The casual irreverence of Spike’s Guys Choice Awards was evident everywhere during the show’s taping, from the upscale tiki/woodsy decor and leopard-print carpet to the green room that felt more like an A-list cocktail party than a staging area for busy celebs just waiting to do their bit on stage and rush off to another, possibly cooler event.
But that didn’t stop Jimmy Kimmel from putting the show in its place. “People talk about the Oscars and they talk about the Emmys and they talk about the Tonys, the People’s Choice Awards, the Soul Train Awards, ” Kimmel said backstage Saturday, after receiving his Mantler trophy for being the Funniest Motherf—er of 2013. “This is not as good as any of them,” he joked. Perhaps that had something to do with Jennifer Aniston’s unfiltered introduction, recorded in Los Angeles on Saturday for broadcast Wednesday. “Jimmy you’ve got a lot going on in your life,” Aniston said. “Like me, you got engaged this year, unlike me, nobody cares.”
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Backstage, after Aniston laid into Kimmel in front of the crowd, he said, “She has a filthy mouth. I blame her fiancé.” But when asked whether he intends to retaliate, he said no: “I know her heart was in the right place.”
On the carpet, EW spoke with some attendees about their favorite summer jams. The Roots’ ?uestlove wondered whether EW had declared Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” the song of the summer, adding, “I’ve heard it and the jury’s out on that.” But both he and the men of Workaholics agreed that Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” had it in the bag.
True Blood‘s Robert Kazinsky was self-conscious to admit that his favorite summer song is Martin Sexton’s “Black Sheep.” The English actor, who can next be seen on the big screen in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, said, “It’s just really fun to sing along to. It’s got such an easy-going country vibe. And I’m not into that kind of genre. But it’s just a really good song.” Snoop Lion went a completely different direction with Lil Wayne’s “B—-es Love Me (Good Kush & Alcohol)”, even though he is excited about his “Ashtrays & Heartbreaks” music video with Miley Cyrus and his single “Tired of Running,” which he said “expresses me getting to a point where I am right now in my music career. I don’t have to live the gangster life no more. I’ve moved past that.”
But backstage was where all the action was. In the wood-paneled lounge, Mark Wahlberg chilled in a big leather chair, casually sipping wine with friends and stepping up to chat with his Fighter co-star Amy Adams and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Seth MacFarlane went from talking intently to Buzz Aldrin to taking a hug from The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco, while Bradley Cooper stood off to the side with model Suki Waterhouse. With the bourbon and beer flowing and the A-listers looking pretty content to just hang out, the Guys Choice Awards managed to pull off a pretty relaxed vibe.
The Guys Choice Awards air Wednesday, June 12, on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.