Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romance “Twilight” took a bite out of the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday (January 6), receiving not only four statuettes, but quite a good-natured ribbing from host Queen Latifah.
Midway through the telecast, Latifah strolled through the audience, stopping at 17-year-old Taylor Lautner’s seat to ask for a photo. “You look so different with clothes on,” Latifah observed. George Lopez, a presenter and Lautner’s co-star in “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D,” also got in on the act. “Dude, you’re my screen saver. I love you so much,” he joked. “I’m wearing ‘New Moon’ chones [Spanish for underwear].”
But Latifah didn’t stop there with her “Twilight” teasing. In one of the night’s digital shorts, the host donned a brunette wig to play Bella Swan in a spoof of “New Moon.” Latifah was super-imposed into the “Twilight” sequel during the forest scene, in which Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) dumps Bella (Kristen Stewart). When Edward finally abandoned Bella (Latifah) in the woods, she simply responded, “Fine, disappear. I’ll get the werewolf to do the show.”
As it turns out, werewolf Lautner was the winningest “Twilight” star, taking home both Favorite On-Screen Team (with co-stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson), as well as Favorite Breakout Movie Actor, beating Sam Worthington, Chris Pine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zachary Quinto. Lautner received a standing ovation from much of the Nokia Theatre audience, including ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift .
“Wow,” he said with a laugh, accepting the statuette. “Thank you. Thank you so much. This really means a lot to me. This is my first People’s Choice, and it wouldn’t have happened without you guys, the people. So thank you so much. You’ve done so much for me. I can’t thank you enough. Thank you to the cast, as well, and the crew and Summit Entertainment. But most of all, you guys. Thank you.”
“Twilight” also won Favorite Movie and Favorite Franchise.