01/14/2002 at 12:00 AM EST
One week before the Golden Globes and two and a half months before the Oscars, Sunday brought the 28th annual People's Choice Awards, a popularity contest based on the results of a nationwide telephone poll conducted by the Gallup Organization between November 2000 and October 2001. And they have nothing to do with PEOPLE magazine. NBC's "ER" was named favorite TV drama for the ninth consecutive year, while Julia Roberts was named favorite movie actress (for the eighth time). For the second consecutive year, the NBC sitcom "Friends" was named favorite TV comedy and Jennifer Aniston, favorite female TV performer. Tom Hanks took home two awards, beating out Denzel Washington and last year's winner, Mel Gibson, to be named favorite movie actor. Country music star Reba McEntire won her ninth People's Choice award, but her first as an actress. Damon Wayans, star of the ABC sitcom "My Wife and Kids," was picked favorite male performer in a new series. The show, never a favorite of critics, was also named favorite new comedy series. ABC's spy show "Alias" was named favorite new drama series. Kelsey Grammer, the star of NBC's "Frasier," and Ray Romano, of the CBS sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," tied in the polling for favorite male TV performer, while newcomer (to TV) Reba McEntire was named favorite female performer for her WB sitcom "Reba." Favorite musical group was 'N Sync (nothing new to that choice) and "Shrek" was named favorite movie.