The 45th TVB Anniversary Awards ceremony concluded to many cheers on Monday night in Hong Kong. Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) was crowned Best Actor for The Confidant <大太監>. Tavia Yeung (楊怡) won Best Actress for her performance in Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles <名媛望族>. When Heaven Burns <天與地> was not forgotten by audiences despite airing one year ago and won the Best Series award.
TVB almost pushed the mass hysteria button when it announced that Hong Kong audiences’ votes will determine the winners of the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Series awards this year. TVB artists actively campaigned for fan votes, quickly arousing criticism that the awards were a popularity contest. Hackers, who had brought the 2012 Miss Hong Kong Pageant voting system to its knees, were widely feared to also disrupt the Anniversary Awards show. Fortunately, TVB’s technical system prevailed and audiences voted wisely for the well-deserved winners.
Best Series: When Heaven Burns
Produced by Jonathan Chik (戚其義) and written by Chow Yuk Ming (周旭明), When Heaven Burns was voted by Hong Kong audiences as the Best Series. Aired at the end of last year, the finale was broadcast on January 1, 2012. Despite the long lapse since its broadcast, When Heaven Burns left a deep impression for its original script and stellar acting performances.
Other top finalists in the Best Series category were The Confidant and The Hippocratic Crush < On Call 36小時>.
Best Actor: Wayne Lai
Leading up to the Anniversary Awards ceremony, Raymond Lam (林峯) was regarded to have the highest chance in winning Best Actor due to his large fan base. Kenneth Ma (馬國明) was also regarded as a top favorite, after winning Malaysia’s TV King award. Fans and artists were equally shocked when it was announced that Wayne Lai won the TVB Best Actor award for The Confidant, marking his third victory in four years of the same honor.
Accepting the Best Actor award from Deanie Ip (葉德嫻), Wayne felt very lucky and thanked the audience for voting for his victory, which made it even more meaningful. “It has been ten years since I returned to TVB. How many decades does one have in life? I thank Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍) for bring me back onstage. I want to share the honors with the three most important people in my life: my wife, son, and mother.”
The other top finalists in the Best Actor category were Raymond Lam, Kenneth Ma, Damian Lau (劉松仁), and Moses Chan (陳豪).
Best Actress: Tavia Yeung
When it was announced that Tavia Yeung received more than 110,000 votes crowning her as Best Actress, tears flooded her eyes. Tavia reminisced about the difficulties she faced as an actress over the last 13 years, but she never gave up on her dreams.
Although rumored boyfriend, Him Law’s (羅仲謙) eyes were also tearful, Tavia did not thank Him in her acceptance speech, as she had promised earlier.
The other top finalists for the Best Actress award were Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣), Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼), Michelle Yim (米雪), and Kate Tsui (徐子珊).
Best Supporting Actor: Koo Ming Wah
Although a graduate of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 48-year-old Koo Ming Wah (古明華) has had a turbulent acting career, portraying one-scene roles and struggling to make ends meet. The 48-year-old even thought about quitting, but credits Felix Wong (黃日華) in reigniting his passion for acting, which paid off handsomely this year.
Never imagining he would have such a bountiful year, Koo was extremely emotional in his acceptance speech. He expressed his gratitude towards producer Poon Ka Tak (潘嘉德) for developing his career and casting him in the memorable role of So Gay in Divas in Distress <巴不得媽媽…>.
The Best Supporting Actor race was largely between Koo Ming Wah and Power Chan (陳國邦), with Koo snagging the victory following his win in Malaysia at the My Astro on Demand Awards.
Best Supporting Actress: Nancy Wu
Nancy Wu’s (胡定欣) fine acting has been praised since she was a newcomer and regarded long overdue to win the Best Supporting Actress award. With her challenging mute boxer role in Gloves Come Off <拳王>, Nancy defeated her closet competitor, Mandy Wong (黃智雯) for Best Supporting Actress.
Next stop for Nancy Wu? The talented 31-year-old actress hopes to become a leading lady!
My Favorite Male Character Award: Kenneth Ma
When accepting the award on stage, Kenneth joked that many actors dreaded receiving this award, since it often meant the Best Actor award slipped out of their hands. But Kenneth said he did not mind winning the award every year and thanked all his supporters.
My Favorite Female Character Award: Kate Tsui
Kate Tsui (徐子珊) had vigorously campaigned for votes in this year’s TVB Anniversary Awards race. Although her popularity surged after Highs and Lows <雷霆掃毒>, Kate revealed that many viewers initially disliked her when she first entered the industry.
“I can’t believe that I won this award!” Kate exclaimed. Her work hard over the last eight years paid off, allowing her to win the audience’s acceptance in a breakout year.
Most Improved Actor Award: Oscar Leung
Oscar Leung (梁烈唯) impressed the audience with his versatility in L’Escargot <缺宅男女>, Tiger Cubs <飛虎>, and The Confidant <大太監> this year. Ecstatic when winning the Most Improved Artist award, Oscar kissed Him Law (羅仲謙), who as another hot favorite to win the award, presented the honors.
In his acceptance speech, Oscar thanked TVB management, production staff, his colleagues and family. Struggling for many years financially and in his acting career, Oscar thought about giving up on himself. He especially thanked his girlfriend, Tina, who has stood by his side for the last ten years and lent support during his most difficult times.
Most Improved Actress: Mandy Wong
The stars will only shine brighter for Mandy Wong’s (黃智雯) future, who is regarded as one of TVB’s emerging fadans. Mandy’s memorable spitfire role in L’Escargot was a character everyone loved to hate and landed her the Most Improved Actress award.
Mandy thanked Virginia Lok (樂易玲), Tommy Leung (梁家樹), producers Cheung Kin Man (張乾文) and Poon Ka Tak (潘嘉德) for giving her opportunities to develop her acting skills.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Liza Wang
Dressed in a “dragon robe”, Liza Wang (汪明荃) remains as TVB’s top treasure. When she received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Liza smiled and said that the award is reserved for senior artists. But she felt fortunate that she can continue to connect with audiences through dramas and looks forward to new opportunities after serving TVB for 41 years.
Luisa Maria Leitao (黎芷珊 ) won the Best Host award for her well-received interview program, Telling Maria <最佳男主角>. From Here to There <快樂地圖> won the Best Variety Program award, while Pilgrimage of Hope <走過烽火大地> won the Best Information Program award.
Outstanding Artist Awards were given to Chin Ka Lok (錢嘉樂), Benz Hui (許紹雄), Sunny Chan (陳錦鴻), Lee Sing Cheung (李成昌), and Carol Cheng (鄭裕玲).
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