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Published in Us Weekly,January 28, 2002

Julia Roberts IT WAS DÉJA VU ALL OVER again at two recent awards shows in Los Angeles. At the People's Choice Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 13, 2002, ER was voted favorite drama series for the ninth year in a row, Garth Brooks took home his twelfth favorite male musical performer award, and Julia Roberts was named favorite motion picture actress for the eighth time. Roberts went red for the event, explaining that friends had said her recent blonde do made her look "washed out." (She also claimed to have done the dye job herself, at her kitchen sink, thus sending shudders through professional colorists everywhere.) Favorite female television performer Jennifer Aniston skipped the ceremony to attend the Sundance Film Festival, but her Friends castmates Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer accepted the show's award for favorite television comedy series. The event was hosted by King of Queens star Kevin James, who at one point wore a send-up of the swan dress made famous by Björk at last year's Oscars (and parodied in November by Emmy host Ellen DeGeneres). Two days earlier, during a dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel, A Beautiful Mind swept the Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Awards, earning four statues — including a best-supporting-actress honor for Jennifer Connelly and a best-actor prize for Russell Crowe. Having won the award three times in as many years, Crowe made like Michael Jordan and waved three fingers to the audience to symbolize his "threepeat."

KATE LEE with reporting by Sharon Knolle