So how is the TVB Anniversary Awards going to be later this year? Here’s my early prediction so far.


News came out last month that TVB had decided to cancel their annual oversea awards (Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards that are usually held in October and TVB Star Awards Malaysia that are usually held in November) beginning this year as an initiative to cut down their expenditure. Those who have been following closely or even been a frequent attendee to these oversea ceremonies would certainly be saddened by this decision.

Not forgetting the oversea audiences, TVB decided to introduce three new awards specially for the Malaysian and Singaporean audiences to vote. They are ‘My Favourite TVB Lead Actor’, ‘My Favourite TVB Lead Actress’ and ‘My Favourite TVB Drama’. The online voting for the first two awards are open now and several nominated TVB artistes have started their award campaigns here in Malaysia and Singapore. I read from somewhere that these two awards will be presented on November 19th at Hong Kong during the TVB 51st Anniversary Gala show. The voting for ‘My Favourite TVB Drama’ will be starting soon and the winner will be revealed on December 16th at Hong Kong during the TVB Anniversary Awards. Can someone help me to clarify on it? Is it true? By the way, I’m slightly confused with another question. So, will there be three new awards (combining votes from Malaysia and Singapore) or six new awards (separate winners)?

TVB should actually made it very clear by now since we are now left with a little over 2 weeks only before its Anniversary Gala on November 19th and less than 2 months before its prestigious Anniversary Awards ceremony. As mentioned earlier, the nomination list for ‘My Favourite TVB Lead Actor’ and ‘My Favourite TVB Lead Actress’ are out. I won’t post them here because basically, every lead (or even supporting) actors and actresses having filmed a drama released this year is nominated. I suggest TVB to narrow down their nomination list to just 10 or 5 per categories to make it more exciting just like how the Hollywood does with their awards.

So far, I have watched 9 TVB series this year including the currently running ‘Life On The Line’. If there are six new awards (3 for Malaysia, 3 for Singapore), I would pick 3 names for each that I think will have a high chance of winning one, two or all three (highly doubt that). Why 3 names? I’m predicting and equating these new oversea awards to the ‘Most Popular TV Female Character’ and ‘Most Popular TV Male Character’ awards to be presented at TVB Anniversary Awards annually. So, now, here comes my early prediction:

Most Favourite TVB Lead Actor – Malaysia, Most Favourite TVB Lead Actor – Singapore, Most Popular TV Male Character – Hong Kong

Ruco Chan (Succession War),

Carlos Chan (Daddy Cool),

Chris Lai (Who Wants A Baby?)

Opinion: Not a single outstanding performance from either actors or actresses this year. And this makes the awards much more open and it seems now that many people really stood a chance this time. No exceptional strong contender. For these same-ranked awards, I’m picking these three (shown above). Benjamin Yuen is a dark horse here since TVB seems serious to be highly promoting him this year. As for the highest honour, the Best Actor at TVB Anniversary Awards, it’s still too early to tell but I have a feeling Vincent Wong from his upcoming ‘Fist Fight’ drama will make him win this award twice in a row. Steven Ma from ‘Deep In The Realm Of Conscience’ could be rewarded but I doubt that so far.

Most Favourite TVB Lead Actress – Malaysia, Most Favourite TVB Lead Actress – Singapore, Most Popular TV Female Character – Hong Kong

Selena Li (Succession War),

Mandy Wong (Threesome),

Ali Lee (Who Wants A Baby?)

Opinion: I didn’t watch ‘Threesome’ but I heard good review to Mandy’s performance in that short series. It’s also TVB’s pattern to reward young actresses that did show breakthrough. Selena Li has been with TVB for so long and has not even receive a single award from TVB Anniversary Awards. She deserves it this year from her role in ‘Succession War’. Although her role is somewhat a not powerful or dominating one, but she carried it very well and elegantly. Where is Alice Chan? Although I find her performance in ‘Deep In The Realm Of Conscience’ exaggerating and over-the-top at many scenes, she still stood a high chance on winning not any of these three but the coveted Best Actress at TVB Anniversary Awards, since the competition is so weak this year (last year too…still mad that Natalie Tong won best actress last year from her performance that was nothing spectacular at all).

Most Favourite TVB Drama – Malaysia, Most Favourite TVB Drama – Singapore, Best Drama – Hong Kong

Daddy Cool,

Deep In The Realm Of Conscience,

Life On The Line

Opinion: The currently running ‘Life On The Line’ seems promising and is quite moving. This drama reminds me a bit of ‘The Hippocratic Crush’ back in 2012 of which they are both medical dramas and taught audiences a lot of touching life lessons. ‘Deep In The Realm Of Conscience’ obtained huge popularity from mainland China and I’m quite certain it would be rewarded somewhere although I disagree as I find the drama boring and poorly executed. ‘Daddy Cool’ is quite an interesting and highly watchable drama early this year. ‘Fist Fight’ which will be airing soon may join the race later. I actually liked ‘Succession War’ a lot but it just doesn’t get the popularity it deserves.

That’s it for my early prediction to several new key awards for annual TVB Anniversary Awards this year. Once the full nomination list for the December 16th’s TVB Anniversary Awards 2018 is out, I will post a much updated prediction for each categories by then.

(Images in this post are from various online sources)

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is awesome!


‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is by far my most anticipated movie of the year and I’m so excited that its release has finally arrived. I have watched all the previous 18 MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) films that began 10 years ago with ‘Iron Man’. I’m thrilled and impressed by how far Marvel has gone to in the development of their films with many of them being exceptionally well executed, and them having all the stories culminate into this third Avengers movie.

I’m also amazed by the creative marketing from my country (Malaysia) in promoting this ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ such as installing a lit Avengers logo on the top of the Telekom Tower (Stark or Avengers Tower as shown in the first Avengers movie resembles a lot like the Telekom Tower) and having large visual projection of the film’s advertising on the facade of Suria KLCC mall which is directly at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers.

As for the movie itself, it is awesome! Marvel has accomplished it again by delivering to us an amazing movie of which almost all previously appeared Marvel superheroes assembled again to take on the villain, Thanos who finally collect the Infinity Stones by himself to power up the Infinity Gauntlet and be the most powerful being in the universe. It’s a bit sad of not seeing Hawkeye and Ant-man joining the huge group of superheroes here (I felt a bit incomplete). Anyway, the movie still has all the charm from the multiple exciting battle scenes, some humorous moments and interesting emphasis on the character development of Thanos. He is not just a bad guy who aim to wipe out half the universe and be evil for no purpose. There seems to be reasoning on his part (although I couldn’t agree on his stand) and I praise Marvel for adding this story to refine this particular character.

This makes no time for the superheroes to shine on their own (most of them only has very few lines in the movie), That is reasonable due to the huge number of superheroes involved while most of them already had their arc explained in their past individual films. The whole movie is quite straightforward except the very end which will puzzle the audiences especially those who are not a strong Marvel comic fans. I only understand some of the ending theories as explained by some people out there on the internet. Spoiler ahead; I don’t think all those who are dusted after Thanos snapped his finger from his Infinity Gauntlet complete with all the six Infinity Stones will just died like that. I believe they or some of them may appear again (maybe resurrected?) in the next Avengers movie scheduled next year. And where has Thanos went to in the end? I don’t quite get that. I think I need to research a bit more on the details of the ending. It’s an open conclusion as expected because Marvel will not just end here as there are so much more future plans ahead for MCU.

The battle scenes are fantastic and explosive till I wouldn’t even want to blink for once during those scenes. Besides that, I can really feel the intensity especially when Thanos appears with those amazing score and the CGI of Thanos’ appearance properly worked on. (it’s so cool watching the scene when Thanos used his gauntlet to pull and throw a planet onto the superheroes…and also many other scenes!) It’s actually very hard to make a movie not only about one superhero but to gather a lot of them into a single production with a great villain and plot. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ a total of 8.0. If you haven’t watch it and plan to do so, please stay till the end of the credits for a post-credit scene (typical for Marvel movies).

By the way, this movie is going to make a lot of money in worldwide box office. There is no doubt it will be the second movie of the year to gross over US$ 1 billion after ‘Black Panther’ (currently has US$ 1.3 billion in box office). I’m thinking that this ‘Infinity War’ will hit US$1.8 billion in the end.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

Exciting Best Picture race for the upcoming 90th Oscars.


The 90th Academy Awards honouring the best of 2017 films will be held on 4th March 2018, which is less than a month from now. The voting will open on 20th February (2 days after the British Academy Film Awards, the BAFTA)  for all Academy members to cast their votes until 27th February. A number of major film communities (Gold Derby, Awards Circuit, Indiewire, etc), critics group and news reporters had revealed their Oscar predictions. I had also released my predictions in this post here alongside with the nomination list (https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/nomination-list-for-the-90th-academy-awards/) about two weeks ago.

There have been many discussions out there on analyzing which film will win ‘Best Picture’, the last and most coveted prize of the Oscars’ evening. I too have my own thoughts on this topic after seeing some of those discussions and debates. This year’s race for ‘Best Picture’ is intense and exciting as there is no clear frontrunner at this stage unlike in previous years. Some pointed out that it will be a tight battle between ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and ‘The Shape of Water’. This is reminiscent to the ‘Moonlight vs. La La Land’ last year, ‘Spotlight vs The Revenant’ in 2016, ‘Birdman vs Boyhood’ in 2015, and ’12 Years A Slave vs Gravity’ in 2014.

After looking at the 9 nominated films (I watched all of them) this year and seeing their performances in the past major precursor awards, I attempt to break them down into three tiers. The two films in the first tier has the most probability to win, while the four films in the second tier may have the chance to sneak in for the win, while the remaining three films in the third tier will be in a long shot for the win.

FIRST TIER

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Shape of Water

Opinion: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ won Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG). The movie had also won scores of awards in acting races (Frances McDormand in best actress and Sam Rockwell in best supporting actor). The disadvantages to the film are that it didn’t get a crucial director’s nomination in the Academy Awards and it is currently receiving several backlash and criticisms over Sam Rockwell’s racist character who tries to redeem himself at the end of the movie.

‘The Shape of Water’ won Best Picture at Critics’ Choice, and won top honours at Producers Guild Awards (PGA) and Directors Guild Awards (DGA). The movie also excelled in a lot of technical achievements, and hence collecting up to 13 nominations at the Academy Awards (film with highest number of Oscar nominations this year). The disadvantages to the film are that it did not manage to win anything at SAG (also not getting a nomination at all in the crucial Best Cast category) and that its premise of a woman falling in love with an amphibian may turn off some voters.

There are pros and cons to these two films. For right now, I think the Oscar for Best Picture will be handed to ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ while the Director prize will go to Guillermo del Toro for his work in ‘The Shape of Water’. The Academy always deliver a split here in recent years. In my personal opinion, I would prefer ‘The Shape of Water’ to take both the Best Picture and Best Director because I find it superior (much better) than ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’. I didn’t enjoy the latter at all. The preferential ballot by the Academy may also be helping ‘The Shape of Water’ as some voters may place ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ in the lower ranking of their best picture picks (that will seriously hurt its chance) due to its controversy and some who find it overrated. Yup…I find ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ over performed in the major precursor awards too. 

SECOND TIER

Lady Bird

Get Out

Dunkirk

Phantom Thread

Opinion: There is a possibility that the two films at the first tier above will cancel each other out and make way for one of these four films in this second tier that I have predicted. ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Get Out’ are beloved by many critics group. However, they have not been receiving much love at the major televised awards. I myself didn’t have huge excitement for them too because I find ‘Lady Bird’ to be a very ordinary coming-of-age story of a high school female student while I think that ‘Get Out’ only managed to deliver a level above the typical horror flick which is still not deserving enough to get Best Picture win.

‘Dunkirk’ may stand a chance too but I find it overrated too. I don’t enjoy the movie and find it boring. There is literally not much drama at all in this war movie. As for ‘Phantom Thread’, it suddenly gained a lot of love from the Academy as proven by multiple number of nominations it received to everyone’s surprise. This period drama film that starred Daniel-Day Lewis (his final film) may sneak in to win in the end but the possibility at this point is still quite low. I find this movie boring too.

THIRD TIER

Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour

The Post

Opinion: ‘Call Me By Your Name’ is not getting much love from major precursor groups. However, it is receiving a lot of attention from online communities that comprise mostly of the younger generations that may have different takes with the older ones that form these major precursor groups as well as the Academy. Its queer love story may disturb many conservative voters. Remember back then when ‘Brokeback Mountain’ lost to ‘Crash’ for the Best Picture although everyone is rallying behind the former. Fortunately, the film is still receiving some Oscar nominations and is also a frontrunner to win ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’.

On the other hand, ‘Darkest Hour’ is certainly to pull off wins in ‘Best Actor’ (for Gary Oldman) and ‘Best Make-up and Hair-styling’  but is certainly not a best picture material to many. ‘The Post’ is first seen as a strong contender but loses all the momentum it needs in the major precursor awards. It didn’t win anything and has only two nominations at the Oscars (including Best Picture). I didn’t expect that this movie has under-performed to such level although it is directed by the mighty Steven Spielberg and starred the great Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep (nominated for best actress). So, it will be a long shot for either of these three films to win ‘Best Picture’. If it does, the world will be in shock. 

Conclusion…this year’s best picture race is certainly an intriguing one because there is no one clear frontrunner at all. All films in my first and second tier groups have their chance to win (6 of the 9 nominated films). However, the awards buzz is following more on ‘The Shape of Water’ followed by ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’. The former is now the frontrunner to win best picture according to Gold Derby and Awards Circuit predictions. ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is now losing some crucial momentum although standing up tall in the earlier major precursor awards. It still has a high chance of winning. I predict it to win but I would personally prefer ‘The Shape of Water’ as I’m very engaged and amazed by all the aspects in the latter from its story, performances, directing, production designs, score, etc. What do you think?

By the way, the Academy should just include one more nominee in the best picture race to round it up to 10 films easily. ‘I, Tonya’ should be in the list too. I’m really excited to know which film will prevail in the end…But before the Academy Awards, there will be one more major precursor that many will be paying attention to; the BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards) which is set to take place on 18th February 2018.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

No losing city in this year’s bid for 2024 Summer Olympic Games


The voting for the host city of 2024 Summer Olympic Games will take place on this coming September. Only two cities are remaining in the bid; Paris and Los Angeles. In an extraordinary International Olympic Committee Session held yesterday, the committee approved a decision to award the games to both cities, one in 2024 and another one in 2028.

So, there wouldn’t be any losing city in this year’s bid for the games. If a city receives lesser number of votes in the voting, it will still host the games, but that would be the next edition (4 years later) than originally intended. That’s certainly good news for both Paris and Los Angeles. I have to admit both cities are more than capable to host this world’s largest international multi-sport event.

Which city do you think will get the 2024 games? My personal choice would be Paris. If I’m not mistaken, Paris has submitted bid a number of times in the last few editions of the games but lost every time. I remembered the city lost to London for 2012 games by only a few votes. The last time that Paris has hosted the games was in 1924. If Paris win the right to host 2024 games, it will be coincidentally marking 100th anniversary since the last Olympics in the city. I also like the simplicity of its logo showing the number ’24’ that also designed to resemble their iconic Eiffel Tower.

Check out their bidding’s presentation clips below:

Paris 2024

Los Angeles 2024

So my choice is Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028. This means that those cities which intend to bid for 2028 games has to drop out their plan and bid for 2032 games instead. I think this move will make the bidding for 2032 games to be more intense and exciting as more cities are expected to join the race by then. A joint bid by Malaysia and Singapore is explored and is possible for the 2032 games’ bid. I would love to see that but I think our chance is pretty low. It will be hard to resolve on many issues when more than one country is involved in a single games. Malaysia and Singapore have not even hosted Asian Games before (although Malaysia has hosted Commonwealth Games and Singapore has hosted Youth Olympic Games). I can only elaborate further on our chance if the joint bid is confirmed, and that is long way to go.

Nomination list for TVB Anniversary Awards 2016


I find it very strange that TVB is so late this year on releasing the nomination list for their upcoming awards presentation on 18th December. They just released it yesterday. Some of the awards will be decided by public and TVB judging panels’ voting while some will be decided by TVB judging panels and their own employed artists’ voting. Well, I have no issue with that as long as they don’t end up handing out awards to those who do not deserve it yet.

As usual, here below is the full nomination list for Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards 2016 alongside with my predicted Top 5 or 3 in each categories marked with *, my predicted winner, my preferred winner, and my opinions.

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(Image source: tvb.com)

PUBLIC & TVB JUDGING PANEL VOTING

Best Leading Actor
Kenny Wong (“The Executioner”)
Raymond Wong (“K9 Cop”)
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Moses Chan (“Fashion War”)
Vincent Wong (“Over Run Over”) *
Kevin Cheng (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lawrence Ng (“Presumed Accidents”)
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”) *
Ben Wong (“Between Love & Desire”)
Johnson Lee (“Daddy Dearest”)
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Edwin Siu (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Kenneth Ma (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Alex Fong (“Law dis-Order”)
Liu Kai Chi (“Law dis-Order”)
Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Bosco Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Roger Kwok (“Dead Wrong”) *

My predicted winner: Roger Kwok (Dead Wrong)

My preferred winner: Ruco Chan (A Fist Within Four Walls)

Opinion: It’s quite an intense race for leading actor category with many that are on par to take this award this year. Besides than my top 5 actors chosen above, there are 3 more dark horses; Alex Fong and Liu Kai Chi from ‘Law Disorder’ and Bosco Wong from ‘Two Steps from Heaven’. It will probably end up with a neck-to-neck battle between Ruco Chan since he won Best Actor at both Singapore and Malaysia earlier and Roger Kwok who gave another exceptional performance in ‘Dead Wrong’, a series that didn’t get to compete at Singapore and Malaysia as it has not aired yet that time.

Best Leading Actress
Maggie Shiu (“The Executioner”) *
Kitty Yuen (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Samantha Ko (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Sisley Choi (“Speed of Life”)
Linda Chung (“K9 Cop”)
Tavia Yeung (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)
Teresa Mo (“Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”)
Grace Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Selena Li (“Presumed Accidents”)
Sharon Chan (“Come with Me”)
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Kristal Tin (“Brother’s Keeper II”) *
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”) *
Mandy Wong (“Law dis-Order”)
Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Joey Meng (“Dead Wrong”) *

My predicted winner: Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls)

My preferred winner: Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls)

Opinion: On the other hand, this category is very weak this year. There is like almost no competition at all, paving way for Nancy Wu to take home best actress twice in a row. Well, she deserved it as I find her performance in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ much better than her role in ‘Ghost of Relativity’ last year that won her first Best Actress. She is also very hardworking this year with 4 series. Perhaps the only other competitor that could bring out the surprise is Kristal Tin who did well in ‘Brother’s Keeper II’. Luckily, TVB didn’t nominate her in ‘My Lover from Planet Meow’ which is an awful series and nobody did good there. 

Best Series
“Angel In-the-Making”
“The Executioner”
“Love as a Predatory Affair”
“Speed of Life”
“K9 Cop”
“Short End of the Stick”
“Fashion War”
“Over Run Over”
“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”
“Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”
“Blue Veins”
“ICAC Investigators 2016”
“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”
“Presumed Accidents”
“Come with Me”
“House of Spirits” *
“Between Love & Desire”
“Daddy Dearest”
“A Fist Within Four Walls” *
“Brother’s Keeper II”
“Inspector Gourmet”
“Law dis-Order” *
“No Reserve”
“My Lover from the Planet Meow”
“Two Steps from Heaven” *
“Dead Wrong” *

My predicted winner: A Fist Within Four Walls

My preferred winner: A Fist Within Four Walls / House of Spirits.

Opinion: ‘Dead Wrong’ has not finished airing yet and so I couldn’t put that as my top preference first. But so far, it is good that it deserves a top 5 ranking. Hence, the top 2 in battle now are ‘House of Spirits’ and ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. For me, both series are different but equally good. So, it’s very hard for me to decide. I’ll go with ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ since more people love to watch drama with more suspense and actions than a drama with light-hearted comedy and warm family values. 

Most Popular TV Male Character
Tony Hung (“Angel In-the-Making”)
Jason Chan (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Raymond Cho (“Short End of the Stick”)
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Him Law (“Fashion War”)
Vincent Wong (“Over Run Over”) *
Wong Kwong Leung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Mat Yeung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Eddie Cheung (“Come with Me”)
Bowie Wu (“House of Spirits”)
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”) *
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Hugo Ng (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Louis Yuen (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Alex Fong (“Law dis-Order”)
Eddie Kwan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Bosco Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”) *
Roger Kwok (“Dead Wrong”)

My predicted winner: Ruco Chan (A Fist Within Four Walls)

My preferred winner: Ruco Chan (A Fist Within Four Walls)

Opinion: I have a feeling that TVB doesn’t want to give Best Actor to Ruco yet. It’s not because TVB is biased but whenever he shown strong performance in a year, there must be suddenly another one or two better performances by others in that same year. His role is very popular and likable in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’, hence, there is no reason for him not to win this twice in a row.

Most Popular TV Female Character
Akina Hong (“The Executioner”)
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Linda Chung (“K9 Cop”)
Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”)
Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Angela Tong (“Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”)
Kay Tse (“Blue Veins”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”)
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”) *
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Yuen Chau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Kristal Tin (“Brother’s Keeper II”) *
Jacqueline Wong (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”) *
Mandy Wong (“Law dis-Order”)
Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Joey Meng (“Dead Wrong”)

My predicted winner: Joyce Tang (House of Spirits)

My preferred winner: Kristal Tin (Brother’s Keeper II) / Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls) / Joyce Tang (House of Spirits)

Opinion: I’m fine with either any of the three names I mentioned above to win. This category is a tough call and it’s very hard for me to decide. There are a number of very good and likable female characters this year. If Nancy win Best Actress, then there is much lesser chance for her to win this.

Most Popular Series Song
我們都受傷 (“Angel In-the-Making”) – Jinny Ng *
真我 (“Angel In-the-Making”) – Aaryn Cheung
相信明天 (“The Executioner”) – Hubert Wu
記住忘記我 (“Wu Xin the Monster Killer”) – Alfred Hui
愛情食物鏈 (“Love as a Predatory Affair”) – Stephanie Ho
同步 (“Speed of Life”) – Justin Lo
你懂我 (“K9 Cop”) – Linda Chung
聽海 (“K9 Cop”) – Vivian Koo
藍天白雲 (“Short End of the Stick”) – Edwin Siu
最真心一對 (“Over Run Over”) – Stephanie Ho
靈魂的痛 (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”) – Hubert Wu
完美的生活 (“Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”) – Jinny Ng
諸神混亂 (“Blue Veins”) – Kay Tse
天地不容 (“Blue Veins”) – Hubert Wu
The Only One (“Blue Veins”) – Stephanie Ho
火線下 (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”) – Fred Cheng *
問天 (“Nirvana in Fire”) – Alfred Hui
可以背負更多 (“Nirvana in Fire”) – Jinny Ng
天地 (“Nirvana in Fire”) – Alfred Hui
命運的意外 (“Presumed Accidents”) – Hubert Wu
講 (“Come with Me”) – Sharon Chan, Louis Yuen, Grace Wong, Hoffman Cheng, Ronald Law & Stephanie Ho
愛的溫暖 (“House of Spirits”) – Edwin Siu *
最後一次分手 (“Between Love & Desire”) – Jinny Ng
爸爸 (“Daddy Dearest”) – Hubert Wu
圍城 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan
從未知道你最好 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu *
誰可改變 (“Brother’s Keeper II”) – Ruco Chan *
誘心人 (“Inspector Gourmet”) – Jinny Ng
我記不起 (“Inspector Gourmet”) – Linda Chung
公義的抉擇 (“Law dis-Order”) – Hubert Wu
Can You See (“Law dis-Order”) – Kayee Tam
夢裡花 (“The Imperial Doctress”) – Stephanie Ho
孤嶺花 (“No Reserve”) – Kay Tse
喵喵 ft. C Kwan & Moses Chan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”) – Alvin Ng, Auston Lam & Penny Chan
得寵 (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”) – Kristal Tin & Nancy Wu
造王 (“Two Steps from Heaven”) – Hubert Wu
不可告人 (“Dead Wrong”) – Vincent Wong
愛需要勇氣 (“Dead Wrong”) – Stephanie Ho

My predicted winner: 從未知道你最好 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu 

My preferred winner: 從未知道你最好 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu 

Opinion: There is no competition at all. There is no other theme song more memorable than the one by Ruco and Nancy in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. 

Most Popular Series Partnership
Wayne Lai, Edwin Siu, Raymond Cho & Power Chan (“Short End of the Stick”)
Vincent Wong & Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Jimmy Au & Kim Li (“Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”)
Bowie Wu & Helena Law (“House of Spirits”)
Joyce Tang & Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”)
Ruco Chan & Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Carat Cheung, Apple Chan, Chloe Nguyen & Doris Chow (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Alex Fong & Florence Kwok (“Law dis-Order”)
Eddie Kwan & Vivien Yeo (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Bosco Wong, Edwin Siu & Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

My predicted winner: Wayne Lai, Edwin Siu, Raymond Cho & Power Chan (“Short End of the Stick”)

My preferred winner: Wayne Lai, Edwin Siu, Raymond Cho & Power Chan (“Short End of the Stick”)

Opinion: This is a new category. It’s not couple award, but partner award. Very new and strange. I will give this to the four males in ‘Short End of the Stick’. Their chemistry is very good and that can be seen in ‘The Confidant’ already, the unrelated predecessor of ‘Short End of the Stick’. It’s also a consolation prize to that drama that received very high rating this year but was released too early hence not getting any award buzz.

TVB JUDGING PANEL & EMPLOYED ARTISTES

Best Supporting Actor
Law Lok Lam (“The Executioner”)
Oscar Leung (“K9 Cop”)
John Chiang (“Short End of the Stick”)
Wai Ka Hung (“Short End of the Stick”)
Raymond Cho (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Power Chan (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Pal Sinn (“Over Run Over”)
Joel Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Lai Lok Yi (“Presumed Accidents”)
Cheung Wing Hong (“House of Spirits”) *
Philip Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Carlo Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Oscar Li (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Jimmy Au (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Hugo Ng (“Brother’s Keeper II”) *
Mat Yeung (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Matthew Ho (“Law dis-Order”)
Ram Chiang (“Law dis-Order”)
Luk Wing (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Ku Ming Wah (“Dead Wrong”)

My predicted winner: Raymond Cho (Short End of the Stick)

My preferred winner: Raymond Cho (Short End of the Stick) 

Opinion: It’s not easy to portray a transvestite and it’s not easy to stood out among the rest of the male characters in the same drama. Raymond did that and he is long overdue for this award. 

Best Supporting Actress
Elaine Yiu (“The Executioner”) *
Akina Hong (“The Executioner”)
Rachel Kan (“Speed of Life”)
Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”)
Yoyo Chen (“Short End of the Stick”)
Zoie Tam (“Over Run Over”)
Jeannie Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Elena Kong (“ICAC Investigators 2016”)
Kingdom Yuen (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”) *
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”) *
Helena Law (“House of Spirits”)
Roxanne Tong (“Between Love & Desire”)
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Jade Leung (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Florence Kwok (“Law dis-Order”)
Vivien Yeo (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Moon Lau (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Katy Kung (“Two Steps from Heaven”) *
Rebecca Zhu (“Dead Wrong”)

My predicted winner: Joyce Tang (House of Spirits)

My preferred winner: Joyce Tang (House of Spirits)

Opinion: Joyce Tang is also another artist long overdue for an award. Her comeback performance in ‘House of Spirits’ is excellent and putting her into this supporting category is already something that I felt slightly uneasy already. 

Most Improved Male Artiste
James Ng (“Blue Veins”, “Jade Solid Gold”, “Organized Dining”, “Music Power”, “J.S.G. Selections 2016 (Part 1)”, Big Boys Summer)
Matthew Ho (“Brother’s Keeper II”, “Law dis-Order”, “No Reserve”) *
Hubert Wu (“Blue Veins”, “Taipei High Hi”, “Sermon by Sir Ben”)
Mark Ma (“Love as a Predatory Affair”, “Speed of Life”, “Short End of the Stick”, “Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”, “Presumed Accidents”, “Between Love & Desire”, “Inspector Gourmet”)
Bob Cheung (“Over Run Over”, “House of Spirits”, “Between Love & Desire”, “Daddy Dearest”, “Spirits on Vacation”) *
Cheung Wing Hong (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”, “Spirits on Vacation”) *

My predicted winner: Cheung Wing Hong.

My preferred winner: Cheung Wing Hong.

Opinion: It has to be Cheung Wing Hong. He is the only one among the other nominees that stood out. He was involved in 3 series this year, and he nailed all the 3 roles given. I noticed him few years back in some of his earlier dramas but he went unnoticed. This should be the year for him. A breakthrough year for him.

Most Improved Female Artiste
Tracy Chu (“Speed of Life”, “K9 Cop”, “Over Run Over”)
Stephanie Ho (“Love as a Predatory Affair”, “Blue Veins”, “Dead Wrong”, “Jade Solid Gold”, “I Heart HK”)
Ali Lee (“Fashion War”, “Brother’s Keeper II”, “Law dis-Order”, “Sidewalk Scientist”, “Organized Dining”, “Anchors with Passport (Sr. 2)”) *
Mayanne Mak (“Sidewalk Scientist”, “Anchors with Passport (Sr. 2)”, “A Starry Homecoming”, “Community Chest Charity Show”, “TVB Most Popular TV Commercial Awards 2016”, “I Heart HK”, “Sermon by Sir Ben”, “天與地”)
Moon Lau (“Angel In-the-Making”, “Over Run Over”, “Blue Veins”, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”, “Birth of 8 Records”) *
Katy Kung (“The Executioner”, “Two Steps from Heaven”) *

My predicted winner: Katy Kung.

My preferred winner: Ali Lee / Moon Lau.

Opinion: Out of sudden, Katy Kung shot to fame with her crying scene in ‘Two Steps from Heaven’. It is a great timing for her since the awards presentation is just around the corner. I don’t think she will snatch supporting actress award from Joyce Tang, and hence, she has high chance for this category out of a sudden. This will be a major blow to the two other early hot favourites; Ali Lee and Moon Lau. Both of them gave fantastic performances this year too. 

Best Host(s)
Sammy Leung & Sharon Chan (“Sunday Stage Fight”) *
Benz Hui, Oscar Leung & King Kong (“Eat La Men”)
Carol Cheng & Fama (“Do Did Eat”) *
Tony Hung (“Not Far but Away (Sr. 2)”)
Maria Cordero & Luk Ho Ming (“Good Cheap Eats (Sr. 5)”)
Eric Tsang & Various Artistes (“I Heart HK”) *
Evergreen Mak, Elena Kong & Joyce Tang (“Bazaar Carnivals”)
Benjamin Au Yeung (“Sermon by Sir Ben”)
Alice Chan, Michael Wai, Steven Cheung & Tyson Chak (“Wai Gor’s Wok”)
King Kong & Kitty Yuen (“Neighborhood Gourmet (Sr. 4)”)
Helen To (“Kansai Raider (Sr. 2)”)

My predicted winner: Carol Cheng & Fama (Do Did Eat)

My preferred winner: Carol Cheng & Fama (Do Did Eat)

Opinion: Carol Cheng and Fama are going to host the awards ceremony as well. Hence, giving them this award would be a nice touch. Furthermore, they do did well in the ‘Do Did Eat’ programme despite the strange partnership formed. An unbelievable partnership that turned out to be good and fun.

Best Variety Programme
“Sunday Stage Fight” *
“Eat La Men”
“Do Did Eat” *
“A Starry Homecoming”
“Taipei High Hi”
“All Work No Pay Holidays – India”
“All Work No Pay Holidays – Northern Europe”
“The Magicians’ Game of Thrones”
“I Heart HK”
“Spirits on Vacation” *
“Neighborhood Gourmet (Sr. 4)”

My predicted winner: Sunday Stage Fight.

My preferred winner: Sunday Stage Fight.

Opinion: ‘Sunday Stage Fight’ is the programme that gave me the most laughter this year. It’s a very entertaining and hilarious show. ‘I Heart HK’ led by Eric Tsang and many other artists is no longer that much fun to watch as the show has very few games in it only. 

Best Enrichment Programme
“Sidewalk Scientist”
“Not Far but Away (Sr. 2)”
“Touring the Hood”
“My Handy Man”
“The Treadmill Runner”
“Good Cheap Eats (Sr. 5)”
“Bazaar Carnivals”
“Sermon by Sir Ben”
“5 Kids and a Bloke”
“Wai Gor’s Wok”
“Kansai Raider (Sr. 2)”

Opinion: No comment in this category as I have watched none of them.

Best Special Programme
“My Love, myTV SUPER”
“Community Chest Charity Show”
“Hong Kong Heroes”
“Mr. Hong Kong Contest 2016”
“Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2016”
“Gala Spectacular 2016”
“A Time of Love 2”
“TVB Anniversary Gala”
“Tung Wah Charity Gala 2016”
“天與地”

Opinion: Also no comment for this category.

The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of 18th December 2016 (Sunday). The ceremony also marks the end of TVB station’s 49th anniversary celebration this year. By the way, their 49th Anniversary Gala held last month is super dull and boring. I watched it online, and I skipped most parts of it. No big stars to attend, no great performances, no funny segments, and no ‘party’ feel overall. TVB have to seriously work on it especially for next year when they are heading to the big 50th anniversary.

Nomination list for TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2016


The annual TVB awards in Malaysia is coming soon. The TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2016 will be held on 26th November in Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands. For those who enjoyed watching Hong Kong dramas every year, then you shouldn’t miss this coming event, of which you can attend the show by obtaining the tickets or by watching its broadcast on that evening. Its nomination list has just been released recently and as usual, I will post the list here in my blog along with my personal picks and comments (* for top 3 or 5, and ** for my favourite for winning).

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(Image source: TVB Jade Pack Facebook page)

My Favourite TVB Drama Series
“Speed of Life”
“Short End of the Stick” *
“Fashion War”
“Over Run Over”
“Blue Veins”
“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”
“Presumed Accidents”
“House of Spirits” *
“A Fist Within Four Walls” **
“Brother’s Keeper II”
“Law dis-Order”
“My Lover from the Planet Meow”
“Two Steps from Heaven”

Opinion: Actually I’m still undecided between ‘House of Spirits’ and ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. Both are great dramas and furthermore they were aired back-to-back that time, so it made me harder to pick one from them. I’m happy if any of the two win. 

My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Vincent Wong (“Over Run Over”)
Kevin Cheng (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lawrence Ng (“Presumed Accidents”)
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”) **
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Kenneth Ma (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Edwin Siu (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Alex Fong (“Law dis-Order”)
Liu Kai Chi (“Law dis-Order”)
Moses Chan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Bosco Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: I love Bobby Au and Ruco Chan’s performances this year. Since Ruco won this last year, I will reserve this for Bobby. He is awesome in ‘House of Spirits’.

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Leading Role
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Sisley Choi (“Fashion War”)
Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Maggie Shiu (“Between Love & Desire”) *
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) **
Grace Chan (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Mandy Wong (“Law dis-Order”)
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”)
Kristal Tin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”) *
Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: Why are this list filled with mostly new and inexperienced actresses who do not deserve to be nominated at all? And I would actually prefer Kristal to be nominated in ‘Brother’s Keeper II’ since she did another great job in that sequel of which its predecessor won her Best Actress and Most Favourite Female Character in TVB Anniversary Awards back then.

My Favourite TVB Actor in a Supporting Role
Raymond Cho (“Short End of the Stick”) **
Power Chan (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Him Law (“Fashion War”)
Ngo Ka Nin (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)
Joel Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Mat Yeung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lai Lok Yi (“Presumed Accidents”) *
Cheung Wing Hong (“House of Spirits”) *
Philip Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Carlo Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Louis Yuen (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Hugo Ng (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Eddie Kwan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)

Opinion: Since ‘Short End of the Stick’ is released too early this year and will be usually forgotten by year end for the award season, I think it shall deserve some recognition at least and this is the perfect category for it. I’m fine with Raymond Cho or Power Chan winning for this one. They were really good in that drama, not to mention funny as well.

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Supporting Role
Akina Hong (“The Executioner”)
Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Kingdom Yuen (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”) *
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”) **
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”) *
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Moon Lau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Candice Chiu (“Daddy Dearest”)
Jade Leung (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Florence Kwok (“Law dis-Order”)
Vivien Yeo (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Katy Kung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: How is it possible that Joyce Tang is here, and not in leading role category. She stand a good chance of winning even in lead category. Since she is downgraded to this supporting category, I’m rooting for her to win this definitely. She gave brilliant performance in ‘House of Spirits’. This category is actually quite strong this year.

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actor
Bob Cheung (“Over Run Over”, “House of Spirits”, “Between Love & Desire”)*
Cheung Wing Hong (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)**
Brian Chu (“Fashion War”, “Presumed Accidents”, “Between Love & Desire”)
Matthew Ho (“Brother’s Keeper II”, “Law dis-Order”)
Mark Ma (“Speed of Life”, “K9 Cop”, “Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”, “Presumed Accidents”, “Between Love & Desire”, “Inspector Gourmet”) *
James Ng (“Come Home Love, “Blue Veins”)
Brian Tse (“Come Home Love, “Love as a Predatory Affair”)

Opinion: Only realized Cheung Wing Hong’s performances this year as the stood out one among the rest.

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actress
Toby Chan (“Speed of Life”, “Short End of the Stick”, “Fashion War”, “Daddy Dearest”)
Stephanie Ho (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Katy Kung (“Come Home Love, “The Executioner”, “Two Steps from Heaven”)*
Moon Lau (“Angel In-the-Making”, “Over Run Over”, “Blue Veins”, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)**
Zoie Tam (“The Executioner”, “Over Run Over”, “Presumed Accidents”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Roxanne Tong (“Fashion War”, “My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”, “Between Love & Desire”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”, “Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”)*
Jacqueline Wong (“Inspector Gourmet”)

Opinion: I think only Moon Lau stood out among the other nominees this year. Her acting has been very realistic and natural so far.

My Favourite TVB On Screen Couple
Jason Chan & Samantha Ko (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Benjamin Yuen & Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Wayne Lai & Nancy Wu (“Short End of the Stick”)
Raymond Cho & Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”)
Bosco Wong & Linda Chung (“K9 Cop”)*
Vincent Wong & Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Kevin Cheng, Kay Tse & Grace Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng & Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)**
Benjamin Yuen & Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Philip Ng & Moon Lau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Edwin Siu & Grace Chan (“Brother’s Keeper II”)*
Kenneth Ma & Eliza Sam (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Moses Chan, Kristal Tin & Nancy Wu (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Bosco Wong, Edwin Siu & Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: How can there be three persons nominated together? It’s a couple, not a triangle relationship. Anyway, I will vote for Ruco Chan and Nancy Wu. Their chemistry and pairing in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ are amazing.

My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song
我們都受傷 (“Angel In-the-Making”) – Jinny Ng
最真心一對 (“Over Run Over”) – Stephanie Ho
天地不容 (“Blue Veins”) – Hubert Wu
從未知道你最好 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu**
喵喵 (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”) – Auston Lam, Alvin Ng & Penny Chan

Opinion: Out of the five nominees, I have only heard the one in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. So my vote automatically goes to that one.

My Favourite Top 15 TVB Drama Characters
Tony Hung (“Angel In-the-Making”)
Elaine Yiu (“Angel In-the-Making”)
Kitty Yuen (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)*
King Kong (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Kenny Wong (“Speed of Life”)
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”)*
Raymond Cho (“Short End of the Stick”)
Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”)
Linda Chung (“K9 Cop”)
Raymond Wong (“K9 Cop”)
Him Law (“Fashion War”)
Vincent Wong (“Over Run Over”)
Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Zoie Tam (“Over Run Over”)
Roger Kwok (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)*
Tavia Yeung (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)*
Kevin Cheng (“Blue Veins”)
Kay Tse (“Blue Veins”)
Joel Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Grace Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Wong Kwong Leung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Kingdom Yuen (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)*
Mat Yeung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lawrence Ng (“Presumed Accidents”)
Lai Lok Yi (“Presumed Accidents”)
Sisley Choi (“Presumed Accidents”)*
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”)*
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”)*
Cheung Wing Hong (“House of Spirits”)*
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”)*
Bowie Wu (“House of Spirits”)
Helena Law (“House of Spirits”)
Maggie Shiu (“Between Love & Desire”)
Ben Wong (“Between Love & Desire”)
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Philip Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Moon Lau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Yuen Chau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Johnson Lee (“Daddy Dearest”)
Jason Chan (“Daddy Dearest”)
Candice Chiu (“Daddy Dearest”)
Kenneth Ma (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Edwin Siu (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Alex Fong (“Law dis-Order”)
Liu Kai Chi (“Law dis-Order”)
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”)
Moses Chan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Ngo Ka Nin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Kristal Tin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)*
Bosco Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)*
Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Katy Kung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: Too many characters. Not much to comment. I will just list down my 15 choices.

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme
“Sunday Stage Fight”**
“Kansai Raider”
“A Starry Homecoming”
“Chow HK Block to Block”
“Taipei High Hi”
“All Work No Pay Holidays – India”
“The Magicians’ Game of Thrones”*
“Good Cheap Eats (Sr. 5)”
“I Heart HK”*
“Mr. Hong Kong Contest 2016” & “Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2016”

Opinion: Usually those funny game shows win my heart. This year, I go for the very interesting and hilarious ‘Sunday Stage Fight’. 

My Favourite TVB Enrichment Programme
“Sidewalk Scientist (Sr. 4)”
“Do Did Eat”*
“Not Far but Away (Sr. 2)”
“Auspicious Festivals”
“My Handy Man”
“Wellness on the Go 4 – Going Green and Sustainable Living”
“All Things Girl Malaysia Version Season Two”
“Am I Healthy? (Sr. 2)”
“5 Kids and a Bloke”

Opinion: I only watched ‘Do Did Eat’. So my one and only pick.

My Favourite TVB Host in Variety Programme
Sammi Cheung, Ali Lee, Kaki Leung, Mayanne Mak, Roxanne Tong & Jacqueline Wong (“Sidewalk Scientist (Sr. 4)”)
Sammy Leung & Sharon Chan (“Sunday Stage Fight”)*
Carol Cheng & Fama (“Do Did Eat”)**
Helen To (“Kansai Raider”)
Nancy Sit, Eliza Sam, Steven Cheung, Bella Lam & Nathan Ngai (“My Handy Man”)
Anderson Junior & Ben Lee (“Chow HK Block to Block”)
Jinny Ng, Alfred Hui & Hubert Wu (“Taipei High Hi”)
Mat Yeung & Benjamin Yuen (“All Work No Pay Holidays – India”)
Bob Lam, Louis Yan & Jinny Ng (“The Magicians’ Game of Thrones”)
Maria Cordero & Luk Ho Ming (“Good Cheap Eats Sr. 5”)
Eric Tsang & Various Artistes (“I Heart HK”)*

Opinion: It’s hard for me to choose between my top 3 picks in this category. But if insist on one, I will go with Carol Cheng and Fama in ‘Do Did Eat’. Their collaboration is somehow awkward but interesting.

Full nomination list for the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards


Let’s take a break from the awards season at the West and switch a little attention back to one of the major Chinese film awards honouring the best of Chinese films in 2015. At the end of last year, we observed the Taiwan’s 52nd Golden Horse Awards. I didn’t have much interest on that particular Golden Horse Awards last year because I didn’t watch many of the nominated films especially that majority of them are from Taiwan or China productions.

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Now, here comes the nomination list for the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards which I am more familiar with since there are more Hong Kong films nominated in this one (obviously) and I do watched at least 10 Hong Kong films released last year. It is another prestigious annual awards for Chinese films with quite a long history. The nomination list is here below alongside with my thoughts on some categories that I’m particularly more interested in. Only had my opinions in few categories since I also didn’t watch many of the nominated films too:

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(Film posters for three of the many nominated films in 35th Hong Kong Film Awards. From above to below: Port of Call (received the most nominations), Ip Man 3 (my personal pick for the best last year) and Little Big Master).

BEST FILM
TEN YEARS
LITTLE BIG MASTER
THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN
IP MAN 3
PORT OF CALL

Opinion: My personal choice would be ‘Ip Man 3’. This martial-art movie is being highly received not only in Chinese-speaking region but also from US and other countries in the West too. It is really a good movie. Outstanding. Usually, sequel won’t do good but ‘Ip Man 3’ is totally an exception. ‘Port of Call’ would be a dark horse since it received the most nominations but I didn’t watch this movie. ‘Little Big Master’ is also a nice and a touching movie but I don’t think a low production movie would win best film. My prediction would be ‘Port of Call’ but my personal favourite is ‘Ip Man 3’.

BEST DIRECTOR
Adrian Kwan Shun Fai (LITLTE BIG MASTER)
Derek Yee Tung Sing (I AM SOMEBODY)
Tsui Hark (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Wilson Yip Wai Shun (IP MAN 3)
Philip Yung Tsz Kwong (PORT OF CALL)

Opinion: I have a feeling that if ‘Ip Man 3’ won for best film, then this best director would be for ‘Port of Call’. Or otherwise. I’m happy if Wilson Yip is taking this one too for his excellent direction in ‘Ip Man 3’. Another strong contender in this category is Tsui Hark.

BEST SCREENPLAY
Adrian Kwan Shu Fai, Hannah Chang (LITTLE BIG MASTER)
Derek Ye Tung Sing (I AM SOMEBODY)
Saville Chan, Adam Wong (SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS)
Lau Ho Leung (TWO THUMBS UP)
Philip Yung Tsz Kwong (PORT OF CALL)

Opinion: I have only watched ‘Little Big Master’ out of all the five nominated films. So, I’m biased for it. It does had a great screenplay. I’m very moved with its story.

BEST ACTOR
Andy Lau Tak Wah (LOST AND LOVE)
Nick Cheung Ka Fai (KEEPER OF DARKNESS)
Tony Leung Ka Fai (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Jacky Cheung (HEAVEN IN THE DARK)
Aaron Kwok (PORT OF CALL)

Opinion: Didn’t watch all five of the performances above. Out of these five, two of them have not win the best actor prize before; Aaron Kwok and Jacky Cheung. Hence, they are more deserving and are long overdue as well. Both are also two of the four Heavenly Kings in Cantopop music (Andy Lau is also here, making it to three but Andy Lau had won this prize several times before). Aaron had been nominated in this category few more times than Jacky Cheung, and so I would prefer him to win it finally for this year. Aaron Kwok had also been nominated in the recent Golden Horse Award for the same performance but he lost (he had won Golden Horse for best actor in the past anyway). Hence, his chance is very high for him to win this time among all the nominees. 

BEST ACTRESS
Tang Wei (A TALE OF THREE CITIES)
Miriam Yeung (LITTLE BIG MASTER)
Sylvia Chang (OFFICE)
Karena Lam (HEAVEN IN THE DARK)
Jessie Li (PORT OF CALL)

Opinion: Out of the five performances above, I have only watched Miriam Yeung in ‘Little Big Master’ and she is quite good in that movie that requires a lot of passion and emotional scenes. She had won before for this best actress prize and so she now is only being regarded as a dark horse for now. My pick would be Karena Lam. She had won recently in the Golden Horse Awards for best actress and I think she may continue her winning streak here too despite her nominated work is different. Sylvia Chang is also another strong contender since she had also been nominated in the Golden Horse Awards for the same role and she is very great veteran actress. Jessie Li also stand a chance since she had won Best Actress in Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for this role. However, she had much higher chance and even a lock to win in ‘Best New Performer’ category. She has to leave this one for the other four nominees who are more senior.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Andrew Lam (FULL STRIKE)
Louis Cheung (KEEPER OF DARKNESS)
Max Zhang Jin (SPL 2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES)
Max Zhang Jin (IP MAN 3)
Michael Ning (PORT OF CALL)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Qin Hailu (A TALE OF THREE CITIES)
Anna Ng (LITTLE BIG MASTER)
Janice Man (HELIOS)
Lee Sinjie (MURMUR OF THE HEARTS)
Elaine Jin (PORT OF CALL)

BEST NEW PERFORMER
J. Arie (GET OUTTA HERE)
Sisley Choi (KEEPER OF DARKNESS)
Cecilia So (SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS)
Michael Ning (PORT OF CALL)
Jessie Li (PORT OF CALL)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Wang Yu (A TALE OF THREE CIITES)
Pakie Chan (TO THE FORE)
Choi Sung Fai (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Tse Chung To (IP MAN 3)
Christopher Doyle (PORT OF CALL)

BEST FILM EDITING
Chan Ki Hop, Poon Hung Yiu, Pang Ching Hei (TO THE FORE)
David Richardson (SPL 2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES)
Yu Bai Yang (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Cheung Ka Fai (IP MAN 3)
Liao Ching Sung, Wong Hoi, Philip Yung Tsz Kwong, Chu Ka Yat (PORT OF CALL)

BEST ART DIRECTION
Tim Yip, James Cheung (A TALE OF THREE CITIES)
Horace Ma Kwong Wing (THE CROSSING II)
Yohei Taneda, Lee Kin Wai (MONSTER HUNT)
Yi Zhen Zhou (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
William Chang Suk Ping, Yau Wai Ming (OFFICE)

BEST COSTUME AND MAKE UP DESIGN
Tim Yip, William Fung (A TALE OF THREE CITIES)
Chen Tongxun (THE CROSSING II)
Yee Chung Man (MONSTER HUNT)
Kwon Yoojin (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
William Chang Suk Ping, Lui Fung Shan (OFFICE)

BEST ACTION CHOREOGRAPHY
Jackie Chan, JC Sunt Team (DRAGON BLADE)
Chin Ka Lok (HELIOS)
Li CHung Chi (SPL 2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES)
Yuen Bun (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Yuen Wo Ping (IP MAN 3)

Opinion: My pick is definitely ‘Ip Man 3’. Despite being already the third installment in the ‘Ip Man’ film franchise, this third movie still delivered on its wonderfully choreographed and creative action sequences and fight scenes. Brilliant. Absolutely terrific to the point that I’m almost 100% sure it win will this.

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE
Taro Iwashiro (THE CROSSING II)
Day Tai (SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS)
Wu Wai Lap (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Dayu Lo, Chan Fai Young (OFFICE)
Ding Ke (PORT OF CALL)

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SONG
VORTEX (THE CROSSING II)
Composer: Dayu Lo
Lyric: Lin Xi
Performer: Dayu Lo

FOR WONG KA YAN (WONG KA YAN)
Composer: Benny Lau
Lyric: Chan Wing Him
Performer: Wong You Nam

MURMUR OF THE HEARTS (MURMUR OF THE HEARTS)
Composer: Chen Chien-Chen
Lyric: Huang Ting, Chen Chien-Chen
Performer: Rene Liu

WE ALMOST FLY (SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS)
Composer: Day Tai
Lyric: Saville Chan
Performer: Feanna Wong

DARKNESS OF THE SEA (PORT OF CALL)
Composer: Ding Ke
Lyric: Ding Ke
Performer: Ding Ke

BEST SOUND DESIGN
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu Keung (KEEPER OF DARKNESS)
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu Keung, Yiu Chun Him (MONSTER HUNT)
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu Keung, Yiu Chun Him (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
David Richardson, Tu Duu-Shih, Wu Shu Yao (OFFICE)
Kinson Tsang, Yiu Chun Him (IP MAN 3)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Enoch Chan, Felix Lai Tsz Fai (KEEPER OF DARKNESS)
Jason Snell, Ellen Poon, Tang Bingbing (MONSTER HUNT)
Wook Kim (THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN)
Ken Law Wai Ho, Tommy Hellowing (OFFICE)
Raymond Leung Wai Man, Yee Kwok Leung, Garrett K Lam (IP MAN 3)

BEST NEW DIRECTOR
Nick Cheung Ka Fai (KEEPER OF DARKNESS)
Raman Hui (MONSTER HUNT)
Lau Ho Leung (TWO THUMBS UP)

Opinion: I think the members of Hong Kong Film Association are liking Nick Cheung very much and seeing him taking on directing job is something new and big. His directorial debut also appeared to be fruitful eventhough I didn’t watch ‘Keeper of Darkness’. Hence, my pick would be for Nick Cheung who had also won twice the Best Actor prize in this film awards.

BEST FILM FROM MAINLAND AND TAIWAN
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART
OUR TIMES
THE ASSASSIN
WOLF TOTEM
BLIND MASSAGE

Opinion: I’m sure ‘The Assassin’ will take this one. It won the most in the recent Golden Horse Awards, had also won the Best Director prize for Hou Hsiao-Hsien in Cannes Film Festival, and was even selected as Taiwanese entry for Best Foreign Language Film in submission for the Academy Awards. Eventhough the movie didn’t get nominated in the end, but it looks to be the best Chinese movie in 2015. I’m 100% sure it will win this.

The 35th Hong Kong Film Awards will be held on 3rd April 2016.

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