Stephen M. Silverman
January 06, 2004 05:06 PM

Not surprisingly, some of last year’s top box-office hits will be the best picture contenders in the fan-driven 30th People’s Choice Awards airing Sunday, reports Reuters.

The leaders: “Finding Nemo,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” the second installment in director Peter Jackson’s popular Middle Earth trilogy. (The third film, “Return of the King,” won’t be eligible until next year.)

“Nemo,” the fish tale featuring the voices of Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres is in the running in the favorite comedy motion picture division, along with “Bruce Almighty,” starring Jim Carrey and the Christmas hit “Elf,” with Will Ferrell.

Nominees for favorite dramatic motion picture are “Two Towers,” “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” starring Russell Crowe and a lot of sailors, and director Clint Eastwood’s somber drama “Mystic River.”

The People’s Choice Awards are decided by public polling by the Gallup Organization, and the winners will be announced during Sunday’s live broadcast on CBS.

Other People’s Choice nominees, including favorite TV and movie performers, were announced last month and include such stalwarts as Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson and Kelsey Grammer. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are among the nominees in the music categories, while the options for favorite all-time entertainer are Bill Cosby, Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks.

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