Leave It to the People

The critics have had their chance, now it’s time for the people to give their two cents.

Pretty woman Julia Roberts, who carried last year’s “Erin Brockovich” to the top of many a critics’ lists, was chosen as favorite female movie actress by the People’s Choice Awards on Sunday night.

And “The Patriot” and “What Women Want” star Mel Gibson proved to be what the whole nation wants as he was named favorite male movie star.

Funnyman Jim Carrey continues to charm audiences as the “Me, Myself and Irene” and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” star was given the favorite star in a comedy.

Interesting, though, as the people seemed to have gotten a bit behind the times as they picked “The Green Mile” — yes, that’s the 1999 prison drama with Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan — for both favorite film and favorite motion picture drama.

On the tube front, comedian Drew Carey — who stars in his eponymous ABC sitcom and hosts the improv gem “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” was the People Choice’s favorite male TV performer.

The favorite female TV star went to Jennifer Aniston for her work as Rachel in the NBC veteran sitcom “Friends” and actor Brad Pitt‘s wife. The NBC comedy series also walked away with favorite TV comedy, as did “ER,” which won favorite drama series.

Erstwhile “Roseanne” guy John Goodman was named best performer in a new TV show for his swiftly extinguished “Normal, Ohio.” The Fox sitcom was dumped by Fox in December after only six episodes.

In the music categories, Garth Brooks and Faith Hill were named best male and female musical performers, respectively.

And sorry Backstreet Boys, rival boy band ‘N Sync was chosen as favorite musical group or band.

The People’s Choice Awards — which was broadcast live on CBS from the Pasadena Auditorium — are chosen by a nationwide Gallup telephone poll. The “people” involved in are actually just 1,200 individuals chosen at random, which are given no nominees and can vote for any person or program they choose for each category.