The official nominees for the 2012 TVB Anniversary Awards were announced on November 21. The nominees were determined by a panel of judges consisting of nine TVB executives.
Since revamping the ceremony in 2005, the TVB Anniversary Awards have been criticized for being too overly biased and attentive to only the station’s own management artists, disregarding other hardworking artists who appear in the dramas.
To lessen the criticism, TVB arranged for the top three awards – Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Drama awards – to be completely decided by audience votes this year. The other categories, as usual, will be determined by a panel of TVB judges and over 3,000 staff members.
Despite the attempt at greater “transparent” environment, the 2012 TVB Anniversary Awards are still under fire for being too biased by the public. While the list of nominees did include several non-management artists who have recently left TVB, such as Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) running for Best Actress and Joe Ma (馬德鐘) running for Best Actor, there are several deserving artists who surprisingly lost a spot on the nominations list.
Gigi Wong Knows the Rules of the Game
Divas in Distress <巴不得媽媽…> is currently the second highest-rated drama of the year. The drama contributed to the fame of rising stars Eliza Sam (岑麗香) and Koo Ming Wah (古明華), who are both nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Actor respectively. Him Law (羅仲謙) and Mandy Wong (黃智雯) also won a spot in the Most Improved category.
Leading lady, Liza Wang (汪明荃), managed to snag a spot on the Best Actress nominations list, but her costar, Gigi Wong (黃淑儀), failed to make it on the list despite her critically acclaimed performance in Divas in Distress. Chin Kar Lok (錢嘉樂), who also achieved critical praise for his performance in the comedy series, also failed to get nominated.
Gigi however, expressed that she is not disappointed with her loss, and stated, “I once said that I am not interested in joining the games of the circle. I actually prefer not to be nominated! If I never hoped, how would I be disappointed? Moreover, I only have a per-series contract with TVB. Why would they nominate someone who is not a managed artist? I understand the rules of the game really well, so I will not mind the loss. I want to thank the audience for admiring my work! This is better than winning any award.”
Selena Li and Linda Chung
Since joining TVB in 2003, Selena Li (李詩韻) has been included in the nominations list each year. Although Selena won a Most Improved TVB Female Artist award for Gloves Come Off <拳王> at Singapore’s StarHub TVB Awards this year, her performance failed to win her a nomination at the TVB Anniversary Awards.
Selena admitted to feeling disappointed, “This year is the first year in which I will not attend the awards ceremony. This is something I cannot control, and the only thing I can do is to continue to work hard.”
Even though Selena’s performance in The Confidant <大太監> was commended to be the actress’ best performance since debut, she failed to win a nomination for her performance. However, what Selena prides on is not her loss, but the acceptance by the audience and her seniors. “The happiest thing that happened to me recently is to see senior Sheren Tang (鄧萃雯) praising my performance in The Confidant on Weibo. So even if I did not get nominated, I feel I have already won it!”
Linda Chung’s (鍾嘉欣) performance as the introverted “Hailey Kiu” in Witness Insecurity <護花危情> was a favorite among the Hong Kong audience, and she was once labeled to be a hot contender for this year’s My Favorite Female Character award. In spite of her character’s popularity, Linda only managed to get nominated for a Best Actress award.
Sounding slightly disappointed, Linda said, “I had four dramas out this year, and I thought one of them would get nominated for a character award. TVB also had me film a trailer to promote that category, so I thought I would get nominated, but I didn’t. I admit that I am a little disappointed, but I think my fans would be more disappointed. My fan club members doubled after the broadcast of Witness Insecurity, and I am very thankful for their support. I do not feel dejected.”
Ben Wong, Raymond Cho, and Ruco Chan
Many TVB drama viewers were also shocked with the absence of Ben Wong (黃智賢), Raymond Cho (曹永廉), and Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) in this year’s nomination list.
Ben Wong, who portrayed the main villain in Highs and Lows <雷霆掃毒>, was once considered to be a hot contender for the Best Supporting Actor award. Ben has already expressed his anger in being left off the list. “I am very surprised and of course disappointed! I don’t know what the rules are. This year, we talk about fairness and the people’s wishes with the one vote per person system. Now that I am not even nominated, where is the fairness?” Ben asked.
Raymond Cho, currently starring alongside Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) and Michelle Yim (米雪) in The Confidant, was also thought to win a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but only costars Power Chan (陳國邦) and Elliot Ngok (岳華) were nominated instead.
Raymond expressed, “When the nomination list was released, The Confidant just began its broadcast. I lost to luck. The awards ceremony is a joke. (Would you attend?) Of course not! I don’t know if they will invite me, but even if they do, there is no point for me to go!”
Another shocker was to see TVB’s new favorite son, Ruco Chan, out of the list. Although both of Ruco’s dramas this year, No Good Either Way <衝呀！瘦薪兵團> and Three Kingdoms RPG <回到三國>, only performed mediocrely in ratings, his performances were well-received by the public. Could it be that Ruco Chan is now out of favor by the executives?
More Pork Chop Awards
Regarding the artists’ disappointment in the nominations list, TVB executive, Sandy Yu (余詠珊), explained, “Originally, we planned to have fifteen to twenty nominees for each category, but in the end, we narrowed it down to ten. Each of the nine TVB executives chose ten potential nominees and whoever got the most votes made it into the nominations list.”
Three more special awards will be added to the awards ceremony this year, including Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Female Artist, and Lifetime Achievement Award. When asked if these awards were made to appease the lost-out nominees, Sandy Yu clarified, “Every award is an encouragement to the actor. Originally this award was to be called the ‘Most Professional’ award, but after a few more discussions, using ‘outstanding’ would be better.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
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