The People's Choice, commonly abbreviated to PCA, is the first major awards ceremony of the US award season, which typically runs mainly through January and February before returning later in the year for the big MTV collection of awards. Currently taking place at the Microsoft Theatre in LA these awards are slightly different in that they cover categories across movies, TV and music, so where they cross more than one category we'll include them in all, so please don't be confused if you see these awards in more than one place on the site!
The name of the show is key in that these awards are all voted for by the general public, which leads them great credibility in the eyes of their recipients as they can be sure the audience is appreciative of their work, as opposed to some of the shadowy committee-voted awards which often lend themselves to conspiracy theories about possible political and personal motivations.
The eclectic nature of the awards and nominees makes for a star-studded evening that few occasions can match, and space near the red carpet is at an absolute premium, so you will need to be there very early in the day if you hope to catch a glimpse of any of the stars arriving. You can buy tickets to guarantee your spot (see the ticket sales link at the bottom of the page) but they are pricey, so for most of us watching on TV or online is the only realistic option. If I do ever make it to LA though, grabbing a spot on the red carpet at one of these awards nights will definitely be near the top of my to do list! If you have been before we would be really interested to hear about your experiences - there's a comments section at the bottom of this page.
The winners at these awards are generally seen as being good indicators of which movies/actors are going to do well in the rest of the awards ceremonies that follow over the next month or so, so it's especially worth keeping an eye on if you would like some advance ideas of the potential big winners at the Oscars, Golden Globes etc.
Nominations and predictions for the 2016 People's Choice Awards to follow
We'll be keeping an eye out for live online streams of the event, but be warned CBS haven't been too good at this in the past. You will be able to watch after the fact on the CBS website but there is currently no announcement on live streaming. There will also be clips and highlights here:
One part of the event you will definitely be able to see is the live video of the stars arriving on the red carpet, taking you right to the front of an area you would need to queue all day for if you were attending in person:
There is also a Ustream channel promising coverage of the main show, but to be honest I would treat this claim with caution until such point as it actually appears:
If you're in Los Angeles during the awards season early in the year there are usually some reasonable deals to be had on the local hotels, which will often have spare capacity as compared to the peak summer months, so be sure to shop around for the best deals. You can check out availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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