Depp, Cyrus win but avoid slime at Kids' Choice
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(Source: Associated Press/AP Online)By DERRIK J. LANG

LOS ANGELES - Johnny Depp showed his appreciation for his Kids' Choice Award with a sliming.

After earning the blimp-shaped favorite movie actor trophy for his Mad Hatter role in "Alice in Wonderland," Depp manned a hose and unleashed waves of green goop on the screaming crowd of more than 10,000 kids - and a few adults.

"You guys are the future," he said Saturday before spraying the slime inside University of Southern California's Galen Center. "Take good care of us."

The screaming mob at Nickelodeon's 24th annual fan-favorite ceremony later revolted by flicking the goo at "Modern Family" co-star Rico Rodriguez and "Arthur" leading man Russell Brand as they presented Eddie Murphy with the award for favorite voice from an animated movie for his role in "Shrek Forever After."

Rodriguez and Brand struggled to recite their introduction as the green stuff was slung at them.

"Johnny, I wish you'd drowned them!" screeched Brand.

Jack Black, the zany master of ceremonies, kicked off the silly show by arriving in a monster truck, performing a flash mob-style routine on the orange carpet, then dancing alongside the Black Eyed Peas, who crooned a medley of their tunes while sporting outfits made of colorful blocks. He announced that more than 200 million votes were cast for the show.

Other winners included "The Karate Kid" for movie, "Despicable Me" for animated movie, "iCarly" for TV show, "Wizards of Waverly Place" star Selena Gomez for TV actress, "The Suite Life on Deck" co-star Dylan Sprouse for TV actor, "iCarly" co-star Jennette McCurdy for TV sidekick and "Just Dance 2" for video game.

"Thanks for voting until your fingers were sore," screamed McCurdy. "Grandma, that's you!"

In the music categories, the winners of blimp-shaped trophies were the Black Eyed Peas for music group, Katy Perry for female singer and Justin Bieber for male singer and song for "Baby." The favorites in the sports categories were two-time Olympic gold medalist ski racer Lindsey Vonn and Boston Celtics basketball center Shaquille O'Neal.

Several celebrities received their own sliming. Heidi Klum was blasted with goop from an envelope. Jane Lynch delivered a slime slushie to Jason Segel, while Snoop Dogg was doused after performing with boy band Big Time Rush.

Josh Duhamel, who dressed up as an absentee Bieber, was inducted into the Arm Fart Hall of Fame and crowned in a slime throne.

Miley Cyrus, who was honored as favorite movie actress for "The Last Song," missed the green goo.

"Thank you for not sliming me," she said.

Justin Timberlake was awarded the show's silver Big Help trophy for his environmental and charitable work. He encouraged the audience to stand and scream if they've ever been helpful in their lives and encouraged children to listen to their parents.

Past winners of the humanitarian honor have included Leonardo DiCaprio and first lady Michelle Obama.

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