A few of the winners were no-brainers. The Hunger Games swept the house with five awards, including Favorite Movie, and its star, Jennifer Lawrence, won Favorite Movie Actress. Considering their opposition, I can get behind those choices. There were several award winners, however, that were beyond ridiculous.
(Before I go any farther, it’s important to remember, that the People’s Choice Awards use the adjective “Favorite” and not “Best.” That’s very very important.)
Two awards struck me as being completely ludicrous. The first was Zac Efron winning Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor. Granted, his competition wasn’t that great, but it’s sad that the world, sorry the People’s Choice voters, consider Zac Efron, of all people, to be their favorite dramatic movie actor. Cutest little grin, maybe. Twinkliest eyes, sure. But Al Pacino, he ain’t.
The second really terrible award winner was Adam Sandler as Favorite Comedic Movie Actor over Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Adam Sandler is far and away one of the most annoying men alive, and to choose him over Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis is sheer nonsense. To choose anyone over Will Ferrell verges on blasphemy.
Beyond those two gross miscarriages, the rest of the show was pretty standard. Jennifer Aniston won something, she looked lovely, and her acceptance was gracious and charming. Channing Tatum was nominated for nearly every award and didn’t win anything … but that’s okay because he’s the Sexiest Man Alive. Jason Mraz won Favorite Male Artist, beating out that pothead Justin Bieber, and probably instigating a new rash of #cutting4beiber.
Surprise! Taylor Swift won for Favorite Country Artist and she looked stunningly gorgeous. I don’t care for her music and I’m so very tired of all the hype around her, but she did look amazing. And Olivia Munn was truly obnoxious in her attempt to upstage her. The Wanted beat One Direction which probably helped Taylor feel better.
The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco hosted the show for the second time and she wasn’t terrible. The show opened with a bit that had Kaley being coached by LL Cool J on how to fit in during the “year of fierce women.” The bit was nothing special until Kaley ran into Real Housewife NeNe Leakes who shrieks:
“There are zombies everywhere! They’re infected with the most contagious viral hit of all-time!”
Then NeNe and Kaley round the corner and find a group of zombies dancing to Gangnam Style. Watch the video. It’s fairly funny.
Overall, Kaley did a pretty good job. She did flub her lines a few times and it can be uncomfortable to watch her because she seems like she can’t decide if she wants mimic the mannerisms of Jennifer Aniston or Drew Barrymore, but she’s moderately likeable and would probably be much more so if she chilled out a bit.
In summary, the People’s Choice is awful. Year by year, these awards demonstrate the extraordinarily bad taste that most people have. But, to some degree, we can console ourselves with the fact that at least Jenny McCarthy wasn’t there.