Robert Pattinson shocked “Twilight” fans with a new hairstyle at the People’s Choice Awards last night (Jan. 11). Many interpreted it as an attempted to put the vampire film behind him. But one thing certain, fans were split on the move.

During filming of the “Twilight” series Rob’s hair was longer and swept up and over. In public, it was often tousled in a boyish look. He coupled his new buzz cut with a short beard.

Pattinson, 25, arrived at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles dressed down. He wore a black shirt open at the collar and dark jeans. He accepted the award for Favorite Drama Movie for his film “Water For Elephants.” The movie also starred Reese Witherspoon.

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Although girlfriend Kristen Stewart did not make the awards show, Rob had plenty of company from “Twilight.” He accepted the award from Ashley Greene, who played vampire Alice in the movie, and actor Zachary Levi.

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Rob was ever so humble in his acceptance speech. “Wow. Thank you very much. I don’t know why they asked me to accept it because it’s really a lot of other people as well,” he said.

“When I was doing this movie, I was having so much fun doing it that I was saying to everyone I didn’t even care if anyone saw it.” he said. “But now that people have seen it and they’re giving awards for it, I’m even more thankful for the whole experience, so thank you guys very much.”

The award, however, may be more a testament to the strength of his fan base than it’s artistic merit. It was passed over for a Golden Globe nomination, and will likely be left out of the Oscar race as well. But on this night it topped such high quality films as “The Help,” “Limitless” and Brad Pitt’s “Money Ball”

“Water for Elephants” has been an international hit. To date, it has grossed more than $117 million at the box office, according to box office mojo. About $60 million of that comes from North America. The film cost $38 million to make.

Critics were more favorable than not, giving the film a 60 percent rating on review tracker rottentomatoes.