The first awards show of the season was on Wednesday night and, in my opinion, is one of the neatest. Yes, I said neatest, because I’m a nerd, and also because it’s the only word I could come up with to describe the People’s Choice Awards. The most prestigious is probably the Academy Awards, and personally, I think the most fun awards are the Tonys (at least when Neil Patrick Harris hosts, which should be from now on until the end of time), but People’s Choice is an awesome show in its own right.
First of all, the categories are ridiculous, both in the sheer amount of them and in the variety. “Favorite TV Anti-Hero” is a category, people. So is “Favorite TV Bromance.” That’s all kinds of winning in my book.
The other really neat thing about the People’s Choice Awards is that’s it’s totally decided by the fans. The public picks the nominees and then the winners, so unless the thing is rigged, these are the stars that the people actually like, instead of who some nameless, faceless Hollywood execs decide we like.
Anyway, I watched it for y’all tonight, because I love you and also because I like being able to say watching awards shows is sometimes part of my job. Also I missed the first 20 minutes or so, because I was putting the kids to bed, and I don’t have a DVR. Put your shocked face away and save it for when I tell you I only have like 12 channels. In black and white. Just kidding about that last part.
Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings hosted, and I made a resolution to start watching Two Broke Girls, because they were cute and funny and just self-deprecating enough to know they kind of mean it but still know they’re awesome.
Sandra Bullock was a big winner for the night, winning four or six or more (depending on how you count them -- if her movies won, is that a win for her?), including Favorite Comedic Actress and Movie (The Heat), Favorite Dramatic Actress and Movie (Gravity), and Favorite Actress in general. She also won Favorite Movie Duo with George Clooney for Gravity.
Side note: Sandy’s costar in The Heat, Melissa McCarthy, was the only actor to be nominated for both a movie and a series.
Remember the aforementioned Anti-Hero category? Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead. He beat Dexter, Norman Bates, Walter White, and Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones.
Also The Walking Dead won Favorite Cable TV Show.
Sam, Dean, and Castiel (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins) won the Bromance award for Supernatural.
One win I wasn’t expecting at all was when Britney Spears beat Justin Timberlake for Favorite Pop Artist. She also edged out Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato, and Katy Perry. I cannot believe they missed the opportunity to play “Gimme More” as she accepted her award. It’s Britney, bitch!
Robert Downey Jr. won for Favorite Action Movie Star, and Iron Man 3 took it for Favorite Action Movie and Favorite Movie. He thanked his assistant Jimmy Rich for being his “right hand man” the past 10 years and then asked the effects people if they could make some adjustments. “Can I get more reverb on my voice to make me sound more god-like?” he requested. Then he asked for a spotlight and “triumphant music” before declaring, “I am Iron Man, and this is for the people!” Go home, everyone else, RDJ is perfectly perfect.
Jennifer Hudson won the Favorite Humanitarian award, and holy crap she looked amazing. The dress! The lipstick! And then she got up and echoed her Oscar award speech, “Look what God can do!”
Other notable wins included Chris Colfer (Glee) for Favorite Comedic TV Actor, The Good Wife for Favorite Network TV Drama, The Voice for Favorite Competition TV Show, and Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor.
See the complete list, and happy awards season, everyone!
Were you surprised by any of the wins?
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