The People's Choice Awards aired on CBS Wednesday, Jan. 8, and the two-hour telecast left us wondering whether it would have been more successful had it been longer and more evenly paced. Despite its shortcomings, there were seven memorable moments that we're glad we caught, including a Hub shout out from Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
Get a glimpse of the show through our eyes, starting with the bad, and ending with the Boston-centric good.
The producers lumped winners together. If someone (or a project they worked on) won more than one award, the wins were announced at the same time, but not by the presenters.
Example numero uno: Robert Downey Jr. won the award for best action star. His film "Iron Man 3" also won for best action movie and best movie. After the presenters revealed his personal win, the all-knowing announcer of the show informed us of the two other wins. At the same time. Call us old fashioned, but doesn't that take away from the drama of winning BEST MOVIE?
The same thing happened when Justin Timberlake got up to accept the award for favorite album ("The 20/20 Experience") and it was announced that he just so happened to have won favorite R&B singer and favorite male artist as well.
The show was only two-hours long and featured a mere three performances from One Republic, Brad Paisley, and Sara Bareilles. We're thinking there are a couple of things missing from the equation, so Mark Burnett, take note (he produced the show and his smash hit "The Voice" took home the award for favorite reality competition series):
1. We want to see people accept separate awards, or at least see a scrolling list when the winners get up to accept them. It's hard to hear that announcer over the crowd of screaming Ian Somerhalder fans.
2. Give us more performances -- or at least more music. You could even use it to stop people from talking too long. Those acceptance speeches were tough to sit through.
1. Kat Dennings called her boobs her "Golden Globes." We laughed like middle schoolers.
2. Justin Timberlake took a second out of his acceptance speech to remind the fellas to put their dirty dishes in the dishwasher (a lesson he learned from his wife, Jessica Biel). Timberlake apparently loves passing along this wisdom because he told a similar tale to Angie Martinez in 2013.
3. One Republic's Ryan Tedder was ridiculously out of breath while performing "Counting Stars," but at least we knew he was really singing.
4. Jennifer Hudson was moved to tears when she was honored with the favorite humanitarian award. Her entire acceptance speech is worth a shout out. Hats off to you, girl.
5. Favorite comedic TV actor award winner Chris Colfer ("Glee") thanked the people who draw him naked for drawing in his abs -- because apparently those are both things that happen.
6. Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder won the award for best onscreen chemistry for their roles in "The Vampire Diaries." The now defunct off-screen couple acknowledged the awkwardness of the situation, but Somerhalder diffused it with a massive cheek kiss that made us -- er, all the little girls in the audience -- swoon.
7. And last but not least, Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock shouted out Boston when they accepted the award for favorite comedic duo. "The Heat" was filmed in parts of the Hub, which apparently makes us pretty awesome.
Which moment was your favorite from the show? Have something you want to tell the producers for next year? Sound off in the comments.
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ContributorsKatie McLeod is Boston.com's features editor.
Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
Emily Wright is an Arts & Entertainment producer at Boston.com.
Sarah Rodman is a TV and music critic for the Boston Globe.
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Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.