LOS ANGELES  - Post-apocalyptic action film “The Hunger Games” was the big winner at the People’s Choice Awards on Thursday, picking up five awards including favourite movie of the year, while singer Katy Perry again led in the music categories. Hosted by “The Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco, the People’s Choice Awards named winners in more than 40 categories across film, TV and music. About 475m fans voted through the People’s Choice website. “The Hunger Games,” based on the trilogy of novels by Suzanne Collins, beat out “Avengers,” “Amazing Spider-Man,” “Dark Knight Rises” and “Snow White and the Huntsman”.

Jennifer Lawrence, who plays “Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen, won the favourite movie actress award over Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson.

“Thank you for loving movies as much as I do, and loving this movie and voting,” Lawrence said. “The Hunger Games” was also named favourite action film and favourite movie franchise, while its stars Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth won favourite on-screen chemistry.