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Strike-hit US award show goes out
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah presented the pre-recorded magazine-style show
The People's Choice Awards have been handed out in a pre-recorded programme instead of the usual live ceremony due to the Hollywood writers' strike.

The new format saw film, music and TV stars receive their prizes on location.

Acceptance speeches were taped for the show, with Johnny Depp and Reese Witherspoon among the main winners.

The forthcoming Golden Globes ceremony has been replaced by a news conference because of the strike. Writers are demanding higher royalties.

People's Choice organisers were forced to change their plans last month after the Writers Guild of America refused to let its members write for awards shows.

And actors are not crossing picket lines, meaning they would not have been able to attend a ceremony.

'Respect'

Host Queen Latifah said: "The thing about the People's Choice Awards that's different from everybody else is it's the people's choice.

"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."

The Police
The Police won the award for best reunion tour
Depp and Witherspoon were voted the favourite male and female movie stars.

Grey's Anatomy stars Patrick Dempsey and Katherine Heigl took home the male and female TV star awards.

Ellen DeGeneres picked up two awards for best talk show host and funny female.

And Keira Knightley won the best female action star award for her role in Pirates of the Caribbean.

In the music categories, Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani were named favourite singers.

Reformed pop group The Police were awarded the prize for best reunion tour.

Meanwhile, the fate of other Hollywood award ceremonies, including the Oscars, remains in question due to the ongoing writers' strike.

But Academy Awards organisers have said they are hopeful of reaching a deal with writers that would allow this year's event to go ahead as planned.

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