Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–February 24, 2006–No fooling! Jack Black (King Kong, School of Rock) will host Nickelodeon’s 19th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, Saturday, April 1 (8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT), when kids honor their favorites from the worlds of film, music, sports and television in a star-studded live telecast (tape delayed for West Coast) from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. Held fittingly on April Fools’ Day this year, the no-holds-barred event will feature pranks aplenty along with messy, noisy, slime-filled fun. Kids will rule and stars will revel with them at the oft-dubbed “mini-Oscars.”
“Kids love Jack Black’s high energy, unpredictable comedy — the perfect personality for serving as host of Nick’s ‘anything can happen’ Kids’ Choice Awards,” said Marjorie Cohn, Executive Vice President, Development and Original Programming, Nickelodeon and an Executive Producer for the award show. She added, “With Jack as host, the surprise factor is naturally elevated. Even we can hardly wait to see what will happen.”
“I’m super excited to be hosting Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards because when you’re doing a show for the kids, you can get extra crazy and loony,” said Black. Black, the title star of Nacho Libre, a Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon Movies/Black & White Productions comedy opening this June, also boasted, “I have a lot of secret plans for when I host the awards, but I can tell you I’m going to bring the super-duper, freaky-deaky, ultra-clowny super dance! But that’s all I’ll say.”
The feature film Madagascar topped the list this year, accruing three nominations for favorite animated movie and favorite voices from an animated movie (Chris Rock and Ben Stiller), and Robots received two for favorite animated movie and favorite voice from an animated movie (Robin Williams). Will Smith picked up a pair of noms for favorite movie actor and favorite male singer, and Mariah Carey notched two for favorite female singer and favorite song (We Belong Together). Two nominations went to Green Day, too, in the favorite music group and favorite song (Wake Me Up When September Ends) categories, while Drake & Josh and That’s So Raven both got dual nods for favorite television show and for favorite TV actor (Drake Bell) and favorite TV actress (Raven Symone). “Harry Potter” nabbed a pair for favorite movie (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and favorite book (series).
The nominees for Nickelodeon’s 19th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards are:
Are We There Yet?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Herbie: Fully Loaded
Favorite Movie Actor
Jim Carrey (Fun with Dick and Jane)
Johnny Depp (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Ice Cube (Are We There Yet?)
Will Smith (Hitch)
Favorite Animated Movie
Wallace and Gromit
Favorite Movie Actress
Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four)
Drew Barrymore (Fever Pitch)
Dakota Fanning (Dreamer)
Lindsay Lohan (Herbie: Fully Loaded)
Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Johnny Depp (The Corpse Bride)
Chris Rock (Madagascar)
Ben Stiller (Madagascar)
Robin Williams (Robots)
Hollaback Girl (Gwen Stefani)
Wake Me Up When September Ends (Green Day)
We Belong Together (Mariah Carey)
1, 2 Step (Ciara)
Favorite Male Singer
Favorite Music Group
Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Female Singer
Favorite Television Show
Drake & Josh
That’s So Raven
Favorite Television Actor
Drake Bell (Drake & Josh)
Ashton Kutcher (That 70s Show, Punk’d)
Bernie Mac (The Bernie Mac Show)
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius
The Fairly OddParents
Favorite Television Actress
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer)
Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101)
Raven Symone (That’s So Raven)
Favorite Video Game
The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer
Madagascar: Operation Penguin
Madden NFL 2006
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Giving Tree
Harry Potter series
Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Kids will be able to vote in a total of 16 categories. Surprise awards also will be announced during the show. Voting begins online March 6 on Nick.com. Beginning the week of March 13, special new categories will be featured on-air each week, and kids can then cast their vote online at Nick.com.
Leading up to the Award show, TurboNick, Nickelodeon’s broadband video service on Nick.com, will feature a Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards playlist, along with various clips from past awards shows and current promotions for the 19th Annual Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards. On April 1, TurboNick will serve as the interactive broadband home base for all things Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards.
In addition, free promotional Podcasts will be available on Nick.com for various media players, including exclusive Jack Black video content and more. These Podcasts also will be available on the iTunes Music Store (www.itunes.com) for download to iPods. Nickelodeon also will join forces with Comcast’s broadband platform Comcast.net to feature a half-hour Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards nominee special running on the Fan (TM) (Comcast’s multimedia broadband player on its consumer portal, Comcast.net). The special also will be featured at Comcast’s 26 kiosk mall locations across the country.
Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards will be seen in more than 200 million households on Nickelodeon’s international channels across the UK, Europe, Russia, Israel, Asia, Australia, Latin America and Brazil, as well as the US. There are seven fully localized versions of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards around the world. The most recent to launch, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Honours on CCTV in China, reached more than 300 million households across the country.
Nickelodeon’s 19th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards is being produced by Nickelodeon Productions in association with Bob Bain Productions. Bob Bain, Mike Burg and Marjorie Cohn are Executive Producers. Kia, Hasbro, General Mills and Burger King are the presenting sponsors of Nickelodeon’s 19th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, with Firefly Mobile and Pepperidge Farm serving as associate sponsors. Media outlets can reference the most up-to-date information on Nickelodeon’s 19th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards by logging onto http://www.NickKCApress.com.
Black currently stars in the smash hit movie King Kong as showman Carl Denham, who captures the giant ape. After earning a cult following for his comic rock-folk band Tenacious D, the actor first gained big-screen attention and won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in High Fidelity as John Cusack’s sarcastic music store clerk. He went on to prove his box-office draw in School of Rock and to win a Golden Globe Award nomination for his portrayal of a failed rock musician turned substitute teacher in an uptight private school. Black made his mark, too, starring in the title role opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal and in films including Envy, Orange County, Saving Silverman and Bob Roberts. He was the voice of Lenny in the animated hit feature Shark Tale. This June, Black will star in Nacho Libre — a Nick Movies/Paramount Pictures/Black & White Productions comedy and in Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny for New Line Cinema.
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