‘People’s’ pick ‘ER,’ ‘Friends’

Roberts nabs her eighth award

LOS ANGELES — “ER” and “Friends” dominated Sunday’s 28th annual People’s Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

The voting public named “ER” favorite television drama for the ninth consecutive year.

Julia Roberts was picked as favorite movie actress, her eighth award.

And in a rerun of last year’s results, the NBC sitcom “Friends” was named favorite television comedy and co-star Jennifer Aniston favorite female television performer.

The televised awards were based on the results of a nationwide telephone poll conducted by the Gallup Organization between November 2000 and October 2001.

The early polling cutoff meant respondents, who were able to name any performer or series they liked, had not seen movie hits such as “Monsters, Inc.” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which were released in November.

Fans voted online in two categories: new television comedy series and new drama. The results for those two categories were not immediately available.

Hanks kudos

Tom Hanks won two awards, edging out last year’s winner, Mel Gibson, and Denzel Washington, as favorite movie actor, and besting Washington and Anthony Hopkins as favorite movie star in a drama.

Country music star Reba McEntire won her ninth People’s Choice award, and her first as an actress. She was named favorite female performer for “Reba,” a WB comedy series in which she stars as a Texas soccer mom struggling to keep her dysfunctional family from falling further apart.

Damon Wayans, who plays a worried family man in the ABC sitcom “My Wife and Kids,” was favorite male performer in a new series.

Kelsey Grammer, the star of NBC’s “Frasier,” and Ray Romano of CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” tied in the polling for male television performer.

The fans remained especially loyal in the music category. Country stars Garth Brooks and Faith Hill were named favorite individual performers in a repeat of last year’s results.

Pop group ‘N Sync was also picked again as musical group or band, beating the Backstreet Boys and Dixie Chicks.

The computer-animated comedy “Shrek” was chosen as favorite movie, ahead of “The Fast and the Furious” and “Pearl Harbor.”