TVB 43rd Anniversary Awards 2010 – My Favorite Male Character: Kenneth Ma – Gu Yu Tong (A Fistful of Stances)
With the Awards’ season coming to an end, I believe most of us expected, though were still disappointed, that Kenneth would not receive an award for Gu Yu Tong (AFOS). However, I think the biggest shock of all was not Raymond Lam winning for the oh-so-plain-and-boring-I-wear-tight-pants-&-weird-vests Kingsley (dude, what kind of name is that anyways?), but that A Fistful of Stances didn’t even make the Top 5 series of the year. TVB are you serious? I personally thought AFOS was one of THE best series of the year. It started off the year right. Given that I have not seen NR, I will not judge, but it’s over-hyping is slightly nauseating me. While I did not think I’d like CBML initially, I ended up finding it pretty entertaining, though it was no-where near Best Series material. ACOTOB was a dark-horse in Top 5 for sure, and while I enjoyed the series much to my surprise, I really felt it was mediocre. It is an easily forgettable series. And then there’s TMOL….it was a bad series with a likable cast, and it does NOT belong in top 5 despite my love for BK & Tavia. Not to mention, every character was pretty much annoying. My choices for Favorite series are: AFOS, GMG, EMYM (I surprisingly enjoyed it), & I guess the two other anniversary series just based on popularity. I just have to say that I’m particularly amused at how TVB strategically aired AFOS at the beginning of the year, so people would forget it by Anniversary time. I guess they see the series & Kenneth as a threat (cause more uproar if he didn’t get anything) against their anniversary series. It was also a lame move to not let GMG finish airing before the Awards Ceremony.
As we knew early on this year, the contenders were Wayne, Moses, Raymond, and dark-horses Steven & Felix. There was not a doubt in my mind that the first 3 were going to take the Male Actor Awards home. Of course, you can’t blame a girl for dreaming. Kenneth’s performance in AFOS was amazing, and a definite breakthrough. Just the year prior, I was worried that Kenneth would never get a good role like MK Sun again, which was a contender for the Favorite Character Award in 2009. However, he came back strong this year with Gu Yu Tong, which deserved a Best Actor nomination. I am still amazed at how TVB can honestly not nominate him for the Best Actor award, but yet, list Kevin for AFOS and Bosco for GTL (among a few). If you’ve seen the series, no explanation is necessary, and you know who gave the better performance and was lead. While Steven is a deserving candidate for the awards, he did not deserve it for GW, and I have come to the conclusion long ago that Steven will NEVER get an award. Unless he gets super lucky and causes an unexpected uproar like Wayne did last year, as long as TVB is in control, he won’t get anything. Wayne is a great actor and among the five, I’m glad he won. Moses is a good actor as well, but I get tired of his comedies, and I know he can do so much more/better (Can TVB please give him a serious role?). Raymond is a good actor too (haha, this is getting repetitive), but he is always the same character, the prince-charming who bawls over a girl breaking his heart and he’s never exceptional. Felix was a refreshing lead, and while I liked GMG, I did not think he was as amazing nor was the series as great as everyone says it is. With all that said, I am secretly really happy that Raymond got this award (which I already expected) instead of Steven, because TVB just made a fine display of favoritism and instead of being happy for Steven, people are feeling sorry that Kenneth was robbed. 😀 I am still upset, however, that the media is feeling bad for Moses for being robbed of My Favorite Character, despite all the voices online (overseas) saying that Kenneth deserved it! (As seen in the screen-cap of the Asianfanatics.net poll, where Kenneth is in the lead)
Kenneth is pulling off his bald look very nicely, and I love how the “Ma’s Brothers” were together on stage. Of course, I know Kenneth can do a better “chok” look and look super-handsome doing it, but his choice of shaking his head up and down just makes him the adorable MaMing we love. I was sad that Kenneth walked with Kate again, I was hoping for Nancy lol.
On a side note: Congrats Raymond Wong!!! (baby & award) Very deserving, though I loved ALL the contenders for Most Improved Male. As for the girls, I was sad Selena didn’t win. I don’t think Natalie is a that good of an actress, and no matter how touching her speech was, I felt there was so many people more deserving than her. My Best Supporting Actor choices were Dominic and Derek. Wing Tak (AFOS) was awesome and Dominic is just a great actor in general, but I was leaning more towards Derek (9 -Mui from SOF) because I don’t think he’d have much of a chance any other year. Derek is a great actor, but I haven’t liked one of his characters in a long time (used to love his evil roles) until 9-Mui in Season of Fate. He reminded me why I used to like him. Personally, I’m not much of a fan of Evergreen in general.
As for Best Supporting Actress, I think everyone in Top 5 was deserving. I secretly was cheering for Elena Kong (Angela Auntie) because she was just superb! I knew her chances were slim though so I was in support of Kara. While I love Nancy, I didn’t think she deserved this award for GMG (though her crying has gotten really good). Fala is an up-and-coming actress, but of the contenders she was the least deserving. Can’t they just wait for it to be her time? I’m sure it’d come soon, so why is TVB forcing us to believe she’s the best? Fala does not need your “help.” I secretly have always wished Rebecca Chan would at least get a nomination for Best Supporting.
As for Toby’s statement, I see some people sort of bashing her for it. While Ron did look awkward, I thought it was an adorable situation and display of their friendship. I already knew they were close, and I thought it was cute how Ron was embarrassed. Statements like those are just typical of Toby, and I personally love her craziness! (While she may not be the best, I Toby has been improving, but I still want her to go back to long hair and singing!)
Best Actress – Michelle Yim (SOF)
Best Actor – Wayne Lai
My Favorite Character – Charmaine Sheh & Kenneth Ma
Most Improved – Raymond Wong & Selena Li
With all that said, I’m sure Kenneth will not disappoint and will come out with an equally, if not more likable, character in the near future. In all our hearts, you’re a winner Kenneth!
TVB series “A Fistful of Stances” had become a hit series as viewers followed the series with excitement. This influence was similar to “Heart of Greed”. Since last year’s “E.U” and “Rosy Business” there hasn’t been a series that has given the same influence for a long time. Each episode of “A Fistful of Stances” gives off a exciting cliff hanger and dramatic touch. Seeing the evil characters over powering would make one feel angry, yet seeing them being caught gives off a feeling of release. It also reminds people that the “Good will be rewarded with good and evil with evil”.
The most appealing character in the series isn’t Tavia Yeung’s “Au Yeung Wai Lan”, neither is it Kevin Cheng’s “Koo Yue Cheung”. But Kenneth Ma who play’s “Koo Yue Tong”. Kenneth who has been in the industry for 10 years has finally received recognition for his acting and reached another level in his career.
Kenneth is one the Siu Sang’s in TVB who hasn’t encountered a role which has left a deep impression on the audience. Although you could say his acting is very good, there is still something missing to become a first male lead. Whether it’s luck or something else is still not clear. But since the airing of “A Fistful of Stances” you can tell Kenneth’s Luck has finally arrived. Every time he is on screen he grabs the audience’s attention. He naturally draws the viewer to get hooked into his character’s emotions. No matter if he’s happy or sad the viewer would get touched by it.
As for first male lead Kevin Cheng, he seems to have clearly lost the spark from “Second male lead” Kenneth. Perhaps it’s because Kenneth totally released himself to play the role therefore could touch the hearts of viewers. Kevin’s role as “Koo Yue Cheung” still maintained a similar style to his previous roles. It didn’t seem be very natural. The way he carried his speech is still not done freely. Kevin’s performance wasn’t appealing this time.
Dominic Lam: Deserves “Best Villain” award
Dominic Lam who plays Villain “Wing Dak” certainly gave his best performance and acted his role very well. If he was out in the street perhaps people would throw eggs at him to show hatred of his character. If TVB was to award “Best Villain”, Dominic Lam certainly deserves it.
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Kevin Cheng & Kenneth Ma’s Charm: Talks about Work, Girls, Rumors
The two big men Kevin Cheng and Kenneth Ma got together to talk about work, rumors, girls, having daughters and everything there is, they can even laugh about everything. These two good brothers with similar minds gave mutual praises to each other: “He’s so handsome”, “He’s so sweet”. They also have their own preferences on work and girls, so there’s no fear of hurting their relationship.
The Him in Their Eyes
Kevin and Kenneth’s “brotherhood fate” started last year during <Strictly Come Dancing>. At the time, the two didn’t know each other that well, until they worked together on <A Fistful of Stances> as brothers. It was only then that the two began to know one another at a deeper level understanding each other’s charms.
Kevin: “To me, Kenneth is a very sweet, cute and simple big kid. He likes soccer, cars and is easily loved by others. He’s very serious and stubborn towards work, this type of stubbornness is one of his positive as well as negative character traits. Sometimes he would bring trouble to work. I also have this type of stubbornness, so we get along well. For example, waiting for an opportunity to come, I believe that opportunities are reserved for people who are prepared for it, once this opportunity comes, he will take advantage of it. Chai Gau (Wayne Lai) have been waiting for so many years, Kenneth shouldn’t wait too long!”
Kenneth: Kevin Cheng in my eyes, before we collaborated I have already heard a lot of gossip relating to him. Most of them were about how he’s very troublesome and is hard to get along with. Before I met him, I saw him at an event and he looked very cool, not saying a word, felt like he had a gate in front of him and at that time I thought he was hard to get along with. Until we worked on <A Fistful of Stances>, the people around me told me, “He’s pretty hard to get along with!” but after working with him more, I quickly changed my impression on him. Actually the public misunderstood and is biased towards Kevin. Like he said, perhaps its because we both have a type of stubbornness towards work, so we just click so well. But at first when I didn’t know him well, I really felt like he’s mysterious, especially to his juniors like me, I’m afraid to say something wrong, don’t know if he’ll get angry. After knowing him more, I realized that Kevin is a very professional artist. Maybe the public is focused more on Kevin’s handsome looks, I feel that he’s pretty handsome, but also hope audience can see that he’s got “good material” in his acting, don’t just look at appearances. In <A Fistful of Stances>, there are a few scenes of his that were quite memorable to me.
Kevin: I don’t agree that I’m mysterious (laughs), but I am slow when it comes to getting to know people. Kenneth is also slow, but I’m slower, facing people that I don’t really know, I won’t take the initiative to know them, I won’t take the first step. I don’t know what I should say, so I give others the feeling that there’s a “wall”. Kenneth and I get along well because we have similar minds. We both are artistic in acting, acting is a type of art, towards the role, script and the details, we have high expectations. Sometimes we get stubborn and think that our own opinions are the best, but it’s not that we don’t listen to what others have to say, just that the person needs to get our trust in order to do so. Can’t just have so many opinions without any reason. It is necessary for an artist to be artistic in their acting.
Kenneth: Yes! Some of my admired seniors who give me advice, I would especially pay attention. Just as Kevin said, if I see someone who has no reason, but comes and tries to teach me how to act, I would think “stop playing with me”.
Outside of work, men often like to talk about girls. Kenneth exposes that Kevin loves girls that are challenging. Kevin expressed that Kenneth likes good obedient girls. Their tastes are different, no need to fight for a girl.
Kenneth: I know exactly what Kevin’s taste is.
Kevin: I also know what your taste is! Haha! He likes good obedient girls!
Kenneth: Kevin likes girls who give off a sense of challenge! The girls he likes are what an average guy thinks are hard to pursue, so we won’t fight for girls. I don’t really like girls who are hard to get, I like the comfortable factor. Sometimes when my big brother (Kevin) and I see a girl, we would do some commenting. I ask him, “Big Brother is she ok?”, he would say: “Your taste!”
Kevin: Not like that, the girls Kenneth likes are good girls and are nice!
Kenneth: Opposite of Kevin’s preference on girls, his personality is quiet and doesn’t say much. I think in many girls’ eyes, he is quite a challenge as well. Many girls feel that this person is hard to get, it’s not any girl who tries to pursue him will be successful. Although its not common for a girl to pursue a guy, pursuing Kevin will not be easy and it’s the same with work, he has high expectations on girls.
Kevin: There are two ways to relationships. People pick you, you pick people. Others will also have high expectations on you. It goes both ways. Are the success chances high on the girls I pursue? I had quite a bit of girls pursing me, Hahaha! I’m also not easy to pursue, dead yet?! Haha, just kidding!
The type of girls they like, does these included their rumored girlfriends Charmaine Sheh and Nancy Wu? When the two heard their names, their facial expression immediately changed. Asked how would they describe their relationship with Charmaine and Nancy? The two good bothers said they are friends. Kevin elaborated: “Colleagues and Friends, never changed.”
Have been in the entertainment circle for several years, towards dealing with troubling situations, at first would be resistance towards them, but later slowly began to take it easy to avoid damaging their health.
Kevin: The public are rather more concerned about the private lives of the people in the entertainment industry. Sometimes truth, sometimes false! Don’t need to say what is real or not, haha! I understand what the readers are thinking, but we want to protect our personal space as much as we can. If two people from the entertainment circle are dating, then the focus would be on their relationship, while their efforts towards work would be neglected. If the other half is from outside of the industry, that person would also suffer the pressure, with the media investigating their background, not everyone can accept this. I will choose to protect my private life, until we are both comfortable with our relationship that I will announce it, like when I get marry. However, when we have kids, we’re afraid of exposing them to the public, what if they get kidnapped? Who is to blame then? I am thinking far, but if we get photographed in the future, I do hope that the photo would be censored (blurred)!
Kenneth: I used to really oppose to rumors, no matter if its real or not, I would oppose it. There was one senior who told me that being in this industry, I have to accept it. Now if the stories aren’t written too nasty, then I don’t mind. I’ll just treat it as news that gets me on the papers. Artists also hope to have a love life, meeting a girl and wanting to develop the relationship, there are stages. The worst is when we just became friends, the media writes all these stories about us, saying that we are getting married, having kids, even saying that we’re cheating on the girl. I don’t think that is too good, can’t even develop a relationship normally. It’s hard.
Kevin: Just having dinner together, then we’re dating. Anyone would be frightened! What kind of girl would dare to go out with you alone? There’s no way to control it. But, I’m currently focused on my career. Men have it better than women, even if we are older, we can still have kids, relationships, so not in a hurried for marriage. My mom is not even rushing me, what am I rushing about? Let fate take its course!
Kenneth: Patience. My mother has never rushed me, she only said that theres not enough money to make, so cute!
Kevin: In the future when I get marry, I will definitely have kids. If I have a daughter as cute as “Man Ling Mui Mui”, then that be amazing! Even the father loses to the daughter’s hands, I’ll faint by all the daughter’s girly sweet voice (“deh”)!
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** Forgot if i ever posted this pic, but since i like this picture so much and this is a KeKe (lol) article, i shall put it up again!
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Here’s a clip of the artists practicing for tonight’s performance. I’m not quite sure whether it’s the guys or the girls first, but seems like everyone is practicing already! (In the clip below, while Timmy is dancing, Kenneth is watching in the back. He’s sitting next to a girl in white)
Kenneth looks so good in white! What is he? “An Officer and A Gentleman” ? haha. What’s with the girl w/ the blonde wig? (Marylin Monroe?) He has a really odd expression on his face lol.
More Official pix are up. Kenneth is paired w/ Grace while Nancy is with Timmy. (I was so happy to see that Derek was with Angela…getting my hopes high for KenNancy but I just knew it’d turn out this way lol) Either way Kenneth looks so sexy in these haha!
If I must say so myself, I prefer this picture to the official pic! lol. aw… two hott guys… yum! Kenneth just loves puckering his lips doesn’t he? He must know they’re sexy..haha… Ppl call Bosco-Kevin CoKe..so lets come up with a name for Kevin & Kenneth…. KeKe?! lol.
Aw…what a cute team! I remember when Kevin first came into TVB how he mentioned his best friend was Timmy, and I was surprised since they seemed like such an odd couple lol. (I liked both of course)..now they’re reunited! haha! Where are they? On the shuttle at the airport?
Well, Good Luck to the “Disabled Youths” and the girls! We know they’ll make us proud….or at least make us laugh?! lol.
hm..i wonder who this is? Is this one of Kenneth’s sisters or family or his coworkers?
Kenneth Fans showing him support! Looks like everyone is on the verge of screaming “Ma Ming!” lol. Wonder if these are fans from HK or mainland or both? Happy to see all the support for Kenneth!