Superheroes triumph as Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans win at People's Choice awards

Adam Sandler accepting the award for favourite comedic movie actor. -- PHOTO: REUTERS  
Adam Sandler accepting the award for favourite comedic movie actor. -- PHOTO: REUTERS  
Actress Betty White accepting the favourite TV Icon award from presenter Ellen DeGeneres. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Actress Betty White accepting the favourite TV Icon award from presenter Ellen DeGeneres. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Actor Ben Affleck accepting the favourite humanitarian award. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Actor Ben Affleck accepting the favourite humanitarian award. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Actress Melissa McCarthy accepting the award for Favourite Comedic Movie Actress onstage with comedian Kevin Hart. -- PHOTO: AFP
Actress Melissa McCarthy accepting the award for Favourite Comedic Movie Actress onstage with comedian Kevin Hart. -- PHOTO: AFP
Chris Evans accepting the award for favourite action movie actor. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Chris Evans accepting the award for favourite action movie actor. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Robert Downey Jr accepting the award for favourite movie actor. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Robert Downey Jr accepting the award for favourite movie actor. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The people have spoken and superheroes continue to rule the movie pack, as Captain America, Iron Man and Batman were among the top winners at the People's Choice awards on Wednesday.

Iron Man and Avengers star Robert Downey Jr was named favourite movie actor for the fourth year in a row, and favourite dramatic actor.

"I want to eat you up and you're never going anywhere," Downey said, quoting his toddler son.

His fellow Avenger, Captain America star Chris Evans won favourite action movie actor, and said "I don't win stuff so this is kind of cool," as he accepted the crystal statuette.

Amy Adams awarded her Batman Vs Superman co-star Ben Affleck with the favourite humanitarian award, praising his work in providing aid and trying to change policy to help improve the lives of the people of Eastern Congo.

"I've been called a lot of things in my life but I'm not sure if humanitarian is ever one of them," Affleck said. "The one way to combat the sad things we see, the terrible things we see, is to bring a little bit of kindness into the world," he added, dedicating the award to his Eastern Congo Initiative.

The People's Choice Awards are voted for by fans online in categories spanning film, television and music.

The ceremony, aired live on the CBS network, kicks off Hollywood's annual awards season that culminates with the Academy Awards on Feb 22.

Disney's Maleficent triumphed over Captain America, Guardians Of The Galaxy, 22 Jump Street and X-Men: Days Of Future Past for favourite movie.

Melissa McCarthy won the People's Choice award for favourite comedic movie actress, while Adam Sandler won favourite comedic movie actor for the fifth consecutive year.

At 93, Betty White - best known for her role in the Golden Girls sitcom - was named favourite TV icon, accepting her award amid a standing ovation.

"When Melissa McCarthy came up on stage earlier tonight, she said she'd stay with us as long as you'd let her - you've abused that privilege with me," the actress quipped.

The Big Bang Theory was named favourite TV show, and Viola Davis won favourite actress in a new TV series for How To Get Away With Murder, and thanked the show's creators for "thinking of a leading lady who looks like my classic beauty."

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea won favourite hip hop artist and also performed her hit Beg For It.