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'Ring' Masters

''Fellowship'' tops People's Choice Awards. ''Lord of the Rings,'' ''Friends'' each pick up two of the poll-driven prizes

The 29th annual People's Choice Awards kicked off the awards season Sunday by spreading the wealth. No honoree won more than two prizes, and even the top winner, best motion picture ''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,'' had to share its honor with ''Spider-Man.'' (''Fellowship'' also won best dramatic motion picture.) The other multiple honoree was ''Friends,'' which earned best television comedy series and best female television performer, for Jennifer Aniston.

Unlike most awards shows, where the winners are selected by industry insiders, the People's Choice honors are selected via a nationwide Gallup poll. Many of the winners noted how special the award was, since it was decided by fans. Nonetheless, several winners were no-shows, including Julia Roberts (who won for the fourth year in a row), Mel Gibson, and all the musical winners except Faith Hill

CBS, which produces the show, broadcast it live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, with Tony Danza as host. A full list of winners is below.

Motion picture
''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' and ''Spider-Man''

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
Dixie Chicks and Creed

Originally posted Jan 13, 2003
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