2002 Nickelodeon
Kids' Choice Awards

(Left: From Nick Australia; ©2002 Viacom.)

The 15th annual Kids' Choice Awards was seen on Nickelodeon, on Saturday, 4/20/2002 at 8PM ET to 9:30PM ET. This year's edition will originate again from The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. The theme of this year's edition is "BIGGER! LOUDER! MESSIER!", and promises much more green slime than the previous year. Also, BMX cyclist Dave Mirra will do a record-breaking stunt, which will end with a landing in a big vat filled with green slime. Apparently, Green Slime (purloined years ago from You Can't Do That On Television) is increasingly becoming the main star of these awards.

As per usual, Rosie O'Donnell will host this year. This is despite the fact that her lifestyle (this is a family website here) was revealed in her autobiography.

Rugrats was nominated in only one category -- the Favorite TV Cartoon category. Here are the other nominees that are joining Rugrats:

Hey Arnold
Scooby Doo
The Simpsons

As for why these nominees are chosen? Rugrats was always chosen to be a perennial winner, with The Simpsons nominated, practically for "second banana" purposes only. Both these shows were always nominated, with Rugrats always winning and Simpsons always losing.

As for Hey Arnold, they were nominated last year, but this time around, they have a movie coming this summer. Same for Scooby Doo.

But guess what? this year, the tables were turned not only on Rugrats, but on Nicktoons -- perennial loser The Simpsons takes the prize this year. They were also the last non-Nicktoon winner, back in 1991.

The oddest thing is that the winner in this category wasn't even announced during the awards -- instead, it was during the pre-awards festivities. In previous years, this category merited at least a mention during the awards.

As for who the winners should be, here are the winners and losers in some of the categories:

Favorite Movie:

This year's winner was Rush Hour 2, a film that, unlike the other nominees, wasn't family-friendly (that film contained violent scenes and profanity). The family-friendly losers were:

Harry Potter and The [Sorceror's / Philosopher's] Stone
Dr. Dolittle 2

Favorite Book:

This year, the winner again was the Harry Potter series. As with the past 2 years, Harry Potter was nominated as a series, rather than individual books. Surprisingly, Harry Potter was nominated again as a series, even though the last new book, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, was published in 2000.

The losers were:

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (novelisation)
Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul Series
Shrek (novelisation)

The Australian Awards

The Australian awards was televised in Australia on Nick, Friday, 5/10/2002 at 8PM Sydney time. As per usual, it'll be the same presentation as in Los Angeles. Also, as per usual, it'll feature a different list of nominees than the rest of the world. The winners for the Aussie version were featured during special cutaways, featuring presenters from Nick Australia.

Unfortunately, like last year, Nick Australia had promised to present pictures and results from the KCAs on their website (on Friday, 5/17), only to forget it when the time came.

Here's the awards where the Rugrats are involved in, according to Nick Australia. Winners are in red; if categories have no winners mentioned, this means that the winners for this award are unknown to me. If you know the other winners, please let me know.

Favorite Movie:

Harry Potter and the [Philosopher's / Sorceror's] Stone
Rugrats in Paris
Legally Blonde

Favorite TV Show:

The Amanda Show
Sister Sister
Kenan & Kel

Favorite Animal Star:

Eddie McDowd
Gruff (Gruff's Groove Box, seen only on Nick's Australian and Indian services)
Salem (Sabrina)
Spike (Rugrats)

In the categories that Rugrats isn't involved in, the most notable is the Favorite Book category, where the only nominees are all four Harry Potter books. It looks as it's going to be Harry's year down under, regardless of the outcome.

If someone has the rest of the 2002 Australian winners, please write me -- Nick AU's website promised to provide a 2002 winners list on their site, but never did. The same thing happened with the 2001 awards as well, though I recently got a winners list from someone.

(Special thanks to Robair)

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