zhan Bong starts out to be your typical rich man's son. Playful, witty, ambitious, rash and stubborn in the beginning, but matures out to be more analytical, intelligent, and less rash and hot-headed. Raymond acts out this vital character perfectly, while adding another dimension to him as the man who is dares to love and strongly devoted to his co-star's character, Charmaine Sheh's Wing Sau Fung. Wah Zhan Bong is just the right mix of charm, strength and growth, and that is why he is on your list of favourite male characters.
Close behind: Bobby Au Yeung Chan Wah as Chai Foon Cheung [Dicey Business], Ha Yu as Tong Yan Kai [Heart of Greed]
Interesting fact: Even little Jacky Wong Shu Hei received votes for Jimmy in Fathers and Sons for this category. If he's garnering votes now, imagine what he could do if he continues to act for TVB and remains as cute as he is now. Heartthrob, anyone?
TVB certainly has no shortage of new, up-and-coming young artistes. But yet, how many of them can act? And more importantly, how many of those who put in the effort and the hard work to realise their full potential as an actor to constantly improve? This category is for the actor and the actress who have progressed the most in this year, fulfilled their potential the best when compared to other peers with the same experience level. Usually an award that results in much controversy at the Anniversary Awards, let's see if the same occurs here.
Winner: Bernice Liu Bik Yee for Brink of Law, The Slicing of the Demon, Devil's Disciples & Steps 52%
From the very moment she appeared on-screen as "Princess" in the long-running and fan-favourite Virtues of Harmony, there's was no denying that Bernice was a natural in front of a camera. While she might not be the best actress of her time, she more than makes up for it and delivers her lines with spades of charisma and exuberance. Although she hasn't improved as quickly as some of her counterparts, 2007 was her year. Four of her series were shown to audiences this year; all of which she portrayed completely different personalities. A analytical undercover policewoman, a bratty and spoilt, yet underlyingly kind rich man's daughter, a sword-wielding, righteous kung-fu "big sister" and a vibrant and charming dance aficionado, all of which improvement and characterisation could be seen in as compared to her early days in both Virtues of Harmonys and Healing Hands III. That, and her constant hard-work to improve her speech and dispose of her Canadian accent, make her your Most Improved Actress of the year with more than half of the votes.
Child actress Leila Tong is a natural in front of the camera, and not many people would dare to disagree. She commands attention and captures your eye in scenes, despite her youthful and fresh looks. Having a resume with a myriad of characters, all of which she has played and established wonderfully to the extent that none are forgettable, she awes once again with her characters in 2007. Minimal screen-time in Ten Brothers was a shame, but she still impressed with her pleasant supporting character. Then, in The Family Link, Leila balanced out the cast nicely with her young look, but held her acting game against the many veterans well. But, it was in the gem of War and Destiny where she undoubtedly shone. Her portrayal of Yuet Fung was splendid, a performance you don't get from any other of the young actresses. Leila gave her layers of complexity, pain and internal struggle in her subtle performance. Without a doubt, Leila just keeps on getting better and better as time goes by. If not for TVB side-stepping Leila, she would have had a sackful of opportunities by now, and us, the audience would have more of her to see. Thankfully, this is one poll where the viewers have their say, so for sure, she places in this category.
Fala is very much a newbie, as new as newbies can get. However, with all credit to her, she fares much better than all the other young fledging actresses. With a natural flair for the camera, she is not unlikable on screen, and manages adequate chemistry with her on-screen partners. Playing a young college-bound teen who has to grow up faster than necessary in Heart of Greed was great exposure for her. Getting due recognition for starring in the biggest drama of the year cast the media spotlight on her for her next two roles, and she didn't disappoint. Her seductress role in Family Link and her bratty, envious, begin-with-b-rhyming-with-itch character in dance series Steps showed progressive improvement. While the improvement might not be as wow-some as TVB paints it to be, she is undoubtedly on the right track, and gets third place here.
Close behind: Selena Li Sze Wan for A Change of Destiny
Interesting fact: TVB's eventual winner for this category, Kate Tsui Tsz San, was nowhere near the leading runners in this category.
Most Improved Actor
Winner: Chris Lai Lok Yi in Glittering Days, Ten Brothers, Heart of Greed, The Green Grass of Home & Fathers and Sons 56%
Chris Lai is one of the six Olympic stars who is sadly the least-promoted. Starting out with headlining the very young Hearts of Fencing, Chris has moved on to supporting actor status, none of which were very big meaty roles. However, as small as the roles were, there was improvement shown as compared to his previous roles in Safe Guards, Land of Wealth and most definitely Hearts of Fencing. He was perfect as Tong Chi Foon in Heart of Greed and showed a larger portfolio of maturity in his acting than before for Foon Chai. He did well opposite such a highly-rated cast, especially Susanna Kwan. He also pulled it off in Fathers and Sons in a very different role from his past ones, as rich playboy Ben Chai. With five series under his belt for the year 2007, it should have been the year of the Chris. To you voters, it was, and that is why he sweeps away the Most Improved Actor. Chris is in dire need of a bigger role as his breakthrough performance as all previous TVB winners of his award have had bigger and better roles than he has had this year. Hopefully for him 2008 will be the year of the Chris as well.
There was no denying that Stephen was wooden in Love Bond; he was pleasant to watch, and you could tell that he had tried very hard, but he was just wooden. Thankfully, he has really come along since then and worked hard to up his A-game. He did adequately as the eldest son of the Tung family, who was filial, confident and intelligent, who then had his whole world turned upside down when he met with an accident and was bedridden and disabled for the rest of the series. A role like that is not easy to play, and it was obvious Stephen had improved through the way he emoted through his eyes and facial expressions alone. He also entertained in Steps as the righteous, conservative and shy Yau Sheung Dak and won not only Kate Tsui's Sze Man over, but the viewers as well as he comes in second in this category.
Close behind: Jack Wu Lok Yin in Phoenix Rising
Interesting fact: Even worse than Kate Tsui, who at least got one or two votes, Amigo Chui Kin Bong, eventual TVB winner for this award, didn't get a single vote. Telling, much? Granted, they came to their defense saying that it was Most Improved Male Artiste and not Actor, but if that's the case, there really is no reason why they can't have two categories - one for most improved male in series, and one in hosting. Excuses, TVB, excuses.
To act in a secondary or subordinate role is never easy. The focus is not on you, but yet you are still expected to come up with nothing less than extraordinary to support the main characters and the main plot. Not easy to do when you have minimal screen-time, but the following characters have still managed to win your hearts.
Siu Man is a free-spirit; daring, ambitious, driven and fiercely loyal to her deceased friend whom she seeks revenge for. Coupled with her strong desire for the truth, she is not being one to back down from a challenge. Siu Man is by no means a likeable character, she is loud, rash, strongly independent and does not have a good relationship with her immediate family. However, it seems like everything the talented Leila touches turns to gold. From being unlikeable at the beginning, Leila gives a measured and highly commendable character performance that sees Siu Man grow and mature into an understanding, more patient individual who doesn't jump to conclusions so easily who even gets along with the si-lais she set out so strongly to hate. Siu Man's lack of filter from brain to mouth, resulting in her always saying whatever that's on her mind leads to her being strangely endearing with time, and this can only be attributed to Leila's likeability factor and her talent in such a portrayal. She's a natural in front of the camera, and nails this role right on the head. Shamefully, she hasn't gotten more promotion from TVB because she can sure act circles round some of the newbie beauty queen "actresses". However, she does have support where it matters most, and that is why she is your runner-up for this Best Supporting Actress category.
Cheng Ka Man, while a talented dancer, is stubborn, obstinate and revengeful, easily tided over by waves of jealousy. She despises Bernice Liu's Lee Sum Ying for being a better dancer and when her mother takes her under her wing as a protege, stoops to lowly levels to hinder her progress. Fala gave an adequate portrayal of Carmen, enough so that Carmen became more than just a single dimensional cardboard witch. She was entertaining as a semi-villain and worked well with Steven Ma and Mannor Chan and contrasted well with Bernice's building of Sum Ying's character. She gave Carmen an air of youth and dismissal, enough so that the envy and the rash actions could be put down to her being young, immature and stupid. A better actress might have given the role of Carmen Cheng more depth, but for a first try at such a non-angelic character, Fala does all that she is expected of and does it pretty well. In the award that she won for TVB, she comes in third here and will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming year.
Close behind: Claire Yiu Ka Lei in Steps, Florence Kwok Siu Wan in On the First Beat
Interesting fact: Surprisingly, this category was dominated by the younger generation, Florence Kwok was as veteran as they come amongst those who were in contending. Poor Mary Hon and Maggie Siu.
Best Supporting Actor
Benz Hui is a universal fan favourite, loved by old and young alike. Even more so, when he has such a great character like Chow Fook Wing to play; an affectionate, helpful and adorably camp-ish friend with a penchant for hot-pot and a tendency to nag. Chow Fook Wing was a simple man, all he needed were his two best friends and for their friendship to stay tested and true, and hot pot. You could see the happiness in his eyes when the three of them spend good times together. Likewise, you could see the hurt in his eyes when Ah Cho and Ah Cheung had fallen out. From the second he appeared on-screen, to the very moment in which he sadly left, Benz played Ah Wing to the best of his capabilities. Benz gave a stunning performance as his fully lovable, earnest character and will for sure continue to give many great performances as other supporting characters to come. Dicey Business would not be what it was without his character and the comic relief and heart he brings. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he will be given due recognition anytime soon; however, you, the viewers have decided it was time to do something about that and have awarded him the Best Supporting Actor in these awards.
As a stroke of bad timing would have had it, Louis Yuen's winning character as the greedy and qualm-less Uncle Bor in Heart of Greed was initially intended for Wayne. Nevertheless, Wayne churned out yet another award-worthy performance in the surprise package of Steps. It is common knowledge that had he been nominated at this year's anniversary awards in the Best Actor category instead of the Best Supporting category, he might have won. A long-time recognised and fan-favourite supporting actor amongst fans, Wayne was an instant hit as the lazy, loudmouth, lumberly yet instantly likeable brother figure and full-time devotee to his colleague, Yau Lum Lum, in dancing drama Steps. Wayne gave his Lee Lik Keung his own unpolished blend of wit and charm. He was endearing as the protective brother and thigh-slappingly hilarious with his character's ever-dry, ever-ready and ever-sharp tongue-in-cheek humour, largely due to his unrivaled knack for comedic precision. For those reasons and so many more, he has won your support if he hasn't already, and is your runner-up in this category.
Obviously, Bosco is no competition when compared to his two formidable opponents in first and second place. However, he more than holds his own against all the other veterans in the nominee list to cruise in at third place. Many cited his role as wooden in Heart of Greed, but obviously not all of you, or else he wouldn't have placed this well. He is effective as the rich man's son, often irrational, fiery and stubborn. The anger he displays is adequately channeled through the tone of his voice and his body language. Unsurprisingly, it is in scenes opposite Tavia in which he shines the most - the shouting matches and fights between the both were believable, and the painful scenes towards the end where he pretended to side with Susanna Kwan's Wong Sau Kam were nicely done. You came, you saw, and you voted for Bosco to come in at third place in this category.
Close behind: Ng Wai Kwok in Drive of Life
Interesting fact: The complete opposite of the Supporting Actress category, the Supporting Actor category is wholly dominated by the experienced, with the exception of Bosco Wong, who is the youngest. Other veterans like Bryan Leung in The Ultimate Crime Fighter, Louis Yuen in Heart of Greed and Derek Kwok for Family Link also got votes.
Like a diamond, she is perfect, sparkling and captivating on-screen. As pretty as a diamond is, it is also tough, and your Best Actresses are strong, talented and formidable artistes in their own right. Here are your very own Best Actresses of the year 2007.
In person, Michelle Yim is eloquent, kind and exudes womanly confidence and beauty. In Brink of Law, however, she plays someone so far removed from who she is. Sung Kam Chi, her character in the Brink of Law, is a leopard in a deer's costume. On the outside, she is docile - a nice, elegant rich man's wife in high society, a doting mother, and a society symbol. Behind the facade, however, she is evil, conniving, quick and cruel. Michelle shows that she's still got what it takes when she tackles the dual role with the talent we all know she's possessed for years and does it with so much brilliance. The cunning side of her character was played with a hint of calm detachment from humanity; she was impassive in ordering attacks on people and arranging killings. Every glare Sung Kam Chi shot was equivalent to daggers. Yet beneath that, Michelle also injected a tinge of womanly jealousy beneath the strong exterior that came from Bernice Liu's Ah Wing seducing her husband, that ultimately led to her downfall. Equally as impressive was her soft portrayal of a mother's love and how that drove her to her deserved end. Brink of Law was by no means very impressive, but it is more than worth it for the jewel that is Michelle Yim. For that, she is your Best Actress and very rightly so.
Tavia takes on what could be the most interesting and lovable character in her career to date. Flirty, frivolous, flighty, fun-loving and free-spirited, Tam Chu Mei or Mimi wins the heart of viewers [She also won your Favourite Female Character above] and that can only be attributed to her fantastic acting. Tavia took on the role with great gusto and challenged herself with such a ditzy character. There was maturity in her acting as she fleshed out her character wholly, right from her body language to her speech. Having always dreamt of a fuller figure, Ah Mei walks with her chest out and speaks with a lisp, which Tavia specially added for her character in order to create an imperfection that cannot be corrected surgically unlike her small chest which she deems non-perfect. Furthermore, Tavia has improved so much with her crying scenes and that much is obvious when Ah Mei cries. From her wailing scenes with mascara running down her cheeks, to the scenes where tears are silently rolling down her face, you can't help but feel her emotion and feel for her. Ah Mei might not be the brightest bulb around, but Tavia makes her brightens up Dicey Business with her acting; exactly why she is your second place for the Best Actress category.
Lee Sze Kei, also widely known within the HK entertainment scene as Sze Kei Jie, returns to TVB after such a long hiatus and does it with a big bang. It is widely said that the father is the head of the family, but think about it; if the father is the head, then the mother is the neck. The father is the head of the family, but the neck can turn the head any way she wishes. That is the exact same case in Heart of Greed. Sze Kei Jie's Ling Hao is in actual fact, the leader of the family. When she says yes, it is rare that people say no. They don't dare to. Sze Kei Jie plays Ah Hao with such authority. She carries this character with firm grace, with thoughtful wisdom. She is stern, but loves. The balance is never easy to strike, whether off-screen or on-screen, but Sze Kei Jie does it with ease in Heart of Greed. If you watch her emotional scenes closely, you'll find that she doesn't need to speak, her eyes already speak volumes about how she's feeling. The eventual winner of this TVB Anniversary Award, Sze Kei Jie polls in at third place here.
One of the characters that has undoubtedly experienced the biggest growth throughout the span of a series in the past year has got to be Sheren's Wong Siu Fun in The Drive of Life. The progressive growth and maturity portrayed by Sheren was excellent as she made the audiences feel like they were right there with Siu Fun, growing from an immature, rich wife who needed the finer things in life surrounding her and who was highly dependant on men; to a full-fledged compassionate, independent woman, earning her own living, who was learning to trust and love again. One of those actresses who are not satisfied with just merely theoretically acting by the book, she wholly immerses herself into those roles. Siu Fun is a woman with many human layers and a rich past, and if played by a lesser actress, would have come off as a one-dimensional brat. Together with her startlingly top-notch emoting, she makes this character come to life. Despite being robbed of the Best Actress Award from TVB countless times, you still obviously love her and she comes in third with your vote.
Close behind: Jessica Hester Hsuan in Dicey Business, Bernice Liu Bik Yee in Steps
Interesting fact: First and second place winners, Michelle Yim for Brink of Law and Tavia Yeung for Dicey Business, were not even in the final five nominations for in the TVB Anniversary Awards for this category, while eventual winner Lee Sze Kei only came in third.
Every year, there is that one man who captures your heart. He is captivating on-screen and possesses charisma that no one other has. Talented, inspiring, together with passion for what he does, he is your Best Actor of the year.
For the majority of Hong Kong TV audiences, there is no more worthy winner for Best Actor than Moses Chan. This award was a long time coming, Moses is one of the better actors in TVB, and it was going to be his time sooner or later. With a role like Duk Duk Dei in a series like Heart of Greed, it was no time like the other. Whether you enjoyed Heart of Greed or not, odds are that Moses' acting won you over. He played a character that you would either love or hate. Most loved him. Moses connected with the viewers so much so that he made you laugh and cry and hope and root for him all at the same time with his powerful and enthralling acting. He was tight-slappingly hilarious in his funny moments and the trademark gestures he developed for Duk Duk Dei. His crying scenes were done silently, but yet they were just as strong, leaving us with a touched heart. Devoted, gentlemanly, loyal and filial, it was evident that Duk Duk Dei was a character in which Moses poured his heart and soul into creating and developing. He was the character; he gave the character growth and gradual maturity. No one could have carved a better Duk Duk Dei than Moses had and it is in here that his fine acting is finally recognised. Kudos to Moses, for not only is he TVB's Best Actor of the year, but he is also Best Actor amongst the people that matter - the fans.
If his roles in A Taste of Love, Golden Faith, Food for Life and the TVB 2006 Best Series La Femme Desperado are anything to go by, it is no secret that Raymond Lam can play a sometimes rash, very idealistic, ambitious yet stubborn young boy, and play him very well indeed too. However, it is with his Wah Zhan Bong in The Drive of Life in which he showcases how much his acting has matured over the years. In the beginning of the series, Zhan Bong is a boy who is in a life transition to becoming a man. Immature, at times inconsiderate, impulsive and very playful, Raymond showcased the journey from spoilt rich man's only son to adulthood for Zhan Bong, slowly becoming a strong-willed, mature, thinking adult while keeping his sense of charisma, courage, loyalty and ferocious ambition with him all the way. He fleshed out his character from the start till the very ending, and the result was nothing less than impressive. His crying scenes are most definitely up to par, and he shines exceptionally on screen, even more so opposite the fantastic Damian Lau. With a fanbase that grows every day, its no surprise that he comes in second here.
Being the first ever TVB artiste to make it into the top five nominations in the International Emmy Awards, it is high-time that the rest of the entertainment arena in the world recognize the one and only Bobby Au Yeung. Forever known as the the comic king of TVB and the well-known ratings guarantor, Bobby steps it up a notch in Dicey Business where he puts forth what could possibly be his best ever performance with in such a dramatic role. It's no secret that Bobby is the Robin Williams of the East. However, Dicey Business and his well-played character, Chai Foon Cheung, proves that he is a legitimate serious actor on top of being a comic genius and to critic acclaim at that. On the surface, he is the happy-go-lucky casino "bad-luck charm", living every day as it comes. However, there is so much more to Ah Cheung than that, and Bobby brings that to life. Behind that front, Bobby allows the viewers inspired glimpses of his past, his regret, and the fire that is still somewhat ignited in him. The regret and the sadness were so evident in his eyes and his expressions. He shows us the changes in his character as that flame within becomes bigger and bigger with the changes in life - as he finds his brother, as his friendships fall apart, as he falls in love. He picks himself up, gains in self-esteem, rekindles his keen eye for poker and once again, it is in his eyes that you truly see the fire and the determination. Consequently, there were also impressive, realistic crying scenes that caught us pleasantly by surprise, and his perfect chemistry with every single member of the cast. No longer will Bobby be only known as the comic king from now on, but for so much more.
Close behind: Ha Yu in Heart of Greed, Steven Ma Chun Wai in Steps
Interesting fact: Interestingly enough, all three actors received accolades for their superb acting this year too - At the recent Anniversary Awards, Moses won the Best Actor award, Raymond won the Favourite Mainland Actor while Bobby because the first ever TVB actor to make the final five in the International Emmy Awards for Best Actor. Wow. Just, wow. Looks like everyone's in unison for once.
The biggest award of the year - this one definitely needs no introduction.
Is it any surprise that this family drama came in first place in this category? Some deemed it the best series to ever come out from TVB in years, while others tagged it simply overrated, there’s no denying that Heart of Greed was certainly a power to be beckoned with. This forty-episode long series boasted some of the best-written lines, power squabbles, chemistry and casting in some time. The angst and tragedy was captivating, the joy and laughter memorable. There was star power, undeniable talent, amazing partnerships and most of all, there was heart. It made you laugh, it made you cry, but most of all it made you remember it. Most definitely, top-notch entertainment with real meaning.
Steps danced right into your hearts when it premiered, all the way till it ended. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye, it dazzled with quick and nimble dance moves, and graceful and sweeping routines. Coupled with gorgeous costumes and dancing shots, the cute love-hate relationship between Steven Ma and Bernice Liu, and characters you just couldn’t help rooting for; Steps might not have gotten the highest ratings of the year and its cast might not be the strongest, but it certainly was one of your favourites.
Action-packed, thrill-filled, and suspenseful, Dicey Business surely does pack a mean competitive punch. Boasting of a well-rounded, well-liked cast, this series won viewers over with its vivid and fascinating casino scenes and poker competitions, and its spin on relationships and how they change. The well-written characters, friendships and relationships alike touched audiences and left tremendous impressions; hence, exactly why it is your joint third place winner for the Best Series category.
This star-studded collaboration between TVB and CCTV in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of the handover set out to be a meaningful story and symbol of the journey of the Chinese people and it accomplished just that. The Drive of Life is not for the fast-paced and quick-movers; instead, it is a series that is significantly meaningful and tackles many life and family issues in depth. Enthralling dramatic scenes together with riveting A-class performances from the veterans, and the young cast not far behind; plus, the enchanting sweeping shots of
Close behind: Brink of Law, Ultimate Crime Fighter
Interesting facts of the entire awards
It goes without surprise that Heart of Greed is the top winner in these awards as well, getting a total of 14 1st place finishes, 3 2nd places and 4 3rd places. Steps followed behind, albeit not very closely, but clocked in with 5 1st place wins, 9 second place wins and 7 3rd places. Next came Dicey Business with 3-5-3. The expensive production of Drive of Life only managed 1 1st, for Most Atrocious Hairstyle of all categories. Yikes.
It goes without saying that Moses Chan dominated in the men's stealing the show with the 2 most important individual 1st places, 1 1st place for his partnership with Ha Yu, and two more 1st places as part of the HOG cast, bringing his total tally of gold medals to five. Mo also had a 2nd place and a 3rd place, both won with Linda Chung. Bosco and Raymond were also rather big winners amongst the guys.
As for the females, everybody's darling, Tavia Yeung stole the most thunder at A Glaze-Over of TVB. Winning 3 individual categories, topping another 3 categories with Bosco, and yet another 2 as part of the Heart of Greed ensemble, her first place wins total eight. She also holds a second place finish for Best Actress, a second place for the Fathers and Sons ensemble and a third place for Dicey Business. Bernice and Michelle also swept a lot of the other awards for the females.
Interestingly enough, these top two winners are rumoured to be paired up in the upcoming sequel to the successful Heart of Greed. Might there be a repeat performance, especially now that these two forces will be joined? Only time will tell.
So finally, the results are out! What are your opinions on the awards? Did your favourites win? Are you more satisfied with the results, compared to the TVB Anniversary Awards? Or did this author take way too long with the awards, causing you to totally forget about them? Be sure to tell me what you think of the #1 Annual Glaze-Over of TVB Awards! Should it be continued or not?
Labels: Actors, Actresses, Awards, Bernice Liu, Bosco Wong, Bosco/Tavia, Drive of Life, Fala Chen, Ha Yu, Heart of Greed, Leila Tong, Michelle Yim, Myolie Wu, Raymond Lam, Steps, Tavia Yeung, Wayne Lai