The candidates for the People's Choice Awards--you know, the entertainment-industry prizes based on actual scientific research, not schmoozing--were announced today by the Gallup Organization. The polling firm annually asks a representative sample of Americans to pick their faves in 14 categories.

You'll see the results on Sunday evening, January 12, on CBS. But here's the complete list for those of you who like to get an early start on the office pool.

Favorite television comedy series: Friends, Home Improvement, Seinfeld.

Favorite television dramatic series: ER, NYPD Blue, X-Files.

Favorite new television comedy series: Cosby, Spin City, Suddenly Susan.

Favorite new television dramatic series: Millennium, Relativity, Profiler.

Favorite male television performer: Tim Allen, George Clooney, Jerry Seinfeld.

Favorite male performer in a new television series: Bill Cosby, Michael J. Fox, Lance Henriksen.

Favorite female television performer: Candice Bergen, Helen Hunt, Oprah Winfrey.

Favorite female performer in a new television series: Brandy, Rhea Perlman, Brooke Shields.

Favorite daytime serial: All My Children, Days of Our Lives, The Young & The Restless.

Favorite comedy motion picture: Birdcage, First Wives Club, The Nutty Professor.

Favorite dramatic motion picture: A Time to Kill, Independence Day, Twister.

Favorite motion picture actor: Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Favorite motion picture actress: Sandra Bullock, Helen Hunt, Demi Moore.

Favorite male musical performer: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, George Strait.

Favorite female musical performer: Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire, Alanis Morrisette.

[Story updated Dec 11, 1996]

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