01/12/2012 08:02 am ET Updated Jan 12, 2012

People's Choice Awards 2012; Backstage And Behind The Scenes (PHOTOS)

Award show mania is upon us and the season of statues started Wednesday night with The People's Choice Awards on CBS.

Kaley Cuoco hosted the show, fully equipped with outfit changes (at one point she was even sporting a "Little House on the Prairie" style dress,) hairstyle swaps and laundry list of self-deprecating jokes. The awards were handed out to Hollywood's most deserving faces, as voted on by the people, and although big stars like Emma Stone, Neil Patrick Harris and Morgan Freeman hit the stage to make their acceptance speeches, arguably some of the most fascinating scenes emerge out of the happenings backstage.

After the stars make their appearance on stage, either giving out or accepting awards, they loosen up when the cameras aren't rolling and their adrenaline is flowing, often to stop for a photograph or two with familiar faces, newfound fans or a foe in the form of an ex.

Check out some of the photos below that give you a peek into the behind-the-scenes action of the 2012 People's Choice Awards.