The 2019 TVB Anniversary Awards is about a month away, and although TVB hasn’t unveiled its list of nominees yet, netizens and TV goers alike already have some top five contenders in mind.
TV King Top 5
Traditionally, the top five nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress would be the actors who have starred in the year’s most popular and critically successful dramas. This year, the top five TV King contenders will most likely be Vincent Wong (王浩信) from The Man Who Kills Trouble <解決師>, Joel Chan (陳山聰) from Barrack O’Karma <今宵大廈>, Roger Kwok (郭晉安) from Big White Duel <白色強人>, and Kenneth Ma (馬國明), also from Big White Duel.
The Man Who Kills Trouble is this year’s anniversary drama, which is once again led by Vincent, who was 2017’s TV King. An action-packed drama, Vincent nearly lost his nose doing a fight scene for the show.
“It was around six in the morning, so we weren’t in our best shape,” he said. “I got punched in the nose. It wouldn’t stop bleeding, to the point where the blood back flowed to my mouth, and I was spitting out blood. My nose was very swollen, and I was concerned that the shape got altered. Fortunately, none of that happened. The swelling went away in a week.”
Vincent regards The Man Who Kills Trouble as his most action-packed series. “I definitely have the most fight choreography in this show,” he said. Vincent had also starred in last year’s anniversary drama Fist Fight <兄弟>. “I did most of the fight scenes, including the ones where I wore a mask. I asked the action choreographer to use me as much as he could, and he held onto his word. I would say I did at least 85 percent of the stunts.”
A broken nose wasn’t the only thing Vincent had to suffer through. For his role, an assassin turned P.E. teacher, Vincent had to gain 15 pounds halfway into the series. “The producer originally suggested that I change my hairstyle, but that’s not enough. An assassin should be skinnier, while a teacher doesn’t need to look as fit. To gain all that weight, I ate five full meals a day. The hardest thing that was I still had to make up some earlier scenes, so we had to change my shape with camera angles.”
Vincent isn’t the only popular contender. Roger Kwok from this summer’s Big White Duel remains to be an awards regular. There’s a good chance that the three-time TV King winner will break a record, becoming the first actor to win the honor a fourth time. Nonetheless, the ever modest Roger said he has tough competition. “There’s a lot of people that will be nominated in the first round, so I have confidence. However, what I find most important is that the audiences have fun watching our shows. Right now, my priority is to film good new shows. I don’t want to put pressure on myself. (Who do you want to win?) Of course Kenneth Ma! He did really well in Big White Duel. I also support Shaun Tam (譚俊彥)!”
TV Queen Top 5
Compared to TV King, the top five for TV Queen is an easier gamble. Film queen Kara Hui (惠英紅) is likely to sweep awards, thanks to the critically-successful The Defected <鐵探> that aired earlier this year. 2017’s TV Queen Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) and Vincent’s costar in The Man Who Kills Trouble said she has “no chance” against the veteran actress.
“I surrender,” she said with a laugh. “I’m definitely better on Kara to win this year.”
In regard to the criticism on her acting, she said, “I know I had a lot of room left for improvement. That’s why when I shot Big White Duel, I really used 200% of my effort to understand my role, to become my role. I don’t want to think too much about awards. It’s never been something I considered.”
Besides Kara, Joel Chan’s Barrack O’Karma costar Selena Lee (李施嬅) is also a hot favorite to win. The 38-year-old could not contain her excitement and gratitude upon hearing the support of audiences. “I’m so thankful to the viewers and the netizens for their continuous support,” she said. “I’m so touched and happy. I consider that winning already! As for the award, of course I’d be happy if I won it. It’ll be a perfect ending, but that is beyond my control.”
Mandy Wong (黃智雯) from My Life As Loan Shark <街坊財爺>, who won TV Queen in Singapore last year, said she supports both Kara and her good friend Selena to win. “I really admired Kara’s explosive performance and I definitely support Selena. She was gorgeous on the show!”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.