People's Choice Awards

Weeks ago, E! released a preliminary listing of nominees for this year’s People’s Choice Awards.  In some cases, there were up to 12 candidates in the larger categories.  Now, after those initial votes have been counted, the nominations have been narrowed down to the top five in each category.

Since the People’s Choice Awards are voted on by the public, this boils down to the “most popular” awards with no consideration for the more technical side of filmmaking.  Leave that to the Oscars and Golden Globes.  (Also, keep in mind that most voters are watchers of E!, i.e. female and/or gay male.)

It should come as no surprise that in the film categories, Marvel rules.  Both ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Black Panther’ racked up multiple nominations in the major categories.  For the Movie of 2018, ‘Infinity War’ and Black Panther’ are competing against each other, as well as ‘Incredibles 2’, ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ and ‘A Quiet Place’.  Both are once again up for Action Movie of 2018, against another comic book movie, ‘Deadpool 2’ as well as ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’.

Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chadwick Boseman are up for Male Movie Star of 2018.  Chris Pratt is also nominated, but for ‘Jurassic World’, not ‘Infinity War’.  Rounding out this list is a long shot, Nick Robinson for the teen dramedy ‘Love, Simon’.

Hemsworth and Boseman are also up for Action Movie Star of 2018, as is Danai Gurira, for her role as Okoye in ‘Black Panther’ (as well as ‘Infinity War’).  They are up against Ryan Reynolds for ‘Deadpool 2’ and Pratt, once again for ‘Jurassic World’.

Speaking of ‘Jurassic World’, Bryce Dallas Howard is up for Female Movie Star of 2018, against Scarlett Johansson for ‘Infinity War’, plus Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway for ‘Ocean’s 8’ and another dark horse, Lily James for ‘Mama Mia! Here We Go Again’.

Some “smaller” movies and their stars that were up for the bigger awards were weeded out in the initial vote.  ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, ‘Ready Player One’, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ were either slashed completely or relegated to smaller categories.  This is, unfortunately, in keeping with how these films performed financially.

In the television arena, a big shout-out goes to fans of ‘Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments’.  The series was cancelled by Freeform, but the fans have been working their asses off trying to get another outlet to pick it up.  Unfortunately, it looks as though those efforts have failed, as the show’s lead Katherine McNamara has taken a job on the upcoming season of ‘Arrow’.  But that didn’t stop fans from showering their love on her, the series and at least one of its other stars.  McNamara is up for Female TV Star of 2018, while her costar Harry Shum Jr. is up for Male TV Star of 2018.  ‘Shadowhunters’ itself is up for Bingeworthy Show, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show and the big prize, TV Show of 2018.

In an upset, NONE of The CW’s DC Comics shows were nominated, even in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category.  Instead, ‘Shadowhunters’ is up against workhorse ‘Supernatural’, ‘The Originals’, ‘The Expanse’ (another show that got axed, but that was salvaged by Amazon) and ‘Wynonna Earp’.  Not only were The CW superhero shows iced out, but so was everything from Netflix.

For the most part, outside of that category, genre shows, in general, didn’t fare very well (unless you count ‘Riverdale’).  Shum is up against ‘The Walking Dead”s Andrew Lincoln in the Male TV Star category.  NBC’s afterlife sitcom ‘The Good Place’ scored a nod for Comedy Show, while Netflix’s zombie comedy ‘The Santa Clarita Diet’ landed a nom for Drew Barrymore for Comedy TV Star.  Starz’s time travel romance ‘Outlander’ landed in the Bingeworthy category alongside ‘Shadowhunters’.

The People’s Choice Awards also include Music and Pop Culture, but that’s not really pertinent here.  But all categories and nominations are listed below.  If you want to vote, you can head over to E!.

Voting ends on Friday, October 19, and the ‘E! People’s Choice Awards’ will be broadcast on Sunday, November 11, at 9pm EST.


Movie of 2018

Black Panther
Avengers: Infinity War
Incredibles 2
Fifty Shades Freed
A Quiet Place

Comedy Movie of 2018

Love, Simon
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Crazy Rich Asians

Action Movie of 2018

Black Panther
Avengers: Infinity War
Deadpool 2
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Ocean’s 8

Drama Movie of 2018

Fifty Shades Freed
12 Strong
Red Sparrow
Midnight Sun
A Quiet Place

Family Movie of 2018

Incredibles 2
A Wrinkle in Time
Hotel Transylvania 3
I Can Only Imagine
Christopher Robin

Male Movie Star of 2018

Chris Hemsworth, Avengers: Infinity War
Robert Downey Jr., Avengers: Infinity War
Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Chris Pratt, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Nick Robinson, Love, Simon

Female Movie Star of 2018

Scarlett Johansson, Avengers: Infinity War
Sandra Bullock, Ocean’s 8
Anne Hathaway, Ocean’s 8
Lily James, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Drama Movie Star of 2018

John Krasinski, A Quiet Place
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Jennifer Lawrence, Red Sparrow
Chris Hemsworth, 12 Strong
Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades Freed

Comedy Movie Star of 2018

Melissa McCarthy, Life of the Party
John Cena, Blockers
Nick Robinson, Love, Simon
Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Mila Kunis, The Spy Who Dumped Me

Action Movie Star of 2018

Chris Hemsworth, Avengers: Infinity Wars
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2
Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Danai Gurira, Black Panther
Chris Pratt, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom


TV Show of 2018

This Is Us
Grey’s Anatomy
The Big Bang Theory
13 Reasons Why
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Drama Show of 2018

This Is Us
Grey’s Anatomy
13 Reasons Why
The Handmaid’s Tale

Comedy Show of 2018

The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
The Good Place

Revival Show of 2018

American Idol
One Day at a Time
Queer Eye
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation

Reality Show of 2018

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Queer Eye
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Chrisley Knows Best
Vanderpump Rules

Competition Show of 2018

The Voice
Ellen’s Game of Games
Big Brother
RuPaul’s Drag Race
America’s Got Talent

Male TV Star of 2018

Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead
Cole Sprouse, Riverdale
Justin Chambers, Grey’s Anatomy
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Harry Shum Jr., Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Female TV Star of 2018

Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Camila Mendes, Riverdale
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Katherine McNamara, Shadowhunters: The Moral Instruments

Drama TV Star of 2018

Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
KJ Apa, Riverdale
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why

Comedy TV Star of 2018

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Drew Barrymore, Santa Clarita Diet

DaytimeTalk Show of 2018

The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Live With Kelly and Ryan
The Real
Red Table Talk With Jada Pinkett Smith

Nighttime Talk Show of 2018

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen

Competition Contestant of 2018

Nikki Bella, Dancing With the Stars
Maddie Poppe, American Idol
Brynn Cartelli, The Voice
Cody Nickson, The Amazing Race
Eva Igo, World of Dance

Reality TV Star of 2018

Khloe Kardashian, Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Antoni Porowski, Queer Eye
Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper
Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Nikki Bella, Total Bellas

Bingeworthy Show of 2018

Queer Eye
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
13 Reasons Why

Sci-fi/Fantasy Show of 2018

The Originals
The Expanse
Wynonna Earp
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments


Male Artist of 2018

Keith Urban
Ed Sheeran
Shawn Mendes
Bruno Mars

Female Artist of 2018

Taylor Swift
Cardi B
Ariana Grande
Camila Cabello
Nicki Minaj

Group of 2018

Twenty One Pilots
Panic! At the Disco
5 Seconds of Summer
Super Junior

Album of 2018

Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
Camila Cabello, Camila
Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
Ariana Grande, Sweetener
Nicki Minaj, Queen

Song of 2018

Ariana Grande, “No Tears Left to Cry”
Shawn Mendes, “In My Blood”
Selena Gomez, “Back to You”
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, “I Like It”
BTS, “Idol”

Country Artist of 2018

Thomas Rhett
Luke Bryan
Carrie Underwood
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Latin Artist of 2018

Becky G
J Balvin
Bad Bunny

Music Video of 2018

Selena Gomez, “Back to You”
Ariana Grande, “No Tears Left to Cry”
Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
Camila Cabello, “Never Be the Same”
BTS, “Idol”

Concert Tour of 2018

Beyoncé & Jay Z, On the Run II Tour
Taylor Swift, Reputation Tour
Britney Spears, Piece of Me Tour
Katy Perry, Witness Tour
Super Junior, Super Show 7


Beauty Influencer of 2018

Bretman Rock
Brooklyn and Bailey
Jackie Aina
James Charles

Social Star of 2018

Shane Dawson
Amanda Cerny
The Dolan Twins
Lele Pons

Animal Star of 2018

Lil Bub
Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund
Gone to the Snow Dogs
Cole & Marmalade
April the Giraffe

Social Celebrity of 2018

Ellen DeGeneres
Chrissy Teigen
Taylor Swift
Selena Gomez

Comedy Act of 2018

Kevin Hart
Tiffany Haddish
Ali Wong
Marlon Wayans
Amy Schumer

Style Star of 2018

Blake Lively
Emma Watson
Harry Styles

Game Changer of 2018

Colin Kaepernick
Serena Williams
Cristiano Ronaldo
Aly Raisman
Nia Jax

Pop Podcast of 2018

Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith
Scrubbing in With Becca Tilley & Tanya Rad
Anna Faris Is Unqualified
Chicks in the Office