'The Hunger Games' lead fan favorites at People's Choice awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Post-apocalyptic action film

"The Hunger Games" was the big winner at the People's Choice

Awards on Thursday, picking up five awards including favorite

movie of the year, while singer Katy Perry again led in the

music categories.

Hosted by "The Big Bang Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco, the

People's Choice Awards named winners in more than 40 categories

across film, television and music. About 475 million fans voted

through the People's Choice website.

"The Hunger Games," based on the trilogy of novels by

Suzanne Collins, beat out "The Avengers," "The Amazing

Spider-Man," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Snow White and the

Huntsman" for the coveted favorite movie accolade.

Jennifer Lawrence, who plays "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss

Everdeen, won the favorite movie actress award over Mila Kunis,

Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson.

"Thank you for loving movies as much as I do, and loving

this movie and voting," Lawrence said.

"The Hunger Games" was also named favorite action film and

favorite movie franchise, while its stars Lawrence, Josh

Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth won favorite on-screen chemistry.

The People's Choice is the first of Hollywood's annual

awards shows, but unlike the Oscars or the Golden Globes, the

winners are determined by fans, so it provides few insights into

likely winners of the movie industry's top honors in February.

"The Avengers," which was nominated in eight categories,

didn't go home empty-handed. Robert Downey Jr. was named

favorite movie actor for his role as Iron Man in the superhero

ensemble box office hit.

"You've chosen wisely," the actor joked on stage.

Adam Sandler picked up the fan favorite award for comedic

actor, while former "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston picked up

the favorite comedic movie actress award, beating out Mila

Kunis, Reese Witherspoon, Emily Blunt and Cameron Diaz.

"I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to be honored

with this, after supporting me for almost 20 years," Aniston

said.

Emma Watson of "Harry Potter" fame picked up the favorite

dramatic actress accolade for her role in "The Perks of Being a

Wallflower."

"Perks" was also named favorite dramatic movie, while "Ted,"

the raunchy R-rated comedy from "Family Guy" creator Seth

MacFarlane, was named favorite comedy film.

MUSIC AND TELEVISION WINNERS

Katy Perry took home four trophies this year, including

favorite female artist and a surprise win for favorite pop

artist over Justin Bieber.

Fan favorite Taylor Swift beat out Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean,

Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood for favorite country artist.

"You guys have blown my mind with what you've done with this

album 'Red.' I want to thank you for caring about my music and

me," the singer said in her acceptance speech.

Her chart-topping album "Red," which the singer based on her

experiences, was one of 2012's top-sellers. The singer attended

the awards alone following a widely reported split from

boyfriend Harry Styles of U.K. boy band One Direction.

Maroon 5 picked up the favorite band award. The band's

popularity skyrocketed in 2012 after lead singer Adam Levine

served as a judge on television talent show "The Voice."

British boy band The Wanted won favorite breakout artist.

In the television categories, CBS comedy "The Big Bang

Theory" was named favorite network comedy, while ABC's "Grey's

Anatomy" picked up favorite network drama.

Ellen Pompeo of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Castle" actor Nathan

Fillion won the favorite TV dramatic actress and actor awards,

while "Glee" stars Lea Michele and Chris Colfer picked up the

favorite TV comedic actress and actor awards.

Sandra Bullock was named favorite humanitarian for her

efforts in helping victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Stacey Joyce)

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