The 31st People's Choice Awards
Welcome to DigitalHit.com's coverage of the 31st People's Choice Awards. Our live coverage will commence below starting at 9pm ET.
This year's ceremony is slightly different from years past. Before this year, the People's Choice Awards were chosen by a Gallup poll. This year, the producers chose a less expensive way to find the winners. The nominees were compiled by Entertainment Weekly, the People's Choice production team, and pop culture fans. Fans could vote for their faves online at www.pcavote.com. This has led to charges that the process was easily swayed by internet voting campaigns that allowed supporters of Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion of the Christ to earn wins for their films.
It's a loosely held secret that PCA winners are notified in advance — we've made fun of the fake looks of surprise for years — and this year the producers have apparently arranged for West Wing prez Martin Sheen to present Michael Moore with his PCA for Fahrenheit 9/11.
9:00 PM ET
Tonight's telecast is hosted by Jason Alexander and Malcolm Jamal Warner, who star on the sitcom Listen Up.
9:02 PM ET
After the usual lead ballon opening joke, the pair headed into the audience to ask celebrities questions. The first question was for Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. It was about their marriage and the schtick had Jason answering. He also answered the next question for the Will & Grace cast. When asked if they like each other Jason answered "no." The next question was for Crow, man, this joke is being driven into the ground as the segment keeps going...
9:11 PM ET
Eleven minutes in before the first award is presented by Prince. He's there to present the PCA for Favorite Leading Lady. And the people chose: Renée Zellweger. The newly brunette actress did the usual "I don't know what to say" speech...despite the fact that she knew she won beforehand. Now that's acting.
9:17 PM ET
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey take to the stage next to present the PCA for Favorite TV Comedy. And the PCA goes to...red state fave Will & Grace. The cast takes to the stage to accept the award. Eric McCormack spoke for the cast who and mentioned that they hadn't been there since they won favorite new comedy.
9:21 PM ET
William Shatner was up next and had to deal with the usual PCA shoutouts from the fans in the audience. He said it was night to have at least one fan. He then presented the PCA for Favorite Female TV Star to CSI's Marg Helgenberger. She said she was touched and grateful for the recognition. Then she proceeded to thank the entire LA phonebook.
9:28 PM ET
After mentioning how viewers can help support the tsunami victims online, Malcolm Jamal Warner introduced Leah Remini who had the task of presenting Favorite Daytime Talkshow Host. The winner: Ellen DeGeneres...whose name I had already bolded before the announcement was made...since only the winners hsow up to this thing. After screams from the audience, she suggested they'd need lozenges afterwards.
9:32 PM ET
Poppy Montgomery and Phil Koegan strolled out next to present the PCA for Favorite Male TV Star. And the winner is Joey's Matt LeBlanc. He said it was great to come to work each day and play a character that cracks him up.
9:40 PM ET
After doing some schtick about awards handed out before the telecast — Best Stunt: Fitting the women of The View on that little couch — Jason Alexander introduces Eva Mendes who has the assignment of presenting Favorite Male Action Movie Star to Will Smith...who is in the audience and is therefore the winner. See how this works. Will does a little bit of schtick in the audience with Mike Myers before taking to the stage.
9:46 PM ET
Jeff Foxworthy then lampoons reality before handing out the award for Favorite Reality Show (Makeover) to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Wow...reality has two separate categories. What is the world coming to?
9:50 PM ET
Ellen DeGeneres then discussed the science of comedy before presenting the award for Favorite Movie Comedy to Shrek 2. Mike Myers slaps hands on his way up to the stage and then dedicated the award to his wife before giving props to Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer, calling themselves "tuxedo clad deliverymen", presented the PCA for Favorite New TV Comedy to Joey.
10:01 PM ET
59 minutes to go. Tom Selleck is here to present the award for Favorite TV Drama. The PCA goes to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. It appears that half the audience is heading to the stage and they still give the mic to the previously verbose Marg Helgenberger.
10:05 PM ET
Craig Ferguson comments that "More people work on CSI than watch my show." He then presented the award for Favorite remake (There's a category for that?!?) to Sheryl Crow for "The First Cut is the Deepest". She thanked the fans and then paid tribute to writer Cat Stevens and also gave props to Rod Stewart, who she felt did a better remake of it than her.
10:13 PM ET
Sean Hayes says that people do animation work because they get a ton of cash to work in their pajamas. He then presents the PCA for Favorite Animated Movie to Shrek 2 which, a voiceover announces, has also won Best Sequel.
10:16 PM ET
Show creator Army Arched and NCIS's Sasha Alexander then quickly announced the winners of 14 awards that weren't being shown on the telecast. I guess a lot of these winners couldn't make it, because I've never seen this many before. I'll have the list shortly.
10:19 PM ET
Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney talk about onscreen chemistry before awarding the PCA to Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. Sandler said that, "Chemistry is good when used to make love; bad when used to make crack."
10:29 PM ET
Wilmer Valderamma and Christina Milan are here to present the Best New TV Drama PCA to Desperate Housewives. Marcia pulls a prepared speech from her producer out of her cleavage.
10:33 PM ET
And now it's time for Martin Sheen to present the PCA to Michael Moore...but let's open the envelope first. Okay, so going along with the surprise, the winner is: Fahrenheit 9/11. Moore gets about half an ovation from the crowd. I guess we know who the Democrats are. "We live in a great country and we all love our country very much...I'm honored and gratified." Moore then dedicated the award to the troops overseas. "Don't give up. This country is all of ours."
10:43 PM ET
Jason Alexander pulls a shaking girl out of the audience to introduce Josh Duhamel who's here to present Favorite reality show (other) to Newlyweds. Jessica said, "I was a cheesy pop star. Nick was in a boy band. We weren't supposed to get married because it would ruin our careers. And now here we are."
10:48 PM ET
Sheryl Crow then presented Favorite Male Movie Star to Johnny Depp, who addresses the crowd live from satellite. He thanks the people saying, "You are our boss."
10:52 PM ET
Here to present the final award of the evening: Renee Russo, who'll award old pal, Mel Gibson, with the PCA for The Passion of the Christ. oops, but let's open the envelope first. And the winner is: The Passion of the Christ. Mel Gibson gets an ovation as he takes to the stage. "When you circumvent the system, I depended on you. And you were there."
10:57 PM ET
That's all folks. Don't forget to join us next week for the Golden Globe Awards.
Here are the nominees and the winners, marked with an "**":
Favorite female movie star
Favorite male movie star
Favorite female action movie star
Favorite male action movie star
Favorite leading man
Favorite leading lady
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- **Fahrenheit 9/11
- The Incredibles
- Shrek 2
- Spider-Man 2
Favorite Movie Drama
- The Bourne Supremacy
- Finding Neverland
- **The Passion of the Christ
Favorite Movie Comedy
- 13 Going on 30
- Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
- Mean Girls
- **Shrek 2
Favorite Animated Movie
- The Incredibles
- The Polar Express
- **Shrek 2
- SpongeBob SquarePants, The Movie
- Team America: World Police
- Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Kill Bill Vol. 2
- Shrek 2
- Spider-Man 2
Favorite Animated Movie Star
- **Donkey in Shrek 2 (Eddie Murphy)
- Elastigirl in The Incredibles (Holly Hunter)
- Frozone in The Incredibles (Samuel L. Jackson)
- Puss In Boots in Shrek 2 (Antonio Banderas)
- Shrek in Shrek 2 (Michael Myers)
Favorite Villain Movie Star
- Bill in Kill Bill Vol. 2 (David Carradine)
- Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2 (Alfred Molina)
- Elle Driver in Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Daryl Hannah)
- **The Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2 (Jennifer Saunders)
- Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Gary Oldman)
Favorite On-Screen Chemistry
- **Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler (50 First Dates)
- Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine)
- Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp (Finding Neverland)
- Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man 2)
- Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson (Starsky and Hutch)
- Maroon 5
- No Doubt
Favorite male singer
- Josh Groban
- John Mayer
Favorite female singer
- Sheryl Crow
- Norah Jones
- **Alicia Keys
- Avril Lavigne
- Sarah McLachlan
- "Carwash", Christina Aguilera , Missy Elliot, Lil' Kim
- **"The First Cut is the Deepest", Sheryl Crow
- "It's My Life", No Doubt
- "Livin' La Vida Loca", Antonio Banderas & Eddie Murphy
- "Take My Breath Away", Jessica Simpson
Favorite combined forces
- Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliot, Lil' Kim ("Carwash")
- Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake ("Where is the Love")
- Norah Jones, Dolly Parton ("The Grass is Blue")
- **Lil' John, Usher ("Yeah!")
- Britney Spears, Madonna ("Me Against the Music")
Favorite Country Group
- Alison Krauss & Union Station
- Brooks & Dunn
- Rascal Flatts
Favorite Country Female Singer
- Loretta Lynn
- Martina McBride
- Reba McEntire
- LeAnn Rimes
- **Shania Twain
Favorite Country Male Singer
- Jimmy Buffet
- Alan Jackson
- Toby Keith
- **Tim McGraw
- Willie Nelson
Favorite new TV comedy
- Complete Savages
- Father of the Pride
Favorite new TV drama
- Boston Legal
- CSI: NY
- **Desperate Housewives
- Jack and Bobby
Favorite TV comedy
- Arrested Development
- Everybody Loves Raymond
- That '70s Show
- **Will & Grace
Favorite TV drama
- **CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
- Gilmore Girls
- The O.C.
Favorite female TV star
- Jennifer Garner (Alias)
- Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls)
- **Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
- Debra Messing (Will & Grace)
- Megan Mullally (Will & Grace)
Favorite male TV star
- Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
- Zach Braff (Scrubs)
- Matthew Fox (Lost)
- **Matt Le Blanc (Joey)
- James Spader (Boston Legal)
Favorite late-night talk show host
- Jimmy Kimmel
- Jay Leno
- **David Letterman
- Conan O'Brien
- Jon Stewart
Favorite funny male star
Favorite funny female star
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Tina Fey
- Debra Messing
- Megan Mullally
- Wanda Sykes
Favorite daytime talk show host
- Tony Danza
- **Ellen DeGeneres
- Dr. Phil McGraw
- Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa
- Oprah Winfrey
Favorite reality show (competition)
- The Amazing Race
- **American Idol
- The Apprentice
- Last Comic Standing
Favorite reality show (makeover)
- Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
- Pimp My Ride
- Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
- Trading Spaces
- What Not to Wear
Favorite reality show (other)
- The Real World
- The Surreal Life
- Wife Swap