Monday, December 15, 2014

[O] TVB Awards 2014 : Let the transformation begin!

Wow. Shocking, seriously shocking.

The results at a glance;

Best Actor : Roger Kwok (Black Heart White Soul)
Best Actress ; Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker)
Best Supporting Actress ; Josie Ho (Tomorrow Is Another Day)
Best Supporting Actor : Ram Chiang (Come On, Cousin)
Best Themesong : Line Walker
Best Series : Line Walker
Most Favourite Character (Actor) : Bezn Hui (Line Walker)
Most Favourite Character (Actress) : Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker)
Most Improved (Actor) : Louis Cheung
Most Improved (Actress) : Priscilla Wong
Lifetime Achievement Award : Tam Bing Man (60 years in the business!!)
5 Special Recognition Awards : 1 newscaster, 4 actors, amongst them Law Lok Lam

I hope I got the list right.

You know what? I am just so happy Sharon Chan didn't win as rumoured. I am not sure what is the voting system for supporting but thank god Josie Ho won. She may dressed so weird, like she was in some bad comedy and rushed to the set but that girl can act and she did very well in what is a mediocre and uninspiring series called Tomorrow Is Another Day.

I thought Benz was winning supporting but Ram won. Frankly between the 2, for acting, I feel Benz deserved it. Ram didn't had much to do in Come On, Cousin and he probably won for his body of work and not singular work. I hope Power Chan gets that recognition one day because he was sublime in Overachievers.

I am also surprised Priscilla who reportedly is frozen won Most Improved. Well then, she's not frozen I suppose.

The Best Series is Line Walker, which to me is one of the worst of the year. If you see, and if I heard correctly, public voted less than 25% out of 20%. Staggering number but not overwhelming majority. Maybe if public vote alone it would have won or maybe another series might have more than half the votes. Peers voting was overwhelming more than 40%. Truth it, it is a sucky movie wrapped in some nice packaging with mediocre acting at most for most. Overachievers had better acting, better storyline but unfortunately wrong timing. Or maybe not much rigging.

Yes I believe some rigging is still involved.

But Roger deserved his win and I love his fashion statement. Very meaningful and he spoke more with his fashion than with his mouth. He is not an eloquent man like Wayne but he is up there with Wayne as TVB's pillars in acting.

Biggest winner that night is Ram Chiang who to me was never dead but just now on the forefront and deservingly so and the candidate for Laughing Gor Award has to be Benz Hui, still very hot from his success as Foon Hei gor. Sammy would have gotten Most Improved if Louis was in Best Supporting but Louis wouldn't have won in Best Supporting. Again as you can see the pattern, some rigging, some manipulation and some dividing the pork, but less obvious this year. Just like how Come On Cousin depicted it, only less funny and more dead serious. Another big winner is Wong Cho Lam who is on  his way to be the next Eric Tsang, the stalwart of TVB.

Ok let;s more away from awards., Fashion!

Not sure what's up but why most girls either dress like they're the bride, or the bridesmaid or the grumpy aunt. White, off white, black. Why? Is that the dress code? Charmaine looked like she is suffering on her high heels and the dress whilst daring is very restrictive. Linda looks like she walked out from a Disney cartoon. More boobs this year but luckily more reserved. Some however were oddballs, like Josie Ho, Maggie Siu and Myolie Wu and her bubble dress and also her awkward banter with Jonathan Li. 

As for men, some clearly did not get the memo that this is a serious respectable award show.

Bosco is expected to fail in his choices and this year, yes fail but not epic fail.

(if you're thinking why is Ruco paired with Tavia, remember, Eye In The Sky?)

For me the fail goes to Ruco Chan. I love than man but my god, why is he wearing like he is attending some hipster party? Come on man, this is the time to look good, time to sell yourself and show your worth. Look at Kenneth Ma, silly prints aside, he always look impeccable, look at Wayne Lai, always impeccable, Louis Cheung looking delicious and even Roger dresses like a winner. Tony Hung may have his pornstarch because of acting but still, Ruco has ZERO excuse. Another bad one is Oscar Leung, forever in competition with Bosco for Worst Dressed. BUT Sammy Shum, why is he killing his own hotness? He looks like a hobo! Even Benz Hui and Ram Chiang were making effort to look good. You know who looked good? The veterans. Nancy Sit looks great, just glamorous enough. Ruco was a disappointment and he doesn't look like a winner anyway.

Now before Ruco fans go he was robbed, puh-lease! Even I will admit, in the lineup, he is way down the line. But I am just happy he got recognition for Ruse Of Engagement who is the richer version of the shambolic Line Walker but lesser cast and delayed broadcast. Life's unfair.

I did notice the tone of the award this year is different. See how Emmy Awards it has become which is good because more seriousness, more effort to look less rigging and also more deserving winners. More respectable. Even the presentation is different and I was particularly impressed with the edited presentation of all the series at the end and also the fact the voiceless nameless producers, directors, etc are now permitted to stand on stage and accept awards and say their thanks. Believe me, come  next year or year after, they too will dress in suits and tuxedo and thus the transformation and legitimisation of TVB awards to Emmy Awards become complete. However some things will never ever change and I hope it will change; do away with the stupid banter, do away with the stupid self promo, do away with the stupid putting stars on the spot  by asking who they voted and then saying they know who they voted. Do away with the silly off stage banter and write better on stage banter for the presenters. Get the nominees off the stage, go to a bigger studio and let them seat at the audiences' seats instead of on the stage. Give warning for all to come dressed formally, especially the production crew, surely with such a big wardrobe dept they can get them some suits? Add some other awards like script writing, best costume, etc and believe me, come the next time or after a few years, it will be a relevant and at least with some respectability of I hope a real award show. And get someone else to host for god sake. At least there's no jostling for attention and shouting but seriously the hosts should behave as if this IS a serious award show and not behave as if this is some variety show. There is a difference.

Until they correct the bad habits which inhabit TVB since forever, the award show will always be a a variety show where no one will ever take it seriously and remain just a debated wasteful exercise.

And like some winners say (and they're Christians like Ram and Roger), thank god Sharon Chan didn't win! If not, believe me, this award will be a laughing stock. It still is in some part but can't you see? Josie Ho winning give it a surprise edge AND some respectability so that will shut you up about fixed results when we know better.

A good effort,  a good show but not yet the award show that is a show by itself, like Oscars or Golden Globes. But believe me, one day, it will be. 


  1. TVB definitely went the "safe" route this year which I'm totally fine with, especially since most of the winners were deserving.

    I'm tremendously happy for Ram (though I will admit I had trouble choosing in the Supporting Actor category, since I like Ram, Benz, and Power -- for me it was a tossup between those 3 and I'm fine with any one of them winning). And yes, Ram absolutely gave the best speech of the night -- I knew he was a devout Christian, but didn't think that he would pray at the beginning of his speech....I was definitely so moved...and yes, I was in tears as well. I also thought it was a nice touch (and very fitting) for him to end his speech singing a few lines from the Witness Insecurity themesong (a series that he starred in as well, did superbly in, and was nominated for BSA back then too).

    Happy for Roger as well (following in his buddy Gallen Lo and also Wayne Lai's footsteps as 3 time TV King), especially since I've been watching his series since the 80s and know that he is a solid actor -- his role in BHWS may not have been his best work, but he was still great (I would have been fine with Wayne winning as well -- love both of them)....also glad that he finally won for a role other than Ah Wong!

    I agree with you about the fashion. I normally don't notice the fashion much, but this year, it was too hard not to notice. Most of the men were very nicely dressed and handsome (except for the few that you noted...Ruco looked too gangster and Sammy -- WTF happened to him? He was horrid-looking in that outfit!). Kenneth looked fine until they showed his legs/feet (pants legs too short and he was wearing shoes with no socks -- top part was fine, bottom part was horrible). Bosco was actually decent this time (didn't go OTT weird with the fashion this time)....Louis was absolutely dashing in his getup (and he's not good-looking to begin with, but the way he dressed was lovely). Favorite outfit was of course Roger (such a family man -- love him), with Wayne coming in a close second (he looked GOOD -- from the hair to the outfit, he was definitely impeccably dressed just like you said). Ben's outfit was pretty classy too (the color is quite unique and looked nice on him), Raymond Wong was well-dressed too (as he usually is)...and yes, the veterans were the best dressed (they ARE veterans after all -- they've been to enough big events to understand how they should dress for the occasion). Coincidentally, my mom made her usual comment about the fashion -- how much you respect the event is reflected in how you dress (and she went on to point out how almost all the veterans were very nicely dressed, showing that they respected the occasion whereas the younger ones who dressed all hobo-ish had no respect for event). Most of the guys were tastefully dressed, but the ladies on the other hand -- all I'm going to say is OMG, what the hell happened to the women this year? Most of the outfits were atrocious!

  2. silly host, silly timing, they rushing so much, but then again, if they did an Golden Horse length people will complain, they should improve, may be less silly interview in between?

    Wayne should has won, but then again, maybe they wanted Roger to film few more series, Wayne is always with TVB.

    Strangely, I didn't notice that Kenneth has only 1 series for this year until he mention it

    Power Chan robbed again, but then Ram worked so long, so they should give him one, he has been in TVB, nailed every characters he played,

  3. Awards:
    Quite fair and safe

    Ladies - whites, whites everywhere. Nothing worth mentioning.
    What's with Linda's childish princess getup
    and Charmaine's awkward neckline?
    Kate looks too plain she must've known she wouldn't win.

    Gentlemen -

    Worst: Sammy Shum, Himhim, Ruco Chan.
    Decent enough: Kenneth Ma(bottom looks odd), Bosco Wong(surprisingly not weird)
    Good: Ben Wong, Raymond Wong, Wong Cho Lam, and most veterans.
    Dressed to win: Roger Kwok, Wayne Lai, Louis Cheung

    Most of the good looking younger men below 40 were wasting their pretty faces to dress like hippies while the average looking and older veterans were the ones who dressed impeccably.

  4. " the lineup, he is way down the line.."
    i have to disagree on this unless it's your personal view. In the rundown to the awards, Ruco was mostly placed third after Roger and Wayne (as reported in various HK papers which gave an assessment of the nominees' chances at winning). He won in Singapore and was Top 3 in Malaysia so he was never "way down the line" in the HK awards.