UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Tim Allen was double-winner in the People's Choice Awards on Sunday night for his roles on the ABC sitcom ``Home Improvement'' and the Christmas movie ``The Santa Clause.''

Allen was chosen favorite male TV performer and favorite actor in a comedy motion picture.

The hit movie ``Forrest Gump'' and NBC medical drama ``ER'' also won two awards apiece. NBC's ``Friends'' and ABC's ``Ellen'' tied for the award as favorite new TV comedy series.

Tim Daly and Annie Potts played host to an audience of 700 invited guests and 1,000 fans at Universal Studios.

During the program, Ron Howard was given a special tribute for his film and TV career as an actor, director, producer and film executive.

Unlike the Academy Awards and Grammys, the People's Choice Awards were determined by a poll of the public rather than industry professionals.

More than 4,000 people were asked to list their favorite music, TV shows and movies.

The winners were:

TV comedy series: ``Home Improvement,'' ABC.

TV drama series: ``ER,'' NBC.

New TV comedy series: (Tie) ``Ellen,'' ABC; ``Friends,'' NBC.

New TV dramatic series: ``ER,'' NBC.

TV actor: Tim Allen.

TV actress: Roseanne.

Actor in a new TV series: Anthony Edwards.

Actress in a new TV series: Ellen Degeneres.

Movie: ``Forrest Gump.''

Movie comedy: ``The Santa Clause.''

Movie drama: ``Forrest Gump.''

Actor in a movie comedy: Tim Allen.

Actress in a movie comedy: Whoopi Goldberg.

Actor in a movie drama: Tom Hanks.

Actress in a movie drama: Jodie Foster.

Male musical performer: Garth Brooks.

Female musical performer: Reba McEntire.

Rock group: Aerosmith.