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Winners for Starhub TVB Awards 2017

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2017 by vincentloy

The Starhub TVB Awards 2017, the awards presentation that honours the best of TVB artists and programmes that were aired in Singapore for this year is held yesterday at Marina Bay Sands. Over 20 TVB artists attended the show. It is the practice of Starhub to only broadcast the awards presentation a week later (not live) which makes excitement to this awards dies down. Anyway, here below is the full list of winners:

(Here’s the link to my past blog post that shows the full nomination list for this awards and my earlier predictions – https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/nomination-list-and-my-prediction-for-the-singapores-starhub-tvb-awards-2017/)

My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song – ‘Forget Myself’ by Hanna Kuk (Line Walker 2: The Prelude)

Opinion: Before ‘Line Walker 2: The Prelude’ started airing, a lot of people including me predicted the romantic song from ‘My Unfair Lady’ that is always played when there is a scene between Vincent Wong and Natalie Tong in that drama will win this. But then, when ‘Line Walker 2: The Prelude’ comes out, I too changed my mind. The ending theme song by Hanna Kuk is beautiful. The melody is fantastic. So, I agree on this song winning.

My Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple – Vincent Wong & Natalie Tong (My Unfair Lady)

Opinion: I don’t really enjoy this pairing. I just couldn’t feel the romance between them in that drama and also I dislike ‘My Unfair Lady’ series a lot because it is very boring. I prefer Joel Chan & Elaine Yiu from ‘The Unholy Alliance’ to win this.

My Favourite TVB Variety Show Host – Maria Cordero & Luk Ho Ming (Good Cheap Eats – Series 6)

My Favourite TVB Infotainment Programme – Retiring in Paradise

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme – All Work No Pay Holidays (Series 2)

Most Improved TVB Actor – Matthew Ho (No Reserve, Rogue Emperor, May Fortune Smile On You, Tiger Mom Blues, Destination Nowhere, A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch)

Opinion: Wow…Now I realize there are a lot of series aired this year that has Matthew Ho in it. He must be very busy for them. I noticed his performance in ‘Tiger Mom Blues’ and ‘A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch’. He did well in both. Okay, due to his hard work, I agree for this award to be given to him.

Most Improved TVB Actress – Samantha Ko (My Unfair Lady, Bet Hur)

Opinion: No strong competition this year for this category. Samantha Ko only has two series this year and both series are bad in my opinion. She didn’t really shine in those two dramas and since there is no one else and there’s so many awards to hand out, let just give this to her since she is coming for the show.

Best New TV Male Artist – Bryan Tse

Opinion: Unnecessary award. These artists are way too new and are definitely not up to the standard to receive awards yet. Bryan Tse is interesting in ‘Line Walker 2: The Prelude’ but so fast there’s an award for him already. Too fast for such an interesting but very minimal performance.

Best New TV Female Artist – Roxanne Tong

Opinion: I hardly noticed her in any dramas I watched this year. I do saw her sometimes but she didn’t leave any impact yet. She usually portrays very minor characters. Very unnecessary to be awarded.

My Favourite TVB Male TV Characters (x7) – Benjamin Yuen as Chui Tin-tong (Line Walker 2: The Prelude), Edwin Siu as Yuan Chong-huan / Wan Tai-kwan (A General, A Scholar, And A Eunuch), Raymond Cho as Zuo Guong-dao / Fung Yat-bo (A General, A Scholar, And A Eunuch), Chris Lai as Wong Siu-ming (The Tofu War), Kenneth Ma as Chung Tai-yin (My Dearly Sinful Mind), Ruco Chan as Ko Tsz-kit (The Unholy Alliance), Joel Chan as Ling Tsin-yau (The Unholy Alliance).

Opinion: My preference would be to replace Chris Lai with Bosco Wong (Two Steps from Heaven) or Mat Yeung (My Dearly Sinful Mind). Agree with other winners.

My Favourite TVB Female TV Characters (x8) – Tracy Chu as Tai tin-yan (Legal Mavericks), Sisley Choi as Chiu Ching-mui (Legal Mavericks), Nancy Wu as Yuen ching-yan (The Unholy Alliance), Elaine Yiu as Wai Yee-yau (The Unholy Alliance), Jessica Hsuan as Ling Man (My Unfair Lady), Natalie Tong as Ling Yu-ken (My Unfair Lady), Kristal Tin as Fong Wai-chi (A General, A Scholar, And A Eunuch), Mandy Wong as Lung Lai-sa (Nothing Special Force).

Opinion: It’s too early to hand so many awards to actresses that I felt still not good enough such as Tracy Chu and Sisley Choi. Would prefer Elena Kong (Tiger Mom Blues) and Grace Wong (A General, A Scholar And A Eunuch) to take their spots.

My Favourite TVB Supporting Actor – Owen Cheung (Legal Mavericks)

Opinion: I didn’t watch ‘Legal Mavericks’ and so I couldn’t comment much. But I would still insist on choosing Joel Chan (The Unholy Alliance) to win this. He deserves supporting actor win for a very long time already. His role even outshines Ruco Chan in that drama.

My Favourite TVB Supporting Actress – Jacqueline Wong (Provocateur)

Opinion: As far as I enjoyed her performance in ‘Provocateur’, I am in the same opinion that it is too quick to hand important award to these ‘beginners’. I prefer Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance) or even the hilarious Koni Lui (Tiger Mom Blues) to win this. Crying good doesn’t always means great acting. Sometimes, it is even harder to portray comedic roles.

My Favourite TVB Lead Actor – Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks)

Opinion: I heard many people praising the drama and its lead actor, Vincent Wong. He is a young talented actor and has been on the rise recently to become one of the main TVB leading actors now. Congratulation for him on winning his first ever big award here. However, I have a feeling that he won’t be that fast in getting best actor from Hong Kong yet. Same situation for Ruco Chan last time. My pick is Roger Kwok from ‘Dead Wrong’ but the drama aired in Hong Kong and Malaysia in 2016 but only released in Singapore in early 2017 is a bad timing to compete for awards.

My Favourite TVB Lead Actress – Ali Lee (Legal Mavericks)

Opinion: Same issue. Too early to hand out big award to ‘beginners’. And this is lead actress category! I disagree a lot on this one. Hands down…the best female lead performance this year shall be Kristal Tin from ‘Destination Nowhere’. No one else could even enter the competition this year besides her. And suddenly, Ali Lee wins mainly because of the popularity of the drama she is in. Wow…’Legal Mavericks’ is really very loved by the Singaporeans. I guess I have to watch this drama end of this year to see how great it is especially the cast performances. I will still stick with my choice for Kristal Tin for Malaysia and Hong Kong’s ones later this year.

My Favourite TVB Drama – The Unholy Alliance

Opinion: Finally, the winning streak stopped for ‘Legal Mavericks’. It won too much. ‘The Unholy Alliance’ started off exceptionally well but just went downhill at its last few episodes. Very big disappointment on that. I think this award is just like a consolation to the drama (not deserving though). Well, ‘Line Walker 2: The Prelude’ is a potential dark horse but the series is only halfway when the voting already ended.

25th Anniversary My Favourite TV Male Character Award – Wayne Lai as Chai Gau (Rosy Business)

25th Anniversary My Favourite TV Female Character Award – Nancy Sit as Leung Yun-ho (A Kindred Spirit)

Opinion: The two awards above are the special ones this year to celebrate the 25th year of cooperation between Starhub and TVB. I do not know how the organizers judge the winners here. This is not open for voting (same for best new artists and most improved artists categories). I do understand the popularity of Chai Gau (Wayne Lai) back then but as for Nancy Sit, I only remember her role from ‘Virtues of Harmony’ and not from ‘A Kindred Spirit’, a drama that has a whopping 1128 episodes and run from 1995 to 1999.

So, next up will be the TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2017 and Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards 2017. The nomination list for TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2017 is expected to be released in a couple of days since the awards presentation is only about one month from now.

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Full result of TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2016

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2016 by vincentloy

The TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2016 was held successfully last evening in Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands. This annual awards presentation that honours the best of Hong Kong’s TVB series and programmes every year gives opportunity for Malaysians to vote for their most favourite choices. Public votes accounts for 70% while professional judges took the remaining 30% in deciding the winners for the evening. Over 20 Hong Kong celebrities (actors and actresses) attended the event. However, none of them are big names to my disappointment. Well, that is expected since those big names from TVB have either left the station or retired from acting.

The celebrities attending the show were Ruco Chan, Nancy Wu, Kristal Tin, Benjamin Yuen, Sisley Choi, Moon Lau, Philip Ng, Mat Yeung, Cheung Wing Hong, Bob Cheung, Grace Wong, Grace Chan, Mandy Wong, Vincent Wong, Tracy Chu, Eliza Sam, Natalie Tong, Ali Lee, Joyce Tang and Koni Lui. The hosts for the ceremony were Carol Cheng, C-Kwan, Luk Wing, Ashley Chu and Jarvis Chow. The first three in that host line-up also hosted TVB Starhub Awards in Singapore last month and they are expected to host for TVB Anniversary Awards back in Hong Kong next month. Invited award presenters from Hong Kong were Ha Yu and Kara Hui to present the most favourite leading actor and actress awards. The trophy design is a slight improvement from the previous years’ one but still looks bad and a bit too big. The ceremony started at 8.30pm and ended on 11.00pm on 26th November 2016. Here below is the full result of the awards presentation alongside with my brief opinions:

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My Favourite TVB Drama Series
“A Fist Within Four Walls”

Opinion: Expected. This drama is considered the best of the year so far with its thrilling actions, fantastic acting and suspenseful plot. It has also sweep some other awards of the evening, making it the biggest winner. 

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My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)

Opinion: Expected outcome too. Ruco delivered an amazing performance in that drama and most important, his character is very likable. However, he has huge competition from Roger Kwok in next month’s TVB Anniversary Awards as Roger delivered another award-worthy performance in the currently airing drama ‘Dead Wrong’ that isn’t competing in this Malaysia’s awards but in Hong Kong one next month. So, I think Ruco will end up getting My Favourite TV Male Character two times in a row for the Hong Kong one. Still a great accomplishment for this brilliant actor. 

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Leading Role
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)

Opinion: There isn’t any strong competition for leading actress category this year. So, Nancy is the only stood out one with a great performance in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. It has been a busy year as she appeared in four TVB dramas in this year alone. I think she is going to take home next month’s Best Actress again too. Well, she deserved it in the time when there is no more better actresses around. Both she and Ruco won favourite leading actor and actress awards last year and there they win them again this year. I have no objection for that.

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My Favourite TVB Actor in a Supporting Role
Mat Yeung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)

Opinion: Mat Yeung has appeared in a lot of TVB series for many years. Finally, he gets some recognition with some good roles especially in this year. He usually portrayed very minor characters and finally he gained spotlight this year. He is a good actor but I think there is still a lot of space in between before he can step further to take on leading role. 

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Supporting Role
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”)

Opinion: I’m very happy for Joyce Tang. I hardly see her anymore after her success in ‘Armed Reactions’ drama franchise many years ago. This year she has a great role in ‘House of Spirits’ and I’m rooting for her to win this from the very beginning. And yes, she won it. Her hard work paid off. 

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actor
Cheung Wing Hong (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)

Opinion: I’m also glad that Cheung Wing Hong won this. He is the only nominee in this category that stood out among the rest and delivered some great performances not only in this year but also from the past few years too. I started to notice on his talent few years back when he is still a new actor. 

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actress
Moon Lau (“Angel In-the-Making”, “Over Run Over”, “Blue Veins”, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)

Opinion: Moon Lau is also a deserving winner. It’s a busy year for her too and yet she still present to us very natural and likable acting in all series she was involved in eventhough she is just a new actress with little experience. 

My Favourite TVB On Screen Couple
Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Vincent Wong & Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)

Opinion: Two winners again. This is something that I don’t like. The organizer should just stick to one winner. Ruco and Nancy is the more deserving pair. Handing out the award to Vincent and Tracy is like a consolation for them as they will be going home empty handed if they didn’t award this to them. Chemistry between Ruco and Nancy needs no further explanation. They, the currently highly rumored couple look great together.

My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song
從未知道你最好 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu

Opinion: Expected. This song is nice to listen to and it immediately reminds me of that series. 

My Favourite Top 16 TVB Drama Characters
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Philip Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Sisley Choi (“Presumed Accidents”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”)
Mandy Wong (“Law dis-Order”)
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”)
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Grace Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”)
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”)
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”)
Kristal Tin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)

Opinion: They should cut this down to 10 winners and not the other way round now, which is expanding it further to 16 winners so that almost everyone can get one. People not deserving to win in this category are Philip Ng, Grace Chan and Kristal Tin. There are some much more better actors or actresses to take this award. 

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme
“Sunday Stage Fight”

Opinion: Yup, a very entertaining and hilarious show. I remembered I laughed a lot watching this programme once every week last time. 

My Favourite TVB Enrichment Programme
“Wellness on the Go 4 – Going Green and Sustainable Living”

Opinion: No opinion on this one because I didn’t watch it but I actually prefer ‘Do Did Eat’. ‘Do Did Eat’ is an interesting programme and I thought earlier it should win it since Carol Cheng is present in the ceremony alongside with C-Kwan and Luk Wing that hosted that particular programme. 

My Favourite TVB Host in Variety Programme
Mat Yeung & Benjamin Yuen (“All Work No Pay Holidays – India”)

Opinion: I think people voted for them because they are handsome. That’s it. That is not the true way of judging the quality of hosting actually. Carol, Luk Wing and C-Kwan are a bit more deserving to take this award. Now, they end up went home empty handed to my surprise. They came to Malaysia just for the ceremony hosting job. They did very well in their ‘Do Did Eat’ programme actually but didn’t win this. 

Online Most Beloved Artiste Award 2016
Grace Wong

Opinion: A new award this year. Well, her popularity suddenly soared due to her very interesting role in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ that makes her way more noticeable than ever. She is also very pretty and cool. So, there isn’t much doubt on her winning this. 

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Video highlight of the awards presentation below:

Now, there is one more awards to go, and that is the last and the most prestigious TVB Anniversary Awards in Hong Kong to be held on 18th December 2016. I’m surprised that TVB hasn’t release the nomination list yet. They are so late this year.

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The first major award to honour the best of Hollywood films in the year 2015 has arrived; the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2016 by vincentloy

I managed to watch (or listen to exactly) parts of the presentation ceremony of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards this morning live from online streaming at Youtube. That’s illegal but it’s the only way that I could catch up to the result the same time with the television audiences from the US. It’s evening over there in US but it’s already morning the next day here in Malaysia. Too bad, the internet connection is not good and so I only managed to listen to certain parts of the show while I’m working in my office (couldn’t watch it since I have to work!).

Ricky Gervais hosted the ceremony organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) at the usual venue, Beverly Hills and Hotel, Los Angeles. This is Ricky’s fourth time hosting the Golden Globes. He is good and funny as well but I miss Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The girls were much funnier in their previous hosting for the Golden Globes three times consecutively. Even Ricky’s opening monologue isn’t that hilarious and was shorter. As for the results of the awards, here below is the winners’ list. (the winner in bold alongside with the other 4 losing nominees). I also inserted my brief opinion after each categories. By the way, I didn’t include the television categories in since I didn’t watch any US series. I’m like most others only interested on the film section.

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Best motion picture, drama

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Carol”

“The Revenant”

“Room”

“Spotlight”

Opinion: I’m not pleased with this outcome. ‘The Revenant’ is a nice movie but it’s not a best-picture’s quality. Out of all the five nominees, ‘The Revenant’ is actually the film with the lowest score from multiple critics, be it from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritics. I don’t get why the HFPA voters voted this to win. I would prefer ‘Room’ to take it as I’m moved by this movie the most out of the five nominees. It’s a small budget movie but came with strong story and superb performances. A surprisingly exceptional film that should have won than ‘The Revenant’.

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Best motion picture, musical or comedy

“Joy”

“Spy”

“The Big Short”

“The Martian”

“Trainwreck”

Opinion: I don’t understand why HFPA sorted ‘The Martian’ as a comedy. The movie is nothing funny and I’m sure 100% of people out there would have placed it under ‘drama’ category which is obviously more suitable. I think HFPA liked this movie very much but the competition over at the ‘drama’ categories are too crowded, hence this decision. Anyway, I’m happy that ‘The Martian’ is getting recognition too. It’s a good movie (but it’s certainly not a comedy!!!) It’s a joke that the HFPA placed the movie here. Or they think that it is a musical? Hahaha….What’s on their minds, really?

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Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama

Saoirse Ronin, “Brooklyn”

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Opinion: Very happy for Brie Larson. She is young but extremely talented and she nailed the role as the mother in the movie ‘Room’. Also to mention that Jacob Tremblay is awesome too portraying her son in this beautiful movie. Both Cate and Rooney were fantastic in ‘Carol’ too but putting them together in the same list equals to killing each other off, making it a lot easier for Brie Larson to take this home. She deserved it anyway. Alicia Vikander on the other hand is an extremely gifted actress and she shined this year. Awards may be too fast for her, but I’m sure her time will come very soon for multiple awards next time.

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Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”

Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”

Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”

Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘Joy’ but I knew Jennifer Lawrence is a very talented and professional actress. No problem with her taking another Golden Globe again.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Will Smith, “Concussion”

Opinion: Ahhaa…finally Leonardo diCaprio is winning for the ‘drama’ section. This gives him a big boost for his chance in the next coming awards soon especially the Oscars of which he is certainly long overdue and has never win before. He is great in ‘The Revenant’ and he deserved it. It’s his year. No one else should take the trophies away from him. Michael Fassbender can try again next year. Eddie Redmayne had just won last year and should be fine letting it go this time around.

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Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Paul Dano,” Love”

Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘Creed’ but I hear many good words for Sylvester Stallone. I think he deserved it too since he is a wonderful senior actor and the movie brought him back to awards’ stage.

Best performance by actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Jane Fonda, “Youth”

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”

Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Opinion: Since Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander compete in leading role, so everything is easier for Kate Winslet. Well, she is good too in ‘Steve Jobs’ alongside the leading man, Michael Fassbender. Happy that she won an award after many years of not seeing her on stage receiving award already. Another great actress.

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Best director, motion picture

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Todd Haynes, “Carol”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Ridley Scott, “The Martian”

Opinion: I think HFPA gave this to Alejandro G. Inarritu because he didn’t win it last year for his accomplishment in ‘Birdman’ that won him Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars but not at the Golden Globes. So, HFPA compensate it for him this year. However, in my personal opinion, I would prefer Ridley Scott or George Miller to take it this year. Anyway, I still have to say that Alejandro G. Inarritu is an awesome director. He knew things well on how his movie should go.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Steve Carell, “The Big Short”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”

Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”

Opinion: It’s like the most predictable result of the whole show. This is simply allocated for Matt Damon since he would stand no chance at ‘drama’ category like I said earlier.

Best screenplay, motion picture

Emma Donoghue, “Room”

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, “Spotlight”

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”

Quentin Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight”

Opinion: Another expected result. A script by Aaron Sorkin is always magnificent, especially when he wrote on subjects related to technology. His previous work in ‘The Social Network’ also won him a lot of accolades.

Best original score, motion picture

Carter Burwell, “Carol”

Alexander Desplat, “The Danish Girl”

Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

Daniel Pemberton, “Steve Jobs”

Ryuchi Sakamoto, “The Revanant”

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘The Hateful Eight’ and so I couldn’t judge. But in my opinion, I prefer ‘The Danish Girl’ to win this actually. However, ‘The Danish Girl’ is not receiving award buzz already due to lower-than-expected ratings.

Best motion picture, animated

“Anomalisa”

“The Good Dinosaur”

“Inside Out”

“The Peanuts Movie”

“Shaun the Sheep Movie”

Opinion: Very happy for ‘Inside Out’ to win. Certainly the best animated movie last year with no doubt. There is actually a split second that I’m worried that ‘Anomalisa’ may take this home as a dark horse since many are praising that movie too (but I don’t enjoy it). Glad that ‘Inside Out’ still prevails in the end.

Best original song, motion picture

“Love Me Like You Do,” “Fifty Shades of Grey”

“One Kind of Love,” “Love & Mercy”

“See You Again,” “Furious 7”

“Simple Song #3,” “Youth”

“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”

Opinion: My top 2 favourites are ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ and ‘See You Again’. Any one of them winning is fine for me. Since ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ win the Golden Globes already, I think the following awards should instead recognize ‘See You Again’.

Best motion picture, foreign language

“The Brand New Testament”

“The Club”

“The Fencer”

“Mustang”

“Son of Saul”

Opinion: Didn’t watch any of the five nominated foreign-language films above and so no comment.

Extra note: I’m also surprised that Lady Gaga is winning an award in one of the television categories. Didn’t know that she can act as well aside from her superb singing. This is her first ever nomination in a film award, and she won it straight away. Hmm…

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Full result and my opinions on the 68th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA 2015)

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2015 by vincentloy

And I did it. I purposely woke up 5am this morning to catch the live online broadcast from London of the 68th British Academy Film Awards, or commonly known as BAFTAs. I had only about three to four hours of sleep last night just for this. Once the presentation ceremony was over, I head up straight for work with all the Monday blues and sleepy mood.

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Overall, I’m very satisfied with the results of this year’s BAFTAs. The deserving wins. The only surprising thing is from one of the successful British films last year, ‘The Imitation Game’. It gained 9 nominations but left empty-handed after the ceremony. Everyone thought that the movie deserved at least a single trophy, most probably in the adapted screenplay category that eventually went to ‘The Theory of Everything’, another critically-acclaimed British film in 2014. The film also went on to be one of the biggest winners of the night with win also in Best Leading Actor (for Eddie Redmayne) and in Outstanding British Film. Professor Stephen Hawking himself also attended the ceremony in support of Eddie and to the movie ‘The Theory of Everything’, a biopic based on him and his first wife, Jane. He was brought up to stage with standing ovation from the audiences when he is about to present the award for Best Visual Effects.

Coming-of-age drama film, ‘Boyhood’ took home three top prizes at the night; Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (for Patricia Arquette). However, the biggest winner of the night (in numbers) would be ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, with win in 5 categories. On the other hand, ‘Whiplash’ performed above expectation with three wins. Another critically-acclaimed film, ‘Birdman’ went home disappointingly with only one award, while many expected the film to score at least 2 wins. But that disappointment didn’t go that worst compared to ‘The Imitation Game’ as mentioned earlier. Stephen Fry, hosting the ceremony for the 10th time did a great job again.

Hereby are the full result of the just concluded 68th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs 2015), the biggest event in UK’s film calendar.

BEST FILM

Boyhood (Winner)
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

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Comment: Expected that Boyhood will take Best Film. Most of all said it is an ordinary story told extraordinarily, and the movie makes history in cinema for its filming in 12 years. Eventhough I don’t really enjoy the film, but I will go with the majority’s critical acclaim to the film. Birdman seems to have a chance here too, but lost in the end.

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

The Theory of Everything (Winner)
’71
The Imitation Game
Paddington
Pride
Under The Skin

Comment: Happy for ‘The Theory of Everything’ to win. Eventhough it received a bit lower critics’ rating compared to ‘The Imitation Game’, but the subject the former addresses is more appealing and touching for voters. ‘The Theory of Everything’ still deserves to win this. I love the film.

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything (Winner)
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman

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Comment: Eddie Redmayne is phenomenal as Professor Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’. He nailed the role, which is seriously very hard to portray. I’m glad he win this. Now, he is tipped for Oscar glory end of this month. But still, he has to watch out for Michael Keaton, the strong dark horse and previous expected frontrunner in best actor category.

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Julianne Moore – Still Alice (Winner)
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

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Comment: Everyone knows that this is the year for Julianne Moore. No one else. The others have to step aside this year to make way for this great actress whom has not been truly acknowledged or honoured in the past. She is excellent.

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

JK Simmons – Whiplash (Winner)
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

Comment: A very predictable category. JK Simmons all the way. His role as the very harsh and abusive music teacher in ‘Whiplash’ gained everyone’s approval on his acting. If he isn’t here, then I’ll go for Edward Norton. He did very well in ‘Birdman’ too.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood (Winner)
Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Imelda Staunton – Pride
Emma Stone – Birdman

Comment: Also another very predictable category. I guess Patricia Arquette took all the supporting actress awards from this role. Wonderful and heartfelt performance in ‘Boyhood’. She is the only one in the movie that makes me to finish the 3-hour long film. If she isn’t here, then I’ll go for Emma Stone  from Birdman.

BEST DIRECTOR

Richard Linklater – Boyhood (Winner)
Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel
Damian Chazelle – Whiplash
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
James Marsh – The Theory of Everything

Comment: Richard Linklater’s ambition of shooting the film ‘Boyhood’ in a span of 12 years is already breathtaking. Who else deserved to stop on his way to clinch the best director award? No way.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten (Winner)
American Sniper – Jason Hall
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
Paddington – Paul King

Comment: Hoping for ‘The Imitation Game’ to walk home with at least a win in this category. But no… ‘The Theory of Everything’ wins. I’m fine with that anyway. But wait…what is ‘Paddington’ doing here? Not worthy for a nomination here.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson (Winner)
Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Comment: Would prefer ‘Birdman’ to win this, since it is an excellent film and had only won one award in this BAFTA 2015. It seems like there isn’t enough recognition for ‘Birdman’ here. What a pity.

BEST ANIMATED FILM

The Lego Movie (Winner)
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls

Comment: BAFTA did it right on this one, so much better than the lousy Oscars that do not even care to nominate ‘The Lego Movie’ into their five nominees list for Best Animated Feature. I’m still angry. At least now, there is a consolation prize for the awesome ‘The Lego Movie’ from BAFTA here.

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Citizenfour (Winner)
20 Feet from Stardom
20,000 Days on Earth
Finding Vivian Maier
Virunga

BEST FOREIGN FILM (FILM NOT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE)

Ida (Winner)
Leviathan
The Lunchbox
Trash
Two Days, One Night

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki (Winner)
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Ida – Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski
Interstellar – Hoyte van Hoytema
Mr Turner – Dick Pope

Comment: Totally deserving for ‘Birdman’ to win in this category. Amazing cinematography!

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Winner)
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr Turner
The Theory of Everything

Comment: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ excels in many smaller categories like this one and few more below, eventhough it doesn’t perform that well in major categories. Many creative and distinctive outputs from this film that made it totally deserving for several wins in BAFTA this year. But winning 5 at the night is a bit too much. I thought 3 or 4 trophies for this film is good enough.

BEST FILM EDITING

Whiplash – Tom Cross (Winner)
Birdman – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
Nightcrawler – John Gilroy
The Theory of Everything – Jinx Godfrey

Comment: Happy that ‘Whiplash’ is also honoured in other category rather than just JK Simmons, again and again.

BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIR

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon (Winner)
Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White
Into the Woods – Peter Swords King, J Roy Helland
Mr Turner – Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener
The Theory of Everything – Jan Sewell

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat (Winner)
Birdman – Antonio Sanchez
Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
The Theory of Everything – Johann Johannsson
Under the Skin – Mica Levi

Comment: I actually prefer ‘The Theory of Everything’ to win this. Absolutely fascinating and moving music from that Stephen and Jane Hawking’s biopic.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock (Winner)
Big Eyes – Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau
The Imitation Game – Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald
Interstellar – Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
Mr Turner – Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts

BEST SOUND

Whiplash – Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann (Winner)
American Sniper – Walt Martin, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
Birdman – Thomas Varga, Martin Hernandez, Aaron Glascock, Jon Taylor, Frank A Montaño
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio, Pawel Wdowczak
The Imitation Game – John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley (Winner)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett
Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas Aithadi
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R Christopher White
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

Comment: Glad that ‘Interstellar’ win at least for this category. Beautiful visual works in the film, but I guess after this, voters will be bored by another outer space film again.

BEST BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

The Bigger Picture – Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka (Winner)
Monkey Love Experiments – Ainslie Henderson, Cam Fraser, Will Anderson
My Dad – Marcus Armitage

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM

Boogaloo and Graham – Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney (Winner)
Emotional Fusebox – Michael Berliner, Rachel Tunnard
The Karman Line – Campbell Beaton, Dawn King, Tiernan Hanby, Oscar Sharp
Slap – Islay Bell-Webb, Michelangelo Fano, Nick Rowland
Three Brothers -S Aleem Khan, Matthieu de Braconier, Stephanie Paeplow

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone (writer and producer Pride) (Winner)
Elaine Constantine (writer/director Northern Soul)
Gregory Burke, Yann Demange (writer and director ’71)
Hong Khaou (writer/director Lilting)
Paul Katis, Andrew De Lotbiniere (director/producer and producer Kajaki: The True Story)

Comment: Didn’t watch ‘Pride’, and so I was actually rooting for the members behind the film ’71.

RISING STAR AWARD

Jack O’Connell (Winner)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller
Shailene Woodley

Comment: A good choice in this category which is the only category voted by the public. Jack O’Connell certainly had a wonderful career in 2014 in films. His works in ’71’ and ‘Unbroken’ are incredible. He deserved to win. Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are also great actually.

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One Central Park, winner of ‘Best Tall Building Worldwide’ by CTBUH for 2014.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2014 by vincentloy

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Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a famous international organization focused on planning, design, construction and operation of tall buildings worldwide held its 13th annual awards ceremony on 6th November 2014. As part of a nearly year-long juried selection process across 88 entries, the Awards Jury first selected a Best Tall Building in four regions;

Best Tall Building (Americas) : Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building, Oregon, US.

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Best Tall Building (Europe) : De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Best Tall Building (Middle East) : Cayan Tower, Dubai, UAE.

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Best Tall Building (Asia & Australasia) : One Central Park, Sydney, Australia.

Out of the four winners, one will be crowned the ‘Best Tall Building Worldwide’ for the year. And as already mentioned in this post’s title, the winner is One Central Park building from Sydney, Australia.

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The building which is an apartment complex incorporating vertical gardens stands out than the rest in the entries not only because of its iconic feature particularly the compelling cantilevered structure, but also of its exceptional achievement in sustainability design. It is designed by famous architect, Jean Nouvel. You can read more about the design of the building here: http://www.archdaily.com/551329/one-central-park-jean-nouvel-patrick-blanc/.

There are other awards presented too by CTBUH for the year:

Urban Habitat Award (Inaugural) : The Interlace, Singapore.

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Performance Award (Inaugural) : International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong.

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Innovation Award : BioSkin, first used on NBF Osaki Building, Tokyo, Japan.

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10 Year Award : Post Tower, Bonn, Germany.

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Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award : Douglas Durst.

Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal : Peter Irwin.

You can read more about every winning projects / persons from CTBUH’s official reports of the awards here: http://www.ctbuh.org/Awards/AllPastWinners/2014Awards/AwardsDinner/tabid/6642/language/en-US/Default.aspx.

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Japan won Thomas Cup for the first time. No luck for Malaysia this time.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2014 by vincentloy

Ohh….that was the last word I shouted before we turned off the TV. That is sad. The FINAL match between Japan and Malaysia in Thomas Cup, world’s most premier international men team badminton championship had just concluded. And unfortunately, Japan won. My country, Malaysia lost. The match started at 5.30pm (3pm at India time as the event was held at New Delhi for this edition) and had just ended approximately on 11.30pm (took six long hours). Must be a five neck-to-neck matches in the FINAL. Yes it was.

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As expected, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia overpowered Kenichi Tago of Japan (21-12, 21-16) easily in the first men single match, proving that he is someone very hard to be defeated in this sport eventhough he is now almost 32 years old. We were very confident of him and he secured the first point for our country. Fantastic. We were very happy as it is a good start for our national team. Next came our first men double pair; Hoon Thien How and Tan Boon Heong against Japan’s Kenichi Hayakawa and Hiroyuki Endo. Our pair won the first round, and we thought that we could win this match too. Then, everything should be safe and smooth for us.

However, we were disappointed in the end. The Japan’s pair fight back to win the second game before triumphing again on the deciding game. Our Malaysian pair contributed quite a fair performance and I can see that both of them fight very hard. However, luck is not on their side especially on the last few crucial points which were then awarded to the Japanese pair. The result of this match is 12-21, 21-17 and 21-19 in favor of Japan. Now, it’s 1-1 (draw).

Then, came the second men single match. Our team had Chong Wei Feng and Japan sent in Kento Momota. Chong appeared to have better statistics in early matches of this tournament, but now truly facing a great challenger. In the end, he lost out in two straight games (21-15, 21-17). Opps…not good, not good. The standing is now at 2 for Japan, and 1 for Malaysia. We had to depend on the second men double to save the day. And yes, fortunately, they successfully brought joy for Malaysia back as they won the match in three games (21-19, 17-21, 12-21). They delivered outstanding performance and put back the standing to a draw. Wonderful.

Now, all hope is on the last men single match to decide on the winner of this year’s Thomas Cup. We had Liew Daren and Japan brought forward Takuma Ueda. The high pressure mounted on the players of this match is inevitable. I find that Daren doesn’t have the spirit or energy to play in the first game, hence losing it easily to the Japanese. He also tend to make a lot of serious mistakes eventhough his opponent was showing quite poor skills on court too. That was bad. However, he fought back with much effort and won the second game. This eventually led to the final rubber game. Heartstopping moments then started. And….haaihh….we were all excited as their points were very close to each other but Japan permanently stood ahead two to three points. Accompanied with little luck only to the Malaysian, Japan won the last match (21-12. 18-21, 21-17). Hmmm…

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(Uber Cup trophy on the left which was won by China after winning Japan yesterday and Thomas Cup trophy on the right. Uber Cup represents female team championship)

All our hope ended. So near yet so far. We couldn’t manage to bring back the prestigious Thomas Cup trophy back to Malaysian land. The last time we celebrated the win of this tournament was way back 22 years ago in 1992. This time, we lost again unfortunately. We can see obviously the looks of all Malaysians especially our local supporters over there in the stadium. Luck is not on our side. Year 2014 must have been a bad year for Malaysia. Anyway, both Japan and Malaysia had made this FINAL very intense and awesomely displayed some of the best badminton ‘shows’ I have ever seen in recent years.

A big congratulation to Japan on winning the Thomas Cup for the first time in history. Their performance now stunned and surprised me. They had seriously improved a lot until that they can even defeat China (always regarded as the badminton giant) back in the semi-final. They were proven to be a dark horse, and they successfully won it. Hope that our national team don’t give up, get up for further training on improvement, and fight back on the next Thomas Cup in 2016.

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Starhub TVB Awards 2013 result.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2013 by vincentloy

Starhub TVB Awards is an annual awards presentation in Singapore in collaboration between local TV operator, Starhub with TVB, Hong Kong’s largest TV station. This awards is usually presented much earlier before the year ends, hence excluding some series that are scheduled to broadcast in last quarter of the year. These series will then be carried forward to next year’s awards consideration. This is opposed to TVB pattern of usually emphasizing on the end-year series (called anniversary series) for better advantage in the much prestigious TVB Anniversary Awards held annually in December.

I didn’t pay much attention to this Starhub Awards because I’m a Malaysian, and we do have our own awards presentation to TVB dramas which is the annual MY AOD Favourites Awards. But since Starhub TVB Awards is involving Hong Kong series, I’m going to write a post on its result this year too, along with my brief comments. The star-studded awards presentation (a lot of TVB artists attended) with 20 awards presented was held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on 28th September 2013 (last Saturday).

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Results of the 4th Starhub TVB Awards (2013): (Source from the awards’ official website: http://starhubtvbawards2013.com/en/tvb-award-winners-2013)

Red Carpet Star – Linda Chung.

Star of Perfect Poise Award – Raymond Lam.

Most Glamorous Female Artist Award – Kate Tsui.

Everlasting Glow Award – Linda Chung.

Classic TVB Character – Michael Miu.

(The five awards presented above are quite unnecessary for me. It feels like these awards are presented just to please more TVB artists. There isn’t any effort needed throughout the past year in dramas for them to win these)

Most Improved TVB Actress – Mandy Wong.

Most Improved TVB Actor – Him Law.

(100% agree for Mandy, and 60% agree for Him. For most improved actor, I prefer Oscar Leung first before Him Law)

Best TVB Female Newcomer – Christine Kuo.

Best TVB Male Newcomer – Jason Chan.

(100% disagree to these two results. Both are heavily promoted by TVB nowadays but that doesn’t mean they are both qualified to be called ‘best’. Sorry, but it’s true. Perhaps, there are no other truly good newcomers with great potentials. That’s why they win)

My Favourite TVB Theme Song – Little Something by Mag Lam (Season of Love).

(Didn’t hear this before. Not much to comment)

My Favourite TVB On-screen Couple – Bosco Wong & Niki Chow (A Change of Heart).

My Favourite TVB Variety Host – Pauline Lan in Lady First – Singapore.

My Favourite TVB Variety Show – Lady First – Singapore.

My Favourite TVB Mega Variety Special – TVB Golden Viva Spectacular (Live).

(Nothing to comment for the four awards above)

Singapore Media’s Favourite TVB Drama – Triumph in the Skies II.

My Favourite TVB Drama – Triumph in the Skies II.

(I am not surprised that Triumph in the Skies II won. Its popularity skyrockets not only in Hong Kong but also in mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia)

My Favourite TVB Female TV Characters – Myolie Wu (Triumph in the Skies II), Linda Chung (Witness Insecurity), Tavia Yeung (Silver Spoons, Sterling Shackles), Kate Tsui (Highs and Lows), Michelle Yim (The Confidant), Niki Chow (A Change of Heart).

(All are very deserving except for Niki Chow. Quite surprised that Michelle made it here which I’m happy for her. It’s very hard for a veteran actress to win awards based on popularity like this one.)

My Favourite TVB Male TV Characters – Raymond Lam (Highs and Lows), Moses Chan (Beauty at War), Bosco Wong (Witness Insecurity), Kenneth Ma (Three Kingdoms RPG), Julian Cheung (Triumph in the Skies II), Ruco Chan (Slow Boat Home).

(Wait. How come Francis Ng is not in the winning list. Singaporeans don’t like him maybe. And wait, last year’s TVB king, Wayne Lai also didn’t make it. Weird.)

My Favourite TVB Actress – Tavia Yeung.

(No objection. Everybody expected her time came to grab TV Queen in a row; first in Malaysia last year, then in Hong Kong last year, and now in Singapore as Starhub TVB Queen)

My Favourite TVB Actor – Bosco Wong.

(Wow. Bosco won Singapore’s Starhub TVB King. Quite unbelievable, but I think it should be the time to honour him with a major award after so many years. After Kenneth or Raymond, it shall be him.)

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Sorry if my comments offend you particularly to those who are fans of artists that I find not deserving enough. It’s my sincere individual opinions.

Not long after, it will be MY AOD Favourites Awards 2013 turn which is always regarded as the forecast to actual result of TVB Anniversary Awards every year.

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