The actor was sporting one when he picked up the first honor — for favorite comedic star — at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night. The show, hosted by Queen Latifah, was broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angles on CBS.
Jennifer Aniston presented the award to Sandler, who joked about his shiner but did not say where he got it.
More than 175 million votes were cast — by the people — for this year's edition, an apparent record.
Johnny Depp, chosen as the actor of the decade at last year's ceremony, won the People's Choice for favorite actor — and won for arguably two of the legendary actor's least memorable roles ("Alice in Wonderland" and "The Tourist.") Depp received a standing ovation before picking up his glass hardware.
"Black Swan" star Mila Kunis — freshly single following her breakup with longtime boyfriend Macaulay Culkin — presented the award for favorite talk show host to Conan O'Brien, whose Team Coco proved better at stacking the vote for the ginger-haired comedian than Oprah's fans.
"We have a problem," O'Brien joked. "When you're up for an award against Oprah, you don't want to win. It makes Oprah very, very angry."
While the People's Choice Awards have little impact on the big awards season picture, the show ostensibly kicks off the year's televised awards slate.