As US Weekly shares, Depp made a point to reveal that he only attended the awards show, because he wanted to acknowledge his fans and thank them for standing by his side, throughout the oftentimes ugly divorce battle with Amber Heard.
Depp and Heard initially filed for a divorce in May 2016. "I came here for one reason tonight, for one reason and one reason only, for you, the people", he said.
Other victors at the People's Choice Awards included Australian Margot Robbie, who was named favourite action movie actress, and United States comedien Ellen DeGeneres, who became the most decorated winner in the award show's history. I came here for you the people.
"Thank you. You very graciously invited me here once again tonight. You have no idea how much I appreciate it", Depp continued.
While Depp never says, "thank you for not believing my ex-wife's accusations that I physically assaulted her on multiple occasions", it's obvious that this is precisely what he means.
The past couple of years have not been easy for Johnny Depp: He underwent an acrimonious divorce from Amber Heard in 2016 and lost his mother in 2015.
The divorce was finally sorted on January 13, with the judge finalising the pair's financial settlement. Depp will also pay $500,000 towards Heard's legal fees. He ended his speech with a shout-out to her: "Give 'em hell, Betty Sue!" he cried, then headed off the stage. Heard claimed domestic abuse allegations against Depp, but the actor vehemently denied it.
Favorite movie and favorite family movie both went to "Finding Dory", Pixar's animated tale of a forgetful fish who is on a quest to find her parents. The Guardian said Depp's recent films such as Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mortdecai, and Yoga Hosers were not well-received, and that fans of JK Rowling's Harry Potter universe were not happy with Depp's cameo and future film role in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise.