According to the official press release of Malayala Manorama Group, the award was announced following a poll survey attended by around 75,000 readers of Vanitha, Malayala Manorama and manoramaonline.com.
The readers selected Mammootty for this high honour for his performance in Big B and Ore Kadal. Meera Jasmine's versatile acting in Vinodayatra and Ore Kadal fetched the award for her.
Best Debut Artist - Bhama (Naivedhyam)
Best Comedian - Suraj Venjaramoodu (Many Films)
Best Villain - Kalabhavan Mani (Chotta Mumbai)
Best Singer – K.J.Yesudas (Arabikatha)
Best female Singer - Shwetha (Mandaarapoo Mooli and Kolakizhlvili)
Best Lyricist - Anil Panachooran (Arabikatha)
Best Music Director - M. Jayachandran (Kolakkuzhalvili and Naivedhyam)
Best Cinematography - Manoj Pillai (Arabikatha)
Best Screenplay – Srinivasan (Katha Parayumbol)
The awards will be given away on the 23rd of this month, in a colorful function that will be attended by prominent personalities from South Film Industry. This year the media group invites Kamal to preside over the function. But the actor yet to be confirmed his presence!