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People’s Choice noms set

The films “Independence Day,” “Twister,” “A Time to Kill,” “”The Birdcage,” “The First Wives Club” and “The Nutty Professor” and the TV shows “Friends,” “Home Improvement,” “Seinfeld,” “ER,” “NYPD Blue” and “The X-Files” paced the top vote-getters for the 23rd Annual People’s Choice Awards nominations, announced Thursday.

Chosen via a nationwide poll conducted by the Gallup Organization, the award nominees emerge from a representative sampling of the American public who select their favorite actors and actresses, television shows, singers and movies. There are three nominees per category.

“The Birdcage,” “The First Wives Club” and “The Nutty Professor” were nominated for favorite comedy film, with “A Time to Kill,” “Independence Day” and “Twister” chosen for top dramatic movie.

Favorite movie actor noms are Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Sandra Bullock, Helen Hunt and Demi Moore nominated for film actress.

TV faves

In television, “Friends,” “Home Improvement” and “Seinfeld” were tapped for favorite comedy; “ER,” “NYPD Blue” and “The X-Files” for drama series; “Cosby,” “Spin City” and “Suddenly Susan” for top new comedy; and “Millennium,” “Relativity” and “Profiler” for best freshman drama.

The favorite male TV performer nominees are Tim Allen, George Clooney and Jerry Seinfeld, with Bill Cosby, Michael J. Fox and Lance Henriksen nominated for favorite male in a new series. Noms for favorite women in new shows were Brandy, Rhea Perlman and Brooke Shields.

Vote snafu

Missing are nominees for favorite female TV performer. It’s due to the fact that there was a tie, requiring Gallup to conduct a separate poll of 1,250 Americans to break that tie. Those results are expected by Monday.

Meanwhile, the top daytime serial nominees are “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young & the Restless.”

In music, the poll was topped by male country performers Garth Brooks, Vince Gill and George Strait and, among women, Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire and Alanis Morrissette.

Favorites in each of 15 categories of the People’s Choice Awards will be handed out during a ceremony Jan. 12 in Santa Monica and telecast live on CBS.

Don Mischer is executive producer, with Louis J. Horvitz serving as director. Daily Variety senior columnist Army Archerd, who has been with the special since its inception, is associate producer.

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