Jim Carrey
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Watching and listening to an auditorium full of shrieking children may not be the most relaxing way to spend a Saturday night, but nothing beats the sight of an A or even C-level celebrity getting an upper cut of slime on live television. Then again, even a Dolce and Gabbana-wearing Heidi Klum can make a marinade of green goo look amazing, which goes to show how fashionable — if not a little frightening — it has become to participate in Nickelodeon’s annual Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

In fact, Jim Carrey can attest first hand how fraught with the danger the live, 90-minute show can be for the stars. While scurrying around backstage, Carrey lost his step on an errant pool of slime and almost took a spill before his big splash at the show’s end. Bravely, he came only to dump a mountain of gook on host Jack Black, who was back for this third time as the show’s jovial host.

Not everybody was prepared for the onslaught of ooze. “I’m never having children!” screamed Russell Brand, who was there to present an award with Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez but found himself dodging unexpected handfuls of slime from the soaked kids in the mosh pit. “I am English! I am your royalty!”

Didn’t wife Katy Perry, who got a face full of muck last year, warn him of the dangers?

Nickelodeon likes to juxtapose zany moments — like a contest to see who can produce the best armpit fart — with snapshots of class, like Justin Timberlake enthusiastically accepting the Big Help Award for his charitable work for Shriner’s Hospital. “Listen to your parents!” Timberlake shouted to the crowd. (Both philanthropic and wise!) Music also plays a big role in the annual celebration: Willow Smith performed “Whip My Hair,” while the Black Eyed Peas served as the opening act and end up receiving the prize for Favorite Music Group.

Fergie used her time on stage to tease her husband, Josh Duhamel, who showed up to the fete looking like a much taller Justin Bieber. (He came in a purple bow tie and purple glasses). The ribbing shouldn’t stop there: Duhamel ended up winning the prize for best armpit fart, beating out Kevin James and The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco.

Eventually, awards were distributed based on a record 200 million votes from Nickelodeon viewers. Not every winner attended the show in the Galen Center on the University of Southern California Campus, but good sports like Johnny Depp, Eddie Murphy and Miley Cyrus were there to join KCA regulars like Will and Jaden Smith, Jane Lynch, Randy Jackson, Miranda Cosgrove and Joe Jonas. (Special what the $%$#!@ shout-out to Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen, who came wearing a ghastly pair of stilt-like pumps). Stevie Wonder was even in the house with his grandkids.

Here are the winners:

Favorite TV Show: iCarly

Favorite Reality Show: American Idol

Favorite TV Actor: Dylan Sprouse

Favorite TV Actress: Selena Gomez

Funniest TV Sidekick: Jennette McCurdy

Favorite Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants

Favorite Male Athlete: Shaquille O’Neal

Favorite Female Athlete: Lindsey Vonn

Favorite Movie: The Karate Kid

Favorite Movie Actor: Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland)

Favorite Movie Actress: Miley Cyrus (The Last Song)

Favorite Animated Movie: Despicable Me

Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie: Eddie Murphy (Shrek Forever After)

Favorite Buttkicker: Jackie Chan (The Karate Kid)

Favorite Music Group: The Black Eyed Peas

Favorite Male Singer: Justin Bieber

Favorite Female Singer: Katy Perry

Favorite song: “Baby” (by Justin Bieber, featuring Ludacris)

Favorite Book: Diary of Wimpy Kid series

Favorite Video Game: Just Dance 2

Arm Fart Hall of Fame: Josh Duhamel