Bullock clearly the People's Choice
ACTRESS Sandra Bullock swept the 40th People's Choice awards on Wednesday with four wins, cementing her status as a favourite among the fan-selected winners, while singer Justin Timberlake dominated the music categories with three wins.
Bullock, 49, picked up three awards for favourite movie actress, dramatic movie actress and comedic movie actress for her roles in existential space drama Gravity and female buddy-comedy The Heat.
She also won favourite movie duo alongside her Gravity co-star George Clooney, while the film won favourite drama movie.
On the small screen, hit comedy The Big Bang Theory and drama The Good Wife were among the top winners, while actors earning prizes included Chris Colfer, star of Glee, which started the night with the most nominations.
Britney Spears was named favourite pop artist, while singer and actress Jennifer Hudson won hearts with an emotional speech when accepting a humanitarian award.
The People's Choice awards kick off the main phase of Hollywood's annual awards season, as Tinseltown prepares to gather for the Golden Globes on Sunday and the Grammys in two weeks, before the Oscars climax on March 2.
Veteran Johnny Depp won favourite movie actor - even though The Lone Ranger was a major flop - Robert Downey Jr. took best action star; Adam Sandler, best comedy actor; and Leonardo DiCaprio, favourite dramatic movie actor.
Downey was named favourite action movie star for his leading role in Disney-Marvel's Iron Man 3, which also won favourite movie and action movie.
"I am Iron Man and this is for the people," the actor said dramatically after asking for a spotlight and triumphant music during his acceptance speech.
Timberlake dominated the music categories with three wins for favourite male artist, favourite R&B artist and favourite album for his mega-selling The 20/20 Experience.
On television, The Good Wife star Josh Charles won best dramatic actor, while top dramatic actress went to Castle star Stana Katic.
Kaley Cuoco won her first People's Choice award for favourite comedy TV actress for her role as the ditzy Penny in CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Colfer won favourite comedic TV actor for a second year running, for his role as Kurt Hummel in Fox's Glee.
Steven Colbert won best late-night talk host, while best streaming series - a category reflecting the huge growth of online viewing - went to Orange Is The New Black, which runs on pioneering Internet TV and movie service Netflix.
Hudson won the favourite humanitarian award, and accepted it with her sister Julia for the foundation they launched in the name of Julia's son after his death in a 2008 murder which also killed their mother and brother.
The 40th People's Choice awards opened with a skit featuring many of the night's nominees sitting in a 2 Broke Girls diner set, being served by the show's stars and awards hosts Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs.
Dennings and Behrs then kicked off the show by having a bevy of waitresses serve burgers to the audience. Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, country star Brad Paisley and pop-rock group OneRepublic provided the musical entertainment, while Drew Barrymore, Matt LeBlanc and Zac Efron were among the night's many presenters.