Democracy Fails: Twilight Shuts Star Trek Out At People’s Choice Awards

The message of Star Trek since its beginning has been one of supporting the ‘infinite diversity’ of democracy, through the Federation. However, today the people have spoken, and apparently they love teen vampires. The Star Trek movie was nominated for five People’s Choice Awards, which were handed out tonight, but came away empty handed.


0 for 5 at People’s Choice
Star Trek has done well at some of these popularity contest awards in the past, cleaning up at the Spike Scream Awards, the Hollywood Awards, but at the big People’s Choice awards which aired on CBS Wednesday night, Star Trek ended up with nada. Star Trek had a total of five nominations in categories, here is how those went down (from official site).

Favorite MOVIE

  • Twilight [WINNER]
  • The Hangover
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • The Proposal
  • Star Trek


  • The Twilight Saga [WINNER]
  • Harry Potter
  • Star Trek
  • Transformers
  • X-Men


  • Taylor Lautner (Twilight) [WINNER]
  • Chris Pine
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Sam Worthington
  • Zachary Quinto


  • Miley Cyrus [WINNER]
  • Anna Kendrick
  • Emily Osment
  • Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Zoe Saldana

Lautner (from Twilight) beats out Pine and Quinto for ‘Breakout Star’

This is a similar result to the Teen Choice Awards held over the summer, where Star Trek was up for five nominations, but was shut out. Twilight was also the big winner of Teen Choice Awards, including Lautner beating Pine for ‘Fresh Male Face.’

That’s ok though. Star Trek still has the somewhat unique position of being nominated or buzzed about for both these popularity contest awards and the prestigious awards (like the Producers Guild, which just nominated it for film of the year).

In Trek related PCA news, JJ Abrams & Damon Lindelof’s Lost got beat for best drama by House. The only geek friendly winner of the night was the Big Bang Theory, which wonfor Best TV Comedy. 

UPDATE: Orci has the solution!
Star Trek writer Roberto Orci seems to have come up with the solution for the next movie. In the comments section below, Bob writes:

It’s clear what the sequel
must be: Enterprise vs. Intergalactic vampires.

If you missed Twilight…
Wondering what all the hub-bub is about? Here is the Best of RiffTrax version of Twilight so you can see why it truly is the People’s Choice.

For more Twilight fun, Wired has put together Top 20 Unfortunate Lessons Girls learn from Twilight, here are the first five:

  1. If a boy is aloof, stand-offish, ignores you or is just plain rude, it is because he is secretly in love with you — and you are the point of his existence.
  2. Secrets are good — especially life-threatening ones.
  3. It’s OK for a potential romantic interest to be dimwitted, violent and vengeful — as long as he has great abs.
  4. If a boy tells you to stay away from him because he is dangerous and may even kill you, he must be the love of your life. You should stay with him since he will keep you safe forever.
  5. If a boy leaves you, especially suddenly (while telling you he will never see you again), it is because he loves you so much he will suffer just to keep you safe.


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