Oh, the People's Choice Awards — where The CW reigns supreme, Beilebers face off against Directioners, and Linkin Park, Green Day, No Doubt, and Train being nominated for best band isn't a homage to the '90s, but an actual thing. True some of the nominees are head-scratchers (you know 666 Park and Partners were canceled, right?), but in a time where Lincoln and Argo are all anybody is talking about, it's fun to take a step back and watch Kaley Cuoco give shiny trophies to those who don't get any love during the regular awards season.
It was a pretty tame night overall, and many of the winners weren't announced during the telecast. On the presenter side, Olivia Munn riffed on the debate on whether or not she is a "true geek" during the award for favorite country artist (Taylor Swift), and it fell pretty flat. As for the winners, Christina Aguilera was named the "People's Voice" and performed, as did Jason Aldean and Alicia Keys. Favorite comedic actor winner Adam Sandler gave one of his patented Sandler speeches, awkwardly listing his favorite things. (Favorite Kardashian? Ringo. Fave One-Directioner? Five-way tie. Favorite way to fly? Unicorn. You get it.) Jennifer Lawrence won for a gaggle of things, and was as goofy and refreshingly blunt as we've come to expect her to be. (She apparently dripped sweat all over Robert Downey Jr.)
On the sweet side, Sandra Bullock won a new humanitarian award, Emma Watson seemed genuinely touched when she won best dramatic actress, and Downey dedicated his favorite actor award to an elderly, life-long fan who passed away earlier this week. Anyway, read the full list of winners below, and if you don't agree — well, blame the people.
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hunger Games
Snow White and the Huntsman
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR
Robert Downey, Jr.
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS
FAVORITE MOVIE ICON
FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hunger Games
Men in Black 3
FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE STAR
Robert Downey, Jr.
FAVORITE FACE OF HEROISM
Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises
Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man
Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman
Scarlett Johansson, The Avengers
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE
21 Jump Street
What to Expect When You're Expecting
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTOR
Adam Sandler Ben Stiller Channing Tatum Will Ferrell Zach Galifianakis FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTRESS
Cameron Diaz Emily Blunt Jennifer Aniston Mila Kunis Reese Witherspoon FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE
Argo The Lucky One Magic Mike The Perks of Being a Wallflower The Vow FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTOR Bradley Cooper Channing Tatum Jake Gyllenhaal Liam Neeson Zac Efron FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTRESS Charlize Theron Emma Watson Keira Knightley Meryl Streep Rachel McAdams FAVORITE MOVIE FRANCHISE The Avengers The Dark Knight The Hunger Games Madagascar Spider-Man FAVORITE MOVIE SUPERHERO Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man Chris Evans as Captain America Chris Hemsworth as Thor Christian Bale as Batman Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man FAVORITE ON-SCREEN CHEMISTRY Emma Stone / Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson / Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games Kristen Stewart / Chris Hemsworth, Snow White and the Huntsman Rachel McAdams / Channing Tatum, The Vow Scarlett Johansson / Jeremy Renner, The Avengers FAVORITE MOVIE FAN FOLLOWING Potterheads, Harry Potter Ringers, The Lord of the Rings Rum Runners, Pirates of the Caribbean Tributes, The Hunger Games Twihards, Twilight FAVORITE NETWORK TV COMEDY The Big Bang Theory Glee How I Met Your Mother Modern Family New Girl FAVORITE NETWORK TV DRAMA Gossip Girl Grey's Anatomy Grimm Once Upon a Time Revenge FAVORITE CABLE TV COMEDY Awkward Hot in Cleveland It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Melissa & Joey Psych FAVORITE CABLE TV DRAMA Burn Notice Leverage Pretty Little Liars The Walking Dead White Collar FAVORITE PREMIUM CABLE TV SHOW Dexter Game of Thrones Homeland Spartacus True Blood FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA Bones Castle Criminal Minds CSI NCIS FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV SHOW Doctor Who Once Upon a Time Supernatural The Vampire Diaries The Walking Dead FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTOR Chris Colfer Jesse Tyler Ferguson Jim Parsons Neil Patrick Harris Ty Burrell FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTRESS Jane Lynch Kaley Cuoco Lea Michele Sofia Vergara Zooey Deschanel FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTOR Ian Somerhalder Jared Padalecki Jensen Ackles Nathan Fillion Paul Wesley FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTRESS Ellen Pompeo Emily Deschanel Ginnifer Goodwin Nina Dobrev Stana Katic FAVORITE DAYTIME TV HOST The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Ellen DeGeneres Good Morning America: George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer, Robin Roberts, Sam ChampionLive with Kelly & Michael: Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan The Today Show: Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales The View: Barbara Walters, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST Chelsea Handler Conan O'Brien David Letterman Jimmy Fallon Jimmy Kimmel FAVORITE NEW TALK SHOW HOST Jeff Probst Katie Couric Michael Strahan Ricki Lake Steve Harvey FAVORITE COMPETITION TV SHOW America's Got Talent American Idol Dancing with the Stars The Voice The X Factor FAVORITE CELEBRITY JUDGE Adam Levine Britney Spears Christina Aguilera Demi Lovato Jennifer Lopez FAVORITE TV FAN FOLLOWING Gleeks, Glee Little Liars, Pretty Little Liars Oncers, Once Upon A Time SPNFamily, Supernatural TVDFamily, The Vampire Diaries FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDY Ben & Kate Go On Guys With Kids The Mindy Project The Neighbors The New Normal Partners FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA 666 Park Avenue Arrow Beauty & The Beast Chicago Fire Elementary Emily Owens, M.D. Last Resort The Mob Doctor Nashville Revolution Vegas FAVORITE MALE ARTIST Blake Shelton Chris Brown Jason Mraz Justin Bieber Usher FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST Adele Carrie Underwood Katy Perry P!nk Taylor Swift FAVORITE POP ARTIST Adele Demi Lovato Justin Bieber Katy Perry P!nk FAVORITE HIP HOP ARTIST Drake Flo Rida Jay-Z Nicki Minaj Pitbull FAVORITE R&B ARTIST Alicia Keys Beyoncé Bruno Mars Rihanna Usher FAVORITE BAND Green Day Linkin Park Maroon 5 No Doubt Train FAVORITE COUNTRY ARTIST Blake Shelton Carrie Underwood Jason Aldean Taylor Swift Tim McGraw FAVORITE BREAKOUT ARTIST Carly Rae Jepsen Fun. Gotye One Direction The Wanted FAVORITE SONG “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen “One More Night,” Maroon 5 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift “We Are Young,” Fun. ft. Janelle Monáe “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction FAVORITE ALBUM Believe, Justin Bieber Blown Away, Carrie Underwood Overexposed, Maroon 5 Some Nights, Fun. Up All Night, One Direction FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO Boyfriend, Justin Bieber Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen Gangnam Style, Psy Part of Me, Katy Perry Payphone, Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa FAVORITE MUSIC FAN FOLLOWING Beliebers, Justin Bieber Directioners, One Direction KatyCats, Katy Perry Lovatics, Demi Lovato Selenators, Selena Gomez Follow Shaunna on Twitter @HWShaunna [PHOTO CREDIT: Monty Brinton/CBS] MORE: People's Choice Awards Nominations: Adam Levine, Channing Tatum, Bieber Score Big Russell Brand Is Uninvited to the People's Choice Awards Oscars 2013: Let's Predict the Nominations (and Call the Upsets) From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.