Kids’ Choice Awards: Taylor Lautner beats Robert Pattinson, chipmunks beat vampires
Nickelodeon’s 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards were handed out earlier today, March 27, at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. I’m assuming we’re talking “kids” as in four-year-olds or whereabouts. After all, their favorite movie was Betty Thomas’ Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, while Taylor Lautner was selected as their favorite movie actor for Chris Weitz’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Perhaps that’s good news for the financial backers of Stretch Armstrong, which is supposed to star Lautner. I mean, maybe lots of four-year-olds will want to go check it out?
In New Moon, the sequel to Catherine Hardwicke’s 2008 sleeper hit Twilight, Lautner plays the teenage werewolf Jacob Black, the centenarian vampire Edward Cullen’s rival for the heart and body of the teenage human Bella Swan a.k.a. Kristen Stewart.
Edward, by the way, is a.k.a. Robert Pattinson. Curiously, Pattinson wasn’t even nominated in the Favorite Movie Actor category.
Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart, for their part, were also chosen as the year’s “Cutest Couple” – the kiddie-friendly version of “Hottest Couple” – for New Moon. That’s where Robert Pattinson lost out to Lautner, for his Edward Cullen and Stewart’s Bella were also in the running in that particular category.
Taylor Lautner at the Kids’ Choice Awards.
More Kids’ Choice Award winners: Miley Cyrus & Jim Carrey’s voice
Sandra Bullock may have had the year’s much bigger hit – John Lee Hancock’s The Blind Side – but Miley Cyrus was the Kids’ favorite movie actress for Peter Chelsom’s Hannah Montana: The Movie.
Other winners in the Kids’ Choice Awards’ various categories ranged from Selena Gomez and Jay-Z to Michelle Obama and the Black Eyed Peas.
Taylor Lautner photos: Larry Busacca / KCA2010 / Getty Images for the Kids’ Choice Awards.
Favorite Movie Actor Taylor Lautner signing autographs: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for the Kids’ Choice Awards.
Taylor Lautner movies
Taylor Lautner (born Taylor Daniel Lautner on Feb. 11, 1992, in Grand Rapids, Michigan) has been active in show business – mostly on television – since 2004.
Besides the Twilight movies, on the big screen he has been featured in only a couple of films: Robert Rodriguez’s The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, with Taylor Dooley, and Adam Shankman’s Cheaper by the Dozen 2, with Steve Martin, Piper Perabo, and Tom Welling.
Lautner also had a bit part in Makoto Yokoyama’s 2001 sci-fi actioner Shadow Fury, featuring, among others, Sam Bottoms and Pat Morita.
He will next be seen in David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which opens on June 30, ’10, in the U.S. and Canada. Also in the cast:
Xavier Samuel. Peter Facinelli. Dakota Fanning. Ashley Greene. Nikki Reed. Jackson Rathbone.
Billy Burke. Booboo Stewart. Jodelle Ferland. Daniel Cudmore. Cameron Bright. Charlie Bewley.
Sarah Clarke. Alex Meraz. Michael Welch. Chaske Spencer. Christian Serratos. Julia Jones.
Bronson Pelletier. Kiowa Gordon. Tyson Houseman. Gil Birmingham. Justin Chon.
Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, 2009).
Best Actress Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace, 2004).
The Eclipse screenplay was written by Melissa Rosenberg, from Stephenie Meyer’s novel.
Breaking Dawn was Meyer’s fourth and final novel in the Twilight literary series.
Taylor Lautner photo: Chris Polk / KCA2010 / Getty Images for the Kids’ Choice Awards.
Nikki Reed: Twilight movies’ vampire Rosalie
Twilight actress Nikki Reed is seen above arriving at Nickelodeon’s 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards, where she was a presenter. To date, Reed has been featured in both Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight and Chris Weitz’s New Moon. She will next be seen in David Slade’s Eclipse.
In the Twilight movies, the dark-haired, olive-skinned Nikki Reed plays the pale, blonde vampire Rosalie Hale, an adoptive “sister-in-law” of Robert Pattinson’s vampire Edward Cullen. Rosalie has a key role in the “saga,” as she’s the one Cullen family member who doesn’t get along with Edward’s human paramour, Bella Swan.
Besides Edward, Rosalie’s other family members are her companion Emmett (Kellan Lutz), Dr. Carlisle (Peter Facinelli), Esme (Elizabeth Reaser), Alice (Ashley Greene), and fellow “in-law” Jasper Hale (Jackson Rathbone).
Thirteen & other titles
Nikki Reed’s film debut took place in the coming-of-age drama Thirteen (2003), featuring Evan Rachel Wood, Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Holly Hunter, Vanessa Hudgens, and, in a supporting role, Sarah Clarke – Bella Swan’s mother in the Twilight movies.
Thirteen was directed by Twilight filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke. Hardwicke and Reed, then in her mid-teens, co-wrote the screenplay, which was inspired by events that took place in Reed’s own life at the time she reached puberty.
In addition to the Twilight movies and Thirteen, among Nikki Reed’s screen credits include:
- Lords of Dogtown (2005).
Director: Catherine Hardwicke.
Cast: John Robinson. Emile Hirsch. Victor Rasuk. Heath Ledger. Rebecca De Mornay.
- Familiar Strangers (2008).
Director: Zackary Adler.
Cast: Shawn Hatosy.
- Last Day of Summer (2009).
Director: Vlad Yudin.
Cast: DJ Qualls.
Nikki Reed photo: Larry Busacca | KCA2010 | Getty Images for KCA.
Glee actor Cory Monteith
Glee actor and 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards presenter Cory Monteith is pictured above on the KCA’s Red Carpet.
Besides Monteith and the aforementioned Nikki Reed, presenters at this year’s ceremony held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, included the following:
Tina Fey. Lily Collins. Miranda Cosgrove. Tyra Banks. John Cena. Jackie Chan. Lea Michele.
Victoria Justice. Nathan Kress. George Lopez. Jennette McCurdy. Keke Palmer. Robert Downey Jr. Jonah Hill.
Cory Monteith movies
Cory Monteith has been featured in only a handful of movies, almost invariably in small supporting roles. Among them are:
- Final Destination 3 (2006).
Director: James Wong.
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Ryan Merriman.
- Deck the Halls (2006).
Director: John Whitesell.
Cast: Danny DeVito. Matthew Broderick. Kristin Davis.
Cory Monteith photo: Larry Busacca | KCA2010 | Getty Images for the Kids’ Choice Awards.
Selena Gomez is pictured above while arriving at the Kids’ Choice Awards. She was voted the year’s Favorite Television Actress for her performance as Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place.
Gomez has one big-screen feature coming out this year: Ramona and Beezus, directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum. Also in the cast:
Joey King. John Corbett. Bridget Moynahan. Ginnifer Goodwin. Josh Duhamel. Sandra Oh.
Selena Gomez photo: Larry Busacca / KCA2010 / Getty Images for the Kids’ Choice Awards.
Rihanna is seen above on the Kids’ Choice Awards’ Red Carpet. At the ceremony, she performed the songs “Hard,” “Rude Boy,” and “Don’t Stop the Music.”
Other 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards performers were Miranda Cosgrove singing “Kissin’ U” and, inevitably, Justin Bieber belting out “Baby.”
Rihanna photo: Larry Busacca / KCA2010 / Getty Images for the Kids’ Choice Awards.
Kids’ Choice Awards website.