“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” is a better movie than “The Hunger Games” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.”
I know this because the MTV Movie Awards told me so on Sunday night when the most recent “Twilight” film won best movie, an honor determined by online voting. As we all know, online voting is the most indisputable way to determine pretty much everything. So the notion that “Breaking Dawn” is a finer piece of cinema than both of the aforementioned films, as well as “Bridesmaids” and “The Help,” is no longer merely a notion. It is scientific fact.
That award, by the way, was one of two that “Breaking Dawn — Part 1” received. The other was best kiss, which really should be renamed The Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Annual Moment of Triumphant Awkwardness Trophy because this is the fourth year in a row that they have won it. Unfortunately, Pattinson wasn’t at the Movie Awards this year, so Stewart had to be awkward alone by begging various co-stars (Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron from “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Taylor Lautner) to join her onstage, then ultimately opting to pretend to make out with herself.
Since “Twilight” triumphed over “Hunger Games” and “Potter” in not just one, but two, categories, surely that makes it the greatest film series based on a young-adult work of fiction in the history of time and space, right? Oh, wait. Not so fast.
“The Hunger Games” received more MTV Movie Award nominations than “Breaking Dawn” — eight to its two — and picked up four awards, including Golden Popcorn statuettes for best fight, best transformation (for Elizabeth Banks’s Effie Trinket), and best male and female performances for Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence. (Weirdly, all of the key “Twilight” stars were omitted from those latter two categories, perhaps out of fear that too many “Hunger Games” vs. “Twilight” clashes would lead to violent unrest and looting across the nation.) So from a quantity perspective, it totally wins.
Now before you start a sputtering rant in which threats against Bella Swan are made while spewing words like “patronus” and “Quidditch snitch,” please be aware that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” did not the leave this meaningless awards show empty-handed. It won best cast and, in another spectacular example of the importance of online voting, also snagged the coveted best hero prize, with Harry Potter edging out Katniss Everdeen herself.
Still, if the best movie award is indeed the most important award of the evening — and clearly it is, because Jodie Foster presented it and she has no business stooping to the level of the MTV Movie Awards unless she’s doing something important — then the “Twilght” saga remains the most popular and, therefore, best franchise based on a series of insanely popular YA books.
I’m sorry to have to break it to you, but those are just the facts. And if the MTV Movie Awards is about anything, it’s about that: facts.