Though the majority of winners in the 2013 TVB Anniversary Awards were satisfactory, many viewers were shocked at Francis Ng’s (吳鎮宇) loss for TV King. Due to Francis’ strong acting skills, losing TVB’s Best Actor to Bounty Lady’s <My盛Lady> Dayo Wong (黃子華) was a surprise to viewers.
Francis, who made a climactic return to TVB a decade later to shoot Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>, was credited for aiding TVB’s slumping TV ratings through his well-received performance of Captain Sam Tong in the pilot drama. Though the series received mixed reviews from critics and fans, Triumph in the Skies 2 was 2013’s highest-rated drama of the year, earning an average of 31 points and peaking to 41 points – the only 2013 television drama to do so. Triumph in the Skies 2 also broke past 1 billion online views in mainland China.
While Francis stated earlier that he did not plan to attend the TVB Awards, Francis made a surprise appearance at last night’s ceremony, just in time to witness Triumph in the Skies 2 win Best Drama. During the show, Francis professed that he supported his good friend Dayo Wong to win Best Actor, while other Best Actor nominees – including Ruco Chan (陳展鵬), Kenneth Ma (馬國明), and popular favorite Chilam Cheung (張智霖) – voted Francis Ng for Best Actor. After Dayo’s win, Francis expressed that he is very satisfied with the results. Asked if he was disappointed that he lost Best Actor, Francis said, “There’s always a reason to it.”
Netizens Support “King” Francis Ng
After the ceremony, Francis took to his Weibo to thank his fans and viewers, writing, “I’ve already paid back what was needed. Thank you to all the voters. I have (finally) appeared on television.”
His message attracted over 5,000 comments, all leaving behind supporting comments for Francis. One wrote, “Boss, you are our king. Always our king.” Another expressed, “A king will always be king. No need to show it,” and “Whether it’s television or film, you don’t need an award to be recognized for your talent!” Even former NBA star, Yi Jianlian (易建联), was surprised at Francis’ loss, writing, “Why isn’t the TV King Captain Tong?”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.