The nearly surprise-free 2012 People's Choice nominations have been announced, with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" leading the pack with nine nominations, four of which came from the "Favorite Movie Star Under 25" category (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton each received a nod there). In the music and TV categories the top vote-getters were pop star Katy Perry (up for awards across all three mediums) with seven and the Fox musical "Glee", also with seven. 

The nominations were announced today at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, with Elisha Cuthbert ("Happy Endings"), Julianne Hough ("Footloose"), Joe Jonas, Jennifer Morrison ("Once Upon a Time") Sharon Osbourne ("The Talk"), Busy Philipps ("Cougar Town") and "The Big Bang Theory"'s Kaley Cuoco (also serving as host of the awards show) doing the honors. 

While the top vote-getters here were practically a foregone conclusion (they always are with this thing, given that the nominees are based on popularity rather than artistic achievement), there were at least a few mild surprises outside of that, including:

a) Chris Brown being nominated for "Favorite R&B Artist" despite the erratic behavior he's exhibited this past year, including that violent outburst at the "Good Morning America" studios back in March after he became angry with anchor Robin Robert's questions concerning his brutal 2009 assault of ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Of course, solid first-week sales of Brown's last album "F.A.M.E." was the first indicator of many music fans' willingness to look past the hot-headed hip-hop artist's overwhelming narcissism and potentially dangerous temper - which is too bad.

b) Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks' nods for "Favorite Movie Actress" and "Favorite Movie Icon", respectively, despite the fact that "Larry Crowne" received little love from audiences this summer (ditto Ryan Reynolds, whose two features this year - "Green Lantern" and "The Change-Up" - proved to be major flops).

c) Chloe Moretz scoring a nod for "Favorite Movie Star Under 25" even though her big film this year, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo", doesn't hit theaters until Thanksgiving weekend. 

d) Nina Dobrev being nominated for "Favorite TV Drama Actress" for "The Vampire Diaries" - apparently the result of an overwhelming number of write-in votes (the People's Choice organization normally pre-determines the acts/films/TV shows that are eligible for a nomination) from fans of the show. So, you know, good for her.

e) Kim Kardashian receiving a nomination for "Favorite Celebreality TV Star". Oops!

f) "Whitney" for "Favorite New TV Comedy"? Really?

Voting begins today in all 43 categories, the nominees of which were previously determined by over 40 million votes. You can hit up the show's official website or Facebook page to cast your picks for the winners, or tweet them using specific hashtags (you can check out a full list of them here). Voting ends December 6th (save for "Favorite New TV Comedy" and "Favorite New TV Drama", which will remain open until the night the show airs). 

The 2012 People's Choice Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theater, L.A. Live on Wednesday, January 11th at 9 PM on CBS. You can check out the full list of nominees below:

FAVORITE MOVIE

· Bridesmaids

· Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

· The Help

· Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

· Transformers: Dark of the Moon

 

FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR

· Daniel Radcliffe

· Hugh Jackman

· Johnny Depp

· Robert Pattinson

· Ryan Reynolds

 

FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS

· Anne Hathaway

· Emma Stone

· Jennifer Aniston

· Julia Roberts

· Reese Witherspoon

 

FAVORITE MOVIE ICON

· George Clooney

· Harrison Ford

· Morgan Freeman

· Robert DeNiro

· Tom Hanks

 

FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE

· Fast Five

· Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

· Thor

· Transformers: Dark of the Moon

· X-Men: First Class

 

FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE STAR

· Hugh Jackman

· Ryan Reynolds

· Shia LaBeouf

· Taylor Lautner

· Vin Diesel

 

FAVORITE DRAMA MOVIE

· The Adjustment Bureau

· The Help

· Limitless

· Moneyball

· Water for Elephants

 

FAVORITE COMEDY MOVIE

· Bad Teacher

· Bridesmaids

· Crazy Stupid Love

· Friends With Benefits

· The Hangover Part II

 

FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTOR

· Adam Sandler

· Ashton Kutcher

· Bradley Cooper

· Ryan Reynolds

· Steve Carell

 

FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTRESS

· Cameron Diaz

· Emma Stone

· Jennifer Aniston

· Mila Kunis

· Natalie Portman

 

FAVORITE MOVIE STAR UNDER 25

· Chloe Moretz

· Daniel Radcliffe

· Emma Watson

· Rupert Grint

· Tom Felton

 

FAVORITE ENSEMBLE MOVIE CAST

· Bridesmaids

· The Hangover Part II

· Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

· Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

· X-Men: First Class

 

FAVORITE ANIMATED MOVIE VOICE

· Anne Hathaway as Jewel (Rio)

· Jack Black as Po (Kung Fu Panda 2)

· Johnny Depp as Rango (Rango)

· Katy Perry as Smurfette (The Smurfs)

· Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen (Cars 2)

 

FAVORITE MOVIE SUPERHERO

· Chris Evans as Captain America

· Chris Hemsworth as Thor

· James McAvoy as Professor X

· Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique

· Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

 

FAVORITE BOOK ADAPTATION

· Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

· The Help

· I Am Number Four

· Soul Surfer

· Water For Elephants

 

FAVORITE NETWORK TV DRAMA

· The Good Wife

· Grey's Anatomy

· House

· Supernatural

· The Vampire Diaries

 

FAVORITE TV DRAMA ACTOR

· David Boreanz

· Hugh Laurie

· Ian Somerhalder

· Nathan Fillion

· Patrick Dempsey

 

FAVORITE TV DRAMA ACTRESS

· Blake Lively

· Ellen Pompeo

· Emily Deschanel

· Eva Longoria

· Nina Dobrev

 

FAVORITE CABLE TV DRAMA

· Dexter

· Game of Thrones

· Pretty Little Liars

· True Blood

· White Collar

 

FAVORITE NETWORK TV COMEDY

· The Big Bang Theory

· Glee

· How I Met Your Mother

· Modern Family

· Two and a Half Men

 

FAVORITE TV COMEDY ACTOR

· Alec Baldwin

· Chris Colfer

· Cory Monteith

· Jim Parsons

· Neil Patrick Harris

 

FAVORITE TV COMEDY ACTRESS

· Courteney Cox

· Jane Lynch

· Kaley Cuoco

· Lea Michele

· Tina Fey

 

FAVORITE CABLE TV COMEDY

· Hot In Cleveland

· It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

· Nurse Jackie

· Royal Pains

· Weeds

 

FAVORITE TV COMPETITION SHOW

· American Idol

· America's Got Talent

· Dancing With The Stars

· So You Think You Can Dance

· The Voice

 

FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA

· Bones

· Castle

· Criminal Minds

· CSI

· NCIS

 

FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW

· Fringe

· Supernatural

· True Blood

· The Vampire Diaries

· The Walking Dead

 

FAVORITE DAYTIME TV HOST

· Al Roker, Anne Curry, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie (The Today Show)

· Anderson Cooper (Anderson)

· Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show)

· Kelly Ripa, Regis Philbin (Live with Regis & Kelly)

· Rachael Ray (Rachael Ray Show)

 

FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TV HOST

· Conan O'Brien (Conan)

· David Letterman (Late Show with David Letterman)

· Jay Leno (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)

· Jimmy Fallon (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)

· Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live)

 

FAVORITE TV GUEST STAR

· Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee)

· Jim Carrey (The Office)

· Katy Perry (How I Met Your Mother)

· Kristin Chenoweth (Glee)

· Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife)

 

FAVORITE TV CELEBREALITY STAR

· Gene Simmons

· Giuliana Rancic

· Kathy Griffin

· Kim Kardashian

· Tia and Tamera Mowry

 

FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA

· A Gifted Man

· Grimm

· Hart of Dixie

· Once Upon A Time

· Pan Am

· Person of Interest

· Prime Suspect

· Revenge

· Ringer

· The Secret Circle

· TerraNova

· Unforgettable

 

FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDY

· 2 Broke Girls

· Allen Gregory

· Last Man Standing

· Man Up!

· New Girl

· Suburgatory

· Up All Night

· Whitney

 

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST

· Blake Shelton

· Bruno Mars

· Eminem

· Enrique Iglesias

· Justin Bieber

 

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST

· Adele

· Beyoncé

· Katy Perry

· Lady Gaga

· Taylor Swift

 

FAVORITE SONG OF THE YEAR

· The Edge Of Glory, by Lady Gaga

· E.T, by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West

· Moves Like Jagger, by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera

· Party Rock Anthem, by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennet and GoonRock

· Rolling in the Deep, by Adele

 

FAVORITE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

· 21, by Adele

· 4, by Beyoncé

· Born This Way, by Lady Gaga

· Femme Fatale, by Britney Spears

· Own The Night, by Lady Antebellum

 

FAVORITE POP ARTIST

· Beyoncé

· Demi Lovato

· Katy Perry

· Lady Gaga

· Rihanna

 

FAVORITE HIP HOP ARTIST

· B.o.B

· Eminem

· Jay-Z

· Nicki Minaj

· Pitbull

 

FAVORITE R&B ARTIST

· Beyoncé

· Bruno Mars

· Chris Brown

· Ne-Yo

· Rihanna

 

FAVORITE BAND

· Coldplay

· Foo Fighters

· Linkin Park

· Maroon 5

· Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

FAVORITE COUNTRY ARTIST

· Blake Shelton

· Keith Urban

· Lady Antebellum

· Rascal Flatts

· Taylor Swift

 

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO

· Judas, by Lady Gaga

· Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), by Katy Perry

· Party Rock Anthem, by LMFAO featuring Goonrock and Lauren Bennett

· Rolling in the Deep, by Adele

· Run The World (Girls), by Beyoncé

 

FAVORITE TOUR HEADLINER

· Bon Jovi

· Katy Perry

· Taylor Swift

· U2

· Usher