Owen Cheung Edges Out Wayne Lai in TVB Top 5 Best Actor
Excitement is building as the TVB Anniversary Awards will be held on Sunday, January 2, 2022. The station unveiled the Top Five nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress today, generating buzz over which artistes have the biggest chances to win.
Best Actor: Top Five
For Best Actor, the Top Five nominees are: Ruco Chan <陳展鵬> for Sinister Beings <逆天奇案>; Shaun Tam (譚俊彥) for Take Two <換命真相>; Kenneth Ma (馬國明) for Kids’ Lives Matter <星空下的仁醫>; Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) for Kids’ Lives Matter; and Owen Cheung (張振朗) for The Ringmaster <拳王>.
Owen Cheung Edges Out Wayne Lai
Winning a coveted spot in the Top Five, Owen is thrilled to have finally made a breakthrough in his 10-year-career. He thanks the public for their votes, and credits his more experienced co-star Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) for his mentorship during filming. Although he has confidence, Owen will still keep an open mind with the awards outcome, “I’ve been in the industry for a decade, and this is the first time I’m in the Top Five. The competition is very strong this year.”
However, Owen thinks it is a shame that The Ringmaster did not make it as a finalist for the Best Drama category. As Kids Lives’ Matter <星空下的仁医> received positive critical reception for tackling difficult medical issues, Owen believes Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣) has a good chance for winning TV Queen. Having worked with Linda several years ago in All That is Bitter is Sweet <大藥坊>, Owen praised the actress for her kind eyes and friendliness.
In response to not making the cut this year, Wayne does not feel disappointed and supported his younger co-stars. “Everyone has strong potential and capabilities. I have my eyes on Owen and Shaun Tam (譚俊彥) – both of them have really big chances. I hope to see good results for both of them!”
Best Actress: Top Five
For Best Actress, the Top Five nominees are: Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣) for Kids’ Lives Matter, Ali Lee (李佳芯) for AI Romantic <智能愛人>; Rosina Lam (林夏薇) for Battle of the Seven Princesses <七公主>, Mandy Wong (黃智雯) for The Line Watchers <把關者們>; and Elaine Yiu (姚子羚) for The Ringmaster.
Elaine Yiu’s Acting Receives Praise
Elaine’s acting was praised by veteran actress Nancy Sit (薛家燕). Having been in the industry for over two decades, Elaine said her favorite moments are receiving compliments from her seniors.
Elaine is thrilled to be in the finals alongside Linda, as they filmed 2008’s A Journey Called Life <金石良緣> together. Elaine is excited that they will be running against each other and hopes that Linda will make an appearance on awards night.
Hubert Wu Receives Three Nominations
Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞) is the male actor with the most nominations this year. Nominated for Best TV Theme Song, Most Improved Actor and My Favorite TV Character for A Love of No Words <十月初五的月光>, Hubert said modestly, “I only have one series this year – being nominated feels like an award already!”
In terms of Best Actor, Hubert says Owen has a big chance, especially since he spent a whole year transforming his body for the boxer role. For Best TV Theme Song, I think any member of Stars Academy <聲夢傳奇> has a chance. I have my eyes on Kalok Chow (周嘉洛) for My Favorite TV Character – his role was very unique.”
Kalok humbly thanked viewers for their votes, and said he was very shocked upon hearing that he is a strong contender for the My Favorite TV Character award.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.
Owen Cheung’s Unbelievable Transformation for “The Ringmaster”
Wayne Lai was more nuanced and layered. Owen cheung gets kudos for body transformation but that’s not acting. His character is supposed to be suppressing his inner rage, he’s bitter angry and on some level, have hate in his despite looking calm on the outside but what Owen could show was seriously not even calmness or hidden rage but rather bland emotion. He displayed none of the rage like Wayne did. Don’t mistake dedication on physical transformation as a great acting performance. I feel Owen did poorly and I was right in my expectation of him. Rest od the nominees no better.
So well said!
No pent up anger…just blank look. The part where he was interviewed by Winki, I can’t feel his emotions, all I could see was a person delivering lines blandly
i dont understand why tvb promote this guy. he is not even handsome or charismatic, maybe i got spoiled with past tvb actors from the ’80 and ’90 they are really from other levels than the new generations of nowadays.
Totally agree and his acting isn’t great.
He looks gross in that picture too hahaha
Vincent and Kara not shortlisted for their roles in Murder Diary? Absolute BS.
This annual acting award ceremony might have been questionable in the past at times but at least generally viewers were able to accept the winners.
Recent years however…….
I don’t think Wayne is great in this drama either but for Owen to beat him is BS. Owen really failed to do anything with this role and it’s not like I haven’t seen him act before, like act with depth and layers. Idk what happened here but he was terrible in this role.
I keep waiting for a breakthrough moment but it did not happen and the drama is almost over. Barely any development… Looking at the noms I hope Shaun gets it
I think the only somewhat saving grace for this drama was Elaine and Hugo. I liked their performances in here and their chemistry with each other. Honestly, so dissapointing.
I still don’t think he has what it takes to be a leading actor in a series. He has secondary look all over him. Not overly handsome, meh acting, not much screen presence, and not a lot of charisma. Not sure why he is being promoted so much, if I’m being honest.
Look like a rather weak BA nominations. If I really have to pick I’d pick Kenneth Ma lol. Owen Cheung is downright terrible in Ringmaster. His performance in Al Cappucino was waaaaaaay better than this. In fact I’d even say his performance is the lowest of all the nominations.
Best Actress, no doubt Linda has my vote. Closest competition is Ali but don’t think the drama was able to make her acting shine in comparison to Linda.
I haven’t seen The Ringmaster but I’ve seen Owen is other shows. He’s heavily promoted by TVB, like Mandy Wong haha. Too bad he lacks the physique and the commanding presence to be Male Lead. He’s not tall enough and has a baby-face look to him. His acting is also meh. He seems to always act with a “smug” attitude. Haven’t seen much range of emotions from him. I think he’s best as 2nd lead or as the “hero’s sidekick.” I do admire his dedication to his roles though.
Although, the pics of his body transformation looks so gross! Eek! His body is all oiled-up and veiny but his face is so matte. The “shine” is supposed to represent sweat but there’s literally no sweat on his forehead. The hairstyle that resembles a short bowl-cut and his baby face doesn’t suit the bodybuilding. Looks too forced.
Vincent Wong was robbed of a nomination from from Murder Diary. I also like Shaun Tam more as a lead actor.
Just finished the series. Best of 2021. The ending was classy and unexpected. But no to Owen. Everybody did great, Hugo was great but Owen.. maybe .. brian is his name? If Brian takes on the role maybe the series would have been acting perfection. Winky deserves a win and Wayne is acting king for a very good reason. Basically everybody was great except Owen who was quite simply not there yet.
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