We love you, Betty White. 

Nobody else deserves it, really.

The 2015 People’s Choice Awards took place earlier today in Los Angeles, which ultimately kicked off Hollywood’s awards season.

Currently in its 41st year, the People’s Choice Awards is a ceremony in which winners are chosen entirely by fans. Judging from this year’s list of winners, it seems as though a large percentage of voters is made up of younger fans.

The show was hosted by actors Anna Faris and Allison Janney, who co-star in a sitcom called Moms. Sharing the stage together for the first time as hosts, Faris at 1.65m and Janney at 1.83m, the duo did a decent job of keeping everyone entertained.

Anna Faris (left) and Allison Janney played host at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards. 

Disappointingly, there were hardly any surprise wins. Even Adam Sandler’s haul of the Favourite Comedic Movie Actor award – his ninth People’s Choice win – was expected, seeing as his competitors were Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.

“This really means a lot to me. Thanks for all these years, for being so nice to me,” said Sandler.

Seeing 93-year-old Betty White receive a standing ovation for her Favourite TV Icon award was a refreshing change, though.

“When she (Melissa McCarthy, who was on stage to receive her award just before White) said that she’d stay as long as you let her… well, you’ve abused the privilege with me. Can you imagine… the People’s Choice at 93 (years old)?!” said White.

The only living actress of 1980s sitcom Golden Girls and current Hot In Cleveland star, White beat Tim Allen, Mark Harmon, Katey Sagal and Tom Selleck for the award.

Ben Affleck dedicated his award to the people of Congo and those who are constantly helping to rebuild the country. 

Ben Affleck, whose Gone Girl was chosen as Favourite Thriller Movie, got an award for Favourite Humanitarian.

“I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, but I’m not sure that humanitarian has been one of them until recently… Sometimes the world is just a terrible and scary place, but one thing I learned by watching people, is trying to do just a little bit…

“The one way to combat the sad things we see, is to try to bring a little bit of kindness into the world,” said Affleck who dedicated the award to “real humanitarians” and to the people of Congo. The actor founded the Eastern Congo Initiative in 2010 to help improve the quality of life of folks who live in the region.

Viola Davis, star of one of last year’s top TV shows How To Get Away With Murder, was named Favourite Actress In A New TV Series. However, the show itself lost out to The Flash in the Favourite New TV Drama category.

Said Davis, “…We actors, we do it for you. We do it to move you, to provoke you. Thank you so much for this. I’m so happy that people have accepted me in this role, at this stage in my career.”

As for the music section, Australian pop group 5 Seconds Of Summer was voted Favourite Breakout Artiste, beating Charli XCX, Fifth Harmony, Meghan Trainor and Sam Smith.

Lady Antebellum and Iggy Azalea both won awards, and performed at the show, as did Fall Out Boy. Below is the full list of winners at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards. You can also go here for a story on the night’s fashion highlights.

Favourite Humanitarian

Ben Affleck

MOVIE

Favourite Movie

Maleficent

Favourite Movie Actor

Robert Downey Jr

Favourite Movie Actress

Jennifer Lawrence

Favourite Movie Duo

Shailene Woodley and Theo James for Divergent

Favourite Action Movie

Divergent

Captain America aka Chris Evans joked that most of his votes came from his mother.

Favourite Action Movie Actor

Chris Evans

Favourite Action Movie Actress

Jennifer Lawrence

Favourite Comedic Movie

22 Jump Street

Favourite Comedic Movie Actor

Adam Sandler

Favourite Comedic Movie Actress

Melissa McCarthy

Favourite Dramatic Movie

The Fault In Our Stars

Favourite Dramatic Movie Actor

Robert Downey Jr

Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress

Chloe Grace Moretz

It’s Hit Girl!

Favourite Family Movie

Maleficent

Favourite Thriller Movie

Gone Girl

TV

Favourite TV Icon

Betty White

Favourite TV Show

The Big Bang Theory

Favourite Network TV Comedy

The Big Bang Theory

Favourite Comedic TV Actor

Chris Colfer

Favourite Comedic TV Actress

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Favourite Network TV Drama

Grey’s Anatomy

Favourite Dramatic TV Actor

Patrick Dempsey

Favourite Dramatic TV Actress

Ellen Pompeo

Favourite Cable TV Comedy

Melissa & Joey

Favourite Cable TV Drama

Pretty Little Liars

Favourite Cable TV Actor

Matt Bomer

Favourite Cable TV Actress

Angie Harmon

Favourite TV Crime Drama

Castle

Favourite Crime Drama TV Actor

Nathan Fillion

Castle fans have spoken. Both Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion won awards for their roles in the TV show. 

Favourite Crime Drama TV Actress

Stana Katic

Favourite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show

Beauty And The Beast

Favourite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show

Outlander

Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor

Misha Collins

Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress

Kristin Kreuk

Favourite Competition TV Show

The Voice

Favourite Daytime TV Host

Ellen DeGeneres

Favourite Late Night Talk Show Host

Jimmy Fallon

Favourite Dramedy

Orange Is The New Black

Favourite TV Duo

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder for The Vampire Diaries

Favourite TV Character We Miss Most

Dr Cristina Yang played by Sandra Oh on Grey’s Anatomy

Favourite Actor In A New TV Series

David Tennant

Favourite Actress In A New TV Series

Viola Davis

Favourite Sketch Comedy TV Show

Saturday Night Live

Favourite Animated TV Show

The Simpsons

Favourite New TV Comedy

Jane The Virgin

Favourite New TV Drama

The Flash

Gina Rodriguez of Jane The Virgin.

MUSIC

Favourite Male Artiste

Ed Sheeran

Favourite Female Artiste

Taylor Swift

Favourite Group

Maroon 5

Favourite Breakout Artiste

5 Seconds Of Summer

Favourite Male Country Artiste

Hunter Hayes

Favourite Female Country Artiste

Carrie Underwood

Favourite Country Group

Lady Antebellum

Favourite Pop Artiste

Taylor Swift

Iggy Azalea performed at the event.

Favourite Hip-Hop Artiste

Iggy Azalea

Favourite R&B Artiste

Pharrell Williams

Favourite Album

X by Ed Sheeran

Favourite Song

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

 

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