Plus: Oprah as an ideal, everybody loved Raymond, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
May 18, 2005 08:00 AM

CELEBRATED: Kenny Chesney was named entertainer of the year at the 40th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, just eight days after his surprise marriage to Renée Zellweger, who was on a movie set and missed the show. The new groom laughed off questions about his marriage after the show, saying only that he would spend his evening going to a party and doing a little gambling, the Associated Press reports. Gretchen Wilson won for both female vocalist and best new artist; Australian Keith Urban took male vocalist and album awards; while Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss won two trophies each.

SELECTED: American women want to look like (in order) Oprah Winfrey, Sophia Loren and Meryl Streep, according to a national survey of conducted by Allure magazine. Of the poll results, which show a surprising bias against thin celebrities and the physical touch-ups offered on TV’s The Swan and Extreme Makeover, the magazine’s editor Linda Wells tells New York’s Daily News: “Women don’t have to be an impossible creature. (They are saying) No, I won’t be Gisele (Bundchen), and that’s okay.”

RATED: Everybody Loves Raymond finished out its nine-year run with a record audience of nearly 33 million viewers, all of whom saw Ray Barone (Ray Romano) lose his adenoids – and, nearly, his life. CBS says it was the network’s most-watched sitcom episode since the 1992 season premiere of Murphy Brown. And viewers loved Raymond all night. A one-hour retrospective of the sitcom that preceded the finale also fared well (24.5 million viewers), while Romano’s visit to the Late Show with David Letterman boosted that show to its third-highest ratings of the season, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers.

BANNED: The owner of two Kentucky theaters has refused to show the new Jane Fonda film Monster-in-Law because of the activist role the actress took during the Vietnam War. To show his disapproval, Ike Boutwell, who trained pilots during the Vietnam War, displayed pictures of Fonda clapping with a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft crew in 1972 outside one of his movie houses, which is located just a few miles from the Army post of Fort Knox. Despite Boutwell’s action, the movie comedy, which costars Jennifer Lopez, Michael Vartan and Wanda Sykes, was last week’s No. 1 box-office hit, raking in more than $23 million.