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Kid’s Choice Awards 2017: ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Finding Dory’ win big

/ 06:11 PM March 14, 2017
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The 2017 Kid’s Choice Awards turned up three triple-winners, with action comedy “Ghostbusters”, animated adventure “Finding Dory”, and Kevin Hart from “The Secret Life of Pets”, each involved in three separate accolades. Music group Fifth Harmony and TV show “Henry Danger” were also multiple winners at the annual event.

Franchise reboot “Ghostbusters”, ocean-crossing adventure “Finding Dory”, and comic actor Kevin Hart led the field at the 2017 Kid’s Choice Awards with three wins each at the March 11 event.

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Two acting awards and the overall Favorite Movie accolade went to mid-2016 comedy “Ghostbusters”, with Melissa McCarthy and Chris Hemsworth collecting Favorite Film Actress and Favorite Film Actor for their respective performances.

The film had launched in the midst of a packed July theatrical release schedule in the United States, one that saw it following “Finding Dory” and “The BFG”, and debuting just before both “Ice Age: Collision Course” and “Star Trek Beyond”.

Earnings of $229.1 million in the international box office and positive but generally lukewarm reviews meant that the otherwise highly-anticipated film was considered to have made an underwhelming impact.

Nevertheless, “Ghostbusters” has evidently found an appreciative audience as awards season draws to a close, after Melissa McCarthy won a People’s Choice Award in January.

Also in movies and TV at the Nickelodeon KCAs were multiple wins for “Finding Dory” and Kevin Hart.

“Finding Dory” was the ceremony’s Favorite Animated Movie and, like “Ghostbusters”, the Disney Pixar release produced two acting awards — one for the voice of its Regal blue tang, Dory, as played by Ellen DeGeneres, and a Squad award for DeGeneres and the ensemble cast.

It had previously won three accolades from the People’s Choice Awards and several specialist awards, such as those from the Cinema Audio Society and Visual Effects Society.

Kevin Hart starred in “The Secret Life of Pets” as its fluffy feline villain, Snowball, for which he won both Favorite Villain and Most Wanted Pet, while a third KCA came his way for his on-screen partnership with Dwayne Johnson in buddy comedy “Central Intelligence”.

Both “Finding Dory” and “The Secret Life of Pets” were theatrical blockbusters, with “…Pets” passing $875 million worldwide and “Finding Dory” clearing $1 billion, making it the third highest-grossing film of the year.

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“Henry Danger” won Favorite Kids TV Show and favorite TV actor for its lead, Jace Norman, while comedy revival “Fuller House” triumphed in Family TV. “America’s Got Talent” was top in Reality, and “SpongeBob Squarepants” was Favorite Cartoon. Zendaya, soon to appear in “Spider-Man Homecoming” and “The Greatest Showman” was TV’s favorite female star for her lead role in “KC Undercover”. JB

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