Besides the Golden Globes, one of my favorite award shows has to be the MTV Movie Awards. The irreverence, informality and obscure award categories always make this award show entertaining to watch. So it’s with great geek pride that I report the sci-fi/fantasy genre pretty much dominated the show.
The ‘MTV Movie Awards’ was hosted by Russell Brand who was his usual flippant self. One of the first to receive the golden popcorn was Jennifer Lawrence who won for Best Female Performance for her role as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games.’ Lawrence wasn’t able to collect her award in person as she was filming in Prague but had taped an acceptance video for the show. Lawrence thanked MTV and the fans as well as Suzanne Collins for “creating such an iconic, powerful character in Katniss Everdeen. It’s been such an honor to portray her and have audiences around the world embrace this movie.”
She wasn’t the only person in the film to win an award as Josh Hutcherson (who played Peeta) won for Best Male Performance. Upon receiving the award, Hutcherson commented on how he’s wanted a golden popcorn since he was 4 years old.
The two also won the category for Best Fight with Alexander Ludwig for their onscreen battle. Hutcherson and Ludwig went on stage to collect the award from Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender who staged a fight scene prior to announcing the winner where Theron kneed Fassbender in the face.
Rounding out the awards sweep was Elizabeth Banks who won for Best On-Screen Transformation for her portrayal of the ever effervenscent Effie Trinket. She beat out Rooney Mara (‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’), Johnny Depp (‘21 Jump Street’), Michelle Williams (‘My Week With Marilyn’) and Colin Farrell (‘Horrible Bosses’) for the award.
Although ‘The Hunger Games’ won the most awards, it didn’t win the coveted Movie of the Year category. That distinction went to ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.’ This was the fourth win in a row for the movie franchise.
In addition to winning the award for Best Picture a quadruple time, Stewart and Robert Pattinson snagged the golden popcorn for Best Kiss. This also was the fourth win in this category beating out kisses by Lawrence and Hutcherson in ‘The Hunger Games’ and Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.’ Since Pattinson wasn’t at the awards event, Stewart had to accept the award on her own. Being a good sport, she teasingly tried to get fellow ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ co-stars to join her on stage as well as fellow ‘Twilight’ star Taylor Lautner. When no one came up, she quipped, “That’s OK, I do pretty well by myself” and turned her back to the audience with her arms around her pretending she was in making out with someone.
While Rupert Grint and Emma Watson didn’t win for best kiss, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2’ did earn 2 awards: One for Best Hero which went to Daniel Radcliff and the other for Best Cast.
While the entire show played like an advertisement/announcement for upcoming summer movies (after all, each presenter had a movie that was either filming or will be released soon), one of the most memorable moments of the 2 hours had to be when Christian Bale became emotional mentioning the late Heath Ledger after a short video showcasing highlights of the last two Batman movies played.
Afterwards, Bale announced the third and last film of the trilogy saying that “Only one man could have made this film and only one man can bring it to you tonight” followed by Joseph Gordon –Levitt introducing director Christopher Nolan on stage. Nolan then proceeded to tell the audience that “every great story demands a great ending and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is our best possible attempt to put a great ending to the story on screen.” Interestingly, Nolan stated that the film was not quite finished yet (talk about cutting a film close! ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is set to open on July 29th!) and showed an exclusive preview of the film to “whet your appetite.”
Overall, it was a good 2 hours and knowing that sci-fi genre got a lot of recognition tonight made me happy. How about you? Did you watch the MTV Movie Awards? What did you think of the results? Let me know in the comments section below!