People's Choice Awards: Computer Virus Infection & Double Loser Robert Pattinson

People's Choice Awards: Adam Sandler Grown Ups win due to computer virus infection?People's Choice Awards' winners 'Grown Ups' and actor Adam Sandler: Computer virus infection? The People's Choice Awards are supposed to be about the will of the people. And as so often happens, the people have chosen fare the “cultural elites” despise. Case in point is Adam Sandler's Grown Ups, selected as The People's Favorite Movie Comedy while Sandler himself took home the People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Star. Grown Ups has taken in a remarkable $271.43 million at the worldwide box office; its Rotten Tomatoes Top Critics ratings, however, are on the underdeveloped side: 8 percent approval and a 3.4/10 average.

People's Choice Awards winners: Utterly shocking choices and CVS gift bags

Jan. 6 update: The People have spoken. Or rather, The People have clicked. About 180 million times or so to select their favorite actors, movies, singers, and reality television shows for the 2011 People's Choice Awards, held on Jan. 5 at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. (See full list of film winners and nominees further below.)

Much was made of the fact that The People were the ones voting, not Armadillos or Green Aliens or worse – The (Liberal?) Elite, those stuffy types who hand out Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, etc.

That's why it makes perfect sense for Katy Perry to hold more dearly her Favorite Female Artist People's Choice Award than, say, a Grammy because her PCA Trophy was a direct result of The People's love and admiration – instead of the result of voting by “computers or something.” (Her words, more or less.)

Computer virus infection?

But if so, how does Perry explain that Grown Ups was voted Favorite Movie Comedy and Adam Sandler Favorite Comedic Star? If that's not a sign of a virus-infected computer, I don't know what is.

And have you noticed how “The Elite” and/or Katy Perry's computers are magically transformed into “My Peers” when the setting changes from the People's Choice Awards to those various guild and/or academy award ceremonies?

As The People would say, whatever.

And now back to downtown Los Angeles' Nokia Theater and The People's adoration.

'Eclipse' outshines competition while Robert Pattinson loses twice

As to be expected, David Slade's blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was The People's clear favorite, bagging awards for Favorite Movie, Favorite Drama Movie, and Favorite On Screen Team (Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner). Besides, Kristen Stewart was voted the year's Favorite Movie Actress.

Shockingly, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner were less lucky. The two Eclipse rivals lost the Favorite Movie Actor award to Johnny Depp – the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Angelina Jolie's co-star in the – conveniently, recently released – domestic box office and critical bomb The Tourist.

…And CVS gift bags for all?

And speaking of the winners of this year's People's Choice Awards, I should add that it's unclear whether they were all given CVS gift bags along with their trophies, or if those priceless beauty products were reserved for a few “randomly selected” audience members.

Wrapping this up, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson cataclysmically lost the Favorite Movie Star Under 25 Award to Zac Efron, who'll be over the hill and thus ineligible in that category in October 2012.

Along with the end of Oprah and the release of the last installment of the The Twilight Saga, that's a clear sign that the world is coming to an end within the next 20 months or so. Start using your CVS beauty paraphernalia while you can.

People's Choice Awards winner Kristen Stewart humanized while playing Baton Rouge vampirePeople's Choice Awards: Kristen Stewart was 'humanized' for the downtown Los Angeles ceremony, as she had been playing a vampire in Baton Rouge.

People's Choice Awards is a TV ratings flop

Jan. 6, '11, update: Despite the presence of a number of both teen idols and CVS Pharmacy gift bags, the 2011 People's Choice Awards turned out to be a television ratings dud.

Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Aniston, Johnny Depp, Elton John, Katy Perry, the Kardashian sisters, and Adam Sandler weren't enough to make CBS's Nielsen ratings rise above a mere 2.7/8 in the coveted 18–49 group, or 9.5 million viewers overall – down 20 percent from last year.

Excepting the 2008 show, also hosted by Queen Latifah and which suffered because of the Writers Guild strike that year, the 2.7 figure represents the People's Choice Awards' worst television ratings on record.

Not helping matters this year was that Paula Abdul's Live to Dance (mis)led the way to the People's Choice Awards ceremony, scoring a dismal 1.8/5 share for CBS.

Non-live = dud?

But then again, it could also be that it's a (very stupid) mistake to have a tape-delayed presentation of the show on the West Coast.

By the time the People's Choice Awards began airing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle, everyone already knew that Robert Pattinson had lost two awards, that Adam Sandler was sporting a black eye, and whether or not Zac Efron had mentioned Vanessa Hudgens in his acceptance speech. After all, last night one could've watched the show live at several online venues.

Below are a series of brief comments posted during the People's Choice Awards ceremony. Most recent “posts” on top.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Eclipse: Redhead up a tree in People's Choice Awards winnerRobert Pattinson and People's Choice Award winner Kristen Stewart in 'Eclipse': Is that a redhead up that tree?

Kristen Stewart goes from bayou vampire to L.A. human: People's Choice Awards

Jan. 5, '11, People's Choice Awards update: Finally, a Twilight Saga victory: Kristen Stewart, wearing a snazzy mini-skirt – well, that looks like a mini-skirt – says she had never been to the People's Choice Awards. Stewart, who was helped up the steps by fellow Twilight actor Taylor Lautner, won the Favorite Movie Actress Award.

“I was a vampire this morning in Baton Rouge [where she's filming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn], so this is really weird,” Stewart remarked, referring to her spending the evening in downtown Los Angeles as a human being. She breathlessly added something that sounded like, “okay, thanks, bye.” And back to Baton Rouge and vampiredom she went (or will go shortly).

What's interesting is that apparently Stewart's Bella Swan has already been transformed into a vampire in Breaking Dawn. So, unless they're going back and forth in time – certainly a possibility – Bill Condon is already shooting the post-transformation section of Breaking Dawn.

Posh vs. plush

Kristen Stewart is now in the audience, sitting between Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson. All three are being grilled by Queen Latifah, who should practice her British accent a little more. (Pattinson clearly said “posh”; she understood “plush” and then poked fun at his English accent.)

All that time, sitting next to Lautner was a mere commoner, i.e., One of the People. Latifah explained that's proof that the People's Choice Awards actually cares about ordinary human beings out there.

Feel free to believe it.

'Eclipse' wins

Likely Oscar contender Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and unlikely Oscar contender Ashton Kutcher (Killers) are presenting the Favorite Movie of the Year Award. Both Portman and Kutcher will next be seen in Ivan Reitman's romantic comedy No Strings Attached.

David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has won. While Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson ascended the stage, a disembodied voice added that the third installment of the The Twilight Saga series was also the People's Favorite Drama Movie. “You guys have given us the opportunity to currently film Breaking Dawn the fourth and fifth installments [of the series],” Lautner told the audience at the Nokia Theater. “… Mark my words, the best is yet to come.”

Kristen Stewart was next: “I just want to thank our producers … and everybody at Summit, of course, and the fans.” Robert Pattinson wrapped things up by saying that he had already broken his phone (handed to him by the People's Choice Awards?). Tough luck.

Besides Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, the Eclipse cast includes:

Plus the usual suspects

Kellan Lutz. Peter Facinelli. Elizabeth Reaser. Ashley Greene. Nikki Reed. Jackson Rathbone. Billy Burke.

Zac Efron Charlie St. Cloud: People's Choice Awards wonders why so sad?Zac Efron, Why so sad: 'Charlie St. Cloud' star and People's Choice Awards' favorite was all smiles at ceremony.

More People's Choice Awards winners and losers: Zac Efron & Johnny Depp win, Robert Pattinson & Taylor Lautner bypassed

Horrifyingly, Johnny Depp – not Robert Pattinson or Taylor Lautner – was voted Favorite Movie Actor. Depp called his trophy a “stupefying” award because it comes from The People. If it weren't for those movie-ticket buyers, concertgoers, and TV watchers, he and all the others wouldn't have a career.

After spending way too much time talking about nothing with the Kardashian sisters, Queen Latifah got back to work and introduced Jim Parsons and Miranda Cosgrove, presenters of the Favorite Movie Star Under 25 Award.

Somewhat surprisingly, considering the way Twilight dominates these things, the winner was Charlie St. Cloud actor Zac Efron – not Robert Pattinson.

Efron talked about roller coasters and career ups and downs, before declaring that his victory was a “sublime” moment he shared with the People's Choice Awards' audience, with whom he gets a steady “feeling of connection.” For real.

Adam Sandler not dead

Adam Sandler, proving he's not dead,* showed up at downtown Los Angeles' Nokia Theater to receive the evening's first People's Choice Award. Sandler won as “The People's” Favorite Comedy Actor, apparently for Grown Ups, one of last summer's critically panned blockbusters.

Sandler sported a black eye, and came up with a joke about going to a Black Eyed Peas concert and being misunderstood – “black eye please” – when he purchased his ticket. I think I heard some laughter, but I'm not sure.

Sandler also made some remark about supporting “the troops” before presenter Jennifer Aniston, Sandler's co-star in the upcoming Just Go with It, informed him that Grown Ups was The People's favorite comedy feature. At that point, “the troops” were set aside as David Spade and Rob Schneider joined Sandler onstage.

* On certain websites, Adam Sandler gets killed off just about every week – much to the shock and horror of many, as The People don't quite seem to grasp the concept of the word “hoax.”

Elton John standing ovation

Black Swan actress Mila Kunis handed the Favorite Talk Show Host award to Conan O'Brien.

More importantly, Elton John got a standing ovation. The “Rocket Man” singer is presenting the Favorite Country Artist award. John claimed he was a country music fan while growing up in England. Fact or fiction?

People's Choice Awards guest list

Besides the names mentioned elsewhere in this post, this year's People's Choice Awards guest list included the following:

Malin Akerman. Julie Bowen. Michael Chiklis. Kaley Cuoco. Lisa Edelstein. Jane Lynch.

The Roommate actresses Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester. Zachary Levi. AnnaLynne McCord.

Jerry O'Connell. Pauley Perrette. Emma Roberts. Kate Walsh. Stephen Moyer. Neil Patrick Harris. Taye Diggs.

The ceremony also featured musical numbers showcasing Kid Rock, Selena Gomez, and The Scene.

People's Choice Awards widely ridiculed winner Iron Man 2 with Robert Downey Jr is Favorite Action MoviePeople's Choice Awards' Favorite Action Movie: The widely ridiculed – and wildly successful – 'Iron Man 2,' with Robert Downey Jr.

People's Choice Awards winners and nominees

The People's Choice Awards have something like 8,536 categories covering film, television, music, video, the Internet, literature – oops! definitely not literature.

In any case, below is a complete list of the film categories and a partial list of the television categories.

Alice in Wonderland.
Iron Man 2.
Toy Story 3.
* The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Angelina Jolie.
Jennifer Aniston.
Julia Roberts.
Katherine Heigl.
* Kristen Stewart.

* Johnny Depp.
Leonardo DiCaprio.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Pattinson.
Taylor Lautner.

Alice in Wonderland.
Dear John.
The Social Network.
* The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Emma Watson.
Kristen Stewart.
Robert Pattinson.
Vanessa Hudgens.
* Zac Efron.

* Iron Man 2.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Robin Hood.

Angelina Jolie.
Bradley Cooper.
* Jackie Chan.
Jake Gyllenhaal.
Robert Downey Jr.

Despicable Me.
How to Train Your Dragon.
The Karate Kid.
Shrek Forever After.
* Toy Story 3.

Date Night.
Easy A.
* Grown Ups.
Sex and the City 2.
Valentine's Day.

* Adam Sandler.
Drew Barrymore.
Steve Carell.
Tina Fey.
Will Ferrell.

Date Night, Tina Fey & Steve Carell.
Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao.
Iron Man 2, Robert Downey Jr. & Don Cheadle.
The Karate Kid, Jaden Smith & Jackie Chan.
* The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner.

The Crazies.
The Last Exorcism.
Let Me In.
* A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Resident Evil: Afterlife.

The Good Wife.
Gossip Girl.
Grey's Anatomy.
* House.
The Vampire Diaries.

Chace Crawford.
* Hugh Laurie.
Ian Somerhalder.
Patrick Dempsey.
Taye Diggs.

Blake Lively.
Julianna Margulies.
Kate Walsh.
* Lisa Edelstein.
Sandra Oh.

The Big Bang Theory.
* Glee.
How I Met Your Mother.
Modern Family.
Two and a Half Men.

Alec Baldwin.
Jim Parsons.
Matthew Morrison.
* Neil Patrick Harris.
Steve Carell.

Alyson Hannigan.
Courteney Cox.
Eva Longoria Parker.
* Jane Lynch.
Tina Fey.

America's Got Talent.
* American Idol.
Dancing With The Stars.
Hell's Kitchen.
So You Think You Can Dance.

Criminal Minds.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
* Lie To Me.

Emily Deschanel, Bones.
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Mark Harmon, NCIS.
Simon Baker, The Mentalist.
* Tim Roth, Lie to Me.

* Fringe.
True Blood.
The Vampire Diaries.


Nielsen ratings source: Variety.

Image of People's Choice Awards winners Grown Ups and Adam Sandler: Columbia Pictures.

Image of People's Choice Awards winner Kristen Stewart and two-time loser Robert Pattinson in Eclipse: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

People's Choice Awards' winner Zac Efron Charlie St. Cloud image: Universal Pictures.

Kristen Stewart People's Choice Awards image via BuddyTV.

Image of Robert Downey Jr. in the People's Choice Awards' winner Iron Man 2: Marvel / Paramount Pictures.

People's Choice Awards website.

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13 Comments to People's Choice Awards: Computer Virus Infection & Double Loser Robert Pattinson

  1. Transp

    Funny you request respect and courtesy in your “comments” text, but you showed no respect or courtesy to Robert Pattinson in your headline or story. The big news was that he lost twice? Really? Too bad he doesn't have a PR rep to massage your stories the way some of his co-stars do.

    Where is the coverage of his new Life trailer? Where is the coverage of his other new film, The Childhood of a Leader being in the Horizon's competition at the Venice Film Festival? You're bias has always been obvious, but really, what's the point?

  2. Sia

    people don't watch award shows. I love Twilight but I went to youtube to see the clips. Don't care to watch that whole thing.

  3. kelly conroy

    the twilight movie is so awesome i wish i could see real actors in person but i liked the movies of twilight! keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. cynthe

    I would have watch had Jackie Evancho even been mentioned.

  5. Sana

    I bet that if Adam Lambert had been nominated or had performed on that show the numbers would have been up. They might as well get a big van and cart the same people around from one award show to another. We are tired of the same celebrities on every show. Don't the networks get it by now?

  6. francie

    this show was very poorly produced. i was embarassed for the presenters and winners alike to have to be part of such a debacle. won't watch again.

  7. celine

    i watched it because robsten i was disappointed the way kris action to rob and i was expecting that rob should win not zac, rob made 2 movies for 2010 remember me made good with the budget of 16 mil and eclipse and i was expecting angelina jolie for the best actress not kristin, too bad and acting very cold to rob.

  8. ayleen


  9. heidi savoie

    i like all the movies i can't wait till the other movies come out i watch them all the time when i get off at work at night thats i watch right before i go to bed i have people wanting to look at the movies

  10. francie

    i thought this awards show was very poorly hosted, with too much commercialism, and both winners and presenters seemed embarassed to be there. the show was just plain dumb- in its entirety . i will not watch again.

  11. Sia

    Pretty sure Rob would of won if the votes weren't split.
    Both had Taylor and Kristen in each category.

  12. Tim Crescenti

    the bit of research we have done on Elton John for a project clearly shows he repeatedly loved Jim Reeves music, even singing “He'll have to go” in many concerts. He also recorded a duet with Tammy Wynette… a beautiful song “A Woman's Needs.” And listen to “Country Comfort”…..

  13. K

    Totally true that Elton John was a country music fan when he was growing up. Not exclusively, though.