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kids choice NICKELODEON // Take your pick

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)

Roseanne (Roseanne)

Our Pick: We would like to see the Mowry twins in a tag-team Texas Steel Cage Death Match with those horrible Olsen twins.

Your Pick:

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!

Your Pick:

Favorite Television Show

Family Matters

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Home Improvement

Sister, Sister

Our Pick: We are so over Home Improvement, but of course it will probably win.

Your Pick:

Favorite Movie Actress

Kirstie Alley

Nicole Kidman

Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen

Alicia Silverstone

Our Pick: Anyone, as long as it's not those annoying twins!

Your Pick:

Favorite Movie Actor

Jim Carrey

Tom Hanks

Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Robin Williams

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!

Your Pick:

Favorite Movie

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Batman Forever


Toy Story

Our Pick: TOY STORY! (We have all the Burger King toys!)

Your Pick:

Favorite Male Athlete

Troy Aikman

Michael Jordan

Shaquille O'Neal

Emmitt Smith

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.

Your Pick:

Favorite Female Athlete

Nicole Bobek

Nancy Kerrigan

Shannon Miller

Kristi Yamaguchi

Our Pick: We are writing in our own vote for the ultrafab Oksana Baiul!

Your Pick:

Favorite Sports Team

Atlanta Braves

Dallas Cowboys

Orlando Magic

San Francisco 49ers

Our Pick: Uh, how about the Tampa Bay Lightning?! HELLO!

Your Pick:

Favorite Singer



Janet Jackson

Michael Jackson

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.

Your Pick:

Favorite Musical Group


Boyz II Men

Green Day


Our Pick: Girls rule! TLC!

Your Pick:

Favorite Song

Baby (Brandy)

Gangsta's Paradise (Coolio)

One Sweet Day (Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

Waterfalls (TLC)

Our Pick: Again, the fabulous hair of the first two picks leaves us torn. Oh yeah, the songs are good, too.

Your Pick:

Favorite Cartoon




The Simpsons

Our Pick: The Simpsons are classic, but we just LOVE those babies! Rugrats it is!

Your Pick:

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!

Your Pick:

Favorite Book

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!

Your Pick:

Favorite Video Game

Donkey Kong Country

Ms. Pac-Man

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!

Your Pick:

Kids' Choice Hall of Fame

Tim Allen

Whoopi Goldberg

Whitney Houston

Janet Jackson

Our Pick: Whoopi! That phone company commercial she does makes us all misty-eyed.

Your Pick:

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!

Your Pick: