The People’s Choice Awards: Voting History

11 Jan

By Open Book

There’s a lot of skepticism toward an award shows voting process. Especially, voting by the general public.  The People’s Choice Awards has changed their voting process three times since the first show aired in 1975. So we thought we look into their voting process, it’s authenticity and effectiveness in exhibiting the realities of public opinion.

Most people don’t take The People’s Choice Awards (PCA’s) seriously because the voting results reflect what will get the best ratings  for the best spectacle. However, compared to The Golden Globes and The Oscar’s voting process, (PCA’s) has less chance of running interference from voters with conflicting interest.

22 journalists in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) determine the Golden Globes nominees and winners. We all remember the scandal last year of the HFPA taking bribes in exchange for nominations.  The lack of supervision over voting has turned these awards into a free for all for the HFPA and for those willing to pay for their nominations. The Golden Globes airs this Sunday, January 15, 2012.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) members select the Oscar’s or Academy Award nominees and winners.   Actors vote for actors, Directors vote for directors etc… PricewaterhouseCoopers manually tabulate the votes sent in by voters.[1] The Oscars has used this method for the last 73 ceremonies.

Here’s some information on how it all works in an article The Oscars Guide. [2]

During November, the voting members of the AMPAS are coaxed by different publicists; movie studio’s and film distributors to view their film offerings. Great emphasis is laid on being unbiased and fair. Price Waterhouse Coopers plays an important part in the voting process by providing a professional service of guaranteeing the security of the ballots, to tabulate the votes. This is done in January after the voting members have made their nominations and submitted it to the offices of Price Waterhouse Cooper, where they are sorted and the results are announced back to the voting members in February.

Regardless of how much assurance the AMPAS place on PWC’s fairness in hand counting.  This method leaves a lot of room for human error or better yet room for tampering.

The People Choice Awards voting process by comparison is fairer than the other respected award shows.  PCA’s has updated their voting process as technology improved since 1975. Gallup polls were used from 1975 to 2005. In 2005 it changed to Internet voting after realizing the margins for error in Gallup polls.  In 2006 they used a web research company called.

Knowledge Networks, which took what it described as a “pop culture-involved using a nationally representative sample of men and women ages 18 to 54, with and without Internet access, to come up with the nominees after being presented with a list of candidates determined by national ratings averages, box office grosses and album sales, and they had the option to write in their favorites.”[3]

In 2010 they went with a media research company Visible Measures, which specialize in measuring Internet Video audiences behavior. They state,

“The patented Visible Measures platform reveals both how online viewers interact with video content and how that content spreads across 300+ video sites, from AOL Video, to YouTube, to virtually everywhere in between.”[4]

Of course all award shows can be scrutinized negatively over the fairness of their voting process. However, at the end of the day you determine if it’s worth your time and money.  Ask yourself when watching these shows. Are the winning actors, directors and films  worthy of the award?

The People Choice Awards airs tonight January 11, 2012 at 9/8pm central.

Please join us for a discussion Thursday 1/12/2012@7pE/12UTC.

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93 Responses to “The People’s Choice Awards: Voting History”

  1. littlebells January 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM #

    Thank you OB! Very informative. I will watch this one. It’s the MTV awards I want to shoot myself in the foot.

  2. littlebells January 11, 2012 at 8:16 PM #

    WAtching the live stream!

    I loooove Neil Patrick Harris!!!! aaaahhhh!!!!! I wish he was hosting.

    • Open Book January 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM #

      Hi I’m here!!

  3. littlebells January 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM #

    Hi OB!

    So I got on about a few minutes before NPH. Did I miss anyone fantastic?

    • littlebells January 11, 2012 at 8:25 PM #

      Note: I would never want to be a movie star. Just watching this is overwhelming. I would lose my marbles and fear for my family.

  4. Open Book January 11, 2012 at 8:28 PM #

    Do u like the Interviewers for the PCA’s red carpet?

    • littlebells January 11, 2012 at 8:35 PM #

      No, I think they are pretty lame. What would you ask if you were an interviewer?

      • littlebells January 11, 2012 at 8:39 PM #

        Ok I know why I don’t like them. Some of the interviews are ok, but it’s the fake smiles and over the top “excitement”. I realize the actors and interviewers are “on” but it’s a bit cheesy for me.

        • Open Book January 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM #

          Soooooo agree.

          I think interviewers don’t do enough HW on these actors to ask interesting Q’s. IMO! So u get extra cheese instead.

  5. littlebells January 11, 2012 at 8:34 PM #

    What do you think will win for “Favorite Movie”?

    Bridesmaids
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    The Help
    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
    Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    • Open Book January 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM #

      Well I hope Bridesmaids will win.

      • Open Book January 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM #

        How about u? Who do u want to win?

        • littlebells January 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM #

          I friggin love Kristen Wiig and she had a fantastic ensemble so I really hope it wins too!!!!

  6. Open Book January 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM #

    http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/awards/live-video/

  7. littlebells January 11, 2012 at 8:55 PM #

    I really hope Betty White and Rob Pattinson are sitting together. I saw that pic of the audience seating list and I think it would be so hilarious! Especially if they are using it for a “bit”.

  8. littlebells January 11, 2012 at 8:59 PM #

    FAvorite Movie Icon????

    George Clooney
    Harrison Ford
    Morgan Freeman
    Robert DeNiro
    Tom Hanks

    • Open Book January 11, 2012 at 9:23 PM #

      I’m going to go with Rob Deniro.

  9. ozzie20 January 11, 2012 at 9:09 PM #

    Hi OB and LB!

    Have I missed anything good?

    • littlebells January 11, 2012 at 9:12 PM #

      haha nope! Just a bunch of unexciting people being interviewed. 🙂

      I just posted who I want to win. I have to go hang with my little dude, so I will be back tomorrow at the discussion with my plethora of notes!

      • ozzie20 January 11, 2012 at 9:16 PM #

        Ah ok! Is the red carpet show over?

    • littlebells January 11, 2012 at 9:14 PM #

      I don’t know when you will be able to view it. It is live east coast time right now. I will get it in another two hours. It should be on youtube by then. I LOVE THAT BETTY WHITE AND ROB ARE SITTING TOGETHER!!!!!!

  10. littlebells January 11, 2012 at 9:11 PM #

    K here is my list for tonight:

    favorite movie icon–Morgan Freeman
    favorite comedic actress–Emma Stone
    favorite book adaptation–The Help/WFE
    favorite tv competition–So You Think You Can Dance

    I don’t care much about the rest…I’m a horrible fan.

    See you tomorrow at the discussion!!!! 🙂

  11. Parisienne January 11, 2012 at 9:22 PM #

    Hi all! Just came by to say hi
    Wish I could watch with u._

  12. Open Book January 11, 2012 at 9:31 PM #

    Hi Ozzie & Paris. I’m watching the show live on Gossip Cop. Yeah! I know. Anyway, we can compare notes later.

    • littlebells January 11, 2012 at 9:54 PM #

      BLASPHEMY!!!!! Get thee hence satan!!!!

      hahahahahaha!!!! 🙂

      • Open Book January 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM #

        Yes! I know Im horrible. Its Hot down here in hell.

  13. Open Book January 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM #

    Lovin the buzz cut RP. Finally u shaved it all off. However going balled would have been better. Ahh! Well.

  14. littlebells January 12, 2012 at 1:44 AM #

    Sooo…I just lost a few hours off my life that could have just been 10 minutes. That show was B-O-R-I-N-G. Snooze. I realize it’s not the Oscars, but the cheesy dialogue the presenters have to say is getting a bit much. Honestly, just tell me who won so I can move on with my life. Uh-oh. Baby Bells has spoken.

    • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM #

      LOL!! Yes, boring with lots of cheese.

  15. Open Book January 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM #

    Hi Everyone-

    I have a few Q’s. U can answer in whatever order u like.
    ———————————————————————

    1. Did u think the winners of the PCA’s this year were fair?

    2. What did u think of the voting process for the PCA’s this year? Was it better than previous years?

    3. Did u think the nominees selected this year were better than last year? If so why?

    4. Who’s acceptance speech did u like the best and why?

    5. What presenter did u like the best?

    6. Who did u dislike the most on the show?

    7. What did u think of the host this year?

    • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM #

      1. yes, because Twilight was not involved. Thank goodness.

      2. I have never paid attention before. Was it better????

      3. Yes, again because Twilight was not involved.

      4. see below.

      5. Honestly, I don’t remember any of them. No wait, I love Ginnifer Goodwin and I thought her dress was great. Oh and I did love Alyson Hannigan and Jason Biggs. Biggs????

      6. Cocky actors who think they are the shizznatch.

      7. As I said, I think she did a good job. I wish she didn’t have to use a hand held mic though.

  16. littlebells January 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM #

    4. Who’s acceptance speech did u like best and why?

    Morgan Freeman (called it!) because it was short, humble, and honest. That’s what makes great speeches. Ones from the heart that don’t drag on forever and give lists of names of people most of America doesn’t know or care about. I’m not saying these people shouldn’t be thanked, but…..do it at another time, in private, at a party.

    I think my major complaint with award shows these days is the velveeta and lack of genuine conversation. Comedy has it’s place and definitely makes for great award shows, but if you are not a comedic person, don’t do jokes. Smile and cut to the chase.

    • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM #

      LOL! Great response LB..

  17. Lurker January 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM #

    Sorry guys, I couldn’t watch tv last night. So i missed the PCA’s.
    I glanced on line this morning but didn’t see the list of the winners yet.

    • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM #

      Hi Lurker!

      You didn’t really miss anything. At all.

      • Lurker January 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM #

        I hope that’s not an indicator of the GG’s on sunday night. YIKES

        • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM #

          I don’t think so. I love Ricky and whether he is offensive or not, he always delivers. Plus these awards are much more important and prestigious than the PCAs.

        • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM #

          If Gervais does not try and kiss up to people. Than yes! It will be fantastic.

    • Parisienne January 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM #

      I didn’t watch it last night either.

  18. littlebells January 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM #

    I think Haley did a good job. She was confident and had some cute moments. But she’s not a “show person”. I think NPH does a great job being a host. I think he has overall showmanship and comedic skills.

  19. Parisienne January 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM #

    Hi Everyone!

    • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM #

      Hi! 🙂

    • Lurker January 12, 2012 at 7:31 PM #

      HI!

  20. littlebells January 12, 2012 at 7:31 PM #

    Paris and Lurker,

    How do you feel about award shows?

    How do you think they could be more entertaining?

    • Lurker January 12, 2012 at 7:34 PM #

      Well, they run too long – and they always run over.
      Additionally its tough to commit that much time to being stuck in front of the tv to get to the end. Like the GG and Oscars ‘best picture’.

      Last year the red carpet interviewers were lame. We all watched several different networks and they were all just cheesy like you guys said from last night. Guess they didn’t improve much.

      • Lurker January 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM #

        In previous years, the Oscars hosts were the ones that made the show. Hugh Jackman, Billy Crystal, were all great. Even the Tony’s were great with Neil Patrick Harris.

        So let’s say they need good writers and good comedians to keep it going.

        • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 7:38 PM #

          Yes! Any great writers that you would like to write for the show?

          • Lurker January 12, 2012 at 7:43 PM #

            I don’t know any – however, I’ve always wondered something. Usually comedians like Billy Crystal doesn’t he have his own writers when he’s on a comedy tour? I know most of them don’t write all their own material.

            If so, aren’t those guys the ones that should be writing for their host? They know the nuances of their own talent.
            I think that’s the big issue. Dry humor doesn’t work if the presenters can’t pull it off.

            • Lurker January 12, 2012 at 7:46 PM #

              So here’s a thought.
              Instead of having the presenters try to do some fancy line they can’t manage, have the host do the comedy and the presenters just read….

              • Parisienne January 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM #

                good idea.

              • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 7:55 PM #

                I concur. I hate cringing and I always do.

            • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM #

              ITA Lurker. These award shows is a collaboration between the producers and host. I don’t know if u remember but Eddie Murphy pulled out of hosting this years Oscars because the producer was fired.

      • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 7:37 PM #

        When LIH gets invited to interview on the Red Carpet, we are going to have the best interviews EVER!!!!! 🙂

        • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM #

          LB- I will have u do the interviewing…….

          • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM #

            and there will be no velveeta!!!!

            • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM #

              LOL!! Love it…

    • Parisienne January 12, 2012 at 7:46 PM #

      I detest award shows. I think the recipients should be mailed their awards and all the bs would just go away.

      • Lurker January 12, 2012 at 7:48 PM #

        Hahaaha!

        • Parisienne January 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM #

          i’d rather stay at home in my jammies. 🙂 i think everyone should show up in their PJ’s just once.

          • Lurker January 12, 2012 at 7:58 PM #

            Gee, there’s a whole set of designers that would get some exposure!

            • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM #

              A whole set of other things would get exposure not designers.

          • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM #

            Paris-

            As u well know……Some people don’t wear PJ’s or heck underwear in HW. Soooooo the jammies themed show would turn into something else for the desperate, attention ***** types.

            U would have Fredrick’s of Hollywood galore!!

            • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 11:33 PM #

              Um…there are some people I don’t EVER want to see naked. E. VER. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 9:44 PM #

        Paris- Ultimately ITA Award shows always brings out the cheese & bs. I think shows that have television and film being awarded are the worst. Why? Film is considered higher caliber than television and u have some television actors trying to overcompensate with huge egos to prove their relevance. This is where the extra bs is loaded on and gets magnified on television. I saw a few on the red carpet with egos the size of California it made them look silly and unprofessional. That’s when u say. Oh! That’s why u will only be invited to the PCA’s

        Like LB said humility goes a long way…..

  21. ozzie20 January 12, 2012 at 7:39 PM #

    Hmm, let’s see how many of these I can answer!

    1) Pulling the foreigner card! Didn’t watch it the whole way through and the part I did watch, I didn’t know who they were.
    2) I can’t remember if I’ve voted in previous years! I can’t even remember if I voted for this years! I think I did…..
    3) See one and two, lol! I think I have a rough idea of how it works.
    4) Morgan Freeman. Short, sweet and too the point!
    5 & 7) I came in half way through the show so I have no idea who had what roles. I missed Neil Patrick Harris but he’s always good so I would of liked his part. I liked Kaley Cuoco but then I love The Big Bang Theory so I’m biased, lol!
    6) The woman in the green dress who did that annoying comercial make up sketch! Seriously, what was that? I never knew such a thing existed!

    • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM #

      Talk about MASSIVE PRODUCT PLACEMENT for CVS. Gee whiz? Are you hurting that bad, CVS? That was just too much.

      • Lurker January 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM #

        Again with CVS?
        So what awards show did we watch last year with Queen Latifah as the host? There was a huge push from CVS for that too.

        • ozzie20 January 12, 2012 at 8:12 PM #

          CVS? Pulling the foreigner card again, lol!

          • Lurker January 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM #

            Its a big chain drug store like Walgreens and Rite Aid.
            You may remember seeing Walgreens in Florida….

            • ozzie20 January 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM #

              Thank you Lurker! 🙂 I know of Walgreens and Rite aid and a fews others but not CVS. I don’t think I saw any of those this year but I did see a Hooters and an Olive Garden from the car once, which I was quite excited to see, lol!

              • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM #

                I was thinking the entire time this CVS infomercial should be in B&W and they should be wearing crinoline skirts with aprons the whole June Cleaver get up. It was an insult to women.

                • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 11:34 PM #

                  OH MY GOSH!!! Absolutely! That’s exactly what it was like! I was waiting for Don Draper to call, “Cut!”

          • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM #

            hahahahahahahaha!!!!! Darn you foreigners! 😉

            • ozzie20 January 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM #

              LOL! I hope there is a long period of time before I have to pull the ignorant foreigner card again. *blushes*

            • comic relief January 12, 2012 at 8:35 PM #

              I saw Hooters from the car once also. But that’s an unrelated story; that I’m sure no one wants to hear.

              • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM #

                *snort*

              • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM #

                CR- Wow! U left yourself wide open with the Hooters comment….lol

                U are testing me…….I will behave!!

          • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM #

            I wish I could pull the foreigners card after watching that crap. I was thinking Wow! Did we just go back to the 50’s?

    • comic relief January 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM #

      Ozzie,

      Does how I met your mother play in England?

      • comic relief January 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM #

        Sorry…. I meant “How I met your mother.”

        • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM #

          I love that show! Love. it!!!!

  22. Parisienne January 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM #

    ladies i am going to go for the evening. i’ll ttyl!

    • comic relief January 12, 2012 at 8:16 PM #

      Bye Paris, sorry I missed you again.

  23. comic relief January 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM #

    Ozzie,

    Brave move. I’m going to try to answer OB’s questions later. Up until now I was trying to catch up.

  24. littlebells January 12, 2012 at 8:04 PM #

    Hi CR! Did you watch last night?

    • comic relief January 12, 2012 at 8:18 PM #

      LB,

      Sorry no I didn’t. It’s sad I missed yesterday’s review.

  25. comic relief January 12, 2012 at 8:31 PM #

    Here’s my stab at OB’s questions. Sorry since I did not see the show my answers get pretty thin at about half way.

    1. Did u think the winners of the PCA’s this year were fair?

    SORRY, LIKE SOME OF THE REST OF YOU, I DID SEE LAST NIGHT’S TELECAST. I DID SEE PICTURES AFTER THOUGH. OTHER THAN A FEW HAIR DO’S, DON’TS, AND CHANGES I EXPECTED IT TO BE A PREDICATABLE NIGHT. I GUESS I MISSED THE MEMO ABOUT LIH’s SITE REVIEW.

    2. What did u think of the voting process for the PCA’s this year? Was it better than previous years?

    REFERRING TO THE ARTICLE, I’M SURPRISED THAT “KNOWLEDGE NETWORKS” & “VISIBLE MEASURE’’S VOTING IS EVEN TAKEN SERIOUSLY. DID YOU KNOW THE US POSTAL SERVICE WILL NOT ACCEPT SURVEY DATA FROM ESTABLISHED SURVEY WEB SITES REGARDING THEIR STAMP DEVELOPMENT SERVICES.

    3. Did u think the nominees selected this year were better than last year? If so why?

    I’M SURE ANY REVIEW IS GOOD FOR HOLLYWOOD CAREERS, BUT I’M NOT SURE A CONTEST THAT MANY CONSIDER A “COUGH” “COUGH,” POPULARITY CONTEST. “COUGH” “COUGH,” IS ALL THAT SUBSTANTIAL FOR ANYONE’S PORTFOLIO. I COULD BE WRONG OF COURSE.

    4. Who’s acceptance speech did u like the best and why?

    SORRY DID NOT SEE IT.

    5. What presenter did u like the best?

    SORRY DID NOT SEE IT.

    6. Who did u dislike the most on the show?

    SORRY DID NOT SEE IT.

    7. What did u think of the host this year?

    SORRY DID NOT SEE IT.

    • Open Book January 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM #

      CR-

      Regarding # 2: Can u elaborate on why those two companies should not be taken seriously?

  26. comic relief January 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM #

    It’s really really cold here. I need to find some warm blankets, so see everyone at the Golden Globes.

    • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM #

      Goodnight everyone!

  27. Open Book January 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM #

    Hi Everyone-

    Sorry I missed the discussion. Let me read and comment looks like u had a good discussion.

  28. Open Book January 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM #

    I watched the entire Red Carpet & PCA’s event. Multitasking was key in keeping my sanity. I’m not sure why some people get so dressed up for these awards? They are like the MTV Awards IMO! U pull out the formal wear for the GG and Oscars. It adds to the look of desperation when u go all formal for these awards.

    The Show: It was contrived and I agree with all of LB’s review. Yes! Morgan Freeman had the best speech. I did like Adam Sandlers acceptance speech it was hilarious. I loved the cast of Bridesmaids acceptance speech as well. I think if u are not a comedian or getting a lifetime achievement award keep it short and simple and by all means practice humility.

    I would love to see Jimmy Fallon host an award show…..I’m starting a campaign.

    • littlebells January 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM #

      1) Jimmy Fallon for the ever loving win!

      2) Maya Rudolph. Nuff said.

      3) I naturally assumed in my cynical brain that Sandler was poking fun at someone who recently bashed all of her teachers for failing her. Mwhahahahahahahah!!!!!

      4) Thank goodness for Tivo.

      GGs, please, please PLEASE for all that is good in this world, do NOT disappoint. Please make up for the two plus hours I lost last night and will never regain. Please have at least one interviewer who will at least ask one intelligent question and leave the queso at home with me and my tortilla chips. Oh and make sure the humble pie is hot and ready to serve. That is all. Thank you. 🙂

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