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Photos: Kids' Choice Awards 2009

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  1. Lights, camera, SLIME!

    Actor Lil' JJ and TV personality Lily Collins chat with tween dreams the Jonas Brothers at Nickelodeon's 2009 Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 28. The show ended with the band singing a capella as they were covered with Nickelodeon's traditional green slime. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. One award, coming right up

    Singer Miley Cyrus makes a face before the show. Things would only get better for the "Hannah Montana" star, who won the award for favorite female singer. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. 'High School' heartthrobs

    Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, stars of the "High School Musical" film series, pose for the cameras. The Disney musical was selected as favorite movie and Hudgens won for favorite movie actress. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. What d'ya know, Joe?

    Fans at UCLA's Pauley Pavillion are overwhelmed as musician Joe Jonas stops over to sign autographs and shake hands. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. 'Idol' worship

    "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul and last season's runner-up, David Archuleta, pose on the orange carpet. The Kids' Choice Awards feature orange carpet, the color of Nickelodeon, not red. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Everybody, clap your hands

    Actress Keke Palmer, star of "Akeelah and the Bee" as well as "True Jackson, VP," is entertained by something on the orange carpet. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Happy hug

    Actresses Ashley Tisdale, left, and Brenda Song arrive at the awards. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Spitting image of her aunt

    Actress Emma Roberts, niece of Julia Roberts and daughter of Eric Roberts, arrives at the awards. She stars in the Nickelodeon series "Unfabulous." (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Who you callin' 'Ugly'?

    Actress America Ferrera was a nominee for best television actress for her role in "Ugly Betty." (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. No sense dressing up if you might get slimed

    Cameron Diaz presented her “Gangs of New York” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio with the first-ever Big Green Help Award. The “Titanic” and “Revolutionary Road” actor was selected to receive the green blimp trophy because of his contribution and promotion of environmental issues. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Slimed!

    Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas and Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers closed out the show with host Dwayne Johnson and all were covered with the traditional green slime. (Katy Winn / AP Images for Nickelodeon) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Most popular girl in school

    Vanessa Hudgens of "High School Musical" fame accepts the award for favorite movie actress award. (Jason DeCrow / AP Images for Nickelodeon) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. It's easy being green

    Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Big Green Help award. The “Titanic” and “Revolutionary Road” actor was selected to receive the green blimp trophy because of his contribution to environmental causes. (Katy Winn / AP Images for Nickelodeon) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Hitting a high note

    Miley Cyrus was surprised by the favorite female singer award and said, "I really thought I was gonna lose, so thank you, guys." (Jason Decrow / AP Images for Nickelodeon) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Slime time

    Presenters Sandra Bullock, left, and Hugh Jackman get slimed on stage. (Katy Winn / AP Images for Nickelodeon) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 3/28/2009 10:42:37 PM ET 2009-03-29T02:42:37

“High School Music 3: Senior Year” graduated with honors Saturday at the Kids’ Choice Awards.

The Disney musical was selected as the favorite movie by audience votes at the 22nd annual slime-filled Nickelodeon spectacle held inside UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens was also selected as the favorite movie actress.

“Lately, a lot of people have been taking credit for bringing back the musical,” Zac Efron said while accepting the movie’s trophy. “The truth is we’ve known who’s been responsible for bringing back the musical all along. It was you guys!”

The show’s hijinks kicked off with host and “Race to Witch Mountain” star Dwayne Johnson zip-lining over the audience of screaming teens and tweens into a “slime temple.” Johnson proceeded to spray the first row with gooey green slime. Other shenanigans included squirting singer Jesse McCartney with a fake microphone and Will Farrell slipping and sliding down a hill.

Winners included “iCarly” for TV show, “American Idol” for reality show, Jonas Brothers for music group and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” for animated movie. Jack Black arrived in motorcycle sidecar to pick up his award for favorite voice from an animated film for “Kung Fu Panda.”

Miley Cyrus was brought to tears when she was announced as favorite female singer.

“I really thought I was gonna lose, so thank you, guys,” said Cyrus.

Johnson said over 90 million viewer votes were cast at Nick’s Web site. Instead of envelopes, blimp recipients were revealed from inside spy-like steel briefcases. Some held surprises throughout the show. Before presenters Sandra Bullock and Hugh Jackman announced the “Twilight” series as favorite book, a briefcase doused the pair with green slime.

Slideshow: Miley Cyrus The green theme took on an entirely different meaning when Cameron Diaz presented her “Gangs of New York” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio with the first-ever Big Green Help Award. The “Titanic” and “Revolutionary Road” actor was selected to receive the green blimp trophy because of his contribution and promotion of environmental issues.

“Right now, our mother — our mother — all of our mothers, Mother Earth is hurting,” said DiCaprio. “And she needs a generation of thoughtful, caring and active kids like all of you to protect her for the future. You can help us win the battle to clean up our air, our water, our land, to protect our forests, our oceans and our wildlife.”

Most of the blimp recipients were relegated to brief announcements before and after the commercials.

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Among those winners were “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Selena Gomez for TV actress, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” star Dylan Sprouse for TV actor, “SpongeBob SquarePants” for cartoon, Jesse McCartney for male singer, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” for song, Will Smith for movie actor, “Guitar Hero World Tour” for video game, Candace Parker for female athlete and Peyton Manning for male athlete.

Earlier this year, controversy found its way into the show when pop star Chris Brown withdrew his name from Kids’ Choice contention. The nominations were announced shortly before his arrest for allegedly attacking girlfriend and fellow Kids’ Choice nominee Rihanna. Neither was in attendance Saturday, and Rihanna, twice nominated, lost in both categories.

The show concluded with Johnson and a troop of Polynesian dancers summoning the “slime temple” to spew the sticky stuff all over the audience. Instead, the Jonas Brothers emerged and sang a cappella, causing slime to cascade over the boy band, Johnson, the dancers and much of the audience.

“What you guys don’t know is that’s real boogers,” comedian Marlon Wayans said earlier in the show.

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