People’s Choice Awards 2009: Gallery of Excellence!

The 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards, hosted by Queen Latifah in royal purple, were held Wednesday night. The Dark Knight swooped down and made off with most of the cinematic awards at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium.

The Christopher Nolan-directed film, which featured Heath Ledger in his last performance as the deranged Joker, made off with five awards in all of its nominated categories, including Favorite Movie and Onscreen Matchup.

Batman himself, Christian Bale, dedicated the Favorite Movie award to the late Ledger.

“Thank you very, very much,” he said. “And on behalf of all of the cast from the movie, thank you very much to the fans. Here’s to Heath, thank you.”

Country crossover sensation Carrie Underwood won the most awards by a single person this year. The triple-dressed (orange, green and a floral Naeem Khan) Underwood won three crystal statues for Favorite Female Singer, Favorite Star 35 & Under and Best Country Song for “Last Name.”

In the TV category, Fox’s snarky medical thriller House won Best TV Drama. British actor Hugh Laurie also scored for the Favorite Male TV Star, and Christina Applegate of Samantha Who? won Best Female. Applegate alluded to her recent battle with breast cancer and the support of fans in her acceptance speech.

“It didn’t go unnoticed, thank you,” she said.

Favorite Talk Show Host went to Ellen DeGeneres who gave a sarcastic thank-you to her “roommate, Portia,” referencing the recent passage of Proposition 8 which threatened the validity of her marriage to actress wife Portia DeRossi in California.

Brad Pitt won Favorite Leading Man, and his companion Angelina Jolie won Favorite Female Action Star. Unfortunately, neither was on hand to accept an award.

E! reports that the People’s Choice Awards have almost 40 different categories, so the awards show last night was only able to show a portion of the complete list of winners.