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MTV Movie Awards: skinnier, weirder

Posted by Wesley Morris  May 8, 2008 03:22 PM

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Has this so-called recession we're in hit MTV? The network's movie award nomination, which were announced a few days ago, have fewer categories, and where some might see streamlining, I smell cutbacks. And they stink. Where, for instance, is best frightened performance? This was just about the most realistic category the show had for a young actress (the teen horror movie is officially over). Now we have to watch best female performance and be frightened ourselves. Jessica Biel in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry"? Really, MTV? Really? She's second only to Shia LaBeouf as best male performance for "Transformers." Somewhere, Optimus Prime sheds an unleaded tear. He was robbed.

To the nominators' credit, Amy Adams has been nominated three times, once for best comedic performance, where, oddly, Ellen Page didn't make the cut. Maybe only one funny lady per year. Seriously, how far away is this show from "best chick who stands there while guys do all the cool stuff'?

The MTV Movie Awards used to have more than a dozen categories. Now there are nine. And in a shamelessly unclean move, one of them is "best summer so movie so far," which replaces last year's more hilariously cynical "best summer movie you haven't seen yet." The nominees in this category are scheduled to open this month. They should just call that prize best marketing department.

The producers are planning to do another live show this year on June 1 at 8 p.m. (it's usually taped and rebroadcast over and over). So maybe something good will happen -- like, what if the "Superbad" boys belch all over the ladies from "The Hills." Isn't it only a matter of time until they're in a summer blockbuster of their own. "The Hills Have Eyes -- Personalities, Not So Much."

BEST MOVIE
· "I Am Legend"
· "Juno"
· "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"
· "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End"
· "Superbad"
· "Transformers"

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
· Michael Cera, "Juno"
· Matt Damon, "The Bourne Ultimatum"
· Shia LaBeouf, "Transformers"
· Will Smith, "I Am Legend"
· Denzel Washington, "American Gangster"

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
· Ellen Page, "Juno"
· Keira Knightley, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End"
· Katherine Heigl, "Knocked Up"
· Amy Adams, "Enchanted"
· Jessica Biel, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry"

BEST VILLAIN
· Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
· Denzel Washington, "American Gangster"
· Angelina Jolie, "Beowulf"
· Topher Grace, "Spider-Man 3"
· Javier Bardem, "No Country For Old Men"

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
· Johnny Depp, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End"
· Adam Sandler, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry"
· Jonah Hill, "Superbad"
· Seth Rogen, "Knocked Up"
· Amy Adams, "Enchanted"

BEST FIGHT
· Matt Damon vs. Joey Ansah, "The Bourne Ultimatum"
· Tobey Maguire vs. James Franco, "Spider-Man 3"
· Hayden Christensen vs. Jamie Bell, "Jumper"
· Sean Faris vs. Cam Gigandet, "Never Back Down"
· Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan vs. Sun Ming Ming, "Rush Hour 3"
· Alien vs. Predator, "Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem"

BEST KISS
· Shia LaBeouf and Sarah Roemer, "Disturbia"
· Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey,"Enchanted"
· Daniel Radcliffe and Katie Leung, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
· Ellen Page and Michael Cera, "Juno"
· Briana Evigan and Robert Hoffman, "Step Up 2 The Streets"

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
· Zac Efron, "Hairspray"
· Seth Rogen, "Knocked Up"
· Jonah Hill, "Superbad"
· Michael Cera, "Superbad"
· Chris Brown, "This Christmas"
· Nikki Blonsky, "Hairspray"
· Megan Fox, "Transformers"
· Christopher Mintz-Plasse, "Superbad"

BEST SUMMER MOVIE SO FAR

· "Iron Man"
· "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
· "Sex and the City: The Movie"
· "Speed Racer"
· "The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian"

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