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Your True Crime Guide To The E! People's Choice Awards

There are 43 categories and none are dedicated to true crime. Is that the biggest crime of all? 

By Gina Tron
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E! has announced its nominations for the People’s Choice Awards and while we at Oxygen.com think the list should be filled with much, much more murder-related content, we guess the cuteness of their animal star category sort of makes up for it. Sort of. Juniper the fox is totally gonna get arrested for murder before the 2020 nominees are announced—we can feel it.

There are 43 categories that you can vote on representing the best actors, musicians and pop culture in the media this year. Tragically, not one of the 43 categories is dedicated to true crime, which may be the ultimate crime of all.

However, there are some true crime and true crime-related nominees and we’ve rounded them up for you in their respective categories. You only have until the end of Friday to vote. The awards will be announced on an E! Telecast on Nov. 10. 

The Drama Movie 

There could be a showdown between two true crime-inspired movies in the drama movie category:  The Ted Bundy biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” versus  “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which offers an alternate reality version of one of the Manson family murders.

The Bundy biopic is told through the point of view of Bundy’s girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer as she begins to uncover that her charming boyfriend could be the man who murdered at least 30 women. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” focuses on a has-been actor and his stunt double’s lives in Los Angeles, California in 1969, the same summer that the Sharon Tate murders took place.

Drama Movie Star

These two true crime films continue to battle in the drama movie star category. You can vote for Zac Efron who played Bundy in the biopic. Or, you can vote for either Brad Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio who both starred in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Drama Show

There’s one sort of true crime-ish show in the drama show category: “Chicago P.D.” While it’s not based on any true crime specifically, it’s a drama based loosely on the real people who work in the Chicago Police Department's elite Intelligence Unit as they try to catch murderers, drug traffickers and other criminals around their city.

Comedy Show

Similarly, the comedy show category includes “Orange is the New Black” as a nominee. While a comedy, the show is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Piper Kerman. It follows her, an upper middle class white woman who was caught helping her girlfriend in an international drug trade, through her incarceration. Since the publication of the book, Kerman has become an activist for prison reform.

Most Bingeworthy Show

Both “Orange is the New Black” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” are listed in the most bingeworthy show category. Obviously one of them should win because there is nothing better than binging on crime stories. While a work of fiction, “Special Victims Unit” is based loosely on the real detectives that make up the New York Police Department's Special Victims Unit. The show follows them, and them definitely includes Fin Tutuola, as they investigate sex crimes.

Social Celebrity

Kim Kardashian is among the nominees in the social celebrity category. Although known most famously for being a reality star who broke the internet, she has more recently been building cred as criminal justice reform advocate.  “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project,” an upcoming Oxygen documentary special, follows her efforts to "secure freedom for Americans who she believes have been wronged by the justice system."  West has lobbied President Donald Trump on behalf of inmates such as Alice Marie Johnson, the grandmother who was granted clemency in 2018 and about rapper A$AP Rocky who was jailed in Sweden. She also supported Cyntoia Brown in 2017 to bring awareness to her case, before she was granted clemency earlier this year.