Star Tracks

updated 01/26/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/26/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Matthew Perry & Matt LeBlanc
"I love you too, Matt," said Perry after a fan yelled out to LeBlanc as the duo accepted the trophy for favorite sitcom.

Jason Ritter
Doing Dad proud: John's son, who costars on Joan of Arcadia, takes a break from break-dancing on the red carpet.

Jim Carrey & Cuba Gooding Jr.
Said Carrey: "In my teens I was a Kiss fan, and they won. I've always wanted to win because of that."

Oprah
The winning talk show host gives the crowd high approval ratings while filming the fete.

Mandy Moore
Sashaying in a Lanvin dress and Manolo Blahniks, the singer-actress proves Moore is more.

Powers to the people's!

PASADENA, CALIF., JAN. 11
America's most popular celebs got amped up at the People's Choice Awards, one of the year's first big events to mix stars, style and statuettes. But a few of the celebrated copped to other agendas. Said perennial People pleaser Mel Gibson, voted favorite movie actor: "I wanted to be in the Beyoncé Knowles acceptance video, but they wouldn't let me into the dressing room." Taking the comedy trophy for Bruce Almighty—and taking his role maybe a little too seriously—Jim Carrey said, "It's just great to know the whole Hollywood community has decided to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. Thank you, my Jewish friends!" Cohost Charlie Sheen offered Oprah advice: "Do us all a favor and for President. Just take the pay cut and run."

Amber Tamblyn
"I have a matching little red bear from my mom," said the Joan of Arcadia star, who wore a tea-length Monique Lhuillier dress.

Naomi Watts & Heath Ledger

Critical Mass
BEVERLY HILLS, JAN. 10
At the Critics' Choice Awards, best actress nominee Naomi Watts readies for a close-up with boyfriend Heath Ledger. Johnny Depp squires longtime love Vanessa Paradis, while Mystic River's Sean Penn and Tim Robbins celebrate their wins for, respectively, best actor and supporting actor, with costar Laura Linney and director Clint Eastwood.

Mega Watts
PALM SPRINGS, CALIF., JAN. 11
A day later in a pink Matthew Williamson frock, 21 Grams' Naomi Watts blooms as a career achievement honoree at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. "I don't think you ever feel completely normal in these situations," says the Aussie.

Johnny Depp & Vanessa Paradis

Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Laura Linney & Clint Eastwood

Ryan's Slope
VAIL, COLO., JAN. 7 & 8
Making like the miniature skiers on their mountain-themed rehearsal-dinner cake, newlyweds Trista and Ryan Sutter find plenty of wintery fun now that they're home and—finally!—away from the TV cameras. Says Trista: "Ryan was happy because he'd been sick from that spider bite [he'd gotten on their Fiji honeymoon], and he craved skiing. He was looking up the weather in Colorado all the time." The next day Ryan returned to his firehouse in Vail, where coworkers busted on his televised nuptials by decorating his uniform hook with pink ribbon.

Managing the Mother Lode
HOLLYWOOD HILLS, JAN. 7
"Every day I feel differently," says Debra Messing, who shows off her preggers shape while strolling near her home. The Will & Grace star is expecting her first child in late spring.

Strong Enough to Be Her Man?
HOLLYWOOD, JAN. 12
After months of no comment about whether they're dating, cycling champ Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow shift gears and arrive arm in arm at the premiere of Along Came Polly.

Tug Shot
NEW YORK CITY, JAN. 8
Kim Cattrall tries to get Jay-Z's attention while watching the Knicks-Rockets game with the rapper and his girlfriend, Beyoncé. The Sex and the City star was there to root for her pal, Houston guard Cuttino Mobley.

Romanic Cruise in Italy
ROME, JAN. 7
Tom Cruise squeezes Penélope Cruz at The Last Samurai's Italian premiere. Earlier, the pair shared a smooch after dining at Pierino (inset). "Rome," says Cruise, "takes my breath away each time." Among other things.

Streaky Behavior
BEVERLY HILLS AND THE BAHAMAS, JAN. 5 & 10
Paris Hilton manages to maintain her swinging status as she goes clubbing with her Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter. Five days earlier the hotel scion got in touch with her roots (below) at the JosephMartin Salon on Rodeo Drive.

DMV Day
LOS ANGELES, JAN. 7
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher look like satisfied customers after a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Perhaps this won't be their last trip to a license-issuing authority?

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