Adam Sandler to Receive People’s Icon Award at the People’s Choice Awards 2024


  • Adam Sandler will be honored with the People’s Icon Award for his decades-long career in comedy and memorable characters that have left a mark on audiences.
  • As well as his comedic success, Sandler has also impressed with his dramatic roles, often receiving critical acclaim and being considered for prestigious awards.
  • Sandler’s recent projects, including the animated film Leo, have received rave reviews, and he will continue his versatile career with an upcoming sci-fi drama, Spaceman.

Comic icon Adam Sandler will be honored with the People’s Icon Award at the 2024 People’s Choice Awards. Thanks to his decade-spanning work in the comedy genre, beginning with Saturday Night Live back in the early 90s, and his roles in the likes of such hits as Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, The Waterboy, the Grown Ups franchise, and many more, Sandler has become “a fixture in the industry,” according to Jen Neal, NBCUniversal Entertainment executive of live events and specials, who released the following statement regarding Sandler receiving the People’s Icon Award.

“Adam Sandler has been a fixture in the industry for decades, entertaining us since he got his start on Saturday Night Live more than 30 years ago. From Billy Madison to Mr. Deeds, his unforgettable characters have endured the test of time and left their mark on audiences for generations. We’re excited to honor him with this year’s People’s Icon Award.”

As well as becoming known for his work in comedy, Sandler has also tackled more dramatic roles over the years, with the actor often delivering critically acclaimed performances when he does so. His work in the likes of Punch-Drunk Love, The Meyerowitz Stories, Hustle, Funny People, and 2019’s crime thriller Uncut Gems have seen Sandler showered with praise, with the actor often being among the names up for Oscar consideration (though, as yet, he has never been nominated despite rave reviews).

Other recipients of the People’s Icon Award include Ryan Reynolds, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston and Melissa McCarthy, with Lenny Kravitz due to receive this year’s Music Icon Award.

The 2024 People’s Choice Awards is due to air on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 PM. ET/PT on NBC, Peacock, and E!


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Adam Sandler Will Next Star in the Netflix Sci-Fi Drama Spaceman



Release Date
March 1, 2024

Johan Renck

1hr 47min

Jaroslav Kalfar , Colby Day

Adam Sandler has seen huge success lately with his coming-of-age comedy You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, in which he stars alongside his wife, Jackie Sandler, and his daughters, Sadie and Sunny Sandler, and the animated outing Leo, which sees Sandler voicing a lizard who is longing for the wild and worried about dying.

Both movies were released to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, with Leo in particular seeing huge audience numbers when it was released on Netflix back in November. A Leo sequel has also now been announced.

Sandler will return to drama once again on Netflix in the upcoming sci-fi outing, Spaceman. Directed by Johan Renck and written by Colby Day, Spaceman is based on the 2017 novel Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař and follows Sandler as a lonely astronaut who discovers a creature from the beginning of time (Paul Dano) lurking in the shadows of his ship.

Spaceman is scheduled to have its world premiere at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2024 and will land in select theaters on February 23, 2024. The movie will be available on Netflix from March 1, 2024. Both Leo and You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, meanwhile, are available to stream on Netflix now.

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