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MTV Movie Awards are a Representation of What is Currently Popular

June 4, 2012

By John C.

Emma Watson accepts for Best Cast

The MTV Movie Awards are basically a representation of what is currently hot in popular culture.  With The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 triumphing as Movie of the Year in a category that included four vastly superior films, last night’s awards presentation confirmed that the vampire love story continues to have a bigger fanbase than a lot of better movies.

There were a few awesome moments like Johnny Depp playing guitar alongside breakout rock duo The Black Keys on their infectious hit song “Gold on the Ceiling.”  But with ridiculously named categories like Best On-Screen Dirtbag (which went to Jennifer Aniston for the overrated Horrible Bosses) and Best Gut-Wrenching Performance (awarded to the entire cast of the hilarious Bridesmaids), it’s clear that these awards can’t be taken too seriously.

There were also some nice surprises.  Shailene Woodley won Breakthrough Performance for her excellent work in The Descendants, and the Oscar-nominated Melissa McCarthy taking home Best Comedic.  Best Music went to 21 Jump Street for the knowing use of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.”  The fact that Joseph Gordon-Levitt even got a nomination for his performance in 50/50 as did Ryan Gosling for Drive, is a strong indicator that mainstream audiences can appreciate great work from popular stars.  The Best Cast win for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was also well deserved and graciously accepted by Emma Watson.

I fully support the pop culture phenomenon of The Hunger Games, and can applaud the four awards that the film took home.  Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence were the respective winners of Best Male and Female Performance, two categories where Twilight surprisingly wasn’t nominated.  Best Fight also went to the film, and Elizabeth Banks was a deserving recipient of Best On-Screen Transformation, even in a category that also included the Oscar-nominated work of Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn.  But when ultimately pitted against Breaking Dawn in two of the twelve categories, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter didn’t stand a chance.

How could Best Kiss go to the laughable consummation of marriage between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in Breaking Dawn, beating out the bittersweet exchange between Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in The Hunger Games, and the triumphant liplock between Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in Harry Potter?  And is anyone reading this actually taking me seriously as I discuss the merits of a category called Best Kiss?  At least Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum didn’t take home the award for their unpassionate embraces in the pathetic romance The Vow.

Movie of the Year ultimately also went to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the second last and so far weakest film in the immensely popular series.  What’s more telling is that this is the fourth year in a row that the top prize has gone to Twilight.  Gone are the days when quality popular films like Pulp Fiction and Titanic took home awards voted on by audiences.  Rounding out the list of nominations for Movie of the Year were Bridesmaids, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and The Help, four movies that all would have been more deserving of the Golden Popcorn.

At the end of the night, the one film that shouldn’t have even been nominated was the one to take home the top award, merely because it has the biggest base of voting fans.  If The Hunger Games or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 had taken home the Golden Popcorn, then perhaps the MTV Movie Awards would have been a little easier to take seriously.  With The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 winning for Movie of the Year, it’s clear that they have become a representation of which pop culture staple currently has the biggest fanbase.

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