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People's Choice stands by its 'Friends'

January 11, 2004
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The cast and crew of Friends proved they are still number one, despite the fact that they are about to go their separate ways, by winning two gongs at the annual People's Choice Awards in California.

The hit series, which is coming to an end after 10 years of ratings glory, won the prize for best TV comedy, while its star Jennifer Aniston was named most popular TV actress. "It's been 10 of the greatest years of my life," said her co-star Matt Le Blanc, as he and Matthew Perry accepted the best comedy gong.

Also taking the stage was big screen funnyman Jim Carrey, whose film Bruce Almighty won best film comedy. In characteristically flamboyant style, the rubber-faced actor ran through the crowd giving high-fives before pulling several audience members onto the stage to join him.

Perhaps the biggest round of applause, however, was for Julia Roberts, who won favourite film actress for the fifth successive year. Mel Gibson meanwhile won favourite film actor for the sixth time, though he admitted to not understanding why. "I wasn't in a motion picture much this year or last year," he explained, before thanking his fans for "making me your favourite non-working, thinning-haired actor".

The elves and hobbits of Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers were likewise bathed in glory, after scooping the prize for favourite dramatic motion picture.

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Matthew Perry and Matt Le Blanc were on hand to acccept the gong for best TV comedyPhoto: © PAy
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Jim Carrey was his usual energetic self when Bruce Almighty was named favourite big screen comedyPhoto: © PA

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