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 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.
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.
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:
- Bryce Dallas Howard as the vindictive vampire Victoria.
- Xavier Samuel as the newborn vampire Riley.
- Dakota Fanning as the mean-spirited vampire Jane.
Plus the usual suspects
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 winners and nominees
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.
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR
* Johnny Depp.
Robert Downey Jr.
FAVORITE DRAMA MOVIE
Alice in Wonderland.
The Social Network.
* The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
FAVORITE MOVIE STAR UNDER 25
* Zac Efron.
FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE
* Iron Man 2.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
FAVORITE COMEDY MOVIE
* Grown Ups.
Sex and the City 2.
FAVORITE ON SCREEN TEAM
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.
FAVORITE HORROR MOVIE
The Last Exorcism.
Let Me In.
* A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Resident Evil: Afterlife.
FAVORITE TV DRAMA
The Good Wife.
The Vampire Diaries.
FAVORITE TV DRAMA ACTRESS
* Lisa Edelstein.
FAVORITE TV COMEDY ACTOR
* Neil Patrick Harris.
FAVORITE COMPETITION SHOW
America's Got Talent.
* American Idol.
Dancing With The Stars.
So You Think You Can Dance.
FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
* Lie To Me.
FAVORITE TV CRIME FIGHTER
Emily Deschanel, Bones.
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Mark Harmon, NCIS.
Simon Baker, The Mentalist.
* Tim Roth, Lie to Me.
FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW
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.