People's Choice Award Winners, And What We Can Learn From Them

By Katey Rich 2012-01-12 07:15:54discussion comments
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Last night the Peoples Choice Awards were handed out in the usual glitzy ceremony with surprising celebrity turnout-- Emma Stone, Robert Pattinson, Lea Michele and Neil Patrick Harris were all on hand to accept their respective awards, which were voted on by "fans' online in possibly the least vigorous voting process in this country. Surely they had a lot of lines about how awards from the fans mean the most, but I can't bear to go for that this early in the morning. Instead, here are the top movie winners (for the TV winners, check out our TV Blend post), followed by a little commentary about what we can learn about these stars, their popularity and the people who voted for them:

Favorite Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Favorite Movie Actor: Johnny Depp

Favorite Movie Actress: Emma Stone

Favorite Movie Icon: Morgan Freeman

Favorite Action Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Favorite Action Movie Star: Hugh Jackman

Favorite Drama Movie: Water for Elephants

Favorite Comedy Movie: Bridesmaids

Favorite Comedic Actor: Adam Sandler

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Emma Stone

Favorite Movie Star Under 25: Chloe Moretz

Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Favorite Animated Movie Voice: Johnny Depp as Rango

Favorite Movie Superhero: Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

Favorite Book Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


A lot of these winners are entirely predictable-- Harry Potter cleaned up thanks to the somewhat mysterious absence of Twilight (did the movie not come out in time?), while Bridesmaids-- one of the few movies of the year that both awards-givers and actual people can agree on-- won the Comedy category with presumably no trouble at all. And Johnny Depp, despite having starred in the least-loved Pirates movie of all this year, added another Peoples Choice Awards to what must be a wheelbarrow full of them by now; he somehow managed to beat out Robert Pattinson in this category, which could indicate these awards are chosen by fewer screaming Twilight-fan teenagers than I expected. Leave that to the MTV Movie Awards I guess?

Believe it or not, there are a few things we can learn from this crop of winners. Emma Stone is a serious power right now, beating out the likes of Reese Witherspoon (who starred in "Favorite Drama Movie" winner Water for Elephants) and Jennifer Aniston. And Ryan Reynolds, for the rough year he's had, still has the name recognition and goodwill to beat out upstarts like Chris Hemsworth and James McAvoy to win Favorite Movie Superhero-- we may never see another Green Lantern movie, but Reynolds' career isn't over yet. Maybe the biggest surprise is seeing Chloe Moretz taking the "Favorite Movie Star Under 25" prize, beating out the four Harry Potter kids somehow. Maybe they split their own vote, or maybe the erstwhile Hit Girl is far more popular than I imagined. Are all these people really seeing Hugo?

If you're already itching for a new awards show that's slightly less inane, get ready: The Golden Globes air this Sunday, and we'll be liveblogging them all the way through. Join us!
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