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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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business January 09 2014 at 10:12 PM

Can we say harpoooooon

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Lauri January 09 2014 at 7:23 PM

What a horrible situation Jennifer Hudson found herself in with an ex killing 3 members of her family. So many would find reasons not to give back to anyone if put in that situation and yet she has turned the tragedy into something constructive. Well deserved. Some of the commenters on this subject are disgusting and distasteful.

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captnhook January 09 2014 at 7:43 PM

She is a classy lady

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mooremellow January 09 2014 at 9:08 PM

it was the sister's ex!...not jennifers....

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bambamakaeddie January 09 2014 at 7:11 PM

Check out that fat bulldog of a sister. Ruff Ruff

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robertawardleigh January 09 2014 at 8:37 PM

jack ass # 2

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Marian Murray January 09 2014 at 8:39 PM

You need Jesus, and believe me the evil you say and do will come back to you!!

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reeree8487 January 09 2014 at 7:08 PM

I give anyone credit who does for others. Sandra Bullock is another good samaritan. With all the "famous" monies out there, so many children can be saved! KUDOS to anyone who thinks and does for others! No one should suffer when there are so many people out there who could help out. As far as Jennifer's sister's weight, who cares!

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blkcel00 January 09 2014 at 7:02 PM

I thought that this was one of the highlights of the show, These two women took a really bad personal tragedy and turned it into an extreme positive. I don't know why people are making all these horrible comments. Her sister's size matters not one bit. All the children were black-so what? Someone called her ghetto trash...think again. The person(S) who murdered their nephew,mother and brother...now that's trash. The number of cold-hearted hateful people on these boards never ceases to amaze me. Sad...walk a mile in their shoes,haters.

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sylviarae January 09 2014 at 8:03 PM

Unfortunately it makes some people feel good to trash others. They get to feel superior for a brief moment, then go back to feeling inferior. It is just a temporary rush for them. They are haters of themselves but won't admit it.

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Marian Murray January 09 2014 at 8:42 PM

I like that. What they say, " misery loves company. She or he is just a miserable, insecure person who probably need love and cannot find it.

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birdsongtina January 09 2014 at 6:59 PM

You are all haters. Jennifer has no control over her sisters weight its an individual decision. Point 2 her mom did move the violence followed them their please get your facts straight. I assumed you all would want bullock or jolie to get an award along with Romney or adopting black children. Ask yourself does it matter as long as funds are going where needed at no cost or thanks from you?

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calvanator316 January 09 2014 at 6:55 PM

wow unbelieveable what a bad choice j hudson I hope this is a joke because they are so many really good poeple whom help kids of all races &colors that didnt get mentioned crazy this is only a publicity thing for both why not give it to someone who helps all kids someone whos not doing it just to try to make up for things they have done or just for publicity unite everyone dont destory one race one nation under god

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tonyjuicey1 January 09 2014 at 7:28 PM

@calvanator you are profoundly ignorant and spectacularly stupid. She has been on countless shows supporting different organizations and coming up with money out of her pocket. This woman does work all over Chicago as well as outside of the United States. I bet you are the type that just sit and criticize and sit on your behind.

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Marian Murray January 09 2014 at 8:43 PM

YOU are crazy as ......!!!!

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Vic January 09 2014 at 6:53 PM

If some of you haters had to grow up in the ghetto listening to gun fire every night and wonder if it was a friend you knew, or being a fraid to go out in the evening for fear of being shot, I think you would see things a little different. You are a product of your environment.

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captnhook January 09 2014 at 7:55 PM

Not buying into that "product of your environment" its an excuse for many people to act badly. Its one thing if you were never exposed to people of your race that are law abiding and successful, but that exposure is everywhere! People have choices, they may not have the intestinal fortitude, but if the people in your hood are murderous criminals that doesnt mean you have to be one. I will agree that lack of a nuclear family with a caring mother and father plays a big part. I see that as a cultural thing that seems to be accepted as status quo. Many of us were children of divorce and never saw a parent but it didn't stop us from trying to be good people. Quit glamorizing drugs, thugery, lawlessness, having multiple children with no fathers. Until this happens, nothing will change. Look up the pro athletes that have 11, 12 or more kids with as many women. Its fact, not a racist spin.

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pbranham56 January 09 2014 at 6:52 PM

OMG I don't usually make comments like this - but I am shocked at the racial tone of most of these comments. SERIOUSLY!!! You were not in "their shoes." How dare you, those that have, make such horrible comments - and what it says about you is very LOUD!!

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tonyjuicey1 January 09 2014 at 7:31 PM

@pbranham56 this is the post racial society people speak so highly of. Voter suppression, role back on the 1965 voter rights act etc.. Read the comments across the country and it is just disgruntled angry people that chose to blame others for their plight in life.

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sallyyhiya January 09 2014 at 6:51 PM

Jennifer..i hope you never read what most people say..No one is trash oh my god bless you jennifer

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