They are the joke of the entertainment community. The redheaded stepchild of awards season. The first awards show of the year, yet the predictor of nothing.
They are…the People’s Choice Awards.
I mean, seriously — how could you not watch?
The only stars in the audience are the winners…it’s like they know ahead of time or something. They sit in the audience, not good enough actors to hide their embarrassment at being there. You will occasionally catch a smirk on their faces as they watch the opening number or winch at the bad writing.
Heck, in this year’s open, sung with enormous gusto by host Queen Latifah, one of the lyrics actually said:
“You can run, but you can’t hide from the People’s Choice Awards.”
Nice, guys. You’re supposed to think it…not say it aloud.
Some of them even struggle to keep straight faces during their acceptance speeches, which are always a variation on the “this matters so much because it’s from you, the people” theme.
You can also count on the winners of the People’s Choice Awards — voted on by you, the people — to be about five years behind the critical choices of the more prestigious awards ceremonies. For example, Hugh Laurie won Best Actor, Drama and “House” won Best TV Drama. Both are great, but I think you would agree some newer shows have come along — “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad,” for instance — that deserve recognition.
Which begs the question: who is voting in the People’s Choice Awards? Who are these people? Whoever they are, they apparently stopped watching television quite a while back…and their taste in movies nearly always lands on the most blockbluster, family-friendly fare.
In fact, of all the awards shows, the People’s Choice Awards appears on the surface to be the most rigged…and yet, the people are supposedly doing the voting.
We simply can’t be trusted.