We know you’ve been staring at your calendar for months now. But don’t fret, because it’s finally here. Pop culture’s most defining evening — which awards only the finest in entertainment — is finally upon us. We’re not talking about the Oscars, Grammys or Emmys, but rather something much more important and career-changing: The People’s Choice Awards.
The 41st PCAs air tonight at 9 PM ET on CBS, and anything can happen. This is the night where pop culture enters The Twilight Zone and suddenly films like Grown Ups (2010) win excellence awards and Katy Perry is music’s biggest prodigy. It’s just a tad bit head-scratching, but we wouldn’t have the PCAs be any other way. Hey, Adam Sandler deserves his day in the sun too, right?
Here are 10 things that will probably only happen at the PCAs. Check ’em out, and let us know what you think about entertainment’s weirdest night in the comments below.
Adam Sandler is considered an accomplished actor.
Sandler turns into Daniel Day-Lewis at the PCAs, and who can blame him with true acting feats like Jack and Jill (2011) on his resume? Sandler has four PCA nominations and three awards to his name, including Best Comedic Actor for the seminal classic That’s My Boy (2012). Sorry Day-Lewis, Sandler is the ultimate king of role reinvention.
Annabelle and Gone Girl are viewed as peers.Gone Girl has an 88 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating and is generating some serious Oscar buzz. Annabelle is about some creepy doll with braided pigtails who sits in a rocking chair and occasionally shifts her weight. However, in the PCAs’ eyes, these two films are equally worthy for Favorite Thriller Movie nominations at tonight’s show. And believe us when we say the race to win is probably neck-and-neck.
Jennifer Aniston is the Meryl Streep of the night.
Streep is an Academy Awards legend with 18 nominations and three wins, but she plays second fiddle at the PCAs when rom-com empress Aniston shows up. Aniston is a PCAs darling with seven wins and 15 nominations. Honestly, we’re not surprised at this ratio given Aniston’s catalog of life-changing cinematic masterpieces like Just Go With It (2011) and He’s Just Not That Into You (2009).It’s about time the real queen was honored.
At the 2013 PCAs, Aniston won the award for Favorite Comedic Actress for her work in We’re the Millers. Watch her discuss the art of the striptease with her cast.
Grown Ups scores big.If you want to talk ensemble casts, the PCAs is the only awards show that appreciates the talented thespians in Grown Ups. (How can you go wrong with Sandler, Kevin James — mall cop legend — and David Fucking Spade?!) The 2010 film took home the coveted Favorite Comedy Movie prize at the 37th PCAs, beating flaw-free flicks like Sex and the City 2 and Valentine’s Day. Grown Ups may have a 10 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating, but that doesn’t matter when you’ve got a shiny People’s Choice Award sitting on your mantle.
Forget about the time when Kate Winslet won two Golden Globes in one night, the PCAs is where truly iconic moments happen — like the time our beloved BritBrit got funky to “Baby Got Back” by lightly clapping her hands. Or who can forget when Spears started a groundbreaking stair-walking trend when she received the award for Favorite Pop Artist at last year’s show? Honestly, your fave could never. Ellen DeGeneres can keep her Oscar selfie, thank you very much.
A Twilight film can be a “Best Picture” contender. And even win.Like most awards shows, the “best general film” category is the ultimate symbol of excellence. But don’t think the PCAs wastes its time on flicks like The King’s Speech (2010) or 12 Years a Slave (2013). No, it honors only the best…like The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. At the 2011 ceremony, the third film in everyone’s favorite vampire franchise walked away with one of the PCAs’ highest honors: Favorite Movie. Truthfully, there’s no higher art form than the Edward-Bella-Jacob love triangle.
Katy Perry trumps Adele, no questions asked.
At the 54th annual Grammy Awards, Adele went six for six, including Record of the Year (“Rolling in the Deep”) and Album of the Year (21). But the British songstress didn’t do so hot at that same year’s PCAs, losing in all four categories she was nominated in. Three of those honors went to the PCAs’ musical maestro, Katy Perry. “Rolling in the Deep” was passed in favor of the game-changing “E.T.” (feat. Kanye West), and Perry also beat out Adele for the Favorite Female Artist title. What can we say? The PCAs are music experts.
Jennifer Lawrence would rather break her award than keep it.
When Lawrence accepted her PCA for Favorite Movie Actress, she said, “I wish this was like Mean Girls and I could just break this [the award] up and throw it at all of you.” That’s right: J.Law wanted to shatter her statue more than she wanted to keep it. We wonder if she feels the same way about her Oscar?
New awards are created, then removed, apparently for shits and giggles.Random prizes will pop up one year, only to be gone the next. For example, Favorite Series We Miss The Most was an actual award given out at the 2014 show, but wasn’t a thing up until last year. Other odd blink-and-you’ll-miss awards include Favorite Celebrity Judge at the 2013 show (Demi Lovato won) and Favorite User-Generated Video (?!) at the 2009 ceremony. Here’s hoping for another weirdly specific category like Favorite Album By A Female Pop Icon That Dropped With No Notice Or Promotion.
Kim Kardashian gets an award for being Kim Kardashian.While 99 percent of the entertainment industry has trouble discerning Kim K’s actual — erm — talent, the PCAs recognize this selfie savant’s incomparable prowess. In 2012, Kardashian took home the first (and only) Favorite TV Celebreality Star award. In other words, she was honored for simply living her life. And that, friends, might be the most PCA thing to ever happen ever.
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