‘The Twilight Saga,’ ‘The Vampire Diaries’ sink fangs into Teen Choice AwardsBy Derrik J. Lang, AP
Monday, August 9, 2010
‘Twilight,’ ‘Vampire Diaries’ dominate Teen Choice
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Maybe they should switch the name to the Vampire Choice Awards?
Bloodsuckers struck another vein at the Teen Choice Awards with “The Twilight Saga” ruling Sunday’s ceremony with 12 wins, including choice fantasy movie and villain, while “The Vampire Diaries” sucked up seven surfboard-shaped trophies at the taped ceremony, which is scheduled to air Monday at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox.
“This is what this night is all about,” said a gothed-out Katy Perry. “Vampires.”
The goofy “California Gurls” singer hosted the show with the male stars of “Glee.” Besides going goth, her costume changes included donning hippie garb next to Kevin McHale, being crowned prom queen with prom king Chris Colfer, geeking out with Mark Salling and landing a split as a cheerleader alongside Cory Monteith.
“Tonight is my chance to go back to high school,” said Perry, “although this time people actually like me.”
Voters continued to really like “Twilight” stars Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson, who were present to accept their multiple awards, seemingly handed out like candy at the freewheeling ceremony. Of Pattinson’s four wins, one was actually not related to the supernatural saga: choice drama movie actor for “Remember Me.”
“It’s great to win something outside of ‘Twilight,’” said Pattinson.
Throughout the show, funnyman Ken Jeong of “Community” and the upcoming bloodsucker satire “Vampires Suck” lingered inside a coffin on the side of the stage at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Gibson Amphitheatre. Jeong, dressed as his vampire character Daro, only emerged to introduce presenters to the crowd of “bloody teens.”
The awards, which honor celebrities in television, film, music and sports, were selected by over 85 million votes cast online. Other multiple winners included “Gossip Girl,” Ellen DeGeneres, “Pretty Little Liars” and “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Selena Gomez, who picked up trophies in both TV and music categories.
The extravaganza was punctuated with several silly moments. Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, winners in the reality show and reality stars categories for “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” were joined by their rarely seen older sister: Cougar Kardashian, a draged-up George Lopez sporting a dress, wig and pair of heels.
“Oh my God,” exclaimed Lopez. “I got a blister the size of Justin Bieber on my heel.”
The teen sensation wasn’t in attendance at Sunday’s show to retrieve his four awards though. Instead, footage was shown of Shaquille O’Neal presenting Bieber with his trophies for choice breakout artist, male artist, summer music star and pop album at his concert last month in Phoenix before Bieber crooned “U Smile.”
Taylor Swift also won four awards but wasn’t present to accept for choice female country artist, country song for “Fifteen,” country album for “Fearless” and breakout movie actress for “Valentine’s Day.” Swift, however, did appear in a taped segment in which she mounted one of her surfboard-shaped trophies in a lake.
Winners on hand included choice action-adventure movie actor Channing Tatum for “G.I. Joe” and choice drama movie actress Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side.” While accepting her trophy, Bullock was interrupted by her “The Proposal” co-star Betty White, who shared the choice movie dance award with her for their tribal routine.
“I hate to blind-side you, but I’ve been coming to this show for years,” interjected a grooving White. “If you think you’re fitting in, think again, dear.”
Before the ceremony, sweaty celebs strutted down a red carpet lined with wall gardens bursting with strawberries and other organic goodies. Also positioned along the carpet were fans — the ones that circulate air, not obsessive screams — powered by models pedaling exercise bikes to keep attendees feeling cool.
Levi Johnston, who recently called off his engagement — again — with Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, walked the red carpet with singer Brittani Senser. Johnston said his relationship with Palin as the parents of their toddler son, Tripp, is going well despite their break-up.
“We are doing great,” said Johnston. “I talk to her every day. We keep in touch. Even though with us broken off, it is like we are together. We found a way to work with each other. Things are going good.”
Associated Press Television producer Marcela Isaza contributed to this report.
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