Best Supporting Actor: Evergreen Mak
It is evident that the major contenders for 'Supporting Actor' are Dominic Lam, Ngo Ka Nin, and Evergreen Mak. Dominic received the most praise for the role of Wing Tak; however, "A Fistful of Stances" was aired too early, and he has not personally tried to garner votes. Dominic also does not seem to place much emphasis on awards, so he may not even go to the awards presentation, which makes him an unlikely candidate to actually win the award. As for Ngo Ka Nin, he made a great impact on the audience for his performance as 'Spare Rib' in the first few episodes of "No Regrets". Although Ka Nin received much praise for his performance, he does not have much screen time. Evergreen has also come in from behind, and has become more noticed for his role as Leung Fei Fan, and has gained much popularity. Evergreen should be able to gain more support as the series progresses as well, as his role is quite prominent. Evergreen has always performed well, but he has not had much recognition in the past. It would make sense for Evergreen to win because he has been with TVB for 23 years, and with his rising popularity, TVB may want to finally give him some recognition for his service and efforts.
Best Supporting Actress: Kara Hui
Kara Hui has this award in the bag, especially since Susan Tse, who was seen as her biggest competitor, did not even receive a nomination. In the past year, Kara received seven major film awards, and since she just became a TVB-managed artiste, TVB will most likely reward her for her television work as well. TVB's nominations tend to be based on ratings, such that higher rated series tend to be nominated. However, since Kara was nominated for her stronger performance in "Fistful" instead of her performances in the more highly rated "Can't Buy Me Love" and "No Regrets", this will make her 'Best Supporting Actress' win even more convincing.
Most Improved Male Artiste: Raymond Wong
It is quite evident that Raymond Wong is winning 'Most Improved', since his fellow competitors are not even of the same status, as Raymond has more prominent roles than the others. Many of the series that he participated in also received high ratings. In particular, with the good ratings of "When Lanes Merge" and the positive feedback regarding his performance as Turbo, it would make sense for him to win this award.
Most Improved Female Artiste: Selena Li OR Natatie Tong
The competition for 'Most Improved Female Artiste' is obviously between Selena Li and Natalie Tong. Selena is the better actress and has shown more versatility; however, Natalie's sympathetic role as Ngan received a lot of noise during the broadcast of "Fistful", and it was Ngan's rape incident that propelled the ratings of "Fistful". Selena had always been nominated in 'Most Improved'; however, she did not receive a nomination in this category last year. The fact that TVB nominated her in this category again may be an indication that there is a leaning toward Selena, especially since she has a higher status than Natalie in TVB. However, Natalie has been recently getting more prominent roles, and she slightly edges out Selena in audience votes. Thus, it is difficult to predict who will actually receive 'Most Improved Female Artiste'; however, I personally would like Selena to win.
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