The Pirates star is up for favorite male movie star, male action star and screen match-up

By Stephen M. Silverman
November 08, 2006 09:25 AM

Buoyed by his Pirates of the Caribbean persona, Johnny Depp, already this year’s top-grossing actor, snatched up a leading three nominations in the People’s Choice Awards, whose nominations were announced Tuesday.

The star, 43, is up for favorite male movie star, along with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington; best male action star, competing with Samuel L. Jackson and Jet Li; and, with costar Keira Knightley, favorite on-screen match-up.

Halle Berry, having starred in X-Men: The Last Stand, is a double nominee, competing with Jennifer Aniston and last year’s winner, Sandra Bullock, in the race for favorite female movie star. Berry is also in the running for favorite female action star against Kate Beckinsale and Uma Thurman.

Aniston also shared a nomination with Vince Vaughn, who is both her Break-Up costar and off-screen partner, for best on-screen match-up. Vaughn landed a second nomination as favorite leading man, as did Matt Damon and Brad Pitt.

Damon and his The Departed costars Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio are the others in the favorite match-up race.

Favorite TV stars in the running are Jennifer Love Hewitt, Eva Longoria and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the female division, and Patrick Dempsey, Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland in the male. Talk-show host nominees are Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno and Oprah Winfrey.

The People’s Choice Awards, now in their 33rd year, are decided by public opinion as measured by the Web-based market research group Knowledge Networks. This year’s ceremony will be presented Jan. 9 on CBS from Los Angeles’s Shrine Auditorium, the Associated Press reports.

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