The People’s Choice Awards were held last night, Jan. 8, in Los Angeles kicked off the start of award show season—needless to say, we’re super psyched!
However, the PCAs are different from most award shows. The main difference is that winners are determined by votes cast by fans, rather than Hollywood big shots. The show is a lot more casual than some of the others, therefore allowing the celebrities to have more fun.
Still, it wasn’t all fun and games at this year’s People’s Choice Awards! Between the laughs delivered by cohosts Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, there were some seriously heartwarming moments onstage! Check out the sweetest moments from last night’s PCAs!
1. Jen Honors Her Late Nephew
Jennifer Hudson won the award for Favorite Humanitarian at the show last night, for her work with the Julian D. King Foundation, the charity she formed in honor of her late nephew, who was murdered when he was only 7 years old.
Jennifer brought her sister onstage when she accepted the award, and told the audience, “It feels good to see positivity acknowledged. Where we come from all you hear about is who shot who and who went to jail. There is more to life than the block you live on. We want to show them that I came from the same area and if I can do it, you can do it too. It does not stop there.”
2. Justin Thanks Jessica!
Justin Timberlake doesn’t usually get too mushy when it comes to his wife, Jessica Biel. It’s better for us, since it makes imagining we still have a chance much easier. Still, when he won Favorite Male Artist, we couldn’t help but “Aww!” when he thanked Jess.
“I’d like to thank my beautiful wife for teaching me patience and the little things like putting the dishes in the dishwasher. It goes a long way—fellas, you’re welcome!”
3. Nina and Ian Share a Kiss!
Instead of making it awkward when they shared the stage to accept their award, the two joked about how their characters’ relationship lasted longer than their own romance, and laughed before Ian planted a big one on Nina’s cheek!
4. Kaley Gushes About Her New Husband
At last night’s awards, Kaley Cuoco snagged the title of Favorite TV Actress, which would be a huge honor for most actresses. For Kaley, however, it was the second most exciting thing of 2014—and we’re only nine days in!
“This is the second best thing that’s happened to me all year! The first was marrying you, baby,” she said to her new hubby, Ryan Sweeting.
5. Brit Takes Home Her First PCA
Despite being nominated twice in the past, Britney Spears took home her first People’s Choice Award last night, for Favorite Pop Artist. A clearly surprised and appreciative Brit looked healthier than ever when she took the stage to accept the award.
“Wow! This is awesome, I was not expecting this,” she said. “It’s because of all of you that I’m able to do what I love to do.”
6. Chris Gets Candid
Glee star Chris Colfer was named Favorite TV Actor and gave a seriously adorable speech to express his gratitude to Gleeks everywhere. His speech was not only sincere, but also laugh-out-loud funny, which is pretty impressive!
“you followed me on Twitter, you followed me into bookstores, and to film festivalsand even into public bathrooms on occasion, which we can talk about later,” he said, addressing his fans and voters. “But you guys have always supported me, so thank you so much. And thank for always drawing abs on me when you draw me naked.”
7. Drew Presents Adam With an Award
The pregnant and glowing Drew Barrymore was on board at the PCAs to present the award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actor—and even managed to make a few jokes of her own! But her honor was made even special when it was announced that Adam Sandler, her frequent collaborator, was receiving the trophy!
The pair starred in The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates and, most recently, Blended together.
8. Ellen Gives “Inspiring” Speech
Ellen Degeneres scored the title of Favorite Daytime TV Host—and took home her 14th People’s Choice Award. Not surprisingly, the funny gal seized the opportunity to make a joke when she took to the podium.
“As a young girl growing up in New Orleans, if anyone would have told me I was going to win 14 People’s Choice Awards… I mean 12, yes. 13, maybe. But 14?”
9. Sandra Bullock Steals The Show
The people have spoken, and they really love Sandra Bullock! Then again, who doesn’t? Last night, she picked up awards for Favorite Movie Actress, Favorite Comedic Movie Actress and Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress. Additionally, her films nabbed the title of Favorite Dramatic Movie and Favorite Comedic Movie for Gravity and The Heat, respectively.
Despite what appeared to be a clean sweep to the viewers, Sandy insisted that her accolades were the result of a collaborative effort in her acceptance speeches. “An actor can’t do what they do without hundreds of amazing people working for them, with them, alongside them.”
10. Brad Reaches Out to a Fan… Heidi Klum!
The People’s Choice Awards are all about the fans, and one Brad Paisley fan had unbelievable experience—because she just so happens to be a supermodel and reality TV star!
When Brad rocked out to his hit, “The Mona Lisa,” during the show, Heidi Klum caught his attention as one particularly enthusiastic fan! So he went over to her, danced with her and gave her his hat! Too sweet!
What were your favorite moments of last night’s PCAs!?