The 2012 MTV Movie Awards marked the 21st year for the awards show. It was held June 3 at Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheatre and was hosted by Russell Brand, a comedian and actor. Fans voted on the nominees, along with a panel of MTV executives. Although past MTV award shows have been known for surprising, shocking and unexpected moments, this year’s show was fairly tame. Even so, it did have some entertaining events.
Host Brand made jokes about his ex-wife Katy Perry, whom he had met at a previous MTV Awards show. He also took a stab or two at Michael Fassbender for his nude work in “Shame.” The first award of the night got off to an interesting start due to someone in the audience yelling something vulgar to presenter Mila Kunis. This in turn upset her co-presenter, Mark Wahlberg, but they let it slide. For the villains that audiences love to hate, they presented the new On-Screen Dirtbag Award. The first honor goes to Jennifer Aniston for her role as Dr. Julia Harris in in “Horrible Bosses.”
MTV is music television after all, and there are always current or legendary acts that lend a song to each year’s show. Musical performances this year were given by Fun, Wiz Khalifa, and The Black Keys, who played “Gold on the Ceiling” with actor Johnny Depp. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry presented Depp with the Generation Award in recognition of his long and varied acting career. A video montage of Depp’s roles demonstrated the amazing versatility of the talented actor in parts such as Edward Scissorhands and “Pirates of the Caribbean’s” Captain Jack Sparrow.
It’s no surprise that the wildly popular film adaptation of the young adult “The Hunger Games” book series devoured the competition by winning four awards. It had eight total nominations, tying with “Bridesmaids” for the most nods. Its wins included Jennifer Lawrence for Best Female Performance and Josh Hutcherson for Best Male Performance. The others were Best Fight for Lawrence and Hutcherson versus Ludwig (Cato) and Best Transformation for Elizabeth Banks to Effie Trinket.
Even Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark could not beat Bella Swan and Edward Cullen for the ultimate prize of the night: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1,” which captured best movie of the year. The movie also scored a Golden Popcorn for Best Kiss between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Stewart accepted the award sans Pattinson, who was a no-show for the evening.
Another inaugural award for this year was the Trailblazer Award, an honor meant for actors who can successfully cross genres. The first award was presented to actress Emma Stone, who broke out in tears during her acceptance as she mentioned her inspirations Gilda Radner and John Candy. She was also nominated in the Best Cast category this year. Last year, she won Best Comedic Performance for her work in “Easy A.”
On the lighter side, the Golden Popcorn for Best Comedic Performance went to the hilarious Melissa McCarthy for her role as the gruff, but secretly sweet, Megan in “Bridesmaids.” “Bridesmaids” captured another honor with a win for Best Gut-Wrenching Performance, an award for the most nauseating scene in a film. The winning scene featured the bride and her entourage under the effects of food poisoning. This was certainly cringe-worthy in more ways than one.
On Twitter, there was a voting battle to the end between the “boy who lived” and “the girl who caught fire,” but in the end, the award for Best Hero went to Harry Potter .”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2″ marked the end of an epic movie franchise. The film also received honors with an award for Best Cast, a highly competitive category with “The Hunger Games” and “Bridesmaids” in the running. The award was accepted by Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) on behalf of her beloved cast mates. This award is special in that it is meant to honor all involved in the film, from Watson, Radcliffe and Grint to Rickman, Smith, Lynch, and Lewis.
Best Music went to “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO for “21 Jump Street.” It was a radio hit that was used in a party scene in the film. Normally, sweeping instrumental pieces win these types of awards, so this win is a change. A montage of clips from Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” series showcased deceased actor Heath Ledger in his role as The Joker in “The Dark Knight.” Christian Bale played the part of Batman alongside Ledger and nearly broke out in tears as he watched from the stage.