Blockbuster Awards honor stars


Thursday, April 12th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


(LOS ANGELES) - Following up their Oscar wins, Russell Crowe and Julia Roberts claimed top acting honors at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.

Roberts won favorite dramatic actress on Tuesday for ``Erin Brockovich'' and Crowe claimed favorite dramatic actor for ``Gladiator.''

Jim Carrey won the comedic actor award for ``Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas,'' and Sandra Bullock was recognized in the women's category for ``Miss Congeniality.''

With about 65 categories, the irreverent show honored performers in genres ranging from horror to action to science fiction.

Unusual categories honored the best villain, (Joaquin Phoenix for ``Gladiator'), and favorite action team (Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu for ``Charlie's Angels).

The overall favorite video game was ``Driver 2,'' while the winning PlayStation game was ``Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2.'' Nintendo 64 was honored for ``Mario Party 2.''

Christina Aguilera won favorite female artist of the year, and Eminem was honored in the male category. ``Destiny's Child'' was named favorite group of the year.

The event, which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, was scheduled for broadcast Wednesday night. More than 22 million video consumers voted on the winners.