Johnny Depp has thanked fans for standing by him through “good times or bad” after they voted him their favourite movie icon – despite recent domestic troubles and film flops.
Depp accepted the award at the People’s Choice Awards, days after his divorce from Amber Heard was finalised.
Ellen DeGeneres became the most successful star in the awards’ history, with a total of 20 awards.
Her awards included best daytime TV host and best animated movie voice.
She recently made headlines when US President Barack Obama got choked up giving her the prestigious Medal of Freedom.
Depp beat Hollywood stars including Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington to be voted favourite movie icon.
Depp has denied Heard’s claims he had been physically abusive to her, and police officers attending the scene said they had found no evidence of a crime.
In December, Depp was named the most overpaid actor in Hollywood for the second consecutive year.
Accepting the trophy at the Los Angeles ceremony, Depp said: “I came here for one reason tonight and one reason only.
“I came here for you, the people who, through whatever good times or bad, have stood by me, trusted me.
“You’ve very graciously invited me here once again tonight. You have no idea how much I appreciate it.”
Blake Lively, who beat Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep to win best dramatic movie actress, said: “Thank you for sending a message to Hollywood that people want to hear stories about women, and we want to hear your stories, whether it’s social media, your iPhone, whatever, tell your stories—now more than ever.”
Joking with the women in the audience who whooped when she mentioned her husband, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds, she added: “So thank you guys, and thank you to my husband who’s everything to me. You can’t have him, he’s mine! Thank you!”
Other winners included Reynolds, Passengers star Jennifer Lawrence, Iron Man Robert Downey Jr and Suicide Squad’s Margot Robbie.
A selection of key People’s Choice Awards winners:
- Favourite movie: Finding Dory
- Favourite movie actor: Ryan Reynolds
- Favourite movie actress: Jennifer Lawrence
- Favourite action movie: Deadpool
- Favourite action movie actor: Robert Downey Jr
- Favourite action movie actress: Margot Robbie
- Favourite animated movie voice: Ellen DeGeneres
- Favourite comedic movie actor: Kevin Hart
- Favourite comedic movie actress: Melissa McCarthy
- Favourite dramatic movie actor: Tom Hanks
- Favourite dramatic movie actress: Blake Lively
- Favourite movie icon: Johnny Depp
- Favourite TV show: Outlander
- Favourite network TV comedy: The Big Bang Theory
- Favourite comedic TV actor: Jim Parsons
- Favourite comedic TV actress: Sofia Vergara
- Favourite network TV drama: Grey’s Anatomy
- Favourite TV crime drama: Criminal Minds
- Favourite TV crime drama actor: Mark Harmon
- Favourite TV crime drama actress: Jennifer Lopez
- Favourite competition TV show: The Voice
- Favourite daytime TV host: Ellen DeGeneres
- Favourite late-night talk show host: Jimmy Fallon
- Favourite male music artist: Justin Timberlake
- Favourite female music artist: Britney Spears
- Favourite group: Fifth Harmony
- Favourite break-out artist: Niall Horan
- Favourite pop artist: Britney Spears
- Favourite song: Can’t Fight the Feeling, Justin Timberlake
- Favourite social media celebrity: Britney Spears