As always, the results will be rigged (especially when deserving nominees were left out, and many artistes were nominated for the wrong performances)...didn't even want to do this post, but it's time to reveal this year's predictions!
tvb.com Weibo Popularity Award: Kevin Cheng
Since Weibo is more Mainland-based, Kevin Cheng is definitely winning this award after gaining much popularity from the Mainland series "Bu Bu Jing Xin".
Most Improved Female Artiste: Sire Ma
Just think that Sire will win because she seems to be the most promoted of the nominees in this category.
Most Improved Male Artiste: MC Jin
Want Jazz Lam to win, but TVB will most likely give MC Jin this award to thank him for doing so much for TVB this year (i.e., hosting various programmes, participating in series, filming the Sales clip for "Triumph II", and taking part in the movie "Turning Point 2").
Best Supporting Actress: Sharon Chan ("Ghetto Justice")
Voted for Nancy Wu, and definitely think that Nancy, Elena Kong, and Queenie Chu had much more stronger performances in their respective series; however, Sharon's role in "Ghetto" created more buzz during its broadcast. Having gained more exposure after the airing of the series, as well as being promoted to a leading role in "Schemes of East and West", it seems likely for Sharon to win.
Best Supporting Actor: Ben Wong ("Lives of Omission")
Ben's 'Spicy Ginger' was definitely one of the more standout supporting roles this year (however, to me, he will forever be most memorable as Ah Hoi from "A Kindred Spirit"). The recipients of this award tend to have more experience in the industry; with over 20 years in the industry, and having received much praise for his performance, an acknowledgment in terms of an award from TVB is certainly plausible.
My Favourite TV Female Character: Linda Chung ("Yes, Sir. Sorry, Sir!")
Preferred Linda's role in "Twilight Investigation" than "Sir", but it would make sense for Linda to win for Miss Koo, considering the noise that the character created while the series aired, as well as the fact that the character was so well-received that it will be having a spin-off at the end of the year.
Best Actress: Myolie Wu ("Curse of the Royal Harem")
When actually looking at acting performance, definitely support Yoyo Mung and Elena Kong for 'Best Actress'; however, it is evident that TVB is pushing a younger fa dan to win this year, and Myolie is first in line. Although the reviews for "Curse" have been mixed (whether it is the cast's performance or the script), Myolie will most definitely win this year's 'Best Actress' award (but still think that it would be more convincing for her to win for "Rippling" or "Ghetto", since there was positive feedback for her performances as a whole in those series, while the feedback for "Curse" has not been good). Although Fala Chen is also considered a hot contender for this award, doubt that she will win, as there was much criticism for her performance in "Lives"; it is obvious that the 'Best Actress' hype surrounding Fala only serves to help solidify her first-line status.
My Favourite TV Male Character: Bosco Wong ("Lives of Omission")
My favourite male character this year was definitely Keith in "Truth", but doubt that TVB will give it Ruco Chan so soon (especially when there's a lineup for these awards). 'Crippled Co' is not a hot favourite, but he is definitely a dark house. Wouldn't be surprised if Bosco were to win this award for this role, as this character also has much support.
Best Actor: Michael Tse ("Lives of Omission")
Don't think that there were any particularly outstanding acting performances this year (especially from the females), but support Michael to win this year's 'Best Actor' award! Considering the genre of "Forensic", doubt that Wayne Lai will win for the third consecutive year, especially when there is nothing special about his performance in the series. Although Kevin Cheng is considered a hot favourite for this award, he already won this award before, so don't think that TVB will give this award to him again. With the continued popularity of Laughing, as well as TVB's intentions to expand the 'Laughing' franchise, it makes sense for Michael to win. Since TVB is all about making money, a 'Best Actor' win for Michael should also help to further increase his appearance fee!
Best Series: "Lives of Omission"
Of the series aired this year, still think that "Twilight Investigation" and "A Great Way to Care" (yes, the warehoused series that was released overseas in 2009) are the 'best'; however, 'Best Series' tends to go a series that not only had high ratings, but also created much noise that year. This year, "Lives of Omission" is definitely that series. With the movie version in the process of filming and releasing at the end of the year, winning 'Best Series' should further promote and hype up the movie.