Pesta Perdana 13 Media Conference

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Graphics photo courtesy of Mediacorp Suria

The bienniel Pesta Perdana event, will make its long-awaited return this 28 March 2015 at the Mediacorp TV Theatre. The prestigious awards, now into its thirteenth edition, aims to recognise, acknowledge and honour the best talents in the local Malay television industry. It will also take viewers down memory lane with this year’s 50’s theme, in line with the ongoing SG50 celebrations. Pesta Perdana 13 (PP13) attracted more than 145 entries from 13 local production houses who are vying for top honours in the fiercely contested programme and performance award categories. A total of 32 awards and a special Lifetime TV Achievement award are up for grabs this year.

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The PP13 media conference event was held at The Ballroom @ East Coast

This highly anticipated event, which will be the final time the awards show is held at the current Caldecott Broadcast Centre‘s Andrew Road premises before shifting to One North later this year, also offers Suria viewers the opportunity to become judges as they vote for the Most Popular Male Personality and Most Popular Female Personality categories respectively. Voting for Popular categories have started since yesterday, 14 March 2015, and will run till 28 March 2015 at 9.30pm. The results will be based entirely on public voting and will be announced on the night of PP13. Votes can be submitted through these platforms:
  1. Mobile App: Toggle Now
  2. Website: xinmsn.com/pestaperdana
  3. Facebook: fb.com/mediacorpsuria

 

Code details are as follows:

 

MOST POPULAR MALE PERSONALITY

  • Fir Rahman – Code: L1
  • Hisyam Hamid – Code: L2
  • Imam Shah – Code: L3
  • Norman Ishak – Code: L4
  • Syarif SleeQ – Code: L5

MOST POPULAR FEMALE PERSONALITY

  • Farhana M Noor – Code: W1
  • Mastura Ahmad – Code: W2
  • Nadiah M Din – Code: W3
  • Nurul Aini – Code: W4
  • Wahyu Rahman – Code: W5

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The media conference was hosted by Fiza O and Fauzie Laily

I had the honour of being invited to attend the PP13 Media Conference held at The Ballroom @ East Coast on 4 March 2015, to announce all the award nominees. The event venue, as some of you might have known by now, is owned by Warna 94.2FM‘s A. B. Shaik. The media conference event saw the hosting chemistry of RIA 89.7FM‘s Fiza O and Fauzie Laily rekindled. Both of them had a field day tickling the guests with their witty and funny quips. They were also dressed according to the theme of the awards show this year, which is 50s Vintage. The event also saw Hyrul Anuar performing the theme song for Pesta Perdana, “Malam Gemilang“, accompanied by two of his good friends from AltoAura, Reyza Hamizan and Azura Goh.

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Hyrul Anuar performing “Malam Gemilang“…

From the list of nominees announced this year, I note the wave of newer and younger generation of actors being nominated for their respective roles in the last two years. Which can only be good for the local entertainment industry, as they continue to hone their craft and complement the established and veterans in the scene. I’m also happy to see the likes of Farhana M Noor and Izyan Mellyna being nominated for Most Promising Actor / Actress. As I’ve said before in this blog, they have caught my eyes for their talent and potential, which can only get better. But do not discount the others nominated in their category. Asraf Amin, Atyy A. Malek (Nurhayati Abdul Malek) and Faizal Rahman will give them a run for their money.

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Madam Zakiah Halim addressing the guests…

This year, there are also additions from Malaysia in the nominations list. The last Pesta Perdana event saw one nominee, Fauziah Nawi, whereas this year sees Iqram Dinzly, Keith Foo and Sharnaaz Ahmad being nominated. When asked by Berita Harian entertainment journalist Shahida Sarhid about the influx of Malaysian artistes into the nominations list, Mediacorp Malay Segment‘s head, Madam Zakiah Halim explained that they welcome the presence of the Malaysian actors over here, just like how our very own actors are welcomed over there and being nominated in several of their awards shows. This is good not only for bilateral exchange, but also the sharing of knowledge as well as good sparring in acting for both sets of countries’ actors. And I couldn’t agree more. I believe our actors can benefit from working with some of these actors, in turn even paving the way for them to work across the Causeway and hopefully, beyond.

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Keith Foo certainly looked delighted with his nomination…

Pesta Perdana 13 will be telecast live on Mediacorp Suria on 28 March 2015 at 8:30pm. This year’s show will be hosted by Suhaimi Yusof and Huda Ali and the guest-of-honour will be Member of Parliament, Mr. Zaqy Mohamad. I end this entry with the full list of nominations as well as photographs taken during the media conference event.

Pesta Perdana 13 Nominations List

CATEGORY 1: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA – DRAMA BERSIRI(BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE – DRAMA SERIES)
Ashmi Roslan Walimah Sr 2 Oak 3 Films
Iqram Dinzly Kes 253 Oak 3 Films
Sani Hussin Di Luar Garisan Sr 1 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Sharnaaz Ahmad Danny Flipside Stories
Syarif SleeQ Belah Hati DV Studio

 

 

 

CATEGORY 2:PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA – DRAMA BERSIRI(BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE – DRAMA SERIES)
Ariati Tyeb Papar Kes 253 Oak 3 Films
Elfaeza Ul Haq Danny Flipside Stories
Hashimah Hamidon Mengejar Mentari MediaCorp Eaglevision
Izyan Mellyna Walimah Sr 2 Oak 3 Films
Nadiah M Din Danny Flipside Stories

 

 

 

CATEGORY 3: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU – DRAMA BERSIRI(BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – DRAMA SERIES)
A. Mahadi Mengejar Mentari MediaCorp Eaglevision
Abdullah Ahmad Belah Hati DV Studio
Fadhlur Rahman 9 Nyawa Oak 3 Films
Nick Mikhail Kasih Berbisik MediaCorp Eaglevision
Taufiq Salleh Danny Flipside Stories

 

 

CATEGORY 4: PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU – DRAMA BERSIRI(BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – DRAMA SERIES)
Adlina Adil Di Luar Garisan Sr 1 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Ateeqah Mazlan Belah Hati DV Studio
Farhana M Noor Belah Hati DV Studio
Haryani Othman R&D Shortman Films
Nurijah Sahat Danny Flipside Stories

 

 

 

CATEGORY 5: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA – DRAMA KHAS / ANTOLOGI(BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE – DRAMA SPECIAL / ANTHOLOGY)
Keith Foo Raya Sempurna Flipside Stories
Najib Soiman Pesan Ayah Blue River Pictures
Nick Mikhail Bingit Sr 2 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Sharnaaz Ahmad Cinta Ramadan Flipside Stories
Zaidi Ibrahim Raya Bersama MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 6:PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA – DRAMA KHAS / ANTOLOGI(BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE – DRAMA SPECIAL / ANTHOLOGY)
Aishah Ahmad Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio
Halimah Ismail Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio
Rosita Hussin Kasih Ibu DV Studio
Seriwahyuni Jaes Raya Bersama MediaCorp Eaglevision
Siti Hajar Bingit Sr 2 MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

CATEGORY 7: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU – DRAMA KHAS / ANTOLOGI(BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – DRAMA SPECIAL / ANTHOLOGY)
Hasif Nasir Papa Kool Element Pictures
Jeff Catz Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio
Junaidi Sali Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio
Sani Hussin Pesan Ayah Blue River Pictures
Zaidi Ibrahim Pesan Ayah Blue River Pictures

 

 

 

CATEGORY 8: PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU – DRAMA KHAS / ANTOLOGI(BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – DRAMA SPECIAL / ANTHOLOGY)
Junaidah Ekhsan Raya Bersama MediaCorp Eaglevision
Maiya Rahman Bingit Sr 1 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Mastura Ahmad Bingit Sr 2 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Nurul Akhmar Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio
Rahimah Rahim Tetap Anak Papa Thinkplate

 

 

 

CATEGORY 9: PELAKON TERBAIK DALAM WATAK KOMEDI (BEST ACTOR / ACTRESS IN A COMEDY ROLE)
Alias Kadir Bubur Masjid Air Katira Sr 1 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Era Farida Bubur Masjid Air Katira Sr 2 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Khairudin Samsudin Sinar Lebaran 2014 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Suhaimi Yusof R&D Shortman Films
Suhaimi Yusof Sinar Lebaran 2014 MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 10: PELAKON HARAPAN TERBAIK (MOST PROMISING ACTOR / ACTRESS)
Asraf Amin Belah Hati DV Studio
Faizal Rahman Rima Hatiku MediaCorp Eaglevision
Farhana M Noor Belah Hati DV Studio
Izyan Mellyna Walimah Sr 2 Oak 3 Films
Norhayati Malik Bingit Sr 2 MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 11: PENGACARA TERBAIK – HIBURAN(BEST HOST – VARIETY)
Khairudin Saharom Sinaran Hati 2013 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Khairudin Samsudin Maintain Sr 2  Mediamorphosis
Khairudin Samsudin Te:Ra Seh 1.0 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Nurul Aini Kita Gerek Sr 2 Dua M
Syirah Jusni POP MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 12: PENGACARA TERBAIK – RANCANGAN INFORMASI(BEST HOST – INFO-ED)
Dalina Jaapar Kembara Kasih Filmat36
Hazlina Halim Terbit  DV Studio
Najip Ali Kita Orang Singapura Sr 1 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Nurul Akhmar Jus Sr 6 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Rilla Melati Rudy & Rilla Sr 4 MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

CATEGORY 13: BINTANG CILIK TERBAIK (BEST YOUNG STAR)
Ahmad Sirhan Cobaan Kassim Selamat Dua M
Ahmad Sirhan SAM MediaCorp Eaglevision
Danish Putra Belah Hati DV Studio
Dayang Nur Balqis Danny Flipside Stories
Nyla Esman Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio

 

 

 

CATEGORY 14: DRAMA TERBAIK (BEST DRAMA SERIES)
Belah Hati DV Studio
Bingit Sr 2 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Danny Flipside Stories
Mengejar Mentari MediaCorp Eaglevision
Walimah Sr 2 Oak 3 Films

 

 

 

CATEGORY 15: DRAMA KHAS TERBAIK (BEST DRAMA SPECIAL)
Ingat Tak Mak DV Studio
Kasih Ibu DV Studio
Pesan Ayah Blue River Pictures
Raya Sempurna Flipside Stories
Tetap Anak Papa Thinkplate

 

CATEGORY 16: RANCANGAN HIBURAN TERBAIK (BEST VARIETY SERIES)
King Juara Memasak Mediamorphosis
Kita Gerek Sr 2 Dua M
Maintain Sr 2 Mediamorphosis
SG Mania MediaCorp Eaglevision
Te:Ra Seh 2.0 MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 17: RANCANGAN HIBURAN KHAS TERBAIK (BEST VARIETY SPECIAL)
Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014 MediaCorp Warna, Ria & Eaglevision
Projek Kasih 2013 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Projek Kasih 2014 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Sinar Lebaran 2014 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Viva Elektra MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 18: RANCANGAN INFORMASI TERBAIK (BEST INFO-ED PROGRAMME)
Di Hujung Pelangi Media Reel
Kembara Kasih Filmat36
Kita Orang Singapura Sr 1 MediaCorp Eaglevision
Percaya Lagi DV Studio
 Terbit DV Studio

 

CATEGORY 19: RANCANGAN KANAK-KANAK TERBAIK (BEST CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME)
Buli Baik MediaCorp Eaglevision
Kisah Kita MediaCorp Eaglevision
Mat Yoyo Berhari Raya MediaCorp Eaglevision
O.M.G DV Studio
SAM MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 20: ARAHAN TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST DIRECTING – DRAMA)
Bingit Sr 2: Bayangan Sepi Nasir & Team MediaCorp Eaglevision
Bingit Sr 2: Fantasi Biru Sanif Olek & Team MediaCorp Eaglevision
Ingat Tak Mak Zulanan Ahmad DV Studio
Raya Sempurna Razi Salam Flipside Stories
Tetap Anak Papa Seriwahyuni Jaes, Diana Salim Thinkplate

 

 

 

CATEGORY 21: ARAHAN TERBAIK – HIBURAN (BEST DIRECTING – VARIETY)
Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014 Fadila A. Wahid MediaCorp Eaglevision
SG Mania Zaharian Osman, Samri Badi MediaCorp Eaglevision
Sinar Lebaran 2014 Zaharian Osman, Fadila A Wahid MediaCorp Eaglevision
Te:Ra Seh 1.0 Fadila A. Wahid, Zaharian Osman MediaCorp Eaglevision
Viva Elektra Fadila A Wahid, Zaharian Osman & Team MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

CATEGORY 22: SKRIP TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST WRITING – DRAMA)
Bingit Sr 1: Wajah-Wajah Amanah Mustafi MediaCorp Eaglevision
Bingit Sr 2: Aku dan Avatar Wan Firzaleenazrah MediaCorp Eaglevision
Ingat Tak Mak Haryani Othman, Janet Liau DV Studio
Pesan Ayah TT Dhavamanni,Manoj Prabhoda Chandran,Aidli Mosbit, Seriwahyuni Jaes Blue River Pictures
Raya Sempurna Razi Salam Flipside Stories

 

 

 

CATEGORY 23: SKRIP TERBAIK – HIBURAN (BEST WRITING – VARIETY)
Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014 Linilidia Abdul Hamid MediaCorp Eaglevision
Kita Gerek Sr 2 Ferlini Fandi, Aisyah Mohd Nooh Dua M
SG Mania Netty Fiona Othman MediaCorp Eaglevision
Sinar Lebaran 2014 Netty Fiona Othman MediaCorp Eaglevision
Viva Elektra Wan Firzaleenazrah MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 24: SKRIP TERBAIK – INFORMASI (BEST WRITING – INFO-ED)
Di Hujung Pelangi Julianawarti Jumali,Seriwahyuni Jaes Media Reel
Jus Sr 6 Johari Aziz MediaCorp Eaglevision
Percaya Lagi Haryani Othman DV Studio
Rudy & Rilla Sr 4 Linilidia Abdul Hamid MediaCorp Eaglevision
Terbit  Haryani Othman DV Studio

 

 

CATEGORY 25: VIDEOGRAFI TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST VIDEOGRAPHY – DRAMA)
Bingit Sr 2 Sofyan Daud MediaCorp Eaglevision
Cinta Ramadan Noor Azam Sheriff Flipside Stories
Ingat Tak Mak Faizal Ramli DV Studio
Raya Sempurna Noor Azam Sheriff Flipside Stories
Tetap Anak Papa Harrywanto Thinkplate

 

 

 

CATEGORY 26: SUNTINGAN TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST EDITING – DRAMA)
Belah Hati DV Studio Post DV Studio
Bingit Sr 2 Flashforward MediaCorp Eaglevision
Ingat Tak Mak  DV Studio Post DV Studio
Kasih Ibu DV Studio Post DV Studio
Mengejar Mentari  Flashforward MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 27: DESAIN PEMBUKAAN TERBAIK (BEST OPENING TITLE DESIGN)
9 Nyawa Oak 3 Films Oak 3 Films
Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014 Post Office MediaCorp Warna & Ria
Bingit Sr 1 Flashforward MediaCorp Eaglevision
Kembara Kasih Filmat36 Filmat36
Maintain Sr 2 Safiyuddin Razif Mediamorphosis

 

 

CATEGORY 28: REKAAN IMEJ TERBAIK (BEST IMAGE & STYLING)
Bingit Sr 2 Intan MediaCorp Eaglevision
Maintain Sr 2 Razinna Nuri Mediamorphosis
Sinar Lebaran 2014 Fatimah Mohsin & Team MediaCorp Eaglevision
Te:Ra Seh 1.0 Fatimah Mohsin & Team MediaCorp Eaglevision
Viva Elektra Fatimah Mohsin & Team MediaCorp Eaglevision

 

 

 

CATEGORY 29:  LAGU TEMA TERBAIK (BEST THEME SONG)
Belah Hati Belah Hati Composer: Zulanan AhmadLyricist:  Zulanan AhmadSinger: Sofia Arissa DV Studio
Bingit Sr 1 Mental Composer: Reyza HamizanLyricist: Reyza Hamizan / Tukang KataSinger: Eiss feat Tukang Kata MediaCorp Eaglevision
Mengejar Mentari Mengejar Mentari Composer: Sulaiman WahabLyricist: Nizam RahmanSinger: Maiya Rahman MediaCorp Eaglevision
Rima Hatiku Rima Hatiku Composer: Reyza HamizanLyricist: Reyza HamizanSinger: Rima Hatiku Cast feat Sezairie Sezali MediaCorp Eaglevision
Walimah Sr 2 Kini dan Selamanya Composer: Reyza HamizanLyricist: Reyza HamizanSinger: Ashmi Roslan and Izyan Mellyna Oak3 Films

 

 

 

CATEGORY 31:  PERSONALITI LELAKI PALING POPULAR (MOST POPULAR MALE PERSONALITY)
Fir Rahman Code: L1
Hisyam Hamid Code: L2
Imam Shah Code: L3
Norman Ishak Code: L4
Syarif Code: L5

 

CATEGORY 32:  PERSONALITI WANITA PALING POPULAR (MOST POPULAR FEMALE PERSONALITY)
Farhana M Noor Code: W1
Mastura Ahmad Code: W2
Nadiah M Din Code: W3
Nurul Aini Code: W4
Wahyu Rahman Code: W5

Pesta Perdana 11 Review…

Pesta Perdana 11 was a night full of emotions, as the local Malay entertainment industry celebrated the artistes who have graced the television screens over the past two years in their respective crafts, and honoured the unsung heroes working behind the scenes. Held on 4th March 2011 at the Mediacorp TV Theatre and televised live on Mediacorp Suria at 8:30pm, the night saw 27 awards given away, of which eight that fell under the Creative Awards category, were presented earlier in a separate, recorded segment prior to the event proper.

Not only were the winners emotional, notably the male recipients, the online community was abuzz with emotional comments being aired via Twitter and Facebook. I must say a majority of the online community did not have good things to say about the show, the common word being “boring”. Most did not state why they thought it was “lame” or “boring” (and these are two adjectives which are considered “tactful” in my opinion), but I get the impression that most of these comments were aired without giving much thought, nor doing some research to back their claims, which in turn resulted in emotional and irrational rants. I’ll give you a few cases in point but before I move on, I would like to apologise to bro Hafeez Glamour for taking some of these points off his list of contacts who commented in his status, with regards to the show, as I felt they were the ones who were a bit more expressive than others that I read elsewhere in Twitter and Facebook:

  1. Ader tak banyak bernyanyi banyak bebual Dan terima hadiah… Boring:) Gelagat artis cume HOS yg banyak ceriakan para penonton Dan para rumah yg menonton kaca tv:) not much lah this year last year lagi great:)
  2. winners pun very predictable..sepatotnye shahril menang instead of rafaat.. -_- gelagat artis? so OVER esp S.H.
  3. Ni kali yang angkat piala banyak yang step keluar air mata….satu start semua start….geli…..!!!
  4. btw… knapa eh Khairudin Samsudin not even in d list of nominees? He’s good… tapi tk pernah dpt apa2 award… he deserves recognition!
  5. Tahun depan jgn guna undi talipon…kerana banyak bakat yg lebih baik jatuh kepada bakat2 yg setahun jagung!!..
  6.  part magician, tak kena langsung untuk rancangan seperti ini.kalau setakat diselitkan dlm acara persembahan oklah.
  7.  mungkin pesta perdana harus buat 2 tahun skali… since negri kita ni kecik dan nak cungkil byk bakat dlm setahun pun tak kemana…
  8. I tau Personality Lelaki Paling Popular menang oleh Fauzie Laily oleh kerana dis is base on votes Ya lar fanatic plays apart tapi kesian… Najib Ali atau Suhaimi Yusof shud have won kerana dorang lebih terserlah Dari Fauzie Laily.surprisingly Personality wanita Paling popular Nurul Ain menang tk seharus nyer shud b Era Farida atau Masturah Ahmad.
  9. Rancangan hiburan tv terbaik pula haizzzz macam mana boleh hari raya? sungguh tak saya tak faham.
  10. Bila si Nurul tu tepuk2 bahu tu kan tak elok. kalau silap2 Bos anda tak terima, boleh kena sue court. hehehe. very sensitive. ada orng tak suka kena sentuh takut isteri orng tu jealous ke dan macam 2 boleh berlaku. jatuhkan maruahlah and so.Mungkin Host boleh mulakan lakunan saperti mencari suami hilang ke , merajuk ke tak dapat terpilih. reaksi kalau tak terpilih ke kan lebih elok dari tepuk bahu penonton.

The excellent hosts of the show (from left): Suhaimi Yusof, Nurul Aini and Najip Ali

My goodness!!! I had to stop at ten, lest I would have a field day correcting people. Honestly I dunno whether to laugh or to get angry with such comments. But I think certain things need to be addressed and corrected as leaving it bare for the world to see would not be a fair reflection on the show / artistes involved. First of all, this is an awards show for mainly those in the acting, hosting and production scene. As such, less singing was to be expected. I’m sure if one were to watch other countries’ similar award shows, they would note that singing performances are kept to the minimum. This event as most of us know, is a bi-annual event, which means it is held once in two years, I wonder why did people still comment that it should be done once in two years when it is already done in that manner for ages. Where have you people been???

The problem with television viewers and radio listeners in general is that, they prefer to view or listen selectively and afterwards form an opinion that suits what flashed across their minds in that instance they viewed or listened to something. Shahril Wahid and Rafaat Hamzah were both nominated in different categories. Why should there be a dispute when they are not even competing against each other for that particular award??? Likewise Khairudin Samsudin who was said to not have been nominated, I wonder if people actually bothered to take a look at the actual list of nominees which have been uploaded on Suria’s website for all to see, or they might have looked up / created their own fictitious list to suit their comments.

The multi-talented Khairudin was nominated afterall in the Best Actor in a Comedy Role for his performance at Sinar Lebaran 2010. And in case people forget, and I know most of you do, Khairudin had bagged the Best Actor Award before, for his role in Rahsia Perkahwinan at Pesta Perdana 2004. The Best Variety Series for the record was Anugerah 2009, not Sinar Lebaran (which won Most Popular Programme in this year’s Pesta Perdana edition) as was mentioned in the comments. I also do not understand where that commenter was coming from. Hence the reasons why I said that people practice selective hearing and viewing and comment without doing much thinking. Which is sad really cos intelligence and common sense go way out of the window. Or I wonder if people have a problem understanding the difference between “Popular” and “Terbaik” and how they are being judged???

The guest-of-honour, Dr Ng Eng Hen (centre), Minister for Education & Second Minister for Defence… 

What about the votes via sms??? It is afterall a popularity award and based on whose fanbase is stronger. It is not the same as those that are judged on merit. It’s unfair to deny these popularity categories from being awarded to their rightful recipients, simply because there were only two of them, for Male and Female personalities respectively. I mean, is it too much to ask for to be given away??? As for experience-wise, both winners of the popular categories have had at least half a decade’s worth of experience in the scene and no longer taking baby steps. I for one do not begrudge them of their respective wins as I felt they were utmost deserving, given their overall bubbly and friendly personalities which translate to a fanbase that worked hard to see their favourites win. In fact anyone who was nominated in those two popular categories deserved to win, because winning was in the hands of the voting public. Time and time again we’ve heard it all before, if you want your personal favourites to win, you should be doing the honours and vote as much as possible, rather than lament, bitch and complain at the end of the day.

The “issue” (if it can ever be called one) of tapping Mr Azlan Salim’s shoulders during the start of the show is something that a certain percentage of the community is fond of doing – creating something out of nothing. A mere tap on the shoulders will not get anyone into trouble and everyone, no make that most people, know that it was just an act. And nothing / no one decreeds that tapping another’s shoulders is wrong. It’s not like Nurul went over to Mr Azlan and caressed him or something. Whether the people who had their shoulders tapped knew anything about it beforehand or not, I’m sure it wasn’t an issue to them at all. So I really don’t understand why such dumb comments could appear from moral police out there. Don’t they have better things to scrutinise???

As for the “magic” theme, what else can be infused into the show to highlight the magical elements??? People love to comment and complain, but more often than not, they themselves have no answer nor provide alternatives to expand the creativity of the show. Personally I felt that this theme is something new and worth trying out. Yes, even though such an event is meant to be prestigious, we can’t expect everything to follow the style of the Oscars or Emmys. The producers were in a no-win situation, follow the route of the Oscars and they will be labelled as “copycats”. Going out of the norm and coming across as “childish” (another word used by viewers), they receive more flak for “disrespecting” the prestige element associated to it.

Suhaimi & Najip performing “Malam Gemilang” to kickstart the show…

As a whole and as an audience in the auditorium, I personally felt that this year’s edition was much better than the last in 2009. Not that everything was perfect throughout the night, of course there were flaws and that is to be expected from a live televised programme. I cringed somewhat at some of the award presenters who either did not plan their scripts and were just going through the motions or they were simply unprepared, giving the impression that they were thrusted into the limelight by force. I do not have to name who, but I’m sure viewers would note how boring some of the award presenters were. At least if you’re gonna be deadpan in front of the cameras, your saving grace should be your eye-candy looks.

The 30-seconds “rule” of speech-giving is a contentious issue that needs to be addressed before the next edition of Pesta Perdana comes around. After watching the show the other night, I could feel for the winners who wanted to share their gratitude to as many people as possible. For someone like Sani Hussin, a well-respected actor in his craft winning his first award in fourteen years, to beg the producers not to cut him off during his speech, speaks volumes that this rule needs to be tweaked or scrapped altogether. Perhaps they could extend it by another thirty-seconds and not be anal just to suit the stipulated airtime that the show needed to stick to religiously. The whole show can then be extended by another half an hour. Based on previous editions that ran up to three hours, I agree that that is a bit too long, but two and a half hours should do just fine. Few award shows end within a stipulated timing of two hours anyway. Why deny the winners their moment to express their feelings???

Looking at the monopoly of Eaglevision-produced programmes in the list of nominees for Rancangan Hiburan Khas Terbaik (Best Variety Special Programme) and winning the popular programmes in almost every edition, I think it is high time other production houses are given the opportunity to produce programmes like Sinar Lebaran and other similar programmes on a big scale. No matter how much we try to avoid the link, Eaglevision is under the Mediacorp umbrella and in turn will benefit from the funding that other production houses could only dream of. Also as was pointed out in the recent Berita Minggu article, special programmes of that magnitude would definitely rake in the viewers and translate to higher ratings. I know there is a competitive streak amongst the production houses but working together to lift the standards of our local programmes wouldn’t hurt one bit. At least we’ll have more ideas in terms of creativity and direction. Cast aside egos and rifts (if any) for the sake of the industry.

Najip and Suhaimi sharing a banter between them…

I observed as well from the various comments online how they got turned off looking at the way people like Sani Hussin and Rafaat Hamzah celebrated their wins. Give them a break people and let them revel in their wins cos they deserved every bit of it. Reading the comments left by people who only watch but mostly do not understand how the industry works, the hard work that these people do in front of the cameras and behind the scenes, the sleepless nights they go through just to bring you quality programmes on screens, it is unfair to deny them their moment of glory, no matter how they celebrate it. Yes this is not the Oscars or Grammys, but this is one show that our local acts get to be honoured and enjoy, our very own version, so why should we deny their winning expressions, no matter how overboard or “arrogant” they come across???

These are genuine performers who are in the industry not because of looks, not because of glamour, definitely not because of popularity. They work their socks off and sacrifice a lot of their time for their craft. This is why they are looked upon “in fear” and respected by the younger generation because they are damn good at what they do and how serious they are in their approach. Victory for them meant a victory for the theatre scene where their roots are firmly entrenched. I for one do not begrudge their achievements and the celebrations of my two mentors who guided me when I was involved in Muzika Cinta RIA back in 1998, even if I had hoped for Shahril Wahid to win the Best Actor in a Supporting Role title. I hope their wins inspire the younger cohort to up their ante in future productions.

As in any awards show, there will always be heated debates as to why this person won and how could another person lose out? The common one I’ve been observing is how did Sharon Ismail win her title of Best Lead Actress when Jorah Ahmad, an Anugerah Perdana Emas recipient lost out??? In the first place, the latter had said that if possible, she did not want to be nominated and was quite embarrassed about it, but still went ahead as she did not want to disappoint the producers. Anyway, there is no divine right for any special awards recipient to receive a Best Actor or Best Actress award afterwards. It doesn’t work that way. The nominees are there not to make up the numbers but because they deserved to be there on merit. The winner won because the judging panel felt that they had given better performances and left lasting impressions. I don’t think Jorah Ahmad not winning was a slap to her face, cos I’m sure she too would not begrudge Sharon of her win.

All in all, I think all the winners were deserved and should not be debated upon. Lest I forget, here’s a belated congratulations from me to all the richly-deserved winners. I believe that viewers out there need to learn to comment without having too much emotions instilled, without having too much stigma over locally-made programmes, without having too much prejudice against them, cos more often than not, it will cloud their judgments and in turn make them sound stupid rather than trying to come across as intelligent.

There will always be room for improvements on these big-scale events and rather than talk, I hope people would come forward and feedback the relevant people on how to make future programmes be better, better still if they could produce or contribute creative ideas. The small industry needs all the support from our own people. Reading comments that the show was boring and lame, in a way, showed that they still cared to watch and still bothered to comment. The challenge will always be to sustain winning over these eyes and hands from switching their remotes to another channel. Oh lest I forget, having the same person / production house nominated a few times in the same category also does not promote healthy competition.

They will always compare our shows with those across the Causeway or in the region, but they should also know the limitations that we have in terms of funding and support. We only have about half a million Malays in this country and to entice them to watch Suria itself is a challenge on its own. Compare that to the millions of viewers in Malaysia and Indonesia, we cannot compare the quality of their awards shows cos they have big sponsors and big players running the show. As such we have to lower our expectations and understand our limitations. Not everything you watch from foreign soil is the best. Lest we forget, we still have many talents in this country that deserve our utmost support. Do not practice the old adage of “Kera di hutan disusukan, anak di rumah kelaparan…” Talk is cheap in cyberspace but actions speak louder than words…

 

Pesta Perdana 11 Roll of Honour

 

Best Lead Actor: Rafaat Hamzah (Kalimah Terakhir)

Best Lead Actress: Sharon Ismail (Ayah Kat Rumah)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Sani Hussin (Pinggiran Ramadan)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rosita Hussin (Pinggiran Ramadan)

Best Actor/Actress in a Comedy Role: Suhaimi Yusof (Camy & Dee)

Most Promising Actor/Actress: Azzah Fariha (Timang)

Best Host: Rilla Melati (Jus Sr 1)


Best Young Star: Nazrul Fathmi (Kelas 6C, 1985)

Most Popular Male Personality: Fauzie Laily
Most Popular Female Personality: Nurul Aini


Best Drama Series: Gerimis Di Hati (MediaCorp Eaglevision)
Best Variety Series: Anugerah 2009 (MediaCorp Eaglevision)
Best Variety Special: Project Hope 2009 (MediaCorp Eaglevision)
Most Popular Programme: Sinar Lebaran 2009 (MediaCorp Eaglevision)

Best Drama Special: Timang (DV Studio)

Best Info-ed Programme: Jalan Sr 3 (Oak 3 Films)
Best Writing – Variety/Info-ed: Jalan Sr 3 (Idzwan Othman)
Best Opening Title Design: Jalan Sr 3 (Idzwan Othman)

 

Best Children’s Programme: Kelas 6C, 1985 (Shortman Films)
 

Best Directing Drama: Ayah Kat Rumah (Sanif Olek)

 

Best Directing – Variety: Project Hope 2009 (Neng Hayati & Johari Aziz)

 

Best Videography – Drama: Timang (Ikhram Daeng)

Best Writing – Drama: Gerimis Di Hati Sr 1 (Amanah Mustafi)

Best Editing – Drama: Delicatessen (Fa’in Syah Bahar)

Best Image & Styling: Suria Elektra (Azni Samdin & Fatimah Mohsin)

Best Theme Song: Singapura Syok (SleeQ)

Anugerah Perdana Emas (Lifetime Achievement Award): S. Shamsudin