Fantasy and familiar favorites win at 30th People's Choice Awards

Monday, January 12th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Pirates, hobbits and a little divine intervention captured top honors Sunday at the 30th Annual People's Choice Awards.

``Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl'' won the favorite movie award, while ``Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'' took the favorite drama category. ``Bruce Almighty'' was named favorite comedy.

Return winners took most of the top performer categories. Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts won for favorite film actor and actress. Ray Romano and Jennifer Anniston won for favorite male and female TV performers. Tom Hanks was named favorite all-time entertainer.

``CSI:Crime Scene Investigation'' was selected favorite TV drama series. ``Friends'' won for favorite comedy series.

Beyonce Knowles and Faith Hill tied for favorite female musical performer, with Tim McGraw winning the favorite male musical performer spot.

The People's Choice Awards, hosted by Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer, were presented at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and broadcast live on CBS. The awards covered 18 categories in film, television and drama.

A nationwide poll conducted by the Gallup Organization determined both the open-ended nominees and the winners.

Fans also could vote on the Internet in three categories. They chose ``Two and a Half Men,'' which stars the award show's hosts, as the best new comedy series, ``Joan of Arcadia'' as best new television drama and Matchbox Twenty as favorite musical group or band.

The complete list of winners:

_ Motion picture: ``Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl''

_ Drama motion picture: ``Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers''

_ Comedy motion picture: ``Bruce Almighty''

_ Favorite All-Time Entertainer: Tom Hanks

_ Motion picture actor: Mel Gibson

_ Motion picture actress: Julia Roberts

_ Television dramatic series: ``CSI: Crime Scene Investigation''

_ Television comedy series: ``Friends''

_ Female television performer: Jennifer Aniston

_ Male television performer: Ray Romano

_ Reality-based television program: ``Survivor: Pearl Islands''

_ Favorite talk show host: Oprah Winfrey

_ New television comedy series: ``Two and a Half Men''

_ New television dramatic series: ``Joan of Arcadia''

_ Favorite musical group or band: Matchbox Twenty

_ Female musical performer: (tie) Beyonce Knowles and Faith Hill

_ Male musical performer: Tim McGraw

_ Favorite Music Video: ``I Love This Bar'' _ Toby Keith