Loud gasps of surprise and disbelief filled the studio backstage at TVB City on Monday night when Dayo Wong was named Best Actor at the 2013 TVB 46th Anniversary Awards.
Most of the reporters - from Hong Kong, China and Singapore - could hardly believe it.
After all, Wong, 53, was not a full-time artist with broadcaster TVB. He was also the only one out of five nominees who was absent from the two-and-a-half-hour ceremony.
Right after his name was read, host of the night Carol Cheng used her handphone to call Wong, who was in Shanghai, to congratulate him.
To the amusement of the audience, Wong first told Cheng: "Oh, you have not called me in one or two years."
The pair were co-stars on the 2000 drama, War Of The Genders.
Cheng then said she had good news for him, much to his disbelief.
He asked: "How many Best Actors are there? Who are the voters?"
When he was told that there was only one Best Actor and votes were shared by a panel of about 800 professional judges and public voting, Wong said: "Ah yes, then the award is definitely professional."
Wong, who beat hot favourites Chilam Cheung and Kenneth Ma, plays a popular public relations genius who has a knack for helping single women find their Mr Right in the series Bounty Lady.
In an interview before the show, Ma, 39, told the Singapore media that he had earlier been confident he had a chance - until he saw the night's list of attendees.
He said: "Chilam and Francis (Ng) will be here tonight. It could be either of them."
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