HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (March 31, 2007) — The tanks were loaded with green slime Saturday for the 20th annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, Hollywood’s messiest, most raucous celebration honoring kid viewers’ personal picks for best movies, music and TV shows.
Among the front-runners was Johnny Depp, poised to collect two awards should he win for favorite actor and his film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” take the prize for favorite movie.
Depp helped establish himself as a Kids’ Choice favorite at the 2005 show when he was the celebrity sliming victim during the popular ritual in which gallons of green goo rain down on someone during the festivities. Other past recipients of the honor have included Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Mike Meyers and Pink, the latter being the only person for whom pink goo was substituted.
“Every celebrity that’s showing up better have eyes in the back of their head because there will be slime,” said this year’s host, Justin Timberlake.
“It was the first thing on my rider when I took this job,” Timberlake, who is also a nominee for favorite male singer, told the AP before the show. “We have to use more slime than we’ve ever used. Ever! I made a promise that we would.”
Other front-runners included last year’s favorite TV actor, Drake Bell, nominated in that category again. Also nominated was his popular teen comedy, “Drake & Josh,” which won the favorite show award in 2006.
In the favorite cartoon category, the venerable “SpongeBob SquarePants” was in the running for a fifth consecutive trophy.
Grammy winners Gwen Stefani and Maroon 5 were scheduled to perform during the show, which was to include appearances by kid favorites Hilary Duff, Queen Latifah, Mike Meyers, Jamie Lynn Spears, Emma Roberts and Zac Efron.
The show is carried live to the East Coast from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on the Nickelodeon cable network, and taped for broadcast on the West Coast and Europe, Russia, Israel, Asia, Australia and Latin America.
Kids vote online to select the winners in each category. Approximately 25 million votes were cast last year, according to Nickelodeon.
Nominees for the 20th annual Kids’ Choice Awards:
Favorite Movie: “Big Momma’s House 2,” “Click,” “The Night at the Museum,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”
Favorite Animated Movie: “Cars,” “Happy Feet,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” “Over the Hedge.”
Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie: Ashton Kutcher, “Open Season;” Queen Latifah, “Ice Age: The Meltdown;” Julia Roberts, “The Ant Bully;” “Bruce Willis, “Over the Hedge.”
Favorite Male Movie Star: Jack Black, Johnny Depp, Adam Sandler, Will Smith.
Favorite Female Movie Star: Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning, Keira Knightly, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Favorite Song: “Bad Day,” Daniel Powter; “Crazy,” Gnarls Barkley; “Hips Don’t Lie,” Shakira, featuring Wyclef Jean; “Irreplaceable,” Beyonce.
Favorite Male Singer: Chris Brown, Jesse McCartney, Sean Paul, Justin Timberlake.
Favorite Female Singer: Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Ciara, Jessica Simpson.
Favorite TV Show: “American Idol,” “Drake & Josh,” “Fear Factor,” “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”
Favorite Television Actress: Miley Cyrus, “Hannah Montana;” Emma Roberts, “Unfabulous;” Jamie Lynn Spears, “Zoey 101;” Raven-Symone, “That’s So Raven.”
Favorite Cartoon: “The Fairly OddParents,” “Jimmy Neutron,” “The Simpsons,” “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
Favorite Athlete: LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, Tiger Woods.
Favorite Videogame: “Madden NFL07,” “Mario Kart,” “New Super Mario Bros.,” “SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab.”
Favorite Book: “Harry Potter” (series), “How to Eat Fried Worms,” “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (series).