You know what they say: You can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friends' . . . oh, well, you know . . . but you can pick your entertainment favorites with Nickelodeon's ninth annual Kid's Choice Awards.
The polls are now closed, but even if you didn't get a chance to vote, you can compare your choices to the choices of the Kid Nation when they're announced at 8 p.m. Saturday on Nickelodeon.
We've included our picks and comments with the ballot below, as well as a line for you to fill in your own picks.
Favorite Television Actress
Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
Tia & Tamera Mowry (Sister, Sister)
Queen Latifah (Living Single)
Our Pick: We would like to see the Mowry twins in a tag-team Texas Steel Cage Death Match with those horrible Olsen twins.
Favorite Television Actor
Tim Allen (Home Improvement)
Martin Lawrence (Martin)
Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
Jaleel White (Family Matters)
Our Pick: Jaleel White _ that Urkel-thing never gets old!
Favorite Television Show
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Our Pick: We are so over Home Improvement, but of course it will probably win.
Favorite Movie Actress
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen
Our Pick: Anyone, as long as it's not those annoying twins!
Favorite Movie Actor
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Our Pick: Which is more irritating _ Jim Carrey's rubber face or that Taylor Thomas kid's smirk?! We pick Tom Hanks! Two Oscars just aren't enough awards for anyone!
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Our Pick: TOY STORY! (We have all the Burger King toys!)
Favorite Male Athlete
Our Pick: This category is suspiciously lacking one Mr. Cal Ripken Jr., but out of this group, we pick Shaq. He's young, he's amazing, and he's only going to get better.
Favorite Female Athlete
Our Pick: We are writing in our own vote for the ultrafab Oksana Baiul!
Favorite Sports Team
San Francisco 49ers
Our Pick: Uh, how about the Tampa Bay Lightning?! HELLO!
Our Pick: We are so over the Jackson Brats but are torn between the fabulous hair sported by both Brandy and Coolio. It's a toss-up.
Favorite Musical Group
Boyz II Men
Our Pick: Girls rule! TLC!
Gangsta's Paradise (Coolio)
One Sweet Day (Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
Our Pick: Again, the fabulous hair of the first two picks leaves us torn. Oh yeah, the songs are good, too.
Our Pick: The Simpsons are classic, but we just LOVE those babies! Rugrats it is!
Favorite Animal Star
Amy the Gorilla (Congo)
Babe the Pig (Babe)
Marcel the Monkey (Friends)
Willy the Whale (Free Willy 2)
Our Pick: We're hog-wild for Babe!
The Baby Sitter IV by R.L. Stine
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Pocahontas, adapted by Gina Ingoglia
Tales to Give You Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Our Pick: We're a sucker for classics _ so The Baby Sitter IV it is!
Favorite Video Game
Donkey Kong Country
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose
Our Pick: Ms. Pac-Man! We don't know beans about video games, but we love her yellow sweater!
Kids' Choice Hall of Fame
Our Pick: Whoopi! That phone company commercial she does makes us all misty-eyed.
Who you would most like to see slimed!!:
Our pick: SHAQ! Just think how many extra buckets of green goo they would have to use!