Stars Support Alternative People's Choice Awards

Stars REESE WITHERSPOON and JOAQUIN PHEONIX lent their support to a pre-recorded TV version of the People's Choice Awards after the ceremony was cancelled due to the Hollywood writers strike. The awards, which were hosted by Queen Latifah, were dished out during a taped broadcast which aired on Tuesday (08Jan08) night with winners submitting acceptance speeches via video. Organisers 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 Favourite Female Movie Star, Witherspoon said, "We are nothing without our writers. But we are also nothing without our audience." Pheonix also acknowledged the ongoing strike - when picking up the award for Favourite 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 favourite leading man." Other stars honoured included Johnny Depp, who was presented with the coveted Favourite Male Movie Star award, and Justin Timberlake, who picked up Favourite Male Singer. Robin Williams accepted the Favourite Funny Male gong while Ellen DeGeneres was named Favourite Talk Show Host. 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 On-screen match-up: George Clooney and Brad Pitt Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 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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