Pre-recorded awards show defies writers' strike

The stars of 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean' were among the fan favourites at the 34th annual People's Choice Awards today, as CBS dropped its usual live broadcast of the show in favour of a pre-taped programme.

The stars of 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean' were among the fan favourites at the 34th annual People's Choice Awards today, as CBS dropped its usual live broadcast of the show in favour of a pre-taped programme.

The two-month-old Writers Guild of America strike has taken a toll on Hollywood's awards season, also leading to the cancellation of the Golden Globes. The fate of other shows, including the Oscars, remains unclear.

The People's Choice Awards announced last month it would replace its traditional live show with "a new format" that saw its crews delivering trophies to music, film and television stars on location.

Robin Williams accepted his award for favourite funny male while on tour with the United Service Organisations in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Rascal Flatts picked up their prize for favourite group at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, and Patrick Dempsey found out he was the favourite male TV star while at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The show could not be cancelled entirely, host Queen Latifah said on Monday.

"The thing about the People's Choice Awards that's different from everybody else is it's the people's choice," she said. "So as much as we actors and writers and everyone are dealing with the writers strike and supporting the writers guild, you can't disrespect the people who keep us working, and that's the people.

"Ten million people logged on and voted for everyone, so out of respect for them, we have to" present the awards.

Here is the list of winners.

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 & 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 & Justin Timberlake - 'Give It To M'e

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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