People’s Choice Awards: Who’s hot? Who’s not?

Makayla P.

Staff Writer

The 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards kicked off the first awards show of the year in Los Angeles, California, on January 7. Hosted by Anna Faris (Scary Movie, The House Bunny) and Allison Janney (The Way, Way Back, The Help), from goofy skits to hilarious monologues, this year’s awards were filled with all kinds of fun. Actors, singers, and producers all came together as the red carpet was glittering with stars.

One of the most anticipated categories of the evening was Favorite Movie of the Year. The nominees included 22 Jump Street, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of Galaxy, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Maleficent. Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, is the lesser known story of the familiar villain from Sleeping Beauty; the movie won the PCA. Sophomore Eily Blackman said, “The movie really deserved that award, and Angelina Jolie played the perfect tragic anti-hero for this role.” Maleficent was a movie that kept adults and children engaged, so it was no surprise it was able to win.

Another award everyone was looking forward to was TV Show of the Year. The nominees were The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, NCIS, Once Upon a Time, and The Walking Dead. The Big Bang Theory, starring Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar, won. This comedic network show is about the hilarious adventures of some rather geeky roommates and how they are making their way through life.  Kayli Rice, sophomore, commented, “Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is my favorite because of his hilarious personality that makes the show so unique…I’ve never watched another show quite like it, and that makes me laugh as much.”

Acting is always the heart of a performance. The nominees for this year’s Favorite Movie Actor include Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey Jr., Brad Pitt, Channing Tatum, and Mark Wahlbergh. Robert Downey Jr, who is most prominently known for his role of Iron Man/Tony Stark in Avengers and Sherlock Holmes, won the PCA this year. Downey is no rookie in the movie business but still has still managed to stay fresh through the years. Senior Katie Olejnik says, “Robert Downey Jr. is one of my favorite actors, just because he does so much in the movie world. From comedies to action movies and directing, he just does everything.” Downey is also going to be starring in and directing many upcoming movies in 2015 as well.

The Favorite Actress winner, Jennifer Lawrence, is someone whose movie career has been slightly different, being that she is pretty new to Hollywood. She recently became one of the most loved actresses after her starring role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games trilogy. People love Lawrence and her goofy personality. Lawrence was up against Scarlett Johansen39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Show, Angelina Jolie, Melissa McCarthy, and Emma Stone in this category. Fans can look forward to seeing her again in upcoming roles, including in the last installment of The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 2.

Moving into the music portion of the awards show, the nominees for Favorite Song of the Year were Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,”  Jessie J with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj‘s “Bang Bang,” Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Maroon 5’s “Maps,” and Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.” Swift won this award and added it to her collection of 30 other awards from many other award shows that she has attended over her career as a musician. It is obvious that Swift’s new pop sound is something everyone is loving this year.

With many new artisits coming out of the woodwork this year, there were plenty of artists to battle for Favorite Breakout Artist of the Year. The nominees included Charli XCX, Meaghan Trainor, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Fifth Harmony; 5 Seconds of Summer won this one. The Australian band of four broke out this year with their hit “She Looks So Perfect,” which reached #32 on US Billboard Hot 100, being the group’s first top 40 single.

The People’s Choice Awards honor the best in pop culture with every winner being chosen by the fans. Polls were available online from November until January, so fans could vote for their favorite actor, actress, singer, show, or song. It will be interesting to see if winners of the People’s Choice Awards also end up being winners of Academy Awards and Oscars.


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