People's Choice Awards: Top Moments and the Winners
People's Choice Awards: Top Moments and the Winners
Esther Gim
Esther Gim
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV

The number of votes cast for the People's Choice Awards were a staggering 475 million. And the voters have spoken: They love everything Hunger Games and Katy Perry. The usuals won like The Big Bang Theory and Taylor Swift, and the surprise of the night went to breakout artist.

Here are some of the highlights from the People's Choice Awards, which officially kick off the award season.

The Big Upset

I would imagine there's a certain demographic that votes for the People's Choice Awards. So the winners aren't necessary the most talented or truly even fan favorites. It's just which fans of which nominee voted the most times.

Even so, I didn't imagine The Wanted would win the people's choice for breakout artist over Carly Rae Jepsen and ... especially ... One Direction! I can't tell any of these five-guy groups apart but I knew that Taylor Swift just broke up with the guy from One Direction so I automatically assumed they were the far superior boy band. Apparently not! They're cute though because they say they've never won anything before, and one of the guys said he had just told his mom his wish for the new year was to win a "massive award," and apparently the People's Choice is it.

They thank Ellen DeGeneres for "everything," because she had them on their show. They also sing a capella (and are pretty good) because they promised her they would if they won. Unfortunately the camera people drop the ball because her reaction isn't shown even once. Maybe she was in the bathroom.

Sandra Bullock, the Humanitarian

The very first favorite humanitarian award was given to Sandra Bullock for her tireless work following Hurricane Katrina (although I'm thinking everyone who was nominated in this category should be applauded).

It seemed last awards season -- or maybe the one before that? -- she was winning awards left and right for The Blind Side, which was great because she gives the best speeches. She's not only funny but modest and sincere, and yes, I even got a little emotional.

Robert Downey Jr. Dedicates His Award

As he accepted his award for favorite dramatic movie actor, he announced that he's dedicating his award to a member of his fan club who passed away recently -- 83-year-old Joyce.

Classy move, RDJ.

Adam Sandler's Favorite Things

In accepting his award for favorite movie comedic actor, Adam Sandler shared his own favorite things to keep in line with the show. Some of the more amusing faves he shared: Kardashian ... Ringo, word ... elbow, Berry ... Halle, Apple ... Fiona, James Bond movie ... Forrest Gump and smell ... Al Pacino

To top it off, he invited everyone to Jennifer Aniston's place for a pizza party after the show.

Another 'Kanye' Moment?

Taylor Swift won for favorite country artist and presenter Olivia Munn had slyly set up the "stealing the stage" moment that so famously happened a couple of years ago. You might think it's a worn out bit, but I thought the way it was set up made it sort of work.

Flash Mob for Two

Although not funny, I commend the efforts of Anthony Anderson and Monica Potter as award show presenters who believe they're part of a "Call Me Maybe" flash mob. At least Kaley Cuoco reminded them that a "Call Me Maybe" flash mob isn't something we haven't seen like a hundred times before.

But the best part of the bit was the camera finding Robert Downey, Jr. in the audience and capturing his totally unamused face.

And the Rest of the Winners Are:


Favorite Network Comedy: The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Network Drama: Grey's Anatomy

Favorite Crime Drama: Castle

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Supernatural

Favorite Cable Comedy: Awkward

Favorite Cable Drama: Leverage

New Comedy: The New Normal

New Drama: Beauty and the Beast

Favorite Premium Cable Show: True Blood

Favorite Comedic Actress: Lea Michele, Glee

Favorite Comedic Actor: Chris Colfer, Glee

Favorite Dramatic Actor: Nathan Fillion, Castle

Favorite Dramatic Actress: Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy

Favorite Competition Show: The X Factor

Favorite Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite Late-Night Talk Show Host: Jimmy Fallon

Favorite New Talk Show Host: Steve Harvey

Favorite Celebrity Judge: Demi Lovato

Favorite TV Fan-Following: Supernatural


Favorite Movie: The Hunger Games

Favorite Comedic Movie: Ted

Favorite Dramatic Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Favorite Action Movie: The Hunger Games

Favorite Movie Franchise:The Hunger Games

Favorite Movie Icon: Meryl Streep

Favorite Actor: Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite Comedic Actor: Adam Sandler

Favorite Comedic Actress: Jennifer Aniston

Favorite Dramatic Actress: Emma Watson

Favorite Dramatic Actor: Zac Efron

Favorite Action Movie Star: Chris Hemsworth

Favorite Face of Heroism: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games

Favorite Movie Superhero: Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man

Favorite On-Screen Chemistry: Jennifer/Josh/Liam, The Hunger Games

Favorite Movie Fan-Following: Twihards, Twilight


Favorite Pop Artist: Katy Perry

Favorite Country Artist: Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist: Jason Mraz

Favorite Female Artist: Katy Perry

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Favorite R&B Artist: Rihanna

Favorite Band: Maroon 5

Favorite Breakout Artist: The Wanted

Favorite Album: Up All Night, One Direction

Favorite Song: "What Makes You Beautiful," The Wanted

Favorite Music Video: "Part of Me," Katy Perry

Favorite Music Fan-Following: KatyCats, Katy Perry