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

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2017 by vincentloy

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

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2016 by vincentloy

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

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2016 by vincentloy

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

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2016 by vincentloy

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.

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

Full nomination list for the 88th Academy Awards (Oscars).

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2016 by vincentloy

The Oscars’ followers would have checked out the full nomination list of the upcoming Academy Awards (famously known as the Oscars worldwide) before I even have this post published. The announcement of the nomination list of the 88th Academy Awards was over just now (managed to watch it live just now from Youtube) and I’m so excited to be among the first to post up the full nomination list alongside with my thoughts and predictions.

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NOMINATION LIST FOR THE 88TH ACADEMY AWARDS:

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Best Picture

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Opinion: 8 nominees this year for Best Picture. Out of the 8, I watched all of them except ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Brooklyn’. So, without these two in my mind, I’m predicting that Bridge of Spies may take it. It’s a solid film by director Steven Spielberg and starred Tom Hanks. Both are Oscars’ magnet. But wait a second, the movie didn’t get the best director nomination. Oppss…I’ll then switch to ‘The Revenant’. Maybe the Academy voters this year prefer something more daring or out of typical but not too much like ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, despite the latter received a lot of nominations here. In my heart, I would love the much smaller film ‘Room’ to win as it is the film out of the 8 that touched me the most in 2015. ‘Spotlight’ received critical acclaim (but not from me), but the movie’s award buzz is getting lesser and lesser. ‘The Martian’ could be a dark horse here too, but for me, it’s just an ordinary good film, not something outstanding that deserved this best picture win. I’m surprised that ‘Carol’ is not in.

Predicted to win: The Revenant.

Hoping to win: Room.

Best Director

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Opinion: Surprised with directors of ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Room’ getting nominated here. That would certainly push up their chances in best picture category too. Also surprised with omission of Steven Spielberg for ‘Bridge of Spies’, Todd Haynes for ‘Carol’ and Ridley Scott for ‘The Martian’. I don’t mind having Alejandro G. Inarritu to win this back-to-back as he certainly mastered the skill in directing.

Predicted to win: Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

Hoping to win: Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Opinion: These five names are expected. Academy members love Jennifer Lawrence and so they sorted one place for her. Didn’t watch ‘Joy’, so couldn’t comment further on her performance but she is a good actress. Not another win for her most probably. The earlier frontrunner is Cate Blanchett (I love her), but now all eyes are on Brie Larson for her powerful performance in ‘Room’ as the kidnapped mother.

Predicted to win: Brie Larson (Room)

Hoping to win: Brie Larson (Room)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Opinion: Also another category with very predictable list of nominees. Didn’t watch ‘Trumbo’ but I heard good reviews for Bryan Cranston’s performance in there. The other four delivered outstanding performances too. So, how to choose? Then, we will see who got nominated a lot of times but never win before…ahhaa…I have the answer: Leonardo DiCaprio. He is one great actor and is long overdue for an Oscar. This year must be his year. Give him an Oscar already! His dedication to the challenging physical and mental demands required for his role in ‘The Revenant’ put him in a very good form to win this Oscar finally. Eddie Redmayne who had just won this award last year came back with another superb performance as a transgender artist in ‘The Danish Girl’. A wonderful performance that may give thought to the voters to award the Oscar back-to-back for him. Or will they two fight out and make way for Michael Fassbender? Probably too…but I’m still rooting for Leo to take it!

Predicted to win: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Hoping to win: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Opinion: The expected 5 names again. But I’m disappointed that there is no more place for Jacob Tremblay who is equally great in ‘Room’ as the son. Sylvester Stone suddenly jumped out of no where and won the same category in Golden Globes recently. His odd to win shot up so quick that the other nominees could feel their confidence losing out fast. Mark Ruffalo is always great, but it looks like he have to pass it over to someone more senior, Mark Rylance of Sylvester Stone. Also surprised that Idris Elba is not nominated. This category is too crowded.

Predicted to win: Sylvester Stallone (Creed) / Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

Hoping to win: –

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Opinion: Also nothing surprising here. It is just in my mind that Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander are both actually leads in their respective film, and yet many think that they had higher chance in supporting category. It’s true. If that’s the case, it’s Rooney against Alicia. Kate Winslet may triumph surprisingly in the end given that she won in this category in Golden Globes recently. But I think the odd is still in favour for Rooney Mara who had won Best Actress in Cannes Film Festival for her role in ‘Carol’. I’m still wishing for Alicia Vikander to win since she is a one big new name Hollywood immediately remember last year, and that her performance in ‘The Danish Girl’ is remarkable.

Predicted to win: Rooney Mara (Carol).

Hoping to win: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl).

Best Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Theeb (Jordan)
A War (Denmark)

Opinion: Didn’t watch any of these movies, but I heard that ‘Son of Saul’ is getting a lot of award buzz now.

Predicted to win: Son of Saul.

Hoping to win: –

Best Animated Feature

Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Opinion: Have never heard of ‘Boy and the World’ and ‘When Marnie Was There’. My prediction sticks to ‘Inside Out’ all the way. Many are critically praising ‘Anomalisa’ recently since this animated movie had just been released not long ago but I don’t like it. Still think that ‘Inside Out’ is the best animated film in 2015. But Academy voters do tend to vote for the second most favourite one to win like last year how ‘Big Hero 6’ won this category over the much better ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’. So, ‘Anomalisa’ poses a strong threat to ‘Inside Out’.

Predicted to win: Inside Out.

Hoping to win: Inside Out.

Best Film Editing

The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Predicted to win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Hoping to win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Opinion: Out of the 5 nominees, ‘The Danish Girl’ is the only one that couldn’t get a best picture nomination. But I actually hope it can at least win this one as the film delivered from its production design which is one of the main attraction of this period piece besides than the acting. ‘Bridge of Spies’ is also wonderful in their sets.

Predicted to win: Bridge of Spies.

Hoping to win: Bridge of Spies / The Danish Girl.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

Opinion: Surprised that Golden Globe’s winner for Best Screenplay, ‘Steve Jobs’ couldn’t even get nominated here. Weird.

Predicted to win: The Big Short.

Hoping to win: The Martian / Room.

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Opinion: ‘Inside Out’ secured a nomination here, which means the movie’s chance in best animated feature is now a lot higher and I’m happy for that.

Predicted to win: Spotlight.

Hoping to win: Bridge of Spies / Ex Machina.

Best Original Score

Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Predicted to win: The Hateful Eight / Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Hoping to win: –

Best Original Song

“Earned It,” 50 Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Til It Happens to You,” The Hunting Ground
Writing’s On the Wall,” Spectre

Opinion: Another surprise. Didn’t expect that ‘See You Again’ (Furious 7) is not even nominated here though previously many see the song as a top competitor in this category. So, that makes it a lot easier for ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ (Spectre) which had just won in the same category in Golden Globes recently.

Predicted to win: Writing’s On The Wall (Spectre)

Hoping to win: Writing’s On The Wall (Spectre)

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Predicted to win: Mad Max: Fury Road / Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Hoping to win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Cinematography

Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario

Opinion: I love Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography work in ‘The Revenant’. His work is astonishing every time. He may be the first to win this Oscars three times consecutively, from ‘Gravity’ two years ago to ‘Birdman’ last year, and this year for ‘The Revenant’. His cinematography is excellent and his approach on using only natural lighting in ‘The Revenant’ worked out well. Always like his creative way of displaying the scenes.

Predicted to win: The Revenant.

Hoping to win: The Revenant.

Best Documentary Short Subject

Body Team 12
Chau Behind the Lines
Claude Lanzmann
A Girl in the River
Last Day of Freedom

Best Documentary Feature

Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Costume Design

Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Opinion: ‘Cinderella’ delivered beautiful things to our sights and one main element of that is from their costumes. Beautiful and colourful costumes everywhere especially during the ballroom scene. On the other hand, there is one second of thought in my mind to award ‘The Danish Girl’ something, since that movie is also brilliant in this category.

Predicted to win: Cinderella.

Hoping to win: Cinderella / The Danish Girl.

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Predicted to win: The Revenant / Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Hoping to win: The Revenant / Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Opinion: I think Academy should combine ‘Sound Mixing’ and ‘Sound Editing’ together into one category. It’s enough and it should be.

Predicted to win: The Revenant / Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Hoping to win: The Revenant / Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Make-Up and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Opinion: I’m shocked to see this category. It should have five nominees too. Furthermore, what is this movie ‘The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared’ doing here? Most of us have never even heard of this movie before. Would have prefer movies like ‘The Danish Girl’, ‘Black Mass’ and ‘Carol’ nominated here.

Predicted to win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Hoping to win: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Live Action Short Subject

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
Shok
Stutterer

Best Animated Short Film

Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

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Okay…Done with my analysis and predictions for the nomination list of the 88th Academy Awards this year. What is your predictions? Would love to see your opinions on this too since it’s now the time for Oscar talks. By the way, we will just wait for the ceremony to come on 28th February 2016 (Sunday) for the much anticipated results in honouring the best of films in year 2015.

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‘Captain of Destiny’, the best TVB series of the year so far.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2015 by vincentloy

‘Captain of Destiny’ (張保仔, literally as Cheung Po Tsai) is a 2015 Hong Kong historical fiction sci-fi television drama of 32 episodes by TVB. The drama is a retelling of the story of 19th century Chinese pirate Cheung Po Tsai and his conflict with the Qing imperial army, meanwhile encountering a time-travelling police constable from the 21st century. The drama starred Ruco Chan, Tony Hung, Grace Chan, Ram Cheung, Elaine Yiu, Maggie Shiu, Joel Chan, Mandy Wong, Susan Tse, Lau Kong, etc. It is a grand production and is one of the four anniversary series of 2015 to mark 48th anniversary of TVB.

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This series which concluded just now with its final episode also won the Most Favourite TVB Drama at the Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards 2015 yesterday. Despite receiving average points in viewership rating at Hong Kong, the drama is being very well received and I’m one of them who have more praise to this series compared to all the other dramas released this year. It is just so good and always kept me intensely catching up to latest episode of the series every night. In the first few episodes, I came to watch the series with less expectation but then I’m surprised by the great quality of storyline and characters the series present to TV audiences as the drama develops. I still enjoyed the time-travel concept eventhough TVB had used this idea many times before in the past.

First, we were shown in the present setting of Hong Kong when a female police constable (Grace Chan) accidentally traveled back in time to Qing dynasty from a waterspout when she is on a mission to catch a criminal named Bandit King (Ruco Chan). Once back to 200 years earlier, she met the famous pirate Cheung Po Tsai (Tony Hung) and his gang. Here the story goes between the pirates’ life and the life in the palace emphasizing the 11th prince (Ruco Chan again) who is a hardworking prince in mission to eliminate pirates. Many events followed between these main characters and the story development went very well in a good pacing mixed with light fun moments as well as serious and intense situations.

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Ruco Chan delivered yet another impressive performance as the 11th prince. His character here is very diverse, requiring him to deliver multitude of varying emotions and he nailed it. He conquered all the scenes he is in with powerful strength and expressions. Eventhough he is not in the titular role, but he shines over the rest in this drama. No wonder he won Most Favourite TVB Actor in Singapore last night too for his performance here. Very well deserved and I do hope his winning continues to TVB Star Awards Malaysia next month as well as the Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards in December. It’s time for him to be rewarded. Tony Hung portrayed the titular role and I’m fine with it. However, I find it weird that his character is not being given much attention throughout the series eventhough his name makes the series’ title. That has to be case when you have another lead role, the 11th prince of which I have said earlier that stood out better than the rest including this titular character of Cheung Po Tsai.

Grace Chan is a newbie artist and she should not be promoted too quickly by the TVB station by taking up this first female lead role here. The outcome is you get a performance that is poor and heavily criticized by many people. It’s not her fault mostly but I do cannot stand the overly exaggerated expressions and voice she shown in this drama. On the other hand, I also cannot stand anymore on the cute acts by the 11th prince’s lady servant, portrayed by Kelly Fu. However, her acting is far more natural than Grace. It is the veteran actors and actresses that back the series a lot too. Villains like Lee Shin Cheung (as admiral), Elaine Yiu (as concubine), and Lau Kong (as emperor) and others like Susan Tse (as concubine), Elliot Ngok (as imperial eunuch), Maggie Shiu (head pirate’s wife), and Ram Cheung (pirate’s strategist) did very well. Joel Chan and Mandy Wong also contributed very convincing performances in their respective supporting role too.

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Besides that, I’m also surprised by the effort put on the visual effects of this series. The visual effects especially during the war between the imperial army and the pirates are exceptionally good if measured by TVB standard. I’m stunned and amazed by that battle scene. It looks very cool, technically brilliant, intense and exciting. However, I am actually hoping for like two or more of those battle scene to further expand the storyline on the strained relationship between the pirates and the government. So actually, I don’t mind the series to be 40 episodes long.  The effort put on production design, costume and make-up design, and editing should also be complimented for this drama. The drama’s opening theme song by Fred Cheng, closing theme song by Ruco Chan and episode’s plug song by Linda Chung are all very nice to listen to and suits well to this drama’s heart.

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As for its ending just now, I’m very happy of how this series came to such a thought-provoking conclusion. It is an ending made with a lot of thoughts (and a nice twist) and I like that. I’m tired of typical non-moving yet happy ending made to most of TVB series in recent years. I’m also surprised to see Raymond Wong making a cameo appearance in the end as a pirate. Why him? It’s because he is originally cast to portray Cheung Po Tsai and not Tony Hung. So letting him to appear in the very last minute of the series’ ending would be quite interesting. In general, this drama is definitely the best TVB series of the year so far and if the next series ‘Lord of Shanghai’ isn’t as good as it is expected, then I see no problem for ‘Captain of Destiny’ to take home Most Favourite TVB Drama in both TVB Star Awards Malaysia and also in Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards. It is really very good and delivered beyond my expectation. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Captain of Destiny’ a total of 8.2. That’s the highest rating for a series I have given this year. Even Grace Chan’s bad acting here couldn’t pull the series down to below 8 points from me.

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Nomination List for TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2015

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2015 by vincentloy

The annual TVB awards presentation in Malaysia is back! The TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2015 will be held from 8.00pm to 10.00pm on 28th November 2015 (Saturday) at Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands. Time flies…I remembered clearly a year ago that I do won free tickets to watch the 2014’s awards show at Genting also after voting in every day within the voting period. However, since I couldn’t attend it, I have given the tickets to someone else. Well, I managed to still catch the show live on Astro and Andy Lau is one of the special guest presenter of the night.

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This awards is back but there is no more an official website where you can vote. The only way you can vote now is by downloading a mobile application named ‘TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2015’. Unfortunately, the app is still not available yet for IOS users, and hence I still couldn’t get to vote for my favourites of the year. The voting period is from 16 October till 21 November 2015. So, yup…voting started! Here’s below is the nomination list for this year’s awards. Well, I think I’m the first one posting up the nomination list in English on the web! That’s called efficiency!

Here you go…the nomination list alongside with my predictions as usual every year. The ‘*’ that comes after the nominee indicate that it is my personal top 2/3/5 picks from its particular category.

My Favourite TVB Host in Variety Program

  • Johnson Lee & Pal (Sze U Tonight)
  • Liza Wang, Adam Cheng & Jerry (Sunday Songbird)
  • Kitty Yuen, King Kong (Neighborhood Gourmet 3)
  • Maria Cordero, Luk (Good Cheap Eats Series 3)
  • Gigi Wong (Eating Well With Madam Wong)

Opinion: Didn’t really watch any of the programs above and so couldn’t comment further. But looking from popularity and the engagement to voters (mostly younger demographics), Sze U Tonight has a bigger chance. Johnson Lee is also quite funny and entertaining. This applies to the category below too.

Expected to win: Johnson Lee & Pal (Sze U Tonight)

My Favourite TVB Variety Program

  • Sze U Tonight
  • Sunday Songbird
  • Helen To-kyo!
  • Chef Minor (Series 2)
  • Four Amigos Bon Voyage

Expected to win: Sze U Tonight.

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My Favourite TVB Informative Program

  • Am I Healthy?
  • Wellness On The Go 3
  • All Things Girl – Malaysia Chapter
  • Not Far But Away
  • Big Big World 2

Opinion: Didn’t watch any of the above too. So no prediction for this one.

My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song

  • You & Me by Stephanie Ho (Raising The Bar)
  • The Beautiful Time by Jinny Ng (Young Charioteers)*
  • Truth by Alfred Hui & Hubert Wu (Eye In The Sky)
  • Sailing by Fred Cheng (Captain Of Destiny)*
  • Years Regret by Alfred Hui (Lord Of Shanghai)

Opinion: Out of these five, I’m more attracted to the theme song for ‘Young Charioteers’. Jinny Ng sing lovely and somehow addicting theme songs for TVB series in recent years. She had just won this one last year for ‘Line Walker’. Dark horse would be ‘Sailing’ for ‘Captain Of Destiny’. Another catchy tune. Why the song by Liza Wang in ‘Limelight Years’ not nominated? That’s a good and a meaningful song.

Expected to win: Sailing by Fred Cheng (Captain Of Destiny).

My personal choice: The Beautiful Time by Jinny Ng (Young Charioteers).

My Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple

  • Edwin Siu & Priscilla Wong (Madam Cutie On Duty)*
  • Louis Cheung & Grace Chan (Raising The Bar)
  • Ben Wong & Elaine Yiu (Raising The Bar)
  • Kevin Cheng & Tavia Yeung (Eye In The Sky)*
  • Johnson Lee & Elena Kong (Smooth Talker)
  • Alex Fong & Linda Chung (Limelight Years)*
  • Moses Chan & Kristal Tin (Ghost Of Relativity)*
  • Louis Cheung & Tavia Yeung (Momentarily Lapse Of Reason)*
  • Ruco Chan & Grace Chan (Captain Of Destiny)
  • Bobby Au-Yeung & Joey Meng (With Or Without You)

Opinion: I didn’t watch ‘Madam Cutie On Duty’ but I heard many people said that the chemistry between Edwin and Priscilla is very good in that one. Well, they are now real-life couple. That may push their chances up. But I’m actually rooting for ‘Alex Fong & Linda Chung’ or ‘Kevin Cheng & Tavia Yeung’.

Expected to win: Edwin Siu & Priscilla Wong (Madam Cutie On Duty)

My personal choice: Kevin Cheng & Tavia Yeung (Eye In The Sky) / Alex Fong & Linda Chung (Limelight Years)

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My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actress

  • Grace Chan*
  • Sisley Choi*
  • Tracy Chu*
  • Jacqueline Wong
  • Candice Chiu
  • Ali Lee

Opinion: Who is Ali Lee? Only two girls in this category received the most attention because they are given heavy lead role while they are still newbies but they are being criticized for their performances; Grace and Sisley. But I do consider them to have improved, better than the others with name I don’t even know who they are. Sisley only has one major role which is in ‘Young Charioteers’ and that series is aired quite early. Grace has two series that may push her chance a bit higher than the others. If they erase each other out, then Tracy Chu do stand a chance as a dark horse.

Expected to win: Grace Chan / Sisley Choi.

My personal choice: Grace Chan.

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actor

  • Hugo Wong
  • Owen Cheung
  • Quinn Ho
  • Matt Yeung*
  • Cheung Wing-Hong*

Opinion: A poor category. I would say Matt Yeung since I do see him frequently in many recent TVB series eventhough they are only minor roles. But I do have to highlight on the comedic role by Cheung Wing-Hong in ‘Wudang Rules’.

Expected to win: Matt Yeung.

My personal choice: Matt Yeung / Cheung Wing-Hong.

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Natalie Tong (Lord Of Shanghai)*
  • Vivien Yeo (Ghost Of Relativity)*
  • Eliza Sam (Brick Slaves)
  • Tracy Chu (The Fixer)
  • Rosina Lam (Momentarily Lapse Of Reason)*
  • Maggie Shiu (Captain Of Destiny)
  • Jacqueline Wong (With Or Without You)
  • Rebecca Zhu (Officer Geomancer)
  • Mandy Wong (Madam Cutie On Duty)*
  • Elaine Yiu (Raising The Bar)*
  • Samantha Ko (Eye In The Sky)
  • Katy Kung (Romantic Repertoire)
  • Elena Kong (Smooth Talker)

Opinion: Should put Vivien Yeo in most improved category so she may stand a better chance. She do improved since she had been in TVB for many years already. Well, she is Malaysian and of course I’m supporting her but she will still have no chance to win. Maybe just top 5. Didn’t watch ‘Momentarily Lapse Of Reason’ but I heard many are praising Rosina Lam. Well, she is great too. But I prefer her to be in most improved category too. The organiser totally ignored the veterans in this category. Michelle Yim is good in ‘Young Charioteers’ and Louise Lee is also not bad in ‘Romantic Repertoire’.

Expected to win: Rosina Lam (Momentarily Lapse Of Reason)

My personal choice: Rosina Lam (Momentarily Lapse Of Reason)

My Favourite TVB Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Alex Fong (Limelight Years)*
  • Pierre Ngo (Ghost Of Relativity)*
  • Banjamin Yuen (The Fixer)
  • Evergreen Mak (Every Step You Take)*
  • Matt Yeung (Momentarily Lapse Of Reason)
  • Vincent Wong (With Or Without You)
  • Oscar Leung (Officer Geomancer)*
  • Raymond Cho (Madam Cutie On Duty)
  • Louis Cheung (Raising The Bar)*
  • Cheng Tse-Tsing (Raising The Bar)
  • Ram Chiang (Raising The Bar)
  • Tony Hung (Eye In The Sky)

Opinion: I’m not happy with this category. Where is Joel Chan in ‘Captain Of Destiny’? Where is Derek Kok in ‘Wudang Rules’? Where is Edwin Siu in ‘Master Of Destiny’? These three are simply better than all of the above.

Expected to win: Evergreen Mak (Every Step You Take) – actually prefer him to win from ‘Brick Slaves’.

My personal choice: None of the nominees.

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Leading Role

  • Priscilla Wong (Madam Cutie On Duty)
  • Grace Chan (Raising The Bar)
  • Nancy Sit (My Spiritual Ex-Lover)
  • Kate Tsui (Smooth Talker)*
  • Liza Wang (Limelight Years)
  • Linda Chung (Limelight Years)*
  • Kristal Tin (Ghost Of Relativity)*
  • Nancy Wu (Ghost Of Relativity)
  • Selena Li (Brick Slaves)*
  • Myolie Wu (Every Step You Take)
  • Tavia Yeung (Momentarily Lapse Of Reason)*
  • Joey Meng (With Or Without You)

Opinion: Well, since this awards is all about popularity and hence the veterans stand no chance eventhough out of these five, I think Liza Wang delivered the most moving performance in this year. My second choice would be Kristal Tin since she is solid in ‘Ghost Of Relativity’. She handled the ‘seriousness’ and the ‘comedic’ moments very well in that series. Also not to forget that Selena Li had shown to us in these two years that she can take on lead role very well too.

Expected to win: Kristal Tin (Ghost Of Relativity)

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My personal choice: Liza Wang (Limelight Years) – but it’s impossible.

My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role

  • Johnson Lee (Officer Geomancer)
  • Edwin Siu (Madam Cutie On Duty)
  • Ben Wong (Raising The Bar)
  • Him Law (Young Charioteers)
  • Kevin Cheng (Eye In The Sky)*
  • Damian Lau (Limelight Years)
  • Moses Chan (Ghost Of Relativity)*
  • Louis Cheung (Momentarily Lapse Of Reason)
  • Ruco Chan (Captain Of Destiny)*
  • Tony Hung (Captain Of Destiny)
  • Bobby Au-Yeung (With Or Without You)
  • Anthony Wong (Lord Of Shanghai)*
  • Kent Tong (Lord Of Shanghai)
  • Wayne Lai (Lord Of Shanghai)*

Opinion: It’s a good thing that more veterans are on this category. At least, they are being acknowledged in nomination. I personally prefer Ruco Chan since he is exceptionally fantastic in ‘Captain Of Destiny’. He also has a huge fanbase here. He deserved it more than all the other young actors in this category. Never ignore the two veterans in ‘Lord Of Shanghai’; the Film King, Anthony Wong and TV King, Wayne Lai. However, the series has not aired yet and would not end by the time ceremony comes, hence disadvantage to the series.

Expected to win: Ruco Chan (Captain Of Destiny)

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My personal choice: Ruco Chan (Captain Of Destiny)

My Favourite TVB Drama Series

  • Raising The Bar*
  • Young Charioteers
  • Eye In The Sky
  • Limelight Years*
  • Ghost Of Relativity*
  • The Fixer
  • Every Step You Take
  • Momentarily Lapse Of Reason
  • Captain Of Destiny*
  • Under The Veil
  • With Or Without You
  • Lord Of Shanghai*

Opinion: I wonder why people love ‘Raising The Bar’ so much. I watched its first few episodes and I quit as I find it boring. It took up one of my spots in my personal top 5 pick in this category. If not, I would rather dedicate that spot to ‘Eye In The Sky’. ‘Young Charioteers’ is a dark horse too since it is targeting young people and as I said earlier, most voters are from younger demographics. Hence, it has some benefit. ‘Lord Of Shanghai’ will eventually get into top 5 too despite not finish airing yet by the time the ceremony comes since it is a grand production and we have to respect it a bit. It should be looking promising too from its heavyweight line up of casts. However, as of current, I prefer ‘Captain Of Destiny’ to take this top honour since the series is really very nice, and it’s so far, so good. Exciting and good performances (except Grace) and comes with great visual effects by TVB standard.

Expected to win: Captain Of Destiny.

My personal choice: Captain Of Destiny.

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Well, there are 13 categories in total but I have only posted 12 categories above. Why? There is one more category which is called ‘My Favourite TVB Drama Characters’. Well, 60 characters are nominated in this category. That’s too long and I don’t have the energy to post it up here. As long as the main TVB artists acted in any of the nominated series of the year, then he or she will be automatically nominated in this category of which in the end, usually more than 10 characters winning.

How come the organizers are so biased by giving a lot of spots in the nomination list to ‘Raising The Bar’ while ignoring some series like ‘Noblesse Oblige’, ‘Wudang Rules’, ‘Master Of Destiny’, etc. I also just realized that Kenneth Ma whom is quite popular too is not being nominated at all this year. Well, his only series ‘Noblesse Oblige’ which is quite fun and entertaining to watch early this year is totally being forgotten. The nomination list this year is not that good. Many not worthy people got nominated while many others got snubbed for even a nomination. Let’s hope that the TVB Anniversary Awards 2015’s nomination list would be better. That one would be released next month.

Okay…should end this post since it is getting too long (already exceeds 2000 words).

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