2012 People's Choice Awards: Some Pleasant Surprises Among the Usual Stuff
2012 People's Choice Awards: Some Pleasant Surprises Among the Usual Stuff
If you tuned out at one point during the 2012 People's Choice Awards, well, I can't blame you. This year's proceedings were the usual mix of awkwardly scripted spiels, product placement and winners you could see from a mile off. Well, almost.

There were a bunch of pleasant surprises in tonight's two-hour ceremony, hosted by The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco. Now, me doing a roll call of said surprises.

The opening sketch, featuring the whole TBBT cast, was a win. From Sheldon calling Jay-Z a droid to Penny getting a slot on the PCAs as a seat filler, it set up the night well... and then everything went downhill humor-wise. Other comic highlights: Neil Patrick Harris dealing with his addiction to opening musical numbers in award shows, and the segment featuring the cast of Parks & Recreation. Ron Swanson with a bigger beard!

Chloe Moretz beating off four Harry Potter stars in the Favorite Movie Star Under 25 category. Also, I'm reminded that the Harry Potter stars are all just under 25.

Castle winning two awards: one for Favorite TV Crime Drama, and one for Favorite TV Drama Actor, for Nathan Fillion. I honestly thought The Vampire Diaries would win that category again (they went home with one award, for Nina Dobrev), so, good job, Castle fandom!

All the Betty White mentions. Yes, it's tiring already, but whenever Betty answers back you feel endeared to her again. "90 just happened," she said on stage after Hot in Cleveland won Best Cable TV Comedy. "I didn't do anything!"

And the moments best forgotten: the unusually off musical performances, the fact that Kim Kardashian won for nothing, the fact that Water for Elephants won because Robert Pattinson was there (I thought the whole Twilight thing is over?) and Adam Sandler's loooooooong speech, compounded by the fact that it's not funny, and that Ellen DeGeneres was being counted down when she was on stage.

Anyway, the winners:

Favorite Network TV Comedy: How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Network TV Drama: Supernatural
Favorite Cable TV Comedy: Hot in Cleveland
Favorite Cable TV Drama: Pretty Little Liars
Favorite TV Competition: American Idol
Favorite TV Crime Drama: Castle
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Supernatural
Favorite New TV Comedy: 2 Broke Girls
Favorite New TV Drama: Person of Interest
Favorite TV Comedy Actor: Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Favorite TV Comedy Actress: Lea Michele, Glee
Favorite TV Drama Actor: Nathan Fillion, Castle
Favorite TV Drama Actress: Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries
Favorite TV Guest Star: Katy Perry, How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Late Night TV Host: Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Favorite Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Favorite Celebreality Star: Kim Kardashian

Favorite Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Favorite Comedy Movie: Bridesmaids
Favorite Drama Movie: Water for Elephants
Favorite Movie Actor: Johnny Depp
Favorite Movie Actress: Emma Stone
Favorite Movie Icon: Morgan Freeman
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Adam Sandler
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Emma Stone
Favorite Action Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Favorite Action Movie Star: Hugh Jackman
Favorite Movie Star Under 25: Chloe Moretz
Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast: The cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Favorite Animated Movie Voice: Johnny Depp, Rango
Favorite Movie Superhero: Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern
Favorite Book Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Favorite Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist: Katy Perry
Favorite Song of the Year: "ET", Katy Perry featring Kanye West
Favorite Album of the Year: Born This Way, Lady Gaga
Favorite Pop Artist: Demi Lovato
Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: Eminem
Favorite R&B Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Band: Maroon 5
Favorite Music Video: "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", Katy Perry
Favorite Tour Headliner: Katy Perry

Good job, fans. Let's see what you can do next year.

(Image courtesy of CBS)