The people have spoken, says Ellen
Delighted DeGeneres scoops three more awards
ELLEN DeGeneres made history as she picked up three gongs at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards, bringing her total to 20 overall.
The 58-year-old television host triumphed in the Favourite Daytime TV Host, Favourite Comedic Collaboration and Favourite Animated Movie Voice categories at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
Justin Timberlake was on hand to present the awards to DeGeneres, before being joined on stage by 20 well-dressed men holding each of her People’s Choice Awards.
He said: “Tonight her People’s Choice Awards total hits 20! I don’t know how that’s possible! Let’s bring them all out… Ladies and gentlemen, winning tonight for Favourite Daytime TV Host, Favourite Comedic Collaboration, Favourite Animated Movie Voice, she’s the most decorated winner in People’s Choice history.
“She is one of my very good friends; I love her very much. She’s one of the best people on this planet and no one is more deserving. The one and only Ellen DeGeneres.”
And when DeGeneres – whose movie Finding Dory also took home the Favourite Movie and Favourite Family Movie gongs – took to the stage, her acceptance speech was littered with jokes about mashed potatoes and animals.
She told the crowd: “Wow, thank you very, very much, and Justin, you are very underdressed. You know I was driving here tonight on the 101, filled with people; I got here like seconds before it started and I was thinking, I love mashed potatoes. Don’t you love mashed potatoes? I should have them more often, especially when they’re creamy and have no lumps in them.
“This is amazing – 20 is ... 17, I get it, 18, sure, 19, I can see it. But 20, this is outrageous. This is really something that means more to me because it comes from the people. And everybody keeps thanking the people and it’s redundant, but you are the people who are responsible for me being up there, so I say ‘thank you, people’. The only thing that would make me happier, and not a lot happier because this makes me very happy, is if this was voted by animals.”
Tyler Perry picked up the award for Favourite Humanitarian. Coming on stage to a standing ovation, Perry said: “When I look at the state of the world and the state of our country and everything that is going on, it is important that we know however dark it gets, and we all have to be a light for each other.”
Johnny Depp won Favourite Movie Icon and Robert Downey Jr was voted Favourite Action Movie Actor.
WINNING SMILE: Ellen DeGeneres now has 20 awards.