The awards, which were hosted by Queen Latifah, were dished out during a taped broadcast which aired on Tuesday night with winners submitting acceptance speeches via video.
Organizers were forced to scrap the ceremony, along with the red carpet event and all of the planned press coverage, after striking writers vowed to picket all awards shows that go ahead in 2008.
Winners graciously accepted their awards in pre-recorded messages with several declaring their support for the walkouts by the Writer's Guild of America.
Accepting the accolade for Favorite Female Movie Star, Witherspoon said, "We are nothing without our writers. But we are also nothing without our audience."
Phoenix also acknowledged the ongoing strike - when picking up the award for Favorite Leading Man, he gave his speech silently and used cue cards to deliver his message.
The cards read, "I'm speechless without the writers. Seriously. But in my own quiet way, I want to thank the millions of fans that voted for me for favorite leading man."
The main category winners are as follows:
Female TV star: Katherine Heigl
Male TV star: Patrick Dempsey
Talk show host: Ellen DeGeneres
Scene stealer: Chandra Wilson
TV drama: House
TV comedy: Two and a Half Men
Reality show: Dancing With the Stars
Game show: Deal or No Deal
Sci-fi show: Stargate Atlantis
Animated TV show: The Simpsons
Female movie star: Reese Witherspoon
Male movie star: Johnny Depp
Leading lady: Drew Barrymore
Leading man: Joaquin Phoenix
Female action star: Keira Knightley
Male action star: Matt Damon
Movie drama: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Movie comedy: Knocked Up
Action movie: The Bourne Ultimatum
Family movie: Shrek the Third
Threequel: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Independent movie: Becoming Jane
Female singer: Gwen Stefani
Male singer: Justin Timberlake
Group: Rascal Flatts
Pop song: Justin Timberlake, "What Goes Around ... Comes Around"
Rock song: Daughtry, "Home"
Country song: Rascal Flatts, "Stand"
Hip-hop song: Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake, "Give it to Me"
R&B song: Rhianna, "Shut Up & Drive"
Song from a soundtrack: "You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray
Reunion tour: The Police
Funny male: Robin Williams
Funny female: Ellen DeGeneres
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