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Hudson: The emotional highlight at People's Choice

The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards - Show

JESSICA HERNDON | January 9, 2014 03:24 AM EST | AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jennifer Hudson held back tears when she accepted the favorite humanitarian award at the 2014 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night.

Accompanied on stage by her sister Julia Hudson, the Oscar-winning actress became choked up as she said, "My mother always taught us without family you have nothing. Whether you know it or not, we all are family. What happens to the other happens to us. It's one thing to be a celebrity and have power, but it means nothing if we're not making a difference and helping someone else."

Hudson created the Chicago-based Julian D. King Gift Foundation with her sister, Julia Hudson, in honor of her nephew, Julian King, who was murdered in 2008 at the age of 7. The crime also took the lives of the Hudsons' mother and brother. The foundation aims to provide stability and positive experiences for children.

Hudson was presented the award by LL Cool J. "It feels good to see positivity acknowledged," she said. "Where we come from all you hear about is who shot who and who went to jail. There is more to life than the block you live on. We want to show them that I came from the same area and if I can do it, you can do it too. It does not stop there."

Hudson's tender moment was the only instance to strike a strong emotional chord during the show. Bestowing the humanitarian award remains a gripping current in the show primarily packed with light-hearted moments.

Sandra Bullock gained the show's first humanitarian award in 2013 for her efforts in storm-ravaged New Orleans. Bullock stayed modest in her speech, saying she didn't do much compared to the volunteers based in New Orleans. Bullock added that she was able to "write a check and be a really good cheerleader."

Last year marked the first year that the People's Choice Awards included more in their lineup than the fans favorite slices of entertainment. But the show had yet to see a moment quite as affecting as Hudson's.

The show - with nominees determined by national ratings averages, box-office grosses, music sales, social media activity and peopleschoice.com data - is a big popularity contest that's doesn't hold much weight in the industry. The winners are decided by the fans by online voting.

But the People's Choice Awards is always a truly star-studded evening, as the show is one of the first big televised ceremonies occurring at the top of awards season. The Golden Globes take place on Sunday, followed by the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Grammys and the Oscars.

Appearing at Wednesday night's fete were stars from television, music and film from Drew Barrymore to Heidi Klum, Ian Ziering, Jessica Alba, Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Anna Faris and Julianna Margulies.

Ellen DeGeneres was named favorite daytime TV host, making her the woman who has gained the most People's Choice Awards with a total of 14 trophies.

Bullock was named favorite movie, comedic and dramatic actress and shared the favorite movie duo award with "Gravity" co-star George Clooney.

"Iron Man 3" scored three awards including Robert Downey Jr.'s nod for favorite action movie star. Justin Timberlake also nabbed three prizes, Adam Sandler was deemed the favorite comedic movie actor, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev, the stars of "The Vampire Diaries," earned the award for best on-screen chemistry, Stephen Colbert won the favorite late night talk show host award, Britney Spears picked up the favorite pop artist honor, and Kaley Cuoco received the favorite comedic TV actress prize as well as the favorite TV comedy award, along with the rest of the cast of "The Big Bang Theory."

After debuting her talk show "The Queen Latifah Show" in 2013, fans awarded Queen Latifah their favorite new talk show host.

"2 Broke Girls" stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs hosted the show at the Nokia Theatre, offering gut-busting wisecracks throughout the evening.

2014 marks the show's 40th anniversary. Over the years fans have awarded honors to celebrated entertainers like Barbra Streisand, Farrah Fawcett, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts and Eddie Murphy.

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island513 January 09 2014 at 8:31 AM

See bad things happen in peoples life no matter who we maybe, but the GOOD thing about it WE can rise above it & make it a VICTORY.

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FitzeesMrs January 09 2014 at 8:13 AM

Norman Reedus - yummmy!!

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Drew January 09 2014 at 1:05 PM

I wonder who the other humanitarian nomenees were?

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Nana January 09 2014 at 10:26 AM

So happy for Kaley. Its about time she won this!

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lbpag January 09 2014 at 10:57 AM

Very well said .......

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Susan January 09 2014 at 9:59 AM

If someone murdered your child and he was found days later decomposed and you sat for days praying to see him again, you may bury that with some cookies yourself. Ass

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fullsrvlaw Susan January 09 2014 at 10:28 AM

That does not mean that becoming obese is a good way to handle grief.

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im50bill January 09 2014 at 1:07 PM

Ahhh Huh

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DALIAH January 09 2014 at 7:27 AM

I guarantee you Kim Kartrashian will ever earn a Humanitarian award, not ever!! Congratulations Jennifer, continued success, and keep up the great work!!

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Dan DALIAH January 09 2014 at 8:28 AM

But Jennifer is a real celeb. The no-talent Kardashibimbos are merely reality show folks who are famous for being famous despite having no talent whatsoever.

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Kathie January 09 2014 at 1:45 PM

Jennifer Hudson is a beautiful woman inside and out! She hasn't let her new status make her forget her humble beginning, in fact she has used those negative things to make her a more beautiful and powerful human being that she is today! God bless her and her Sister for their efforts in helping children! Our world needs a lot more people just like them!

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mcgrawnrh Kathie January 09 2014 at 3:44 PM

She does have an element of humility and sensibility about her. All thanks to her mother, no doubt.

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The Canoli King January 09 2014 at 1:37 PM

Jennifer has done wonder's since Idol. What gad happened to her family was a travesty,but what bother's me was where was the out-cry from those Faux revs? Where was the out-cry when Michael Jackson was killed? The common denominator is ,,,it was black on black crime.. Those so-called un-official,self appointed black leaders silence on these matter's were deafening. A damn shame how they are so obvious with their racism,and not a word is spoken about it.

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