The People’s Choice Awards, the annual fan-voted show on CBS, exist in the kind of fantasy world where teen star Chloe Grace Moretz triumphs over Meryl Streep for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress. That’s always fun, but the show is way more interesting when stars reference real-life incidents.

Like, say, Favorite Actress in a New TV Series winner Viola Davis getting up on stage and calling out Alessandra Stanley’s widely-criticized New York Times article about Shonda Rhimes. Last fall, the paper’s television critic received lots of blowback for a story that referred to Shonda Rhimes as “an angry black woman” while discussing the successful slate of ShondaLand dramas. Stanley also drew criticism for her remarks about Davis, the star of “How to Get Away With Murder” (produced by Rhimes) when she wrote that the actress was “older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful” than Kerry Washington, who stars in Rhimes’s show “Scandal.”


Viola Davis accepts the Favorite Actress In A New TV Series award at the People’s Choice Awards. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

When accepting her trophy on stage, Davis gave a shout out to the fans, and then took a pointed dig at the story while she thanked the executive producers of her series: “Thank you Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Peter Nowalk,” Davis said to much applause, “for thinking of a leading lady who looks like my classic beauty.”


Actor Josh Gad, actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Kevin Hart. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Another actress to bring up controversy: “Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco, whose quotes about feminism went viral last week when she told Redbook magazine that no, she didn’t consider herself a feminist, and she “was never that feminist girl demanding equality.” Also this one: “I cook for [my husband] Ryan five nights a week — it makes me feel like a housewife. I love that.”

The remarks lit up the blogosphere, and a couple days later, Cuoco felt compelled to release a non-apology about the whole thing. Anyway, Cuoco joked about the drama while on stage with her “Wedding Ringer” co-stars Kevin Hart and Josh Gad as they presented an award.

“Can we just show the nominees, please, for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress?” Cuoco pleaded while Hart and Gad were joking around.

“Ooh now Kaley, are you sure you want to do that category given your anti-feminism stance?” Gad asked.

“Yeah, I have to, it’s part of my apology tour,” Cuoco said, looking faux-seriously into the camera.

So, no, that banter didn’t really make any sense — but kudos to Cuoco for staying topical?

On a much more serious note, Ben Affleck (on hand to pick up a trophy as Favorite Humanitarian for his work with his Eastern Congo Initiative) also took a moment to talk about current events. While Affleck stayed vague, it sounded like he was referencing Wednesday’s horrific attacks in Paris as he brought some gravity to the show during his acceptance speech:

“Sometimes the world, it’s just a scary and terrible place. And bad things happen and they’re hard to understand and they make us feel afraid and helpless. And one thing I learned by watching people better at it and smarter about it and more dedicated than I am is that by trying to do even just a little bit — whether it’s in another country, or our country, or supporting our troops, or sending $5 over the Internet — you know, the one way to combat the sad things we see, the terrible things that we see, is try to bring a little bit of kindness into the world and to show that our country is about reaching out and helping our fellow man.”


Actor Ben Affleck accepting the award for Favorite Humanitarian. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Otherwise, it was the standard People’s Choice Awards: Nearly all presenters and many winners were stars of CBS shows. If a big star was in the audience (Robert Downey Jr., Betty White, Chris Evans) it meant they were winning a prize later in the night. Hosts Anna Faris and Allison Janney, of the network’s comedy “Mom,” were charming and game for embarrassing themselves when necessary. Performances included Lady Antebellum and Iggy Azalea — who incidentally won Favorite Country Group and Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, respectively — and Fall Out Boy.

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Here’s a complete list of winners and nominees:

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
Adam Sandler  WINNER
Channing Tatum
Jonah Hill
Seth Rogen
Zac Efron

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
Cameron Diaz
Charlize Theron
Drew Barrymore
Melissa McCarthy  WINNER
Tina Fey

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
Drake
Iggy Azalea  WINNER
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj
T.I.

Favorite Male Country Artist
Blake Shelton
Brad Paisley
Hunter Hayes WINNER
Luke Bryan
Tim McGraw

Favorite Daytime TV Host(s)
Ellen DeGeneres  WINNER
Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan
Queen Latifah
Rachael Ray
Steve Harvey

Favorite TV Icon
Betty White  WINNER
Katey Sagal
Mark Harmon
Tim Allen
Tom Selleck

Favorite Action Movie Actor
Chris Evans  WINNER
Denzel Washington
Hugh Jackman
Liam Neeson
Mark Wahlberg

Favorite Cable TV Actor
Charlie Hunnam
Eric Dane
Matt Bomer  WINNER
Sean Bean
William H. Macy

Favorite Comedic TV Actress
Amy Poehler
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting  WINNER
Melissa McCarthy
Sofia Vergara
Zooey Deschanel

Favorite Competition TV Show
“America’s Got Talent”
“Dancing with the Stars”
“Hell’s Kitchen”
“MasterChef”
“The Voice”  WINNER

Favorite Country Group
The Band Perry
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum  WINNER
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Favorite Thriller Movie
“Annabelle”
“Dracula Untold”
“The Equalizer”
“Gone Girl” WINNER
“The Purge: Anarchy”

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress
Chloë Grace Moretz  WINNER
Emma Stone
Meryl Streep
Reese Witherspoon
Shailene Woodley

Favorite Network TV Drama
“Chicago Fire”
“Downton Abbey”
“Grey’s Anatomy”  WINNER
“Revenge”
“Scandal”

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress
Alyssa Milano
Ellen Pompeo — WINNER
Emily VanCamp
Hayden Panettiere
Kerry Washington

Favorite Actress In A New TV Series
Debra Messing
Jada Pinkett Smith
Octavia Spencer
Téa Leoni
Viola Davis  WINNER

Favorite Movie Actor
Brad Pitt
Channing Tatum
Hugh Jackman
Mark Wahlberg
Robert Downey, Jr.  WINNER

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Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor
Ben Affleck
Brad Pitt
George Clooney
Matt Damon
Robert Downey, Jr.  WINNER

Favorite TV Show
“The Big Bang Theory”  WINNER
“Game of Thrones”
“NCIS”
“Once Upon a Time”
“The Walking Dead”

Non-televised awards

Favorite Movie
“22 Jump Street”
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Maleficent” WINNER
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Favorite Movie Actress
Angelina Jolie
Emma Stone
Jennifer Lawrence  WINNER
Melissa McCarthy
Scarlett Johansson

Favorite Movie Duo
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”)
Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”)
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum (“22 Jump Street”)
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars”)
Shailene Woodley and Theo James (“Divergent”)  WINNER

Favorite Action Movie
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Divergent”  WINNER
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Favorite Action Movie Actress
Angelina Jolie
Jennifer Lawrence  WINNER
Scarlett Johansson
Shailene Woodley
Zoe Saldana

Favorite Comedic Movie
“22 Jump Street”  WINNER
“Blended”
“Let’s Be Cops”
“Neighbors”
“The Other Woman”

Favorite Dramatic Movie
“The Fault in Our Stars”  WINNER
“The Giver”
“Heaven Is for Real”
“If I Stay”
“Noah”

Favorite Family Movie
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“The LEGO Movie”
“Maleficent”  WINNER
“Rio 2”

Favorite Network TV Comedy
“2 Broke Girls”
“The Big Bang Theory”  WINNER
“Modern Family”
“Mom”
“New Girl”

Favorite Comedic TV Actor
Ashton Kutcher
Chris Colfer  WINNER
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Jim Parsons
Ty Burrell

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor
Dax Shepard
Jesse Williams
Justin Chambers
Patrick Dempsey  WINNER
Taylor Kinney

Favorite Cable TV Comedy
“Baby Daddy”
“Cougar Town”
“Faking It”
“Melissa & Joey”  WINNER
“Young & Hungry”

Favorite Cable TV Drama
“Bates Motel”
“Pretty Little Liars”  WINNER
“Rizzoli & Isles”
“Sons of Anarchy”
“True Detective”

Favorite Cable TV Actress
Angie Harmon — WINNER
Ashley Benson
Courteney Cox
Kristen Bell
Lucy Hale

Favorite TV Crime Drama
“Bones”
“Castle”  WINNER
“Criminal Minds”
“The Mentalist”
“NCIS”

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor
David Boreanaz
Kevin Bacon
Nathan Fillion  WINNER
Shemar Moore
Simon Baker

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress
Emily Deschanel
Lucy Liu
Mariska Hargitay
Robin Tunney
Stana Katic WINNER

Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
“Beauty and the Beast”  WINNER
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“Once Upon a Time”
“Supernatural”
“The Vampire Diaries”

Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
“American Horror Story”
“Doctor Who”
“Game of Thrones”
“Outlander”  WINNER
“The Walking Dead”

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Ian Somerhalder
Jared Padalecki
Jensen Ackles
Misha Collins  WINNER
Paul Wesley

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Ginnifer Goodwin
Jennifer Morrison
Jessica Lange
Kristin Kreuk — WINNER
Nina Dobrev

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host
Conan O’Brien
Craig Ferguson
David Letterman
Jimmy Fallon  WINNER
Jimmy Kimmel

Favorite Dramedy
“Awkward.”
“Orange Is the New Black”  WINNER
“Shameless”
“Suits”
“White Collar”

Favorite TV Duo
David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel (“Bones”)
Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas (“Once Upon a Time”)
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles (“Supernatural”)
Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic (“Castle”)
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”)  WINNER

Favorite TV Character We Miss Most
Dr. Cristina Yang, played by Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”)  WINNER
Dr. Lance Sweets, played by John Francis Daley (“Bones”)
Hershel Greene, played by Scott Wilson (“The Walking Dead”)
Leslie Shay, played by Lauren German (“Chicago Fire”)
Neal Cassidy, played by Michael Raymond-James (“Once Upon a Time”)

Favorite Actor In A New TV Series
Ben McKenzie
David Tennant  WINNER
Dylan McDermott
Laurence Fishburne
Scott Bakula

Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show
“Drunk History”
“Inside Amy Schumer”
“Key & Peele”
“Kroll Show”
“Saturday Night Live”  WINNER

Favorite Animated TV Show
“American Dad”
“Bob’s Burgers”
“Family Guy”
“The Simpsons”  WINNER
“South Park”

Favorite New TV Comedy
“A to Z”
“Bad Judge”
“black-ish”
“Cristela”
“Jane the Virgin”  WINNER
“Marry Me”
“The McCarthys”
“Mulaney”
“Selfie”

Favorite New TV Drama
“Constantine”
“The Flash”  WINNER
“Forever”
“Gotham
“Gracepoint”
“How to Get Away with Murder”
“Madam Secretary”
“The Mysteries of Laura”
“NCIS: New Orleans”
“Red Band Society”
“Scorpion”
“Stalker”

Favorite Male Artist
Blake Shelton
Ed Sheeran  WINNER
John Legend
Pharrell Williams
Sam Smith

Favorite Female Artist
Beyoncé
Iggy Azalea
Katy Perry
Sia
Taylor Swift  WINNER

Favorite Group
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5  WINNER
One Direction
OneRepublic

Favorite Breakout Artist
5 Seconds of Summer  WINNER
Charli XCX
Fifth Harmony
Meghan Trainor
Sam Smith

Favorite Female Country Artist
Carrie Underwood  WINNER
Dolly Parton
Faith Hill
Lucy Hale
Miranda Lambert

Favorite Pop Artist
Beyoncé
Jennifer Lopez
Jessie J
Sia
Taylor Swift  WINNER

Favorite R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Jennifer Hudson
John Legend
Pharrell Williams  WINNER
Usher

Favorite Album
“G I R L” by Pharrell Williams
“Ghost Stories” by Coldplay
“In the Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith
“My Everything” by Ariana Grande
“X” by Ed Sheeran  WINNER

Favorite Song
“All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
“Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
“Maps” by Maroon 5
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift  WINNER
“Stay with Me” by Sam Smith