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Friday, October 05, 2007

Award Nominations for TVB Anniversary Revealed! Lee Si Kei a Hot Favorite

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The lighting ceremony for TVB's 2007 Anniversary took place yesterday. Normally the Best Actress Award attracted the most public interest. Due to the popularity of "Heart of Greed" 《溏心風暴》, Lee Si Kei and Susanna Kwan Kuk Ying were hot favorites to win the Best Actress Award this year. Lee Si Kei and Susanna's prominence were obvious due to their forefront positions during the lighting ceremony. They were placed alongside heavy-weights, Liza Wang and Dodo Cheng and took more prominent positions than even fadans, Gigi Lai and Charmaine Sheh.

On the other hand, none of the lead actresses in "The Drive of Life" were nominated for their respective roles in the series!

There will be 13 awards distributed in various categories. This year's nomination rules changed from prior years. An artist can only be nominated in each awards category only once. Even if the artist leads in numerous series, he/ she can only be nominated for one series.

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TVB Artiste Status Revealed In Anniversary Photocall

The photocall during TVB Anniversary events have always been the focus of scrutiny to discover how the rankings of artistes have moved over the year. However, at the start of the anniversary celebrations today, there were no surprises at the current line up.

Liza and Carol maintained their big sister status, standing either side of Sir Run Run Shaw (邵逸夫) on the front row. They were joined in the centre by Lee Si Kei (李司棋) and Susanna Kwan (關菊英), whose popularity has soared this year. On Si Kei's side were Gigi Lai (黎姿), Tavia Yeung (楊怡), Bernice Liu (廖碧兒), Kate Tsui (徐子珊) and Shirley Yeung (楊思琦). On Susanna's side were Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Yoyo Mung (蒙嘉慧), Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣) and Christine Ng (伍詠薇).

For the male artistes on the second row, the important centre spots were taken by Bobby Au Yeung (歐陽震華) and Natalis Chan (陳百祥). On Natalis's side were Roger Kwok (郭晉安), Steven Ma (馬浚偉), Joe Ma (馬德鐘), Dayo Wong (黃子華), Patrick Tang (鄧健泓), Wong Yi Hing (王貽興) and Michael Tse (謝天華). Bobby's side spanned out as Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), Moses Chan (陳豪), Raymond Lam (林峰), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Ron Ng (吳卓羲) and Sammul Chan (陳鍵鋒).

Fala Chen (陳法拉) has seen a steep rise in popularity this year, but still remained on the third row for the photograph.

Outfit Clash Means Nancy Wu Is Kept Away From Charmaine Sheh

The TVB anniversary launch event, held today at TVB City, was the first opportunity of the awards season for the ladies to show off their outfits, but Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) and Nancy Wu (胡定欣) clashed outfits, both choosing to wear a purple DKNY deep-V dress. Charmaine was not too embarrassed about this though and said: "The dress was selected for me by the company and of course you need a pretty girl to go with a pretty dress, so there is no problem."

However, the outright favouritism towards the more popular female was evident as the crew seemed keen to keep Nancy away from Charmaine to make sure that they were not photographed together, wearing the same dress. This left Nancy feeling a little awkward as she was constantly pulled away by a member of the production staff. She explained that she had paid $2000 for the dress because she really liked it.

Leo Ku (古巨基) was the guest performer at the ceremony. There were also dance performances from the cast of Steps <舞動全城> and a comedy sketch from the male leads of Evil Kin<奸人堅>. During the sketch, Dayo Wong (黃子華) rushed over to the audience and threatened to put a cloth bag over Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) and Gigi Lai (黎姿). He even sat down on Gigi's lap, leaving her a little shaken. Gigi later said that fortunately Dayo was not very heavy and she seemed scared because she was worried about him messing up her hair. She was also quite shocked by his sudden approach.

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Sehseh: It's not a big deal clashing dress, though I feel sorry for Nancy since she forked out money to buy the dress yet was pulled aside by the crew. Charmaine didn't mind clashing dress since she doesn't have time to pick clothes for this event (judging from her hairstyle, she must have been filming [FH2] prior to the event). When Tina (Charmaine's manager) realized that Nancy is wearing the same dress, she tried to source another one for Charmaine but unable to do so at last minute.

On the standing position, I already expected Lee Si Kei and Susanna's position. No big deal either, people come and go for that spot annually, but true big sisters like Liza, Dodo, Charmaine & Gigi have remained in their spots for few years in a row and is mostly likely to continue in the future.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usI know that a lot of fans are unhappy that Charmaine wasn't nominated for her role in DOL. I feel puzzled as well, but come to think of it - it's obvious that TVB have no intentions to give award to Charmaine this year, plus HOG is received good ratings and hyped media attention. It is possible that they would like to exclude Charmaine's stronger role in DOL so that the media focus will be on the competition between LSK and Susanna instead.

Speaking of nominations, I'm surprised that Raymond Lam is not nominated in Top 5 of Favorite Male Award. I was expecting Moses to nab Best Actor while Ray gets Favorite Male. However, Dayo Wong is a dark horse candidate to be reckoned with. As for the actresses category, it's a split between LSK and Susanna. Linda Chung is a dark horse candidate for Favorite Female, but I feel her acting and popularity is not strong against the current top 5.

I will post up the guidelines for TVB anniversary award online voting later.

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