MTV Movie Awards: Channing Tatum, shirtless Zac Efron and a Paul Walker tribute

April 14, 2014

Zac Efron (MTV)

Zac Efron had his shirt ripped off his body; Channing Tatum receiving an award for being really hot; there were legitimately touching tributes to Paul Walker and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. That about sums up Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards.

The Chekhov’s gun theory always seems to apply to this specific award show: If you see a mildly famous actor actually in attendance in the first act, by the end of the night, you’re going to see him or her accepting a golden popcorn trophy for Best Kiss. Or something like that.

That’s how it always is: Even if Mila Kunis in “Oz the Great and Powerful” wasn’t quite up to the level of Donald Sutherland in “The Hunger Games,” would Sutherland would show up on a pyrotechnic set that Conan O’Brien said reminded him of the Satanical Cult Awards? (Conan: “Kids, if you’re watching at home, don’t do drugs and then go into set design.”) Not so much — and Kunis happily walked away with the prize for Best Villain. “You just made my 12-year-old self’s dream come true,” she gushed to the crowd. “This is by far the coolest award.”

That’s the deal with the MTV Movie Awards: Most celebrities treat them as just another appearance, and some people take them really seriously. Like, really seriously. (Yeah, we’re just talking about Mark Wahlberg’s very odd, angry speech for the Generation Award. We’ll get to that.)

Other winners included “The Hunger Games” star  Josh Hutcherson for Best Male Performance. Jonah Hill got the win he missed out on at the Oscars and won Best Comedic Performance for “Wolf of Wall Street. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” beat out “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” for Movie of the Year. And Jared Leto continued his winning streak with Best Transformation for “Dallas Buyers Club” beating, among others, Orlando Bloom in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

For an overview if you missed the madness, here were the best and worst moments.

BEST MOMENTS

Conan O’Brien as host. Nope, no clue why he was chosen to host, but he did an weirdly admirable job. As he said at the top of the show, he didn’t care if anything was funny as long as it had lots of celebrities. So he kicked things off by collecting 50 celebrity cameos, including clips with Andy Samberg, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, James Franco, Skrillex, Sarah Silverman, Tom Arnold, Charles Barkley, Martin Scorcese, Russell Crowe, the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” and Taylor Swift, whom he asked to take a walk on the beach.

 

Other than that, Conan appeared occasionally in skits (for example, as a tech geek who helped Andrew Garfield remember that his computer password was “harrystylesmakesmesmile”) or appeared to introduce presenters with self-deprecating digs. For Rita Ora and Jessica Alba: The two women “least likely to make eye contact with me in high school.” For Johnny Depp: “This guy put the cool in ‘You’re not cool, Conan.'” For Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Leslie Mann and Nicki Minaj: “All madly in love with me and want to bear my children. When you’re the host, you can say whatever you want.” Oh, and he made fun of Nick Lachey a lot: “Why does Grumpy Cat have a better seat than Nick Lachey?” (For the record, Grumpy Cat did have a first row seat.)

 

Paul Walker/Philip Seymour Hoffman tributes. For Paul Walker, MTV put together a special video tribute honoring the actor who died at age 40 last year. “Fast and the Furious” co-star Jordana Brewster introduced the clip, and talked about Walker’s life and charity work. “He never asked for credit or glory,” Brewster said. “He was just a really good guy.” Though MTV likely chose Walker to honor because their audience is most likely to recognize him, star Josh Hutcherson dedicated his award for Best Male Performance to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, his “Hunger Games” co-star. “We think about him every day on set,” Hutcherson said. “Wherever he is, this definitely goes out to him as well.”

Lupita Nyong'o. (MTV) Lupita Nyong’o. (MTV)

Lupita Nyong’o being a good sport and showing up. No, “12 Years a Slave” didn’t take home any awards — but Nyong’o showed up on behalf of the film as a presenter, in a very sparkly dress. “A year ago, nobody knew my name. Now, no one can pronounce my name,” the Oscar-winning actress joked.

Jared Leto’s acceptance speech. Winning for Best Transformation, Leto used his time on stage to talk about the fight against AIDS. “Here’s hoping one day to put an end to this plague, and no one will ever have to suffer indignation of this sickness again nor intolerance, fear or prejudice that lives along side it.”

Orlando Bloom’s acceptance speech. He and Evangeline Lilly won for Best Fight in “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” against the Orcs. He gave a shout-out to the stuntmen who actually put on the Orc costumes and do all the work. Classy move, Bloom. He also left us with this mystery: “I have to mention Tim, I’m really sorry I broke your nose.” (Was Tim an Orc?)

Everyone acknowledging Channing Tatum’s “Trailblazer Award” was a joke. Even Channing Tatum. “What’s a more trailblazing experience than a gorgeous man becoming a movie star?” Jonah Hill asked while presenting his buddy “Chan” with the made-up award. Even Tatum had the decency to look embarrassed as he accepted the golden popcorn trophy. “I’m not really sure what I did to deserve this,” he admitted.

 

WORST MOMENTS

Zac Efron’s shirtless moment. For the record, we wholeheartedly applaud Zac Efron’s abs situation. Who wouldn’t? But the way it was done was just lame. “I don’t even know what to say,” Efron trailed off as he won Best Shirtless Performance in “That Awkward Moment,” before presenter Rita Ora sneaked up behind him (in a clearly staged moment) and ripped his shirt off. Then he flexed. A lot.

 

Best Kiss “skit.” Unfortunately, Efron was also in the worst presenters “skit” of the night with Seth Rogen and Dave Franco. (Seth Rogen made out with his mom. We would explain further but it was not funny and also very boring.) Will Poulter won Best Kiss for his three-way smooch scene with Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts in “We’re the Millers,” and performed a long, dull bit bragging about dating Jennifer Aniston in real life, then getting a “text” from her on stage telling him to stop talking about their secret relationship.

Mark Wahlberg’s rage-y, expletive-filled speech for the Generation Award. What is up with Viacom Networks loving Mark Wahlberg? (First him hosting the Kids’ Choice Awards,” then giving him the MTV version of the Lifetime Achievement Award.) Anyway, in a bizarre acceptance speech, Wahlberg accused the Generation Award of being just a way of tell older actors, “You’re ****ing done, but you know what? It was a great run.” Was that real rage simmering beneath the surface? It seemed like it, as he ticked off the other winners of the award (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, etc.) who were allegedly never invited back to the MTV Movie Awards again. Either way, it seemed like every other sentence was bleeped as  he repeatedly swore. Then he gave a shout-out to Manny Pacquiao, Bubba Watson and America.

“I’d like to thank my mom for writing Mark Wahlberg’s acceptance speech: She loves the F-bomb,” Conan said dryly afterwards.

 

Musical performances. Between the Twenty One Pilots performance that featured the audience in creepy white ski masks, and Ellie Goulding and Zedd singing sleepy songs from the “Divergent” soundtrack, it was not a great night for musical performances.

Conan’s “kissing fight” with Will Arnett. Not at all what it sounds like — just a really dumb waste of two minutes.

WINNERS

Generation Award
Mark Wahlberg

Trailblazer Award
Channing Tatum

Movie of the Year
“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (winner)
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Male Performance
Bradley Cooper – “American Hustle”
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years a Slave”
Josh Hutcherson – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (winner)
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Female Performance
Amy Adams – “American Hustle”
Jennifer Aniston – “We’re The Millers”
Jennifer Lawrence – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (winner)
Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years a Slave”
Sandra Bullock – “Gravity”

Best Scared-as-[Expletive] Performance
Brad Pitt – “World War Z” (winner)
Ethan Hawke – “The Purge”
Jessica Chastain – “Mama”
Rose Byrne – “Insidious: Chapter 2″
Vera Farmiga – “The Conjuring”

Breakthrough Performance
Liam James – “The Way, Way Back”
Margot Robbie – “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Michael B Jordan – “Fruitvale Station”
Miles Teller – “The Spectacular Now”
Will Poulter – “We’re The Millers” (winner)

Best On-Screen Duo
Amy Adams & Christian Bale – “American Hustle”
Ice Cub & Kevin Hart – “Ride Along”
Leonardo DiCaprio & Jonah Hill – “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club
Vin Diesel & Paul Walker – “Fast & Furious 6″ (winner)

Best Shirtless Performance
Chris Hemsworth – Thor: The Dark World”
Jennifer Aniston – “We’re The Millers”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Sam Claflin – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Zac Efron –” That Awkward Moment” (winner)

Best Fight
Jason Bateman versus Melissa McCarthy – “Identity Thief”
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson & Sam Claflin versus Monkeys – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Jonah Hill versus James Franco & Seth Rogen – “This Is The End”
Orlando Bloom & Evangeline Lilly versus Orcs – “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug(winner)
Everyone versus everyone – “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

Best Kiss
Ashley Benson, James Franco & Vanessa Hudgens – “Spring Breakers”
Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston & Will Poulter – “We’re The Millers” (winner)
Jennifer Aniston & Amy Adams – “American Hustle”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Scarlett Johansson – “Don Jon”
Shailene Woodley & Miles Teller – “The Spectacular Now”

#wtf Moment
Cameron Diaz – “The Counselor”
Chaning Tatum & Danny McBride – “This Is The End”
Johnny Knoxville & Jackson Nicoll – “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf of Wall Street” (winner)
Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd & David Koechner  — “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

Best Villain
Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips”
Benedict Cumberbatch – “Star Trek Into Darkness”
Donald Sutherland – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave”
Mila Kunis – “Oz: The Great and Powerful” (winner)

Best Musical Moment
Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen & Craig Robinson – “This Is the End” (winner)
Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Melissa McCarthy – “Identity Thief”
Will Poulter – “We’re The Millers”

Best Comedic Performance
Jason Sudekis – “We’re the Millers”
Johnny Knoxville – “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
Jonah Hill – “The Wolf of Wall Street” (winner)
Kevin Hart – “Ride Along”
Melissa McCarthy – “Identity Thief”

Best On-Screen Transformation
Christian Bale – “American Hustle”
Elizabeth Banks – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club(winner)
Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyers Club”
Orlando Bloom – “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Best Cameo
Amy Poehler & Tina Fey – “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
Joan Rivers – “Iron Man 3″
Kanye West – “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
Rihanna – “This Is The End” (winner)
Robert DeNiro – “American Hustle”

Best Hero
Channing Tatum – “White House Down”
Chris Hemsworth – “Thor: The Dark World”
Henry Cavill – “Man of Steel” (winner)
Martin Freeman – “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
Robert Downey Jr – “Iron Man 3″

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.
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