Superheroes prove to be the People’s Choice at Awards

The people have spoken and superheroes continue to rule the movie pack, as Captain America, Iron Man and Batman were among the top winners at this year’s People’s Choice Awards.

Iron Man and Avengers star Robert Downey Jr was named favourite movie actor for the fourth year in a row, and favourite dramatic actor.

“I want to eat you up and you’re never going anywhere,” Downey said, quoting his toddler son.

Downey’s fellow Avenger, Captain America star, Chris Evans, won favourite action movie actor, and said: “I don’t win stuff so this is kind of cool,” as he accepted the crystal statuette.

Amy Adams awarded her Batman vs Superman co-star Ben Affleck with the favorite humanitarian award, praising his work in providing aid and trying to change policy to help improve the lives of the people of Eastern Congo.

“I’ve been called a lot of things in my life but I’m not sure if ‘humanitarian’ is ever one of them,” Affleck said.

“The one way to combat the sad things we see, the terrible things we see, is to bring a little bit of kindness into the world,” he added, dedicating the award to his Eastern Congo Initiative.

The People’s Choice Awards are voted for by fans online in categories spanning film, television, and music. The ceremony, aired live on the CBS network, kicks off Hollywood’s annual awards season which culminates with the Academy Awards on February 22.

Disney’s Maleficent triumphed over Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, 22 Jump Street and X-Men: Days of Future Past for favorite movie.

Melissa McCarthy won the People’s Choice award for favourite comedic movie actress, while Adam Sandler won favorite comedic movie actor for the fifth consecutive year.

At 93, Betty White — best known for her role as Rose Nylund from St Olaf in the Golden Girls — was named favorite TV icon, accepting her award amid a standing ovation.

“When Melissa McCarthy came up on stage earlier tonight, she said she’d stay with us as long as you’d let her — you’ve abused that privilege with me,” the actress quipped.

The Big Bang Theory was named favorite TV show, and Viola Davis won favorite actress in a new TV series for How to Get Away With Murder.

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea won favorite hip hop artist and also performed her hit ‘Beg For It.’



Against popular wisdom and flying a plane made from bamboo, wire and bike handlebars, a Co Antrim woman blazed a sky trail for aviation and for the independence of women, writes Bette BrowneMagnificent Lilian Bland blazed a trail for independence of women in her plane of bamboo

The epic battle for the bridge at Arnhem, as depicted in the blockbuster 'A Bridge Too Far', saw the Allies aim to end the war by Christmas 1944, but failed as a huge airborne assault force failed to take the last bridge across the Rhine. In an extract from his latest book 'A Bloody Week', Dan Harvey tells the story of one of the hundreds of brave men from Ireland who gave their all to the Allied campaignThe bridge to war: Dan Harvey's new book looks at the Irish who went a bridge too far

More From The Irish Examiner