For the past three years, the “Twilight Saga” movies have dominated the Teen Choice Awards. They sunk their fangs into every foe collecting 19 of the surfboards handed out to the winners. However, this year “Eclipse” managed to win just four awards — Choice Vampire for Robert Pattinson, Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor (Taylor Lautner) and Choice Movie Scene Stealers (Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene). Five-time champ Kristen Stewart went home empty-handed. What went wrong?
The final film in the “Harry Potter” franchise — “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” — was released during the voting period. This critical and commerical success stirred up Pottermania and won Choice Summer Movie as well as Summer Movie Stars for Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.
All this attention propelled “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” to victory for Choice Sci-Fi Fantasy Movie. It edged out frontrunner “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” which was the pick of seven of our 11 editors and just over half of our users.
Those films faced off in three other categories. While Radcliffe lost Choice Sci Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor to “Twilight” werewolf Lautner, Watson won the Actress award over Stewart (“Twilight”) plus Penelope Cruz (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”), Blake Lively (“Green Lantern”) and Elle Fanning (“Super 8”). And in a real shockeroo, Radcliffe and Watson clinched Choice Movie Liplock over Pattinson and Stewart who have owned this award for two years running. Indeed, our odds had the “Potter” pair in fourth place for this prize.