The TVB Anniversary Awards (萬千星輝頒獎典禮) ceremony will be conducting in two months time and the public are usually concern about the top three awards including Best Actor in a Leading Role (最佳男主角), Best Actress in a Leading Role (最佳女主角) and Best Drama Series (最佳女主角). Among these awards, the most intense competition will be Best Actor in a Leading Role
In 2019, TVB has broadcast its drama nearly 90% and Chinese series, Legend of the Phoenix (鳳弈) airing straight after Finding Her Voice (牛下女高音) drama is excluded in the nomination. As for Wonder Women (多功能老婆) drama, it will be taking over immediately after The Man Who Kills Troubles (解決師) but Chau Pak Ho (周柏豪) is disqualified to fight for TV King. Therefore based on the current situation, the top 5 hot favourites for Best Actor in a Leading Role Award should go to Joel Chan (陳山聰), Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), Vincent Wong (王浩信) and Kenneth Ma (馬國明) this year.
In recent years, Edwin Siu is heavily groomed by TVB and films one drama, The Unwinding Ethos (十二傳說) in 2019. However. Barrack O’Karma (金宵大廈) has a similar plot and steals the limelight completely. Hence, it is believed that he has a slim chance to win and his nomination might be removed anytime. In fact, there is top 4 hot favourites this year only.
As for Joel Chan, he also shoots one drama, Barrack O’ Karma this year and it receives positive reviews. The audiences praise there is an improvement in his acting skills and he seems to win their liking. As he bagged Best Actor in a Supporting Role (男配角) Award in 2017, it is believed that Joel needs additional time to train his acting skills and relying on one good series is inadequate to become the winner. Let’s take Kenneth Ma as an example. He performs well in The Exorcist’s Meter drama but fails to win eventually. Thus, it is better for Joel to wait for a few more years.
Evidently, Vincent Wong is one of the favourite artistes in TVB and arranged to participate in the anniversary drama for the past five consecutive years. The Man Who Kills Troubles series starring him has aired 5 episodes and he usually plays a hero, fights against the evil and has two girlfriends who look alike. It is considered a safe strategy to win the audiences’ hearts but we have yet to see a breakthrough based on his performance in The Man Who Kills Troubles drama. Despite countless of action scenes, it is insufficient for Vincent to become TV King twice.
Next, Kenneth Ma joins the industry for twenty years and the public support him to win Best Actor in a Leading Role Award. Although winning Most Popular Male Character (最受歡迎電視男角色) Award for the past two consecutive years, but he always lacks of some luck to become TV King. His performance in Deep in the Realm of Conscience (宮心計2深宮計) drama last year is perceived ordinary after The Exorcist’s Meter series in 2017. This year, Kenneth played a doctor again in Big White Duel (白色強人) but his acting skills is not really outstanding and it is unlikely that he will emerge as the champion.
Finally from the look of it, Benjamin Yuen stands the highest chance to become TV King as Kara Hui (惠英紅) is full of praises for him when shooting TVB anniversary drama, The Defected (鐵探) together in 2019. He tries hard to lose weight and the role certainly helps him to achieve a breakthrough in his acting skills. It is obvious the role is tailor made for him and based on the usual practice, TVB will grant his dream since Benjamin is the hot favourite this year.