The voting skewed toward older performers, raising questions about the “people” who are actually choosing the winners.
More than 700 million online votes were cast, the show said, nearly double the entire population of the United States. Plus, voters needed a computer, online access or a social media account to cast a ballot.
It’s unknown how many people outside of the United states were able to vote, or whether the process is subject to campaigns, since anyone can apparently vote as many times as the want for the 58 categories covering movies, television and music.
Be that as it may, the winners were fairly predictable. Bullock,49, had two big films this year, “Gravity” with George Clooney and “The Heat,” with Melissa McCarthy. She won three awards for dramatic movie actress, comedy movie actress and favorite movie actress.
Timberlake two-part release, “The 20/20 Experience” was the top selling album of 2013, and marked his return to music after focusing on acting for the past five years. He won for favorite album, favorite male artist and favorite R&B artist.
Spears, 32, won her first People’s Choice award in her career for favorite pop artist.
Adam Sandler, 47, was the anomaly that seems to validate questions about voting. He won favorite comedic actor for the fourth time in a row, even though his recent movies have all been flops. This year, he starred in sequel “Grown Ups 2.”
Despite the predicable winners, there were a few firsts. Kaley Cuoco won her first award for favorite comedy TV actress for her role Penny on CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” But the show won favorite network TV comedy for the third time.
Chris Colfer won his second favorite comedic TV actor award for his role as Kurt Hummel on Fox’s hit musical comedy, “Glee.”
But Ellen DeGeneres is the king of multiple winners, picking up her 14th People’s Choice award for her show.
The Awards show, run by One Three Digital, states in its legal fine print that all voting is subject to verification and certification by an independent third party auditor.
It also expressly prohibits automatic, programmed and robotic voting and reserves the right to invalidate votes if necessary.
Before the voting started, a list of potential nominees were picked by One Three Digital based on national ratings averages, box-office grosses, music sales and PeoplesChoice.com data, then vetted through EPoll Market Research.
Voters, whoever they are, chose the final nominees and winners. Let us know your thoughts and follow TheImproper online for the latest awards show news.