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
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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)
While clearly a minority some people still need the following clarification: Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) is not and never was a real person and Walk Hard is not his biopic. Going in with the knowledge that this is in fact a spoof music biopic (primarily taking aim at Walk the Line) makes the movie a whole lot more enjoyable. Much like Joaquin Phoenix’s Johnny Cash in Walk the Line Dewey Cox is set to play a concert in the opening scene but he too first needs to reflect on his whole life. It all started in Springberry Alabama in the 1940s when a young Dewey (Conner Rayburn) accidentally halves his brother (Chip Horness) with a machete. It’s an event that will both haunt Dewey--aided by his dad's (Raymond J. Barry) constant reminder that that “the wrong son died”--and inspire him. The death also teaches Dewey that even at a young age he can play the hell out of a downtrodden blues ditty which leads him to follow his dreams of a career in music. And it’s a career that again plays out like a satire of Cash’s watered-down biography in Walk the Line--complete with drugs aplenty famous encounters (i.e. a kung-fu Elvis as satirized by White Stripes frontman Jack White) tantrums involving sinks and a wife (Kristen Wiig)-vs.-girlfriend (Jenna Fischer) mess. It’s a backhanded slap to the face of John C. Reilly that his first headlining role is as a mock-rocker a hyperbole of a real star but Reilly has shown that he is a real showbiz trooper. While Will Ferrell whom Reilly seems to tap into might’ve been a slightly better fit the well-traveled actor does great work with a much tougher character to play than meets the eye. Like his real biopic-actor counterparts Reilly sings the songs and dons the dialect but it’s his ability to do so with a constant side of satire that makes this a fantastic performance; such a dichotomy also might explain his suprising Golden Globe nod. Aside from The Office star Fischer--in a great versatile sexy turn (and her biggest role to date) as the pseudo-June Carter to Reilly’s Johnny Cash--and SNL’s Wiig as Cox’s forgotten wife cameos comprise Walk Hard’s supporting cast in the best imaginable way. Just about everyone from NBC’s cool shows (30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer The Office’s Craig Robinson SNL’s Chris Parnell/Tim Meadows) and the Judd Apatow Comedy Troupe (David Krumholtz Harold Ramis Martin Starr) pops up. But the movie’s best cameos come from Justin Long Jack Black Jason Schwartzman and Paul Rudd as (probably improvised) acid-trip versions of George Harrison Paul McCartney Ringo Starr and John Lennon respectively. These days it seems Judd Apatow could merely be friends with someone who’s working on a movie and it becomes an “Apatow production ” but his fingerprints are all over Walk Hard. The comedy tastemaker co-wrote and produced this spoof with his Freaks and Geeks cohort Jake Kasdan (Orange County) who directed; however while his sense of humor is apparent here his imagination isn’t. The very nature of a spoof clashes with his brand of realistic comedy that has become the toast of the film industry and the result is funny but lacking creatively--rather un-Apatowian. On the bright side Walk Hard’s best moments are ones he probably thought up namely an unexpected penis scene that’ll make you laugh-squirm and the tunes are so catchy--despite being laden with double entendres--that they and not the jokes will be stuck in your head. In fact the fake-song lyrics are as clever as Apatow dares to go. Direction-wise the movie like all spoofs doesn’t exactly require an Orson Welles to make it work but Kasdan does a solid job of separating the real from the faux. Plus the music scenes probably took more work than their comedy lets on. Otherwise though it’s not like there’s anything here to somehow render Kasdan superior to the Scary/Epic/Date Movie spoofers.