6 TVB Actors Who Couldn’t Seem to Win Best Actor

As the 2018 TVB Anniversary Awards approaches this Sunday on December 16, the debate of who this year’s Best Actor and Actress will be is stirring up the Internet. Though there are many worthy nominations every year, there are a few actors who have been nominated countless times, but can’t seem to ever win the award.

Kenneth Ma

Throughout Kenneth Ma‘s (馬國明) countless years of acting for TVB from being an unnoticed actor to becoming the main lead, fans assumed that he would eventually have his turn with Best Actor. First nominated in 2005 for Scavengers’ Paradise <同撈同煲>, Kenneth has already been nominated 11 times but always leaving empty handed. Even The Hippocratic Crush <On Call 36小時> and The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的>, in which fans thought he should be the worthy winner, Kenneth never clinched the award. Though he has not actually won Best Actor, he definitely is the worthy Best Actor in fans’ hearts.

Raymond Lam

Raymond Lam (林峯) entered the entertainment industry in 1999 an was given many memorable roles in dramas like Moonlight Resonance <溏心風暴之家好月圓>, Highs and Lows <雷霆掃毒> and Line Walker <使徒行者>. Many viewers thought his acting was worthy of Best Actor and his characterization was always so memorable. However, even after 16 nominations, Raymond has only ever reached Top Five. Raymond must have been discouraged and decided to leave TVB in 2014  after Line Walker .

Steven Ma

Steven Ma (馬浚偉) has been in countless award-winning dramas, but he can’t seem to win Best Actor. From Return of the Cuckoo <十月初五的月光>, Where the Legend Begins <洛神>, Perish in the Name of Love <帝女花> Storm in a Cocoon <守業者>, Steven has already been nominated 13 times. This year, he wasn’t even nominated for his role in Deep in The Realm of Conscience <宮心計2深宮計> due to Steven filming for a rival station. This disappointed many fans.

Joe Ma

Joe Ma (馬德鐘) has been in the industry for 23 years and his professional acting has never been doubted before. Like Raymond Lam, he has been nominated for Best Actor 16 times in which he left empty handed. His biggest wish was to win the award for his role in the 2006 drama,  Maiden’s Vow <鳳凰四重奏> as it received such high praise. Unfortunately, he lost to Kevin Cheng’s (鄭嘉穎) performance in Under the Canopy of Love <天幕下的戀人>. This year, he is nominated for his role in Life on the Line <跳躍生命線> and many netizens believe that he is worthy of both Best Actor and Most Popular Male Character. Will he win the award this Sunday like his fans hope?

Chilam Cheung

Chilam Cheung (張智霖) has been nominated for Best Actor six times and he was the crowd favorite each time. Even as Captain Cool in the successful Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄>, he lost to Dayo Wong (黃子華) in  <My盛Lady>  and instead won Most Popular Male Character.

Lawrence Ng

Lawrence Ng (吳啟華) is mainly known for his successful doctor role in Healing Hands <妙手仁心>. However, aside from his role as a doctor, he has actually appeared in many other dramas including The File of Justice V <壹號皇庭V>,  A Taste of Love <美味情緣> , and Fate Twisters <黑夜彩虹>. Unfortunately, he never received Best Actor due to the heavy competition at the time against Gallen Lo (羅家良) and Bobby Au Yeung (歐陽震華).

Source: Yahoo

This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com.

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  1. Kenneth’s best chance was Exorcist’s Meter. Eventhough I will argue a better actor would have ran away with that role in every aspect. Steven Ma will, one day but NOT for that stupid series. Raymond Lam has stopped acting since he made Chok his method acting. He never improved since… Survivor’s Law. He didn’t deprove, just never improved. Joe Ma was and still is never a best actor material. Most popular maybe. I find his performance in Life On The Line excrutiating. He was ok in Burning Flame but he was a supporting. He was ok in JTTW. which shows he is a good supporting but not a good lead. Chilam is a competent actor. He will win one day, when he signs long term with TVB, swear his allegiance by blood and find a great character.

    Not everyone is a Dayo Wong where TVB HAD to give him the award because he was so good. Same goes for Anthony Wong.

    So for me this year it has to be Dicky. He proves conclusively a great actor who also is so very well liked can survive and shine in any DEAD series TVB throws at him. He is the Asian Michael J Fox.

    Oh Lawrence Ng! Why even mention him? He’s mediocre. Gallen can act circles around him. Bobby can run naked around him and still people will fund Bobby funny and likable instead of weird and sicko.

    1. @funnlim LOL…I laughed so hard at your last paragraph (which is absolutely true by the way). I like Lawrence but I think his best performances were back in the 80s…I honestly didn’t see anything special about his Healing Hands character but that’s just me….

      I also think it should be D-icky this year, though his series isn’t even halfway done, which is the only piece that I have a problem with (why must you create awkward situations for the artists, TVB???). With that said though, my favorite performance this past year was Carlos Chan, who definitely won’t get the main award but has a shot at favorite character (which he probably won’t get either but oh well). If we take D-icky out of the running and only talk about series that have finished airing though, I would probably choose veteran actor Lau Kong because he is consistently excellent no matter what type of role he gets and it’s about time TVB gave him some love after the 30+ years he’s worked for them.

      1. @llwy12 well, dayo Wong is kind of a bad actor. He’s like Jerry Seinfeld, only good at comedy. He used to be angry that his peer, the justice sung surpass him in fame. Bobby is like dicky, one style of acting and it works for them for 30 years. Sure they can cry,remember lines, improv on jokes and jump around/fight and pose nicely, but every drama of them have no depth. It’s the same. Lawrence ng is actually quite decent actually considering like Anthiny Wong, he needs to get rid of his Rxpist vibe. Eric tsang used to bully them by calling them scumbag names even in game shows because of their category 3 films persona. It takes good acting to get rid of the stench and past. Eric tsang the foul mount profanity pervert nowadays went from lovable shortie to one of the biggest jerk when comes to fans and tvb. Tvb is like Disney, any scandal lead to firing and freezing. However, as dark as the entertainment industry goes, everyone around him just oat his back and good job on still getting girls and gigs. Honestly, the style of HK movie and cliche clique proves some are acting themselves. Like Weinstein, everyone knew and ignore until something big happen. Recently, there’s a lot of chapman to news. He’s kind of the same consider he cheats with pornstars and hang around clubs. It’s just not for naive people like dicky cheung and yuen man kit said. Before tvb, yuen talks about some atv exec wants to prosititute him to rich gay guys. I think him law was one of the volunteer “victim. ” a lot of pageant, pseudo models are forced to go to dinner parties. Some are young and will regret it later like shu qi. Money and fame are temporally happiness. The fans being gain might just be thirsty uncles and virgin teens especially when they publish those photobook.

  2. I don’t get the hype over Life on the line and Joe Ma’s character either. The drama started off well but I soon lost interest when it degenerated into sappy melodrama with too many tear-jerking moments. Joe’s character was super boring as with all good guy heroes in TVB dramas. However with all the goodwill that this drama has garnered, he will most likely win Fave Male Character at the very least. Don’t think his wooden acting is worthy of Best Actor but it’s probably going to be a toss up between him and wooden Ben , so i don’t know who is worse.

    1. @passingby Agreed. I actually watched LOTL and to be honest, Joe’s story arc was the most boring one…and his performance was typical boring and bland…which is why I take offense with some of the wording used in this article such as the part where it says Joe has “been in the industry for 23 years and his professional acting has never been doubted before”…REALLY? Um, his acting HAS been doubted before – in fact, he was a very “wooden” actor when he first started out and to be honest, in my opinion at least, he’s still not that great of an actor even now (though of course, compared to what TVB has currently, he’s definitely in a higher league). I’ve actually always found Joe’s performances to be boring, with a few exceptions. Whoever wrote this article either needs to fact-check it or put a disclaimer about this being an “opinion” piece rather than a “true” news article….

  3. Joe Ma Maiden’s Vow should have been well ahead of Kevin that year. Probably the most unjustified win ever. For female last year was the most unjustified….

  4. Anthony Wong said it best (and I am just paraphrasing), “These days, people can’t tell the difference between good and bad acting. If you’re good-looking, then you’re a good actor.”

    1. @anon Not true since a lot of good looking fellows as above lost to Anthony wong himself or the likes of Wayne Lai ( who is an awesome actor but just pointing out Anthony is just making bitter comments because he is not handsome)

    2. @anon a lot of good looking are boot licking and doing favors just to be extra on sitcom. Guys and girls. Some of the avtors he respected like 5 tigers, Louis, etc are terrible and join for money and fame and he act like they’re saint with natural gifted passion for acting and learning. It’s true people steal acting by watching, but with critics as strong as today and drama becoming more realistic and relevant, it’s easier for actors to improve via method acting or not. Those that are really in to acting are Christian bale and Jim Carey. Good pay, but unlike Jackie chan or Tom cruise doing real stunt instead of cgi vfx heavy like game of throne or marvel, They really research and lose/ gain a lot of weight and try to force themselves to be the character they’re portraying especially for biopic.

  5. To be honest, Kenneth Ma will never win Best Actor award cuz he really does not know how to act. He’s been given quite a few good roles, but he was never able to do anything with them.
    I still believe in Steven Ma and Chilam. I know they will win Best Actor sooner or later.

    1. @moseenaddict wooden. Monotone. Hk need more faces and not same uncles returning to pair up with father daughter relationship. Movie stars are the same. If only hk have more competition Maybe Netflix then there could be an Emmy award with no bribing.

    2. @moseenaddict ken is very honest about just want money desperately and sarcastically, but it’s true. He knows tvb will not give it to him. He does have a clean boring home boy image comparing to others that don’t live with parents, flirt with girls at clubs. Tvb keep getting hit with pervy extra or promiscuous and provocative models in their style of fashion or dating loves.

      1. @prettysadtruelikir Did you see his response when he won the Most Popular Male Award? I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry about his reaction and his speech. He’s been in the industry for so long, he should’ve been able to come up with a better speech when presented with that award. Somehow, even though he is awkward and quite blunt at times, I still like him a lot. LOL

    3. @moseenaddict I hope Steven Ma and Chilam Cheung will win an award one day. However I do enjoy watching Kenneth Ma’s characters and I do think he deserves an award too

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