The 2011 Teen Choice Awards aired on Sunday night, and it was plain to see that wizards and vampires ruled the night, although not the vampires you expected. Harry Potter and “Vampire Diaries” ruled the film and television categories, respectively, with Harry Potter taking away seven wins, while “Vampire Diaries” walked away with five.
Harry Potter, which is currently casting an Avada Kedavra on box office sales (Deathly Hallows Part 2 is now the #3 all-time box office leader, behind only Avatar and Titanic) won in the following categories: Choice Summer Movie (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), Choice Summer Male Star (Daniel Radcliffe), Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi Fantasy and Choice Summer Female Star (Emma Watson), Choice Movie Liplock (Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson for Deathly Hallows Part 1), Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Deathly Hallows Part 1), and Choice Villain (Tom Felton). The show ended with a farewell tribute to the series, which has spent the past 10 years dominating box offices and captivating audiences young and old. Actors Tom Felton and Rupert Grint appeared at the end of the tribute to accept the movie awards and thank fans, while Daniel Radcliffe thanked fans via satellite from New York (he is currently appearing on Broadway in the revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”).
(Two degrees of separation: Glee star Darren Criss was named Choice TV Breakout Star. While not directly related to the Harry Potter series, before he became a star on the hit TV show, he was wowing wizarding fans everywhere as part of the performance group StarKid Potter, playing the role of Harry Potter in the musicals “A Very Potter Musical” and “A Very Potter Sequel” both of which he co-wrote. Criss very humbly thanked his StarKid fans in his acceptance speech.
And in another indirect connection to Harry Potter, it has been announced that Criss will replace Radcliffe in “How to Succeed” when Radcliffe’s run ends in December.)
Television’s “Vampire Diaries” dominated the TV: Sci-Fi/Fantasy category with five wins, including the award for Choice Sci-Fi TV Show, beating out other fan favorites “Fringe” (FOX) , “Supernatural” (CW), “Smallville” (CW) and “Teen Wolf” (MTV).
Appearing to accept the award were stars Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce), Katerina Graham(Bonnie Bennett) and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood). Other wins for “Vampire Diaries” included Nina Dobrev for Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Ian Somerhalder for Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Katerina Graham for Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer and Michael Trevino for Choice TV: Male Scene Stealer. Paul Wesley was also nominated in the Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi category, but lost out to TV brother Somerhalder. Dobrev, Somerhalder and Wesley were also nominated in the Choice Vampire category, but that win went to The Twilight Saga‘s Robert Pattinson.
The vampires from Mystic Falls weren’t the only winners, though: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse received wins for Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Taylor Lautner), Choice Movie Scene Stealer: Male (Kellan Lutz), and Choice Scene Stealer: Female (Ashley Green). Robert Pattinson also won the Choice Vampire Award, beating out “Vampire Diaries” trio Somerhalder, Wesley, and Dobrev and “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard (am I the only person who thought it weird that “True Blood” garnered a nomination? The show is not exactly teen material). Pattinson also nabbed a win in the Choice Movie Actor: Drama category for his role in the film Water for Elephants.