Hong Kong trumps Singapore
HK actors top local nominees and sweep up all four acting awards. - TNP
IT'S turning out to be a fantastic week for Hong Kong TVB actor Kevin Cheng.
After winning Best Actor at the TVB 44th Anniversary Awards on Monday for his role in Ghetto Justice, the 42-year-old again picked up Best Actor in a Leading Role for the same drama at the 16th Asian Television (ATV)Awards in Singapore last night.
Of the seven nominees for the award, five were Singaporean actors.
When Cheng went on stage to receive his trophy at the Shangri-La Hotel, he thanked the ATV voting committee, TVB and his fans in Singapore, Hong Kong and China.
He told The New Paper: "I'm very happy...I was really hoping to win.
"When I won (Best Actor for the same drama) in award ceremonies in Hong Kong and Malaysia, my competitors were all TVB actors.
"But the award tonight is extra meaningful because the other nominees are from Asia."
But his win wasn't a surprise.
Even before the awards ceremony began, the Hong Kong press were reporting that Cheng would win the Best Actor award.
It is not clear if the news was leaked, a lucky guess, or confidence on the Hong Kong media's part.
Alongside Cheng, Hong Kong stars Charmaine Sheh, Fala Chen and Mak Cheung Ching, who were also at the awards ceremony, swept up all four awards in the acting categories.
Sheh won Best Actress in a Leading Role for Can't Buy Me Love, while Chen and Mak won Best Actress and Actor in a Supporting Role for No Regrets.
Mak, 44, told TNP: "This is a rare acknowledgement.
I used the Hong Kong style of acting and I'm happy that people outside of Hong Kong also accept it."
He said that he would buy his wife a gift to celebrate.
His family bought him a car last year after he won Best Supporting Actor at the TVB Awards for the same drama.
Sheh, 36, said: "This is my first time nominated in the ATV Awards and I'm thrilled! I think I'll be too happy to sleep tonight."
The Best Actor in a Leading Role category was the most hotly contested among local talents.
Five local actors were nominated for their roles in locally produced shows.
MediaCorp veterans Christopher Lee, Tay Ping Hui and Qi Yuwu were nominated for their Channel 8 dramas Breakout, C.L.I.F and The Family Court respectively.
Carl Ng and Jourdan Lee were also nominated for their roles in Channel 5's Point Of Entry.
The other nominees were Hong Kong's Bobby Au-yeung and Cheng.
Happy for the winner
Tay, 40, told TNP: "Sian (Hokkien for dejected, for not winning)...No lah, I'm still happy for the winner. It's in defeat that we learn we can do better."
"It's okay, I've faced not winning for so many years, I'm used to it."
Christopher Lee was absent from the awards ceremony as he was filming, while Qi was in Japan promoting his new drama Mooncake.
Pan Lingling, 40, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the Channel 8 drama Breakout, also took the loss in her stride.
She said: "Never mind, there's always a next time.
There will always be people who win and those who lose.
"I feel that my work has been recognised because this is an Asia-wide nomination. I'm content."
The Noose Season 4 won Best Comedy while one of its stars, Suhaimi Yusof,won the Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress award.
The other nominees were his co-stars, Alaric Tay and Chua En Lai, Malaysian Yeo Yann Yann for Time FM, Filipino Michael V. for Pepito Manaloto, and Hong Kong's Moses Chan for Yes, Sir. Sorry, Sir!
As Suhaimi wasn't present, Chua and Alaric Tay took the chance to ham it upon stage.
Receiving the trophy on Suhaimi's behalf, Alaric Tay said: "Since we're such team players, I'll receive this on Suhaimi's behalf.
"He can look for it at my house...And next year, please remember me."
Chua, who won the award last year but wasn't at the awards ceremony, took his chance to say his belated thank-yous last night.
He said that he will pass his "crown" to Suhaimi when they next meet at MediaCorp.
Despite not winning this time, Alaric Tay, 32, told TNP: "I'm still having a good time with my friends, whom I consider family. I don't feel like my work is not acknowledged.
"The fact that I've been twice nominated in this awards (last year and this year) means that the work I do is still valuable."
Chua, 33, chirped: "I'll find a way to get rid of the winner."
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