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MTV Movie Awards: Young Adult literature reigns

Young Adult series reigned at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards Sunday night, as “Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” were pitted against each other in the annual fan favorite contest. “Twilight” took home the night’s top prize — best movie in the form of the golden popcorn statue, says Jen Chaney of Celebritology:

“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.

But the crew behind the first “Hunger Games” film did not go home empty-handed. It took home the most honors, reports the Associated Press:

The dystopian survival saga escaped from Sunday’s 21st annual extravaganza with the most golden popcorn-shaped trophies, including best fight for the film’s final three-way battle and best on-screen transformation for Elizabeth Banks’ over-the-top futuristic makeover. “Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were also honored for best female and male performances.

“I’ve wanted to hold a golden popcorn since I was 4 years old,” beamed Hutcherson.

The other element of the young adult trilogy likewise took home some honors, Chaney reports:

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.

Emma Watson, the “Potter” star was on hand Sunday night, accepting the award for best cast in honor of her castmates, and promoting her new film, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Sarah Anne Hughes says:

“Perks” tells the story of Charlie, a shy high school freshman reeling from a terrible loss who finds his place with fellow misfits Sam (Watson) and Patrick (Miller). They advise the writer hopeful on the finer points of growing up, which includes doing drugs and standing in the bed of a speeding pickup truck.

The film’s stars presented the trailer at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards . Based on this first footage, and the book’s already extremely loyal fan base, I’d say you should expect to see this one at that awards show next year.

Johnny Depp was also present to accept the generation award, which he did in charismatic and debonair style, Jen Chaney reports:

After Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith sang Depp’s praises and introduced a video tribute to his many film roles, Depp could have immediately launched into the traditional acceptance speech. Instead, he opted to play guitar during the Black Keys’s performance of “Gold on the Ceiling.” Then, when Tyler and Perry popped over to present the popcorn-bucket trophy to Depp while spouting some mumbo jumbo about how he works in “the backroom of the soul,” Depp made some extremely concise remarks in which he referred to the honor as the “Get Out of the Business Award.”

“Clearly, based on the clips,” he added, referring to the aforementioned montage of his roles as drunken pirates, cross-dressing B-movie directors and misunderstood, pasty dudes with scissors for hands, “there’s obviously something wrong with me.” Actors with self-awareness — aren’t they the best?

Then he jumped back in on guitar and played himself out to commercial by joining the Black Keys on “Lonely Boy.” Ladies and gentlemen, this is how it’s done.

More on the MTV Movie Awards:

MTV Movie Awards: The three must-see moments, including ‘Dark Knight Rises’ and Emma Stone

MTV Movie Awards proves that ‘Twilight’ is better than ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Harry Potter’

MTV Movie Awards 2012: Full list of winners highlighted by Johnny Depp

‘The Hunger Games’ tops ‘Twilight,’ ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Harry Potter’ at MTV Movie Awards

Cara Kelly manages the development of editorial tools and presentation for new products and user experiences. She previously worked in the Style section, following the completion of her MA in journalism at American University.



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