The 39th People's Choice Awards was a star-studded extravaganza and The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco did a great job keeping things light and fun even though she, and the show itself, were burdened with a bunch of terrible jokes and lame skits. The Hunger Games had a great night with wins for Favorite Movie, Favorite Action Movie, Favorite Movie Franchise, Favorite Movie Actress, Favorite On-Screen Chemistry, and Favorite Face of Heroism.
The 39th Annual People’s Choice Awards aired on CBS January 9 at 9:00 pm ET.
Maroon 5 beating out No Doubt, Train, Linkin Park and Green Day for the Favorite Band award. I knew none of the older bands would win because of their recent sub-par output but as an 80's kid, it's surprising to how significantly the balance of generational influence has shifted.
Lea Michele beating out Sofia Vergara, Zooey Deschanel, Jane Lynch, and Kaley Cuoco for Best TV Comedy Actress. Though it's had a resurgent year, it was shocking to see someone from Glee claim a major award.
Adam Sandler won the award for Best Comedic Movie Actor. His rambling, unfunny worst-of-the-night acceptance speech was still better than That's My Boy.
The Hunger Games beating out The Avengers in all six categories that both films were nominated.
The Wanted receiving the award for Favorite Breakout Artist over Fun, Gotye, One Direction, and Carly Rae Jepsen. While the English-Irish boy band sang a very entertaining cover of Afternoon Delight, I can't believe they were more popular than any of the other nominated artists.
Katy Perry won awards for Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Female Artist, and Favorite Music Fan Following. Pretty impressive for a musician who only released an extended edition of her two-year-old album last year.
Alicia Keys' medley of songs from her latest album, Girl on Fire rocked the house. Keys was typically great but her suits and goggles adorned backup dancers were a strange choice for the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Maybe the Empire State of Mind singer is making a play for the under-served steampunk market?
I was surprised at how easy it was to tell who was going to win an award. Every time the cameras panned over the audience and lingered on a major celeb and none of their curiously absent fellow nominees after mention of a specific award, they'd win it a few minutes later. Combined with the fact that there were zero no-shows, it's almost like the big stars only came out because they knew they'd be receiving an award.
Most Rehearsed Moments
The opening sketch, where LL Cool J gives Kaley Cuoco a pep talk about how she needs to represent the fierce women that dominated pop culture this year which leads to Cuoco appearing in a series of terrible canned bits where she was edited into scenes from The Avengers, The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and a bizarre finale where she battled a bunch of Walking Dead zombies dancing to Gangnam Style. The whole sequence was crazy-terrible but Cuoco was sweet and funny throughout.
Favorite country artist Taylor Swift and presenter Olivia Munn lamely reenacting that time Kanye West interrupted Swift receiving a different award, in 2009. That's about as topical as a Crystal Pepsi joke.
Monica Potter and Anthony Anderson's impromptu Call Me Maybe dance sequence was incredibly awkward and a sweaty embarrassment for both of them, the audience at the Nokia Theatre, and all the folks at home.
Sandra Bullock's acceptance speech for the Favorite Humanitarian award was obviously heartfelt but it included a shout out to a Walgreens sponsored charity event. It's great that Bullock and Walgreens have teamed up to give back but the end of an awards show was a weird place for the announcement.