January through February tends to be remembered by a few things: the bitter cold, Hallmark Valentine’s movies and many award shows. Viewers flock to screens showing the hottest celebrities on the red carpet.
Two recent award shows were the People’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globes. The People’s Choice Awards aired on Jan. 7 on CBS and was hosted by Anna Faris and Allison Janney, co-stars of the CBS show “Mom.”
The Golden Globes aired on Jan. 11 on NBC and was hosted for the third time by comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
The largest difference between these shows is that the People’s Choice Awards are chosen by fan voting, so the awards can range from “Favorite Pop Artist” to “Favorite Humanitarian.”
The Golden Globes are chosen by The Hollywood Foreign Press, a group of about 90 freelance journalists and photographers.
Collectively, they conduct nearly 300 interviews to decide which actors or movies win “Best Actress in a Drama” or “Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture” among other categories.
At the People’s Choice Awards, “The Big Bang Theory” won “Favorite TV Show” and “Favorite Network TV Comedy Series.” Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, who plays Penny on the show, won “Favorite Comedic TV Actress.”
In its eleventh season, the ABC show “Grey’s Anatomy” also won, beating out the likes of “Scandal” and “Downton Abbey” for “Favorite TV Drama.”
Patrick Dempsey, Dr. Derek Shepherd on the show, beat out his co-star Justin Chambers for “Favorite Dramatic TV Actor.”
Stars Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh, who play Drs. Grey and Yang, also won “Favorite Dramatic TV Actress” and “Favorite TV Character We Miss Most,” respectively.
Some of the most prominent awards, such as “Favorite Movie”, were given to “Maleficent,” while “Favorite Movie Actor” was given to “Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr.
Jennifer Lawrence, the “Hunger Games” and “American Hustle” star, beat out fellow actresses Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy and Scarlett Johansson for her second “Favorite Movie Star” award in two years.
At the Golden Globes, hosts Fey and Poehler welcomed the stars to an award show for “all the movies that North Korea was okay with,” referring to the controversy surrounding “The Interview.”
The movie “Boyhood,” which was filmed over a 12-year span, won top honors as “Best Motion Picture – Drama,” and actor George Clooney won the “Cecil B. DeMille Award,” a lifetime award “for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”
Ironically, Fey pointed out, Clooney’s wife Amal has accomplished several award-worthy feats in her life as well.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” beat out “The Lego Movie” for “Best Animated Feature Film,” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” beat out frontrunner “Birdman” for “Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture.”
Actors Eddie Redmayne and Micheal Keaton won “Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture” and “Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy,” respectively, for the “Theory of Everything” and “Birdman.”
Overall, 52 People’s Choice Awards and 26 Golden Globes were distributed at the events. With two award shows in the record books already, viewers can tune in on Feb. 8 for the Grammys and Feb. 22 for the Oscars.