Quantico star Priyanka Chopra won her second People’s Choice Award this week for favourite dramatic TV actress for her portrayal of FBI agent Alex Parrish.
Unlike the Golden Globes or Academy Awards, the annual People’s Choice Awards, held on Wednesday at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, are decided by fans rather than industry peers.
Chopra last year became the first South Asian actress to win a People’s Choice Award – for favourite actress in a new TV series, also for her role in crime drama Quantico. Although she’s been appearing in Bollywood films since 2003, Chopra has only recently made the move to Hollywood and will appear alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in forthcoming action comedy Baywatch, which is due in cinemas in May.
Johnny Depp voted favourite movie icon
Less than a week after his divorce from Amber Heard, Johnny Depp accepted the award for favourite movie icon at the People’s Choice Awards, hosted this year by comedian and TV presenter Joel McHale.
Depp received the nod for his role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. During the divorce case, Depp was accused of physical and verbal abuse against Heard, but thanked his fans for standing by him. “I came here for one reason tonight and one reason only. I came here for you, the people who through whatever good times or bad, you know, have stood by me, trusted me. Thank you,” Depp said.
Ellen DeGeneres wins her 20th people’s Choice Award
In what has been called the highlight of this year’s awards ceremony, Ellen DeGeneres made history by scooping her 20th People’s Choice Award – the only person to have ever done so.
She won three awards this year, including favourite daytime TV host, favourite animated movie voice for Finding Dory and favourite comedic collaboration for her collaboration with Britney Spears.
“This is really something that means more to me because it comes from the people,” DeGeneres said. “You are the people who are responsible for me being up here, so I say thank you people.”
In presenting the award, Justin Timberlake said: “She’s a trailblazer, a rule-breaker, a relentless philanthropist, a presidential medal of freedom winner and one of the funniest and most talented people on the planet.”