The people have truly spoken. Last night was the 35th annual People’s Choice Awards.
The ceremony was hosted by Queen Latifah, who co-starred in The Secret Life of Bees, which won favorite movie drama and independent movie honors.
This year there was a slight twist – since it is the 35th birthday for both People Magazine and the People’s Choice Awards a new award was given to mark the occassion - The favorite star under 35 . And the winner was………. Carrie Underwood.
Carrie also collected awards for her music, including favorite country song (“Last Name”) and favorite country singer. She also performed her emotional ballad “I Know You Won’t” at the top of the show.
To no one’s surprise, The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger stole the night. The action film claimed Favorite Superhero, Favorite Movie, Favorite Onscreen Match-Up, Favorite Action Movie and Favorite Cast at the climax of the event.
Batman Christian Bale and co-star Aaron Eckhart and director Christopher Nolan were given a lengthy standing ovation as they took to the stage at the Shrine Auditorium, and then Bale remembered his Joker, Heath Ledger, in his brief acceptance speech.
He said, “Here’s to Heath,” as he raised one of the awards the cast and crew were presented with to the heavens.
The Dark Knight was the last film Ledger completed before his tragic death a year ago (Jan08).
Here are some of the other FAVORITES for the night:
Male Movie Star: Will Smith
Leading Man: Brad Pitt
Male Action Star: Will Smith
Female Movie Star: Reese Witherspoon
Leading Lady: Reese Witherspoon
Female Action Star: Angelina Jolie
Favorite Talk Show Host: Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Drama: House
Male Star: Hugh Laurie
Female Star: Christina Applegate
Funny Female TV Star: Tina Fey
Male Singer: Chris Brown
Female Singer: Carrie Underwood
Group: Rascal Flatts
The people have spoken.