TVB delivered surprising, but satisfying results at this year’s Anniversary Awards, which concluded on December 16. Dayo Wong (黃子華) and Kristal Tin (田蕊妮) were named TV King and TV Queen, beating hot favorites Chilam Cheung (張智霖) and Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣).
In past years, the Hong Kong media often correctly leaked the list of winners prior to the presentation awards. This year, the majority of the winners were “dark horse” candidates since they were not highly publicized nominees.
Kristal Tin won Best Actress and Most Popular Female Character awards for her performance in Brother’s Keeper <巨輪>. Although Kristal’s acting is highly acclaimed and she already received the Best Actress nod from peers earlier at the TVB Anniversary Gala, the media speculated that TVB would instead recognize Linda Chung, who is more highly promoted. Kristal received 100,614 votes to help her win the Most Popular Female Character award, and she cried emotionally over her double victory. Linda hugged Kristal tightly to congratulate her win.
Absent from the awards ceremony, Dayo was shocked when MC Carol Cheng (鄭裕玲) called to announce his victory. Since this year’s Best Actor and Best Actress awards were chosen based on a combination of votes from the public and a professional panel of judges, Dayo defeated Chilam Cheung, who had already won TV King in Malaysia through audience votes.
Receiving 77,948 votes for the Most Popular Male Character Award, Chilam appeared disappointed that the Best Actor award eluded his grasp. In his acceptance speech, Chilam said, “Does TVB not like me? Is it only possible to win the award through popular votes? Biological children are lovable, but when appearing at the necessary and right time, loyal children are very important too!”
Putting in memorable performances since she joined TVB in 2010, Elena Kong (江美儀) won Best Supporting Actress and hugged Triumph in the Skies 2 co-star, Kenneth Ma, excitedly. Seasoned comedian, Benz Hui (許紹雄), turned out to be this year’s dark horse winner for Best Supporting Actor.
Although still struggling to perfect her Cantonese, Eliza Sam’s (岑麗香) raw talent and charisma helped her snag the Most Improved Actress award over leading competitor Priscilla Wong (黃翠如). Working his way up from minor roles to greater prominence, Vincent Wong (王浩信) demonstrated his versatility this year and won the Most Improved Actor award. In his acceptance speech, Vincent thanked his wife, Yoyo Chen (陳自瑤), and former co-stars Damian Lau (劉松仁) and Susan Tse (謝雪心) for mentoring him.
Below are the complete list of winners:
Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>
Best Supporting Actor:
Benz Hui (許紹雄) for Bounty Lady <My盛Lady>
Best Supporting Actress:
Elena Kong (江美儀) for Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>
Most Improved Actor:
Vincent Wong (王浩信) for Friendly Fire < 法網狙擊>, Season of Love <戀愛季節>,Sergeant Tabloid <女警愛作戰>, A Change of Heart <好心作怪>, and Will Power <法外風雲>
Most Improved Actress:
Eliza Sam (岑麗香) for Inbound Troubles <老表，你好嘢!>, Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>, Friendly Fire <神鎗狙擊>, and The Hippocratic Crush 2 <On Call 36小時II>
Most Popular Male Character:
Chilam Cheung (張智霖) for Triumph in the Skies <衝上雲霄II>
Most Popular Female Character:
Kristal Tin (田蕊妮) for Brother’s Keeper <巨輪>
Priscilla Wong (黃翠如) and Tony Hung (洪永城) for Pilgrimage of Wealth 2 <走過浮華大地 亞洲篇>
Best Variety Program:
Three Amigos Bon Voyage <三個小生去旅行>
Best Informative Program:
Pilgrimage of Wealth 2 <走過浮華大地 亞洲篇>
Suet Nei (雪妮), Mary Hon (韓馬利), Anderson Junior (安德尊), Helen Ma (馬海倫), Lau Kong (劉江)
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Lau Siu Ming (劉兆銘)
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