SINGAPORE - Despite the hype and the intense anticipation, Triumph In The Skies II did not score a landslide victory in Singapore.
The 40-part airline-themed blockbuster, which ended its run in Hong Kong earlier this month, was a ratings success.
And yet it managed to snag only the My Favourite TVB Drama accolade at the StarHub TVB Awards 2013 last night. Main leads Julian Cheung and Myolie Wu also did not win the coveted acting honours.
The My Favourite TVB Actress award went to Tavia Yeung for her performance in the period drama Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles, and the My Favourite TVB Actor award to Bosco Wong for psychological thriller A Change of Heart.
Yeung played a Peking opera singer who becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy businessman, while Wong took on the roles of identical twins with contrasting personalities.
Both were clearly elated with their awards.
Yeung, 34, said: "I want to thank the producer of Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles.
"He created a role for me that was so lauded, all the way from last year to this year."
Wong, 32, told reporters backstage that he hoped to have the opportunity to act in a Singapore production in the near future.
He said: "It'd be nice to star in a Singapore (film or TV series) with a distinctive local flavour."
The StarHub TVB Awards, which is into its fourth year, celebrates the best of Hong Kong TVB drama productions and stars.
The ceremony was held at the Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre in front of a 2,000-strong audience.
It was also the first time that the awards show was telecast live on StarHub cable TV.
Most of the winners were picked via public voting via online and print platforms, giving local fans a chance to vote for their favourite idols over a month-long period.
For the popularity of their roles in Triumph In The Skies II, Cheung and Wu's characters were voted one of six winners in the My Favourite TVB Male Character and Female Character categories, respectively.
Wu, 33, lamented that her Triumph In The Skies II co-star and onscreen boyfriend Ron Ng couldn't attend the awards.
"It's a pity, I actually thought of walking the red carpet with Ron. Alas, in the end, I had to walk with (actor) Kenneth Ma," she deadpanned.
Cheung did not attend the awards ceremony either, due to work commitments.
A few fashion-related awards were also handed out, including the Everlasting Glow Award that went to Linda Chung. The Most Glamorous Female Artist went to Kate Tsui.
Chung, 29, told reporters that her smile was "her winning quality" and that her "outward glow" came from her "increased confidence" over the years.
"I was very shy as a teenager. I grew more confident only after winning (the beauty pageant) Miss Chinese International 2004, which gave me my showbiz break," she said.
Tsui, looking sassy in a black cleavage-baring dress, accentuated by a diamond necklace, said she hoped to exude "elegance and sophistication" in her outfit.
"Being plain sexy is not for me," she said firmly.
Who won what
My Favourite TVB Drama: Triumph In The Skies II
My Favourite TVB Actress: Tavia Yeung
My Favourite TVB Actor: Bosco Wong
My Favourite TVB Onscreen Couple: Bosco Wong and Niki Chow（ (A Change of Heart)
Most Improved TVB Actress: Mandy Wong
Most Improved TVB Actor: Him Law
Best TVB Female Newcomer: Christine Kuo
Best TVB Male Newcomer: Jason Chan
Most Glamorous Female Artist: Kate Tsui
Star of Perfect Poise Award: Raymond Lam
Everlasting Glow Award: Linda Chung