The 2012 Teen Choice Awards took place on July 22, 2012, and as always, there were some head scratchers when the winner’s heard their names called. It should be noted that this is an event voted on by the youth of America, so that has to be taken into consideration. However, there were some cases where the winners might not have deserved the award more than their competition.
Here is a look at some of the less deserving winners of this year’s Teen Choice Awards.
Zac Efron is a much better actor than some critics like to give him credit for. Yes, he came out of the “High School Musical” franchise and is a Disney grown product, but fans should never hold that against him. Remember that Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling were both Disney grown talents as well.
At the Teen Choice Awards, Efron is a big deal. Since 2006, he has 14 nominations, winning six heading into 2012. Efron ended up walking away with the Choice Movie Actor, Drama award for “The Lucky One,” which also won for Choice Movie, Drama.
Competing with Efron in the category was Ryan Gosling, who turned in one of the year’s best performances in “Drive.” As for the “The Lucky One,” it beat out both “Drive” and “The Help.” It makes sense for the movie to win because a younger audience voted for their favorites. However, Efron put it best in his acceptance speech when he said his fans were the best in the world, knowing exactly why he won.
“Katy Perry: Part of Me”
It might be nice to know what the ratio of boys to girls voting in the Teen Choice Awards. The fact that “Katy Perry: Part of Me” won Choice Summer Movie over “Ted” makes it look like it is a female audience voting. Then again, “Ted” faces the same problem that “Drive” did in the dramatic category. Why are there R-rated movies in the Teen Choice Awards to begin with?
“The biggest crime was when Taylor Lautner won Choice Movie Actor, Action for “Abduction.” The movie received critical panning and Lautner was weak in the role, to put it nicely. The reason that he won was easy to see. His “Twilight” fans voted enough times to give their favorite werewolf an award for an otherwise forgettable performance.
Actors who lost out due to this were Robert Downey Jr. for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and Tom Cruise for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” both actors who turned in better performances, in better movies, than Lautner.
But, like the rules state, this is an awards ceremony voted on by teens for teens, and that means in the end, there are no wrong answers.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.