Kids have their say in Nick awards vote

Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Will Smith and Robin Williams will battle it out for favorite movie actor, while Whoopi Goldberg, Whitney Houston, Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Pfeiffer will vie for the movie actress crown in Nickelodeon’s 10th annual Kids’ Choice Awards.

The show (hosted by O’Donnell) will be held April 19 at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles and telecast on Nickelodeon. Voting begins today, with kids nationwide determining their favorites in movies, music, TV, sports and other topics. Nearly 23 million kids voted last year.

The nominees include:

Movie: “Independence Day,” “Happy Gilmore,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Twister.”

TV show: “All That” (Nickelodeon), “Goosebumps” (Fox), “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC) and “Home Improvement” (ABC).

TV actor: Tim Allen (“Home Improvement”), Michael J. Fox (“Spin City”), LL Cool J (“In the House”), Jonathan Taylor Thomas (“Home Improvement”).

TV actress: Jennifer Aniston (“Friends”), Courteney Cox (“Friends”), Tia and Tamera Mowry (“Sister, Sister”), Roseanne (“Roseanne”).

Cartoon: “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs,” “Rugrats,” “The Simpsons.”

Sports team: Chicago Bulls, Green Bay Packers, Orlando Magic, New York Yankees.

Male athlete: Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey Jr., Shaquille O’Neal, Emmitt Smith.

Female athlete: Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Kristi Yamaguchi.

Singer: Brandy, Coolio, LL Cool J, Alanis Morissette.

Musical group: Boyz II Men, the Fugees, Hootie & the Blowfish, TLC.

Song: “Always Be My Baby” (Mariah Carey), “C’Mon N’ Ride It (The Train)” (Quad City DJs), “I Love You Always Forever” (Donna Lewis), “Killing Me Softly” (the Fugees).

Animal Star: Chance the dog (“Homeward Bound 2”), Sassy the cat (“Homeward Bound 2”), Flipper (“Flipper”), Pongo (“101 Dalmatians”).

Book: “The Girl Who Cried Monster” (R.L. Stine), “How to Kill a Monster” (R.L. Stine), “James and the Giant Peach” (Roald Dahl), “Mathilda” (Roald Dahl).

Video Game: “Donkey Kong Country 2,” “NBA Jam T.E.,” “Super Mario 64,” “Disney’s Toy Story.”