Actress tells kids that different is good
Actress tells kids that different is good Jesse Tyler Ferguson, from left, Rico Rodriguez and Ariel Winter are slimed after being announced winners of the award for favorite family TV show for Modern Family at Nickelodeon's 28th annual Kids' Choice Awards (AP photos)
Actress tells kids that different is good
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The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids' Choice Awards, but it was Angelina Jolie's message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck.

Jolie, who has sought to inspire women with public candor about her own health, said that "different is good" as she accepted the favorite villain award for her movie role as the title character in "Maleficent."

When she was young, Jolie said, "I was told I was different. And I felt out of place: too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in."

"When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud," she said, then added with a wink, "cause a little trouble. It's good for you."

The actress and filmmaker, who just recently disclosed that she had undergone additional surgery aimed at preventing cancer, received excited hugs from daughters Shiloh and Zahara when her name was announced.

Other winners at the Nickelodeon channel's fan-voted awards included Emma Stone, who largely escaped its trademark slime when she accepted the best actress award for her role in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and favorite family TV show "Modern Family," whose stars including Jesse Tyler Ferguson didn't get away clean.

Nick Jonas hosted the ceremony, which also honored the group Fifth Harmony as favorite new artist and Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" as favorite action stars. The film was voted favorite movie.

Jonas won as favorite male singer but also ended up drenched in the ceremony's trademark green slime, as did Josh Gad ("Frozen," Broadway's "Book of Mormon"), who got slimed by co-presenter Adam Sandler.

Performers included Iggy Azalea with Jennifer Hudson and 5 Seconds of Summer, which ended up taking a goo hit.

Jonas opened the ceremony by noting that One Direction was minus a group member with the exit of Zayn Malik.

"A tough week. ... Lot of girls in the house tonight still struggling after One Direction became Two Direction," he said, then asked, jokingly, "What's next? Fourth Harmony? 3 Seconds of Summer? No, no. The Jonas Brother?"

One Direction didn't appear to accept its trophy as favorite music group.

Others taking part in the ceremony included Jamie Foxx, Meghan Trainor, Chris Rock, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin James and Little League Baseball sensation Mo'ne Davis.

Jolie, recently writing in the New York Times, revealed that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.

Two years ago, she disclosed that she carries a defective breast cancer gene that puts her at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Her mother died of ovarian cancer and her maternal grandmother also had ovarian cancer strong evidence of an inherited, genetic risk that led Jolie to have her healthy breasts removed to try to avoid the same fate.

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  • waylon12
    4/08/2015 - 07:47 p.m.

    This has so much insperation in it and that is why i love it so much. Lots of kids just try to fit in but being diffrent is good. It is good coming from a celeberty too. Hopfully kids listen. I love this artical.

  • KiraWvA-4
    4/08/2015 - 09:57 p.m.

    Angelina Jolie, who has undergone surgery to remove her ovaries and breasts and seeks to encourage women with her truthful interviews and speeches, spoke at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards about how being different is good. She won favorite villain for her part as "Maleficent" and told an anecdote about her childhood when people ridiculed her for being too vivacious, but how people should smile and be proud of the fact. Other famous actors, bands and musicians won various awards and were slimed with the traditional green slop. I like her message, but I don't think I really need to take it to heart. I already have.

  • TaylorHartman-Ste
    4/09/2015 - 01:11 p.m.

    I think that this is a good motivational speech to younger teenagers because there will come a time whenever all people will feel the pressures of their peers, and to be alike. It is important to remember that everyone deserves to be their own person and feel proud of that.

  • brienp-Goo
    4/10/2015 - 11:45 a.m.

    Diffrent is good because you get to express something that othere dont have. Many have similar things wich sometimes is boring to be the same as otheres so diffrent lets u express who you are and is good because is diffrent

    4/10/2015 - 01:52 p.m.

    Different is the most best things in the world! Different leads to places where you can be yourself. Different means you can be who you are, and not someone else. Different is good, because more and more children want to be like the popular kids in school, and can't achieve it. So there different, and different is good! For an example, a new kid comes to school with a different outfit that nobody has ever seen in there life, people like different. People crave different. We're all different, we're all not the same! We have different genes, eye color, hair color, likes, dislikes, clothes, everything! So be different, it might lead you places you've never went before.

  • CapeleyZ-1
    4/10/2015 - 08:11 p.m.

    This article was about the Kids Choice Award and Angelina Jolie's speech while accepting her award. After winning favorite movie villain for her role as Malificent in Malificent. After winning she said a very inspiring speech about how different is good. The kids choice awards host was Nick Jonas. He opened up the ceremony by making a joke about how Zayn left One Direction. One Direction wasn't there too accept their award for best music group because they are on tour. I think that it is very good that Angelina Jolie inspires children.

  • TaylorSeifert-Ste
    4/11/2015 - 07:48 p.m.

    In the past few years I have finally let myself realize that it is okay to be different, even when people expect you to be a certain way or categorize you that doesn't mean you have to be like that. It is great that other people, especially famous people who many look up to, find it important to share that with everyone. I think more and more people are accepting those who are different. The struggle is just not caring what people think and having the courage to follow your heart.

  • KYatta-Cas
    4/11/2015 - 08:38 p.m.

    It's really great that celebrities are encouraging kids to be themselves. Many kids feel like they don't fit in while attending high school which is unfortunate. The actress used a great platform to get her message across.

  • KCheyenne-Cas
    4/11/2015 - 10:45 p.m.

    I think it is so inspiring to see celebrities actually taking the time to encourage children to be unique and different. Some celebrities today do bad things and set bad examples for children under the age 12. This also shows that even through tough times in life you can still have hope and courage. I hope to see more celebrities inspire younger children to be who they want to be.

  • GDesiree-Cas
    4/11/2015 - 10:58 p.m.

    I think that Angelina Jolie's speech was beautiful. Telling teenagers that "different is good" is a great way to start them off in accepting themselves for who they really are. Everything that makes you stand out and seems to be different to everyone else, is sometimes the most interesting part about you. Standing out, and being different is a great thing. I'm happy that I'm not like everybody else. I am proud to be different, and so should the rest of society. Different is good.

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