Fans pick the winners at the season's most laid back awards show

By Liane Bonin
Updated April 11, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Credit: Angelina Jolie: Frank Foden/Zuma Press

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (airing Wednesday, April 11, at 8 p.m. on Fox) are a far cry from those high falutin’ Oscars and Grammys. But where else is Angelina Jolie going to score a nomination for her work in the indisputably lowbrow auto theft flick ”Gone in 60 Seconds”?

With winners chosen by fans instead of industry insiders, the Blockbusters go for quantity — and popularity — over quality, handing out a total of 65 awards in the categories of movies, music, and video games. Since almost every nominee has a decent shot at taking home a nifty block of lucite, stars can kick back and relax, making this the one awards night that can verge on the gleefully rowdy. ”It’s a very interesting night,” says Warren Beatty, who will take home the World Star Award this year for lifetime achievement. ”It has a certain improvised quality to it. And a high decibel level.”

With squeal inducing acts like Creed, Joe (who’ll perform ”Stutter” with Mystikal), and Ricky Martin (who’ll kick off the show by singing the first verses of his single ”Loaded” to fans in the bleachers before heading inside L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium to shake his bon bon on stage) scheduled to perform, the 64 year old Beatty may want to reach for earplugs. And things are likely to get even louder when ‘N Sync (up for Favorite CD, Favorite Single, and Favorite Pop Group awards) and Christina Aguilera (nominated for Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Female Pop Artist, and Favorite Latin Artist) take the stage as presenters.

The grown up crowd will be represented, too, with stars like Michelle Pfeiffer and Dustin Hoffman (who’ll present the World Star award to his ”Ishtar” costar Beatty) scheduled to show. Even Tom Green and Drew Barrymore will be in attendance to rev the ”did they or didn’t they get hitched” rumor mill into high gear. So if you’ve ever dreamt of seeing such disparate celebs as Glenn Close, Shawn Wayans, and Stevie Nicks (who will sing a duet with Sheryl Crow) all squeezed under one roof for a big, laid back lovefest, this is the surreal awards show you’ve been waiting for.

Here’s a break down of a few of the biggest awards of the evening:

FAVORITE ACTRESS — ACTION
Angelina Jolie, ”Gone in 60 Seconds”
Robin Tunney, ”Vertical Limit”
Vanessa L. Williams, ”Shaft”

FAVORITE ACTOR — ACTION
Nicolas Cage, ”Gone in 60 Seconds”
Russell Crowe, ”Gladiator”
Tom Cruise, ”Mission: Impossible 2”
Samuel L. Jackson, ”Shaft”
Matthew McConaughey, ”U-571”

FAVORITE ACTION TEAM
”Charlie’s Angels”
”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
”Shanghai Noon”
”Space Cowboys”

FAVORITE ACTRESS — COMEDY
Sandra Bullock, ”Miss Congeniality”
Kirsten Dunst, ”Bring It On”
Janet Jackson, ”Nutty Professor II – The Klumps”
Nia Long, ”Big Momma’s House”

FAVORITE ACTOR — COMEDY
Jim Carrey, ”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Martin Lawrence, ”Big Momma’s House”
Eddie Murphy, ”Nutty Professor II – The Klumps”
Marlon Wayans, ”Scary Movie”
Shawn Wayans, ”Scary Movie”

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Christina Aguilera, ”Christina Aguilera”
Toni Braxton, ”Heat”
Faith Hill, ”Breathe”
Madonna, ”Music”
Britney Spears, ”Oops!…I Did It Again”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Dr. Dre – ”Dr. Dre 2001”
Eminem – ”The Marshall Mathers LP”
Ricky Martin – ”Sound Loaded”
Kid Rock – ”The History of Rock”
Sting – ”Brand New Day”

FAVORITE GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Backstreet Boys, ”Black & Blue”
Creed, ”Human Clay”
Destiny’s Child, ”The Writing’s On the Wall”
‘N Sync, ”No Strings Attached”
Santana, ”Supernatural”

See Christina, Ricky, ‘N Sync, and others in EW.com’s Blockbuster Awards photo gallery.

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