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Top 10 Memorable People's Choice Awards Moments

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Mark Sammut

Spoiled for choice. For this list, we’re looking at the funniest, most endearing, or simply awe-inspiring moments to transpire at the People’s Choice Awards. Our moments include Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Aniston, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Evans, Justin Timberlake, and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Memorable People's Choice Awards Moments.

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Top 10 Memorable People's Choice Awards Moments

Spoiled for choice. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Memorable People's Choice Awards Moments.

For this list, we’re looking at the funniest, most endearing, or simply awe-inspiring moments to transpire at the People’s Choice Awards.

#10: Jennifer Aniston’s First People Choice Award

“27th People's Choice Awards” (2001)

"Friends" frequently soaked up the accolades at the People's Choice Awards, winning "Favorite Television Comedy Series" five years in a row from 2000 to 2004. While each main cast member received their own moment to shine, Jennifer Aniston was always a clear standout. In 2001, Rachel was voted - for the first time - as the People's "Favorite Female Television Performer," and Aniston would go on to dominate this category for the next three years. Thanking the sitcom's creative personnel, Brad Pitt, and the other cast members; Aniston just about kept the tears at bay.

#9: Ellen Films the Crowd

“32nd People's Choice Awards” (2006)

When it comes to the People's Choice Awards, Ellen is the ceremony's MVP. The most-decorated celebrity in the show's history, the talk show host has more than enough experience delivering funny and occasionally profound speeches that leave a long-lasting impression. Tired of always being center stage, Ellen turned the tables on the audience after winning 2006's "Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host." After bringing out a camera and filming the crowd, suddenly everyone in attendance was involved in the comedian's award ceremony. Obviously, Ellen was the only one taking home a shiny new trophy though.

#8: Queen Latifah’s Paranormal Activity

“36th People's Choice Awards” (2010)

Amidst a wave of annual "Paranormal Activity" sequels, there was bound to be a couple of parodies out there. With Queen Latifah hosting the show, the low-budget horror franchise became the focus of a short sketch that saw the charismatic entertainer interrupt a couple trying to record a ghost. Annoyed by the duo's continuous screaming, Latifah gave the ghost a sound licking, before leaving to hopefully get a solid night of sleep. Besides celebrating the best performers of the year, the People's Choice Awards is always good for a laugh.

#7: Neil Patrick Harris Plans a Takeover

“38th People's Choice Awards” (2012)

Ever since winning an award for "Doogie Howser, M.D.," Neil Patrick Harris has been among the event's most beloved personalities. Regularly chosen to host a variety of ceremonies, Neil Patrick Harris and Kaley Cuoco combined forces for a hilarious opening skit during the 38th People's Choice Awards. With “The Big Bang Theory” star set to host the ceremony, Harris attempted a coup to try and take center stage. Armed with two bedazzled models and a tear-away tuxedo, the hilarious comedian admitted to having an addiction before being dragged away to “rehab.”

#6: Jennifer Hudson’s Powerful Speech

“40th People's Choice Awards” (2014)

Alongside acknowledging the entertainment industry's yearly highlights, the People's Choice Awards also honors a select group of celebrities whose reach far exceeds the television screen. Prefaced by a moving introduction by LL Cool J, Jennifer and Julia Hudson were awarded 2014's Favorite Humanitarian award for their work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation. A Chicago-based charity that supplies children with items needed for school and positive experiences, the organization had done a lot of good work since being founded in 2009. Hudson's powerful speech should be enough to bring anyone to tears.

#5: Julia Roberts Is Always Prepared

“26th People's Choice Awards” (2000)

America's sweetheart always seems to know the right thing to say to zap the tension out of any situation, and the People Choice Awards are no different. Introduced by Anthony Hopkins, Julia Roberts took home the crown for the year 2000's Favorite Motion Picture Actress. Outfitted in a sleeveless dress, the charismatic celebrity took the stage and expressed relief at having the foresight to shave her armpits. Not many people could make such a line work, but Julia Roberts is truly one of a kind.

#4: Ian Somerhalder & Nina Dobrev Win Favorite TV Duo

“41st People's Choice Awards” (2015)

A frequent highlight of the ceremony tends to involve the winners of Favorite TV Duo, but there is one year that stands out above the rest. Praised for the couple's onscreen chemistry, "The Vampire Diaries'" Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder went into a clearly pre-planned exchange that showcased the awkwardness that can arise from sharing a romantic scene with one of your real-life exes. If nothing else, this tiny speech confirmed that Nina and Ian were worthy winners, while proving that the couple's onscreen chemistry is more than just great acting.

#3: Chris Evans & Betty White

“41st People's Choice Awards” (2015)

This is a tiny, almost insignificant, moment that ended up being too precious to ignore! At the age of 93, the People's Choice Awards celebrated Betty White's storied legacy by bestowing "The Golden Girls" actress with Favorite TV Icon. White's speech and the crowd's rapturous applause are also great moments, but Chris Evans spontaneously offering the legendary actress a helping hand to the podium was simply too much! An unexpected moment that brought together classic and modern Hollywood, this is the type of genuineness that defines the People's Choice Awards.

#2: Ellen Steals Justin Timberlake’s Award

“40th People's Choice Awards” (2014)

In comparison with something like the Academy Awards or the Golden Globes, the People's Choice Awards tend to feel a bit more laidback and light-hearted. In some ways, this moment from 2014's ceremony captures the core spirit of the event. Awarded with Favorite Male and R&B Artist, Justin Timberlake had to chase down Ellen DeGeneres, who initially went to receive the prize. Silly but endearing, this little exchange worked its way into the singer's acceptance speech, as Timberlake thanked Ellen for being an inspiration and for the delicious cookies.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Carrie Underwood Wins Favorite Star Under 35

“35th People's Choice Awards” (2009)

Sandra Bullock Wins Favorite Humanitarian Award

“39th People’s Choice Awards” (2013)

Kevin James’ Bear Costume

“28th People's Choice Awards” (2002)

#1: Opening with a Big Bang

“38th People's Choice Awards” (2012)

For the opening of the 38th incarnation of the ceremony, which happened to be hosted by Kaley Cuoco, the popular sitcom's beloved cast got together to vote for the People's Choice Awards. Poking fun at the show and themselves, Sheldon and company went through a couple of the ballots, although the focus was chiefly on Raj's love for cat videos and Penny's dream of being too good for the People's Choice Awards. Arguably among the funniest awards show sketches of all time, "The Big Bang Theory" cast launched the event on an incredible high!

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