Making his first public appearance in two weeks was Los Angeles star Laker Kobe Bryant, who was not expected at the event after being formally charged with felony sexual assault against a 19-year-old woman who worked at an exclusive resort hotel in Eagle, Colo., on July 18.
Accompanied by his wife, Vanessa, Bryant flashed a thumbs-up and peace sign at fans but did not talk to reporters before going into the show, where he received best male athlete honors. This was Bryant's fourth win in five years. The Los Angeles Lakers are the only professional sports team to have members who have won this award, with Shaquille O'Neal taking the honor in 2001.
Other highlights of the night include Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Gellar, who won for best TV actress in a drama. This was her fourth win in five years in this category and ninth win overall--more than any other female.
In TV highlights, the WB drama 7th Heaven, which revolves around a Christian family and the issues they encounter, also received its third consecutive win as best TV drama. The series, now in its eighth season, stars Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, David Gallagher, Beverly Mitchell and Mackenzie Rosman.
Kutcher, however, was the night's big winner. He won best actor in a TV comedy for his role as Kelso in That '70s Show, best reality host for his MTV prankster series Punk'd and the coveted "male hottie" award.
The David Spade-hosted telecast will air Aug. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Choice Movie, Drama: The Matrix Reloaded
Choice TV Drama:7th Heaven
Choice TV Breakout Show: 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
Choice TV Actor, Comedy: Ashton Kutcher (That '70s Show)
Choice TV Actor, Drama: David Gallagher (7th Heaven)
Choice TV Actress, Drama: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Choice TV Sidekick: Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show)
Breakout Male TV Star: George Stults (7th Heaven)
Breakout Female TV Star: Kaley Cuoco (8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter)
Choice TV Reality Show: American Idol
Choice Reality/Variety Host: Ashton Kutcher (Punk'd)
Choice TV Reality Babe: Paula Abdul (American Idol)
Choice TV Reality Hunk: Ashton Kutcher (Punk'd)
Choice Greatest TV Reality Moment: Justin Timberlake's tax repossession (Punk'd)
Choice Grossest TV Reality Moment: Eating squid guts (Fear Factor)
Choice Scariest Reality Moment: Ruben Studdard in the bottom two (American Idol)
Choice Music Female Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Choice Music Rock Track: "Bring Me To Life" (Evanescence)
Choice Male Hottie: Ashton Kutcher
Choice Male Athlete: Kobe Bryant
Choice Comedian: Jim Carrey
Choice Male Fashion Icon: Ryan Seacrest
The 2003 Teen Choice Awards is executive produced by Bob Bain (The Billboard Music Awards) and Mike Burg. Paul Flattery and Michael Levitt serve as producers. Greg Sills serves as supervising producer.