2021 TVB Anniversary Awards: Shaun Tam and Rosina Lam Win Best Actor and Best Actress

The 2021 TVB Anniversary Awards was held on January 3 with Shaun Tam (譚俊彥) winning three awards including Best Actor, Malaysia’s Most Favorite Actor for Take Two <換命真相>, and Best Dressed Male Artiste. Rosina Lam (林夏薇) also scored Best Actress for her memorable performance in Battle of the Seven Sisters <七公主>, which boosted her popularity.

Shaun Tam is Big Winner of the Night

Big winner Shaun was on the verge of tears when he accepted his award, as he took a deep breath and bowed to everyone in gratitude before thanking all the senior executives including Virginia Lok (樂易玲), Eric Tsang (曾志偉), and Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍). He apologized to his parents for being unable to call them often while thanking them for their never-ending support.

As the son of Ti Lung (狄龍), Shaun once shared that his father would not praise him even if he were to win an award, but many believe his father who came to witness his victory is surely proud of him. The actor continued, “I love you all a lot, including my wife, who is my everything. I wouldn’t be able to win this award without you, so thank you, I will never forget my original intentions!” Shaun felt even more emotional as the day also marked his seventh marriage anniversary.

Rosina Lam’s Surprise Win

Rosina, who was recognized for her revealing performance in Battle of the Seven Sisters, finally made a breakthrough after years of hardships and criticisms. While accepting the award, Rosina cried when her name was called. “Since enrolling into the Central Academy of Drama in 2004, I have filmed endlessly until the awards today. Many people say that it takes 10 years of hard work just for one minute on stage, but it took me 17 years because of my poor qualifications. I remember on my first day of classes, my teacher said that in order to learn how to act, I have to learn how to become a human. Focusing on your original intentions is what kept me striving throughout these years, and I’m so glad I didn’t give up.”

The 34-year-old also expressed that her mother did not approve of Rosina’s choice to become an actress at first, so Rosina is happy to prove she could do it.

Linda Loses Best Actress Again

Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣) made her long-awaited comeback after three years with medical drama Kids’ Lives Matter <星空下的仁醫>. She was the favorite to win Best Actress, and many had high expectations since Linda also attended the ceremony.

In the industry for 17 years, Linda has been nominated for Best Actress numerous times, but has never won the award. Missing out again this year, Linda won Malaysia’s Most Favorite TVB Actress award. Upon her second time winning the award, she expressed, “I am thankful of all the love and support from my fans in Malaysia. Honestly, I am happy about winning any award, and I consider TVB as a school I really like and grateful for because they gave me my name.”

Kenneth Ma and Ali Lee Win Popularity Awards

Kenneth Ma (馬國明) also bagged Most Popular Male Character for Kids’ Lives Matter, and Ali Lee (李佳芯) secured Most Popular Female Character for Beauty and the Boss <愛美麗狂想曲>. Both shared how they did not expect to win any awards, but are thankful for everyone’s support and will continue working hard.

Other notable winners:

Best Drama: Battle of the Seven Sisters <七公主>

Best Supporting Actor: Brian Chu (朱敏瀚)

Best Supporting Actress: Yoyo Chen (陳自瑤)

Most Improved Actor: Joey Law (羅天宇), Karl Ting (丁子朗)

Most Improved Actress: Lesley Chiang (姜麗文)

Most Popular Onscreen Partnership: Mandy Lam (林淑敏) and Jack Hui (許家傑) in Come Home Love: Lo and Behold <愛·回家之開心速遞>

Lifetime Achievement Award: David Chiang (姜大衛)

Best Male Host: Johnson Lee in Family Feud <思家大戰>

Best Female Host: Janis Chan (陳貝兒) in No Poverty Land <無窮之路>

Best Variety Show: Stars Academy <聲夢傳奇>

Most Popular Drama Theme Song: Stars Academy <造夢時學會飛行>

Best Informative Program: Scoop <東張西望>

Best Dressed Male Artiste: Shaun Tam

Best Dressed Female Artiste: Jeannie Chan (陳瀅)

Malaysia’s Favorite Drama Series: Kids’ Lives Matter

Malaysia’s Favorite TVB Actor: Shaun Tam

Malaysia’s Favorite TVB Actress: Linda Chung

Source: Yahoo

This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.

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  1. I’m so happy for yoyo and lesley! So we’ll deserved. Still confused about Rosina.

    Best actor was quite weak this year I think, no one really stood out so I guess it was the perfect time for either Shaun or Owen to get their win.

  2. Ignoring the winners, weather you liked the results or not, the show itself was such a BIG improvement from the past few years! Stunning guest award presenters! Eric Tsang played all his 人情 Card! And tribute to the Artists who have passed away was done well along with acknowledging TVB staff! It was a very enjoyable show regardless of the winners! Looking forward to 2022s one! TVB is back!!!

  3. The awards only matter to the artiste if it will increase their market value. Else it’s just pure entertainment for us viewers.

    Bowie’ s appearance is such a pleasant surprise! I Soo hope to see him In a new TVB drama

  4. Most Deserved Win –Lesley Chiang
    And, damn, what a classy speech–thanking the Filipina/o community
    Most Shocking– Joey Law and Karl Ting
    In the sense that there was a double winner. I think Karl along would have been good and Joey could have been nominated for Best Actor next year or something (that’s TVB style)
    Most Debated or Should Be– Shaun Tam
    It was almost as if the top 5 contenders were finalized in his favor because Kenneth Kevin weren’t going to win. We all know Owen wasn’t going to win per his age and experience nor role. Guys, it was a physical sacrifice to get toned but Wayne Lai had the harder role in Ring Master
    Would Have Been Nice– Tyson Chak
    Brian Chu started acting since young but if you ask me who had the more complex role this year, it is Tyson.
    Most likable supporting actor is Hugo Wong in Ring Master. Most popular is Brian Chu in Take Two.
    Most Shocked People Don’t Like– Rosina Lam
    Why all the hate? She’s a professionally trained stage (theater) actress since her teens and others entered through a pageant. The only other person who could have held a candle to her are either Ali (she’s one of those rare actors with an innate ability to control her emotions in front of the screen) or Mandy (professionally trained actress before entering Miss Hong Kong and did the TVB training class after Miss Hong Kong)
    Most Irking Speech– Yoyo Chen
    I have loved this girl since her debut at 14 but, something about her speech, her tone or pitch, just threw something off. Moon Lau didn’t have a hard role but she pulled off cute and sassy without being annoying. I am extremely surprised Samantha Ko did not make top 5 for best supporting actress

    1. The second most deserved win after Leslie Chiang are Mandy Lam and Jack Hui. Jack is such a damn gentleman if you look at his demeanor on the red carpet before the ceremony began and that’s why he’s so gentle as Director Sung with CFO Linda Lung in Lo and Behold.

      I honestly think the awards in general were a good thing this year because you had some deserved wins and so much new blood. I genuinely think you should be rewarded a contract ONLY after you get the award and not the other way around so we all know it’s fair? And Josie Ho won in the past without being a TVB contracted artist but she’s already a film award-winning actress so she’s a different caliber. Similar to Kara Hui, can any of you argue she ain’t Best Actress material when she takes on a TVB series albeit not contracted? Kara beats out Josie so that’s a no brainer.

  5. No comment on the winners, since I didn’t watch any TVB shows this past year (first time in more than 30 years), though I do have partiality toward Lesley Chiang, mainly because I’m a huge fan of her entire family (have been for decades). Winners aside, I definitely agree that the show was well put together this year compared to previous years — though this is not surprising considering Eric Tsang is at the helm on the variety show side – he’s proven his talent at all levels over the years, that’s for sure. The presenters list was also amazing, which again is not surprising given the fact that Eric is the most well-connected entertainer in all of Asia (like I said before, TVB finally made a non-bonehead decision by kicking out the deadbeats in the form of Mark Lee, Sandy Yu, etc. and bringing Eric back in executive capacity).

    In terms of favorite segments: the fact that they had the nominees for best host share in the hosting responsibilities for the ceremony; the Lifetime Achievement award segment; the Professionalism award segment, the In Memoriam segment (loved what they did this year – 2021 was a difficult year, as we lost so many veterans, almost all of them who made huge contributions to TVB, so it was nice to see them recognized in that way rather than just a quick 2 second flash on the screen). For the presenters, I enjoyed Lo Hoi Pang and Meg Lam’s segment (those 2 are funny as heck and Pang Gor is a master at ad-libbing) the most, followed by Bobby and Bowie (I laughed so hard at Bobby making fun of his buddy Michael Tao – and Bowie’s reaction was priceless!). Oh I also liked Lau Kong and Law Kar Ying’s segment (I’m probably one of the few people who actually watched and remembered that TV series they were talking about, lol…that whole banter brought back so many memories!). Aside from that, it was nice to see so many “old-timers” whom most audiences hadn’t seen in a long time, both in the audience as well as presenting…

  6. Definitely not a fan of Shaun Tam. His acting is suck. Don’t know how he won this year’s BA. Rosina Lam finally gets her recognition. Good job RL

  7. Off-topic, but wow new TVB drama “Hello Misfortune” is actually really decent. I mean some of it is still predictable, but it has a lot of heart. I think this is a great start of the year…too bad Hubert Wu won’t be remembered by the end of the year for this drama. He and main actress are making quite an impact in this drama.

  8. I thought the show was well done and agree with all the sentiments about the winners of Best Actor and Actress. I don’t find either one very compelling in any of the roles I’ve seen them in. While Rosina’s backless scene was daring in the sense that it showed a lot of skin for TVB, I didn’t think she delivered for me emotionally what that scene was supposed to be when faced with a man that looked like her dead husband. I do think she’s one of the more watchable lead actresses nowadays though.

    Shaun always feels like Shaun in every role. He doesn’t deliver anything special that makes characters come alive. Veteran actors like Bobby or Bowie really makes you believe in every character they play. I still remember Bobby in “Take My Word For It” where he played an arrogant self centered negotiation officer so convincingly compared to his usual comedic self. But then again, there wasn’t much to choose from in Top 5 Best Actors this year either.

    I thought the rest of the winners were pretty deserving. How come Leslie Chiang doesn’t get more opportunities? I feel like she has a lot of potential and she probably inherited some good acting genes from her dad.

    @Coralie I’m also watching Hello Missfortune! I quite like it so far. I agree that it’s quite predictable, but the story and cinematography style is refreshing for typical TVB dramas. I’m just glad it’s not another iteration of some police department drama.

  9. TVB should create a category for top 3 most popular male and top 3 most popular female artiste. That will definitely create a buzz!

  10. Is it just me or did the MC say Congrats Shaun on your first award tonight when he won Best Dressed? Like what a spoiler.
    I’m just glad Ali win something because she deserves it so much, and her speech was great. It was pretty obvious it was going to Shaun when Wayne wasn’t even nominated, having Kenneth win would do nothing, Owen can’t be winning with his boxing role. The awards show was really empty, like a bunch of their top line actors actresses were missing.
    As for Rosina winning, honestly no comment. From TVB’s perspective it make sense since Linda winning or not isn’t going to help TVB much, she’s already an A Lister. But Rosina has a drama coming up and a push to BA would help their dramas more. Is she a good actress? Yes. Is she lead material? Still not so sure. I think everyone knew Yoyo got it in her bag lol. Btw Shaun’s gratitude for his wife is like the opposite of Vincent thanking Yoyo.
    Lesley deserved it and had the best speech, but the male side was an embarrassment by giving out two awards. Also wtf is up with gender specific hosting awards?
    Bobby and Bowie was definitely the highlight, followed by Ron n Bosco.
    The presenters for Best Drama was awful. Wasting time total dead air. Pretty surprised Kids Lives Matter didn’t get it, the budget for that drama must have been massive.

    1. @bubbles23 unfortunately, Chinese netizens are making a fuss about her speech, claiming Ali was referring to the “riot” in Hong Kong previously and again asking all to boycott her.

      Are the Chinese too egoistic to see things beyond themselves or are they too ignorant about affairs of the world aka pandemic?

  11. I don’t understand. Can someone tell me why Priscilla wong tsui yu did not win any awards or why she didn’t even get nominated? I think she acted really well this year, especially in 7 sisters. If anything, she should be the one getting Best Actress, imo. She portrayed the role really well.

    1. official answer : she did not make it to top 5 in Round 1 of public voting.

      unofficial : who knows whats going on behind scene

    2. I suspect it has to do with Sandy Yu’s departure from tvb and the subsequent management changes. Both Edwin and Priscilla were missing for the good half of the year. Heck Priscilla wasn’t even nominated last year for Life After Death.
      Even Sam Ko was missing from the noms this year

      1. It blows my mind that rosina won and Priscilla didn’t get one award. I loved her big sis character. Rosina’s role in the show was relatively small in comparison as well. And nobody’s even talking about Priscilla… Confused.

  12. Shaun’s acting is so bad that even when he was crying during his speech, it looked so fake. Pretty embarrassing that someone’s acting as bad as him could win BA. There has been bad winners in the past but Shaun’s win is the most insulting to the award in history.

    1. Omg, Shaun’s speech was so cringy and fake. Watched him in Oppa’s Cuisine, he tried so hard to act like a family man/gentleman, I wanted to puke at his fakeness. His acting was terrible in Forgotten Day.

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