What the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Nominations Reveal

Nickelodeon just announced the nominees for the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards. In this annual telecast, finding out who wins the kids' vote isn't nearly as important as simply throwing a big, loud, star-studded party. At its most relevant, the list offers genuine insight into the impressive, fickle and beguiling minds of contemporary kids. The full list is below, with some thoughts.

Favorite TV Show

Sonny With a Chance
The Suite Life on Deck
Wizards of Waverly Place

No surprises there. Looks like my DVR screen.

Favorite TV Actor

Cole Sprouse
Dylan Sprouse
Joe Jonas
Nick Jonas

Sorry, Kevin Jonas. Marriage may agree with you, but with your fans? Not so much.

Favorite TV Actress

Miranda Cosgrove
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Keke Palmer

Quiz: Which are also professional singers with CDs in music stores? Answer: ALL OF THEM. Is it in the contract?

Favorite Music Group

Black Eyed Peas
Jonas Brothers
Linkin Park

Question: Is there such a thing as "kids' music" anymore?

Favorite Male Singer

Sean Kingston

Answer: No.

Favorite Female Singer

Miley Cyrus
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Except for Miley, these were all top Grammy winners. Kids know quality entertainment!

Favorite Movie

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
X-Men Origins: Wolverine

This is where the "kids know quality entertainment" argument begins to fall apart.

Favorite Song

"I Gotta Feeling," Black Eyed Peas
"Paparazzi," Lady Gaga
"Party in the USA," Miley Cyrus
"You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift

Which concerns you more -- when kids listen to Lady Gaga or when they look at her?

Favorite Movie Actor

Zac Efron
Taylor Lautner
Shia LaBeouf
Tyler Perry

Let’s play “Which one of these is NOT AT ALL like the others?”

Favorite Movie Actress

Sandra Bullock
Miley Cyrus
Megan Fox
Zoe Saldana

...But looks aren’t everything, right?

Favorite Cartoon

The Penguins of Madagascar
Phineas and Ferb
The Simpsons
SpongeBob SquarePants

I couldn't agree more. Site gags + smart gags = great entertainment, unlike some shows I know...

Favorite Reality Show

American Idol
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
So You Think You Can Dance?

Sorry, BrainSurge... and every other game or reality show specifically created for kids.

Favorite Female Athlete

Danica Patrick
Misty May Treanor
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Are kids even watching the Winter Olympics?

Favorite Male Athlete

Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Ryan Sheckler
Shaun White

To kids, Shaun White IS the Winter Olympics. By the way, Ryan is a 20-year-old skateboarder, but you knew that, right?

Favorite Video Game

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Mario Kart Wii Fit
Wii Sports Resort

I wonder how many Wii controllers are broken by kids every year.

Favorite Book

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series
"Twilight" series
"Vampire Diaries" series
"Where the Sidewalk Ends"

Good news: There’s a category for books! Bad news: "Sidewalk" is 35 years old! There isn't a more recent book kids love? Oprah has some suggestions.

Favorite Animated Movie

A Christmas Carol
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Monsters vs. Aliens

Quiz: Which of these were released in 3D? Answer: ALL OF THEM. Is it merely coincidental that The Princess and the Frog was not in 3D and not nominated for a Kids' Choice Award?

Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie

Jim Carrey, A Christmas Carol
Seth Rogen, Monsters vs. Aliens
Ray Romano, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinsosaurs
Reese Witherspoon, Monsters vs. Aliens

Three aging men and an eternally young-seeming little lady.

Cutest Couple

Edward & Bella (Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart)
Jacob & Bella (Taylor Lautner & Kristen Stewart)
Neytiri & Jake (Zoe Saldana & Sam Worthington)
President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama

President Obama's only shot here is to filibuster the vote.

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