Mom stars Allison Janney and Anna Faris hosted Wednesday’s People’s Choice Awards, a CBS show that annually honors performers for their work in the worlds of music, TV, and film—and we recapped it live throughout its two-hour broadcast.
Janney and Faris were charming as usual, Chris Pratt made a cameo, and Jared Leto’s hair extensions showed up. Check out the live blog below, and see here for the complete winner’s list.
10:58 p.m.: The show is almost over and Janney and Faris are checking out early: Faris isn’t even trying to hide that she’s reading a teleprompter, and Janney is shaking her hips to “All About That Bass.” We’d be doing the same thing, ladies.
10:51 p.m.: Robert Downey, Jr. is explaining what the People’s Choice Awards are by comparing it to CinemaScore. It is taking a very long time.
10:47 p.m.: “We have a couple moments here,” Faris says to set up a bit about calling her mom. She evidently doesn’t realize that it’s 13 minutes until the show’s scheduled end and they still have many awards to hand out.
10:41 p.m.: Iggy Azalea and her dancers are decked out in all white, which reminds me of that time Lorde and her crew dressed up in all white for her badass “Yellow Flicker Beat” performance at the AMAs — and which reminds me that I’d rather be watching that.
10:37 p.m.: Viola Davis’ acceptance speech for best actress in a new TV series isn’t anything groundbreaking — though she does reference that one article in a subtle remark about classic beauty — but still gives me chills, because it’s Viola Davis and Viola Davis is the best.
10:28 p.m.: Cue hundreds of people across the country going, “Grey’s Anatomy is still on?”
10:25 p.m.: Chloe Grace Moretz dedicates her award for best dramatic actress to her late grandma, who passed away last year. The mention, short and simple, is very sweet/might have inspired a tear or two.
10:11 p.m.: Lady Antebellum wins an award, and one of the guys stops to hug DeGeneres before they hit the stage because isn’t that who everyone wants to hug when something good happens?
10:02 p.m.: In classic Patrick Stump fashion, most of the lyrics the Fall Out Boy frontman is belting are indecipherable — but, hey, he sounds good! (And there’s fire!)
9:57 p.m.: Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting wins the award for favorite comedic TV actress and is no longer pissed. Phew.
9:55 p.m.: Time for a CBS-heavy bit: The scripts for The Big Bang Theory and Mom — both Chuck Lorre shows — were swapped, and Cuoco-Sweeting is not impressed — the camera focuses on her after the bit, and she looks pissed. Maybe she just wasn’t camera-ready?
9:45 p.m.: Now Janney is dancing with men in red tracksuits and the camera is cutting away. Camera, don’t cut away!
9:44 p.m.: Janney and Faris are so, so charming — thank goodness, because this material doesn’t quite stand on its own.
9:40 p.m.: Lesson learned: Don’t zone out for even a second during the People’s Choice Awards because if you do, you will find yourself very confused when you direct your attention back to the show only to see Donald Faison scarfing down King’s Hawaiian rolls in an apparent in-show bit.
9:37 p.m.: Was hoping Katey Sagal would win the award for favorite TV icon solely so she would have a chance to reference her Oscar-worthy work in Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House. Alas, Betty White won – and though she didn’t star in any DCOMs (yet), she is a delight. “Can you believe? The People’s Choice? At 93?” she happily gasps. (Bonus: Chris Evans helped her to the stage in a particularly swoon-worthy moment.)
9:35 p.m.: Ellen DeGeneres is wearing a leather, ivory-colored varsity jacket, and it’s perfect.
9:26 p.m.: Lady Antebellum seems to be having fun and all, but whenever I see a country performance my first instinct is to ask, “Where’s Connie Britton?” (Sadly, not at the People’s Choice Awards, it looks like.)
9:23 p.m.: Iggy Azalea tells Dax Shepard she was up late last night watching him on TV. Glad to know award-winning rappers pre-game awards shows the same way I would – by binging TV until the wee hours of the morning.
9:20 p.m.: Turns out they’re not actually Men in Black, but professionals who help celebrities with their acceptance speeches. So they’re who told Sandler to end his speech with “rock ‘n’ roll!”?
9:18 p.m.: Faris and Janney are suddenly dressed as Men in Black. Aliens have yet to appear.
9:13 p.m.: Not only does Adam Sandler get to choose roles based on where he wants to vacation, but he also wins awards – like favorite comedic actor – for those roles. Life’s unfair, man.
9:11 p.m.: According to Olivia Munn, Jared Leto’s hair extensions smell like Coachella and love. So, where can I buy that shampoo?
9:10 p.m.: “That was shameless,” Faris says to Janney’s second Mom plug of the night. “That’s on Showtime,” Janney snaps back. As long as Janney has more witty retorts, she can keep the plugs comin’.
9:08 p.m.: The trio are presenting the award for best actress in a comedy, and Gad uses this opportunity to bring up Cuoco-Sweeting’s recent controversial statements about not being a feminist. He asks if she should really be introducing an award in light of these statements. “It’s part of my apology tour,” she replies. No one laughs.
9:06 p.m.: It was only a matter of time before selfie sticks made their way onto national television: Kevin Hart is using one to snap shots of him, Josh Gad, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting – and this gag is going on for way too long.
9:04 p.m.: Pratt comes up again when Faris has a proud wife moment and brags about how he starred in both The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy this year. Aww.
9 p.m.: What we’ve always wanted: a scene straight out of Mom featuring Faris’ real-life husband Chris Pratt – and Janney smoking a big ol’ cigar like the party animal she is.