Last year, TVB broke new ground by allowing Hong Kong viewers’ votes to decide the Best Actor and Actress awards for the first time. However, TVB announced today that this year’s top awards will be decided by a panel of judges instead, not trusting the public will choose wisely.
The 2012 TVB Anniversary Awards popular voting method renewed interest in the annual awards, which many viewers have criticized in recent years as being unfair by rewarding promoted artists instead of truly talented individuals. With a rare opportunity to decide Hong Kong’s most popular awards event, the masses turned up their votes and gave Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) his third Best Actor award last year.
However, Wayne’s victory was not without controversy. One weakness of the popular voting system is its lack of professional judgment. Are viewers truly able to separate acting performances from the likability of the nominees?
TVB Director of Production, Sandy Yu (余詠珊), believes the answer is to allow a panel of industry professionals to decide the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Drama awards. Ms. Yu said, “We are considering forming a judging committee consisting of several hundred professionals. Perhaps we will not count the audience votes.” Ms. Yu revealed that the final selection guidelines will be decided in later management meetings.
The 2013 Anniversary Awards ceremony will be held on Monday December 16, 2013. Although TVB has not unveiled its official list of nominees yet, a year of mostly dismal ratings made it difficult to predict who will be the winners. The Best Actress battle is largely speculated to be between Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣) and Kate Tsui (徐子珊), while Chilam Cheung (張智霖), Francis Ng (吳鎮宇), Moses Chan (陳豪) and Wayne Lai are considered to have good chances in the Best Actor award.
This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.