“Titanic” was named the best movie of 1998, and Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock were named favorite film stars at Sunday night’s ceremony for the 25th annual People’s Choice Awards. (No relation to this PEOPLE.) TV stars Tim Allen of “Home Improvement” and Helen Hunt of “Mad About You,” the shows “ER” and “LA Doctors” and singers Garth Brooks and Celine Dion also were among those honored during the event, televised live by CBS from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. (The winners were chosen by Gallup Poll. Part of the ceremony’s audience consisted of members of the public, who never stopped cheering — which often prevented winners from being heard.) Special “all-time favorite” honors were given to Harrison Ford (movies), Bill Cosby (TV) and Elton John (music). Nathan Lane was selected as favorite comedy actor in a new series — that series being “Encore! Encore!,” an early calamity of the new season.

  • In another awards ceremony, the New York Critics Circle dispensed its citations atop the World Trade Center, at the restaurant Windows on the World, last night. Best Actress (for “There’s Something About Mary”) Cameron Diaz told New York’s Daily News, “I’m flattered, I’m shocked. I feel like a bucket of water has been dropped on me. “Saving Private Ryan” (Best Picture) producer Steven Spielberg said, “I’m always surprised when we get an award for anything.” During the dinner, Bill Murray (Best Supporting Actor, for “Rushmore”) said, “This is, indeed, the only film award that matters. That may be because it’s the only film award that requires an elevator.”