Robert Downey Jr, Jennifer Lawrence, Grey’s Anatomy and The Big Bang Theory were amongst the big winners announced at the year’s first major awards ceremony, the People’s Choice Awards 2015.
The ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles was aired live on US TV channel CBS and featured live performances from Lady Antebellum and Iggy Azalea, who also walked off with awards themselves.
Ironman Robert Downey Jr was named Favourite Movie Actor and was also voted Favourite Dramatic Movie Actor. In a ceremony peppered with movie superheroes, Captain America, otherwise known as Chris Evans, won the Favourite Action Movie Star award.
There proved to be something of a theme to the awards when Jennifer Lawrence, Mystique in the X-Men films, was announced the winner of the Favourite Movie Actress and Favourite Action Movie Actress awards. Ms Lawrence shot to stardom in the Hunger Games films and also starred in American Hustle.
Maleficent, the film of the story behind the Sleeping Beauty villain, won gongs for Favourite Movie and Favourite Family Movie, and the dystopian fantasy Divergent, much loved by teenagers, won Favourite Action Movie. Its two young stars, Shailene Woodley and Theo James, were named Favourite Movie Duo.
Other movie winners included another Shailene Woodley vehicle, The Fault in Our Stars, which was named Favourite Dramatic Movie. Favourite Comedy Movie was 22 Jump Street, and the Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress award went to Chloe Grace Moretz.
The TV shows section of the awards was dominated by two shows: CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory and long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. The Big Bang Theory scooped the top Favourite TV Show award and added the Favourite Network TV Comedy award to its accolades. The sitcom’s star, Kaley Cuoco, was voted Favourite Comedic TV Actress. Grey’s Anatomy, meanwhile, won Favourite Network TV Drama and Favourite Dramatic TV Actor and Actress for its stars Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo amongst its awards.
Amongst the music awards, Favourite Male and Female Artists were Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, whilst Maroon 5 were voted Favourite Group. Ed Sheeran scored a double whammy with his album X named Favourite Album. The aforementioned Iggy Azalea was awarded Favourite Hip-Hop Artist, and Lady Antebellum were named Favourite Country Group.
Favourite Breakout Artist went to Aussie boy-band 5 Seconds of Summer, and the Favourite R&B Artist nod went to Pharell Williams. Taylor Swift’s catchy hit Shake It Up was voted Favourite Song.
Finally, Ben Affleck was named Favourite Humanitarian for his work in eastern Congo and his support of numerous charities and political causes.