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The 33rd People's Choice Awards were presented in Los Angeles Tuesday night. Voting was done online, and the evening's biggest winner was "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which won five awards, including three for star Johnny Depp.

Things kicked off with host Queen Latifah working the Shrine Auditorium like it was a Borscht Belt nightclub, chummily speaking to various celebs seated in the first few rows.

The staging of the show, which featured a fancy-dress mosh pit of fans surrounding the area where stars made their acceptance speeches, inspired multiple comments regarding hemlines and the need for underwear – it was Robin Williams who broke the seal on making a Britney Spears joke.

The films under consideration were largely of a different stripe than those in the Academy Awards race – "Pirates of the Caribbean" won not only Favorite Movie, but also Favorite Movie Drama – and so while the choices may represent those of the people, they likely will have little influence on the bigger picture of ongoing awards campaigns.

The show has neither the seriousness of the Academy Awards nor the in-crowd clubbiness of the Golden Globes.

Before presenting the award for Favorite Leading Lady, Wanda Sykes joked, "This is going to be a surprise. Let's see, who's here? I think we've seen somebody here." At which point she announced previous presenter Cameron Diaz as the winner.

Beamed in via satellite from a putting green in Hawaii, Adam Sandler, accepting an award for Favorite Movie Comedy for "Click," offered to fly the auditorium's entire audience first-class to Hawaii if he sank a putt. Not surprisingly, he missed, but he did offer a barbecue at Rob Schneider's house as a consolation.

In accepting his award for Favorite Male TV Star, Patrick Dempsey of "Grey's Anatomy" acknowledged his comeback from former teen stardom by saying, "Thank you for second chances."

Eva Longoria of "Desperate Housewives", accepting her award for Favorite Female TV Star, remarked, "I think it's unfair, I have a really big Mexican family and I think they all voted for me twice."

Other movie awards included "The Break Up" star Jennifer Aniston winning Favorite Female Movie Star, while Halle Berry won Favorite Female Action Star and "Cars" won favorite family movie.

Among the winners of the other television categories were "Two and a Half Men" for Favorite Comedy, "Grey's Anatomy" for Favorite Drama, "American Idol" for Favorite Competition/Reality Show, "The Class" for Best New Comedy, and "Heroes" for Best New Drama.

In the music categories, the winners included Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney winning for Female and Male Favorite Singer, Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" winning Favorite R&B Song, Eminem's "Shake That" winning Favorite Hip-Hop Song and Shakira's "Hip's Don't Lie" winning Favorite Pop Song.

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    Jennifer Aniston accepts the award for favorite female movie star onstage during the 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards.

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