The People’s Choice Awards are coming this week, and we wanted someone to break down a few of the 58 categories that will be awarded. Staff writer Bob Asmussen is a person, so here are his choices in 10 areas:
Nominees: "Despicable Me 2," "Fast & Furious 6," "Iron Man 3," "Monsters University," "Star Trek Into Darkness"
Asmussen's choice: "Iron Man 3." The kids are hoping for "Iron Man 4." Any chance to resurrect Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce)?
Favorite Movie Actor
Nominees: Channing Tatum, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DeCaprio, Robert Downey Jr.
Asmussen's choice: Downey, in a repeat victory. In the early 2000s, he was a drug-addled train wreck. Now he is superhero Iron Man/Tony Stark (not to mention Sherlock Holmes), making millions for every picture. Only in Hollywood. No more bad guy roles in "The Shaggy Dog" for him.
Favorite Movie Actress
Nominees: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock, Scarlett Johansson
Asmussen's choice: Bullock. Just wondering, how soon will we see "While You Were Sleeping 2"?
Favorite Comedic Movie
Nominees: "Grown Ups 2," "The Hangover Part III," "The Heat," "Instructions Not Included," "We're the Millers"
Asmussen's choice: "The Hangover Part III." Not as good as the original, but it took the icky taste out of our mouths after the first sequel. Please guys, no more.
Favorite Dramatic Movie
Nominees: "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "The Great Gatsby," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Prisoners"
Asmussen's choice: "Captain Phillips." Tom Hanks has sure come a long way from "Bosom Buddies." Never easy playing a real person, but he pulls it off.
Favorite Network TV Comedy
Nominees: "2 Broke Girls," "The Big Bang Theory," "Glee," "How I Met Your Mother," "Modern Family"
Asmussen's choice: "Modern Family" — in a close call over last year's winner "The Big Bang Theory." Cam, Mitchell, Claire, Jay, Gloria and especially Phil might be the funniest TV clan ever.
Favorite Network TV Drama
Nominees: "Chicago Fire," "The Good Wife," "Grey's Anatomy," "Nashville," "Parenthood"
Asmussen's choice: "The Good Wife." The Illinois governor-elect is a former felon who got in trouble for running around with prostitutes. Sounds less like fiction and more like Illinois. Julianna Margulies gets better every season.
Favorite TV Bromance
Nominees: Blaine and Sam, "Glee"; Ryan and Esposito, "Castle"; Sam, Dean and Castiel, "Supernatural"; Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj, "The Big Bang Theory"; Ted, Marshall and Barney, "How I Met Your Mother"
Asmussen's choice: Ryan and Esposito. There isn't a better supporting tandem on television. They add a touch of comedy to an underrated show.
Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host
Nominees: Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert
Asmussen's choice: Colbert. The real winner, Jon Stewart, didn't make the cut. So, go with Stewart Light.
Favorite Series We Miss Most
Nominees: "30 Rock," "Breaking Bad," "Dexter," "Fringe," "The Office"
Asmussen's choice: "The Office." The funny thing is you can imagine Michael Scott in any of the other shows. Ricky Gervais created the landmark character, but Steve Carell perfected him. And I'd give anything to see Michael torture Toby one last time.
A few fast facts about the People's Choice Awards
1. Lordy, lordy, look who's 40
This awards show has been around for four decades now, starting when "The Sting" won Favorite Picture, Barbra Streisand was Favorite Film Actress and John Wayne was Favorite Film Actor in 1974.
2. Categorically different
This is not like most awards shows, as the votes come from the general public. And categories have varied through the years — including a win by Faith Hill in 2006 for the Nice 'N Easy Fans Favorite Hair Award.
3. Who's the people's champion?
Bill Cosby holds the most People's Choice Awards with 17, his latest the Favorite All-Time Television Star award he earned in 1999. Ellen DeGeneres leads all females with 13 (she has two nominations this year).