Star receives standing ovation after ‘heck of a journey’ since snowplough accident

Actor Jeremy Renner was met with a standing ovation at an awards ceremony in LA at the weekend, just over a year on from a serious snowploughing accident that left him with more than 30 broken bones.

On stage at the People’s Choice Awards, the Marvel star reflected on a “heck of a journey” since the incident on New Year’s Day in 2023.

Renner, 52, presented the first award of the night, and was met by rapturous applause and a standing ovation from the audience.

Jeremy Renner poses at the premiere of the four-part Disney+ docuseries "Rennervations," Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at the Westwood Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. The premiere marked Renner's first public, in-person appearance since a Jan. 1 snow plow accident outside his Reno, NV home left him with life-threatening injuries. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Renner attended the premiere of his docuseries Rennervations in April 2023, his first public appearance following the accident

“I’ve got to say, it feels good to be back,” he said. “This year’s been a heck of a journey and I’m happy I get to be here with you, the fans – you guys are the best.”

The actor was left with significant injuries after he was accidentally run over by the plough while helping his nephew in Reno, Nevada.

A police report said they were trying to free a car from the snow when the plough began to roll down a hill.

Renner was airlifted to hospital and spent time in intensive care before continuing his recovery at home.

Who won what?

Billie Eilish arrives at the People's Choice Awards on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
The star presented a prize to Billie Eilish. Pic: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

At the People’s Choice Awards, he presented the TV Performance of the Year prize to singer Billie Eilish for her appearance in the horror series Swarm.

Eilish told the crowd as she collected the prize: “This is fan-voted and I just wanted to say how grateful and lucky and privileged I am. This was the first time I ever acted and it was awesome.”

She thanked actor and series co-creator Donald Glover for being “a lifelong inspiration” and dedicated the award to her Swarm co-star Dominique Fishback.

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Adam Sandler was named people’s icon at the event, with the gong presented to him by his frequent co-star Jennifer Aniston.

She described “The Sandman” as “my very good friend and my brother from another mother”.

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce were also winners, just a week after their star turn at the Super Bowl and following Swift’s history-making win at the Grammys, although they did not attend the ceremony.

Kelce was named Athlete of the Year, while Swift won the Female Artist of the Year, Pop Artist of the Year, and Social Celebrity of the Year awards. Her Eras tour was also named Concert of the year.

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