“Keanu Reeves fell down 50 flights of steps… Tom Cruise drove a motorbike off a cliff”: Rachel Zegler’s PCA Award Win Makes Zero Sense

Disappointment sparks at People's Choice Awards as Tom Cruise and Keanu Reeves are overlooked for Rachel Zegler's win

"Keanu Reeves fell down 50 flights of steps... Tom Cruise drove a motorbike off a cliff": Rachel Zegler’s PCA Award Win Makes Zero Sense


  • Despite the presence of industry heavyweights Keanu Reeves and Tom Cruise in the nominee list, Rachel Zegler unexpectedly secured the PCA for Action Movie Star of the Year.
  • Keanu Reeves' daring descent down from 222 steps in John Wick 4 and Tom Cruise's adrenaline-pumping performance in Mission Impossible 7 wowed audiences.
  • Rachel Zegler's controversial win for Action Movie Star of the Year at the 2024 People's Choice Awards sparked outrage among fans.
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The controversy surrounding the 2024 People’s Choice Award has reached a fever pitch with the inclusion of Rachel Zegler’s name among the award winners. Zegler, who secured the Action Movie Star of the Year award, has found herself at the center of a storm of criticism and disappointment from fans and industry observers alike.


Many were quick to express their dismay not only at Zegler’s victory but also at the perceived snubbing of Hollywood heavyweights Tom Cruise and Keanu Reeves.

Keanu Reeves's John Wick and Halle Berry's Sofia Al-Azwar in John Wick 3
Keanu Reeves’s John Wick

The continued absence of recognition for Cruise and Reeves, despite their undeniable contributions to the industry, has only served to compound the frustration felt by many. In the aftermath of the awards ceremony, discussions continued to swirl regarding the criteria used to determine winners and the transparency of the selection process.


Keanu Reeves and Tom Cruise Define a New Era in Hollywood

Tom Cruise's MI-7 was an absolute thrill ride from start to finish
Tom Cruise’s MI-7

Keanu Reeves and Tom Cruise stand as the titans of action in Hollywood, their names synonymous with adrenaline-pumping thrills and jaw-dropping stunts that captivate audiences worldwide. In 2023, these icons graced the silver screen with their unparalleled charisma and prowess in two of the most highly anticipated action blockbusters: Mission Impossible 7 and John Wick 4.

In every John Wick movie, Reeves reprised his role as the enigmatic assassin, showcasing his unparalleled skill in seamlessly blending martial arts with firearms combat. In John Wick 4‘s standout moment, John Wick tumbles down multiple flights of stairs, which is a testament to Reeves’ dedication to his craft.

Director Chad Stahelski pushed the boundaries of action cinema by choreographing a breathtaking sequence. In that shot Reeves climbed and fell down the 222 steps of Paris’ Sacré-Coeur Basilica, leaving audiences on the edge of their seats.


Meanwhile, Cruise delivered yet another adrenaline-fueled performance in Mission Impossible 7. One scene, in particular, left audiences in awe as Cruise’s character rode a motorcycle off a cliff, seamlessly transitioning the fall into a daring base jump.
The sheer audacity of the stunt, coupled with Cruise’s unwavering dedication to performing his stunts, elevated Mission Impossible 7 to new heights of cinematic spectacle.

These two blockbuster hits not only showcased the unparalleled talents of Reeves and Cruise but also raised the bar for action cinema. Tom Cruise and Keanu Reeves set a new standard for heart-pounding thrills and awe-inspiring stunts that will be remembered for years to come.

Rachel Zegler’s Surprise Win Leaves Action Icons Reeves and Cruise in the Shadows

Rachel Zegler in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
Rachel Zegler in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

Despite delivering breathtaking performances, Keanu Reeves and Tom Cruise found themselves overshadowed by Rachel Zegler at the People’s Choice Awards. Zegler’s victory as the Action Movie Star of the Year was based on her role in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, a film that also clinched the title of Action Movie of the Year.


However, her surprising win failed to garner praise from action enthusiasts, who were left dismayed by the outcome, especially considering the presence of Reeves and Cruise in the nominee list. The result left the audience in disbelief as the People’s Choice Awards rely on fan voting to determine winners.



Zegler’s triumph came amidst stiff competition, with nominees including her The Hunger Games co-star Viola Davis, as well as industry heavyweights like Tom Cruise for Mission: Impossible 7.
The nomination list further includes Gal Gadot for Heart of Stone, Brie Larson for The Marvels, Jason Momoa for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Chris Pratt for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Keanu Reeves for John Wick: Chapter 4.

Despite her victory in one category, Zegler also contended for Female Movie Star of the Year, where she ultimately lost to Margot Robbie for her role in Barbie. The outcome of the awards ceremony left fans expressing their disappointment over Zegler’s win, highlighting the undeniable impact and recognition Reeves and Cruise command within the action genre.


Written by Pritha Roy

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Pritha Roy, a seasoned content writer with two years of expertise in captivating feature writing, is currently pursuing a master's degree in mass communication and journalism at Sister Nivedita University. Prior to this, she honed her skills at Aajkaal, a distinguished Bengali newspaper organization. Pritha excels in crafting engaging and audience-centric content that resonates deeply with readers.