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After voting all throughout December, the results are in for the Casual TVB Awards 2012!
It's been a fruitful year for both Kenneth Ma and Tavia Yeung. After 13 years in the industry, Tavia was finally rewarded with the Best Actress title, while her partner, Kenneth, took home the Favourite Male Character award. The pair collaborated in three dramas this year, most memorably winning the hearts of the audience in The Hippocratic Crush. They were met with a tragic ending in Three Kingdoms RPG and many fans wished they were together in Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles.
Best Theme Song
Having "Cantopop Queen" Joey Yung perform the theme song for The Hippocratic Crush adds a beautiful touch to the series. I, for one, fell in love with the song as soon as I heard Joey's powerful voice along with the captivating melody. A fine composition by Tang Chi Wai.
Most Surprising Success
Before, most people did not know who Koo Ming Wah was, but "So Gay" shot to fame with Divas in Distress to be the most surprising success story of the year. Almost giving up his acting career at one point, Koo Ming Wah finally achieved recognition after 18 years at TVB and earned the Best Supporting Actor award.
Favourite Portrayal of Historical Character
Despite history's often negative depiction of the eunuch Li Lianying, Wayne Lai demonstrated a more favourable side of this famed historical figure. Wayne showed the character's compassionate side and unwavering loyalty to his master, successfully cementing his own place in TVB history by capturing his third TV King title.
Most Improved Cantonese
Since winning Miss Hong Kong Pageant in 2006, Aimee Chan quickly gained heavy supporting roles and is now on the fast track to popularity with several series scheduled to be released in 2013. While her language skills still leaves much to be desired, fans see her Cantonese as the most improved among a number of linguistically-challenged artists. Perhaps Moses Chan can help her improve her Chinese even further.
In a year where fans are frustrated by the questionable endings of several series, Three Kingdoms RPG proved to be the worst offender of all. The abrupt, tragic ending was completely unexpected from the comedic series and leaves many unanswered questions about the fate of the rest of the characters. Luckily, there's this article.
Taking a departure from his good guy roles, Kenneth Ma shaved his head and transformed into a sneering, throat-cutting, red-head loving "King of Thieves" with a neck tattoo. Guest-starring as a cold-blooded killer in Tiger Cubs, fans loved him as much as they despised of his deeds. Kenneth was a formidable opponent to the SDU team and added lots of action and excitement to the series.
Despite being a bitchy, pain-in-the-backside superior in No Good Either Way, it was hard to hate Florence Kwok's character. Although she rarely cracked a smile and tried to make life miserable for her workers, her antics brought plenty of laughter to the audience.
Daddy Good Deeds is a heart-warming family drama that exceeded expectations. There were a few pleasant surprises from the cast and many pop culture references that gave the audience a good laugh. Most viewers found it to be an enjoyable break from serious dramas.
Most Interesting Historical Context Post
The historical backdrop for The Confidant was the late-Qing Dynasty during the beginning of Empress Dowager Cixi's reign. I compiled a brief profile of all the true historical figures in the series to give readers a sense of who these people were and what they did. "The Confidant Characters" proved to be quite a popular post with 1600+ page views, ranking an all-time third in my blog's short history.
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Thank you to everyone for participating in the Casual TVB Awards 2012 and I hope you will continue to find interest in my posts in 2013!