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‘Rings’ big winner at People’s Choice

Gibson, Roberts, Aniston, Romano nab thesp kudos

With its sequel doing boffo biz at the box office, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” captured two top honors Sunday during the 29th annual People’s Choice Awards.

The “Fellowship of the Ring” shared the favorite motion picture award with co-nominee “Spider-Man” and also won in the best dramatic motion picture category.

Mel Gibson was named favorite motion picture actor, while Julia Roberts won the favorite actress award, her ninth win in the category.

Jennifer Aniston also made a return engagement as favorite female television performer for her role as Rachel on “Friends,” which also won in the favorite comedy series category.

Ray Romano took home the favorite male television performer prize, and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” dethroned longtime top vote-getter “ER” in the favorite television drama series.

Country singer Faith Hill and rap sensation Eminem were named as favorite musical performers.

The People’s Choice Awards were presented at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium with Tony Danza hosting the program, which was broadcast live on CBS. The awards cover 16 categories in film, television and drama.

A nationwide poll of more than 214 million people conducted by the Gallup Organization determined both the open-ended nominees and the winners.

Fans also could vote on the Internet in two categories, and named “Eight Simple Rules for Dating Your Teenage Daughter” the best new comedy series, and “CSI: Miami” the best new television drama.

And the winners are…

Motion picture

(tie) “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and “Spiderman”

Dramatic motion picture

“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”

Comedy motion picture

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”

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: Thailand”

Daytime dramatic series

“Days of Our Lives”

New television comedy series

“8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter”

New television dramatic series

“CSI: Miami”

Female musical performer

Faith Hill

Male musical performer

Eminem

Favorite group or band

(tie) Dixie Chicks and Creed

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