The People’s Choice Awards have been doing the audience’s bidding and handing out awards since 1975, and in that time there have been some truly signifiant moments. Some of them funny, some sad, and others that were emotionally stirring in a way that’s hard to comprehend. There have been some truly funny sketches, musical performances that never got off the ground, and acceptance speeches that were so good that they changed the perception of the winner.
Picking the most memorable moments from the People’s Choice Awards is like picking the best piece of candy from a gift bag, they’re all good, it just comes down to which one is your favorite. The following Peoples Choice Awards highlights cover a lot of ground, but don’t be surprised if you some familiar faces. Get ready to laugh, cry, and relive the most enduring moments from the People’s Choice Award’s storied history.
Betty White won a much deserved award for favorite TV icon in 2015. While it must have been a thrill to win a legitimately cool award, the real prize came in the form of Captain America himself, Chris Evans. As Betty White was getting out of her chair, Evans popped out of his seat to help her up stage.
It's impossible not to get some feels watching Chris Evans go full Boy Scout, and his appearance would have brought added some major tears to the show if it weren't Betty White defusing the very sweet situation with her trademark wit.
While accepting the award for best action film for Furious 7 in 2016, Vin Diesel created one of the most memorable moments in People's Choice Awards history. Diesel starts out by giving shout outs to the cast and crew before discussing the need for more multi-cultural films. While discussing the love that goes into the Fast franchise, he begins discussing Paul Walker who passed away during the filming of the movie.
That's when the waterworks start and Diesel starts singing an acapella version of "See You Again, "Wiz Khalifa's tribute to the memory of the fallen actor.
While accepting his award for favorite movie actor and favorite movie superhero for his role as Tony Stark in The Avengers at the 2013 People's Choice Awards, Robert Downey Jr. pulled a classic RDJ move and asked the audience to help him send and receive love. True to his word, Downey Jr. held up hs hands to send out love before basking in his audience's applause in a short and sweet moment.
After taking in his audience's love, Downey Jr. dedicated his win to Joyce Schroder, an 83 year old fan who passed away shortly before the show. The guy is a straight up class act.
Tim Burton's Batman was one of the biggest movies of the 20th century, and it's still a high water mark in the superhero genre. The film took home the favorite motion picture award at the show in 1990, which was accepted by none other than the film's stars, Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. The two stars are definitely still a little in character, with Keaton sticking with a serious tone, and Nicholson hamming it up for the audience.
After a bevy of thank yous, Nicholson whispers something in Keaton's ear, seemingly reminding him to say something. Keaton steps up to the microphone and thanks the haters who didn't think he could be Batman. It's a really intense, and fascinating moment that could have only happened at the People's Choice Awards.