MTV Movie Awards (AKA Pointless, Useless, Meaningless Movie Awards) Nominees Announced

I swore to myself that this year I wasn’t going to write anything about the MTV Movie Awards, the most useless and meaningless “awards” show of the year. It’s empty populist drivel. But when I read the nominee list, it was SO BAD I couldn’t help but post it.

Twilight leads all movies with 7 nominations. Need I say more?

•The Dark Knight – Director: Christopher Nolan, Producers: Charles Roven and Emma Thomas (Warner Bros. Pictures)
•High School Musical 3: Senior Year – Director: Kenny Ortega, Producers: Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush (Walt Disney Pictures)
•Iron Man – Director: Jon Favreau, Producers: Avi Arad and Kevin Feige (Paramount Pictures)
•Slumdog Millionaire – Director: Danny Boyle, Producer: Christian Colson (Fox Searchlight)
•Twilight – Director: Catherine Hardwicke, Producers: Wyck Godfrey, Greg Mooradian and Mark Morgan (Summit Entertainment)

•Angelina Jolie – Wanted (Universal Pictures)
•Anne Hathaway – Bride Wars (20th Century Fox)
•Kate Winslet – The Reader (The Weinstein Company)
•Kristen Stewart – Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
•Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount Pictures)

•Christian Bale – The Dark Knight (Warner Bros. Pictures)
•Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man (Paramount Pictures)
•Shia LaBeouf – Eagle Eye (DreamWorks SKG/ Paramount Pictures)
•Vin Diesel – Fast & Furious (Universal Pictures)
•Zac Efron – High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Walt Disney Pictures)


•Amanda Seyfried – Mamma Mia! (Universal Pictures)
•Ashley Tisdale – High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Walt Disney Pictures)
•Freida Pinto – Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight)
•Miley Cyrus – Hannah Montana: The Movie (Walt Disney Pictures)
•Vanessa Hudgens – High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Walt Disney Pictures)
•Kat Dennings – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Columbia Pictures)

•Robert Pattinson – Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
•Taylor Lautner – Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
•Ben Barnes – The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Walt Disney Pictures)
•Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight)
•Bobb’e J. Thompson – Role Models (Universal Pictures)

•Amy Poehler – Baby Mama (Universal Pictures)
•Anna Faris – The House Bunny (Columbia Pictures)
•James Franco – Pineapple Express (Columbia Pictures)
•Jim Carrey – Yes Man (Warner Bros. Pictures)
•Steve Carell – Get Smart (Warner Bros. Pictures)

•Derek Mears – Friday The 13th (Warner Bros. Pictures)
•Dwayne Johnson – Get Smart (Warner Bros. Pictures)
•Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight (Warner Bros. Pictures)
•Johnathon Schaech – Prom Night (Screen Gems)
•Luke Goss – Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Universal Pictures)

•Anne Hathaway vs. Kate Hudson – Bride Wars (20th Century Fox)
•Christian Bale vs. Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight (Warner Bros. Pictures)
•Ron Perlman vs. Luke Goss – Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Universal Pictures)
•Robert Pattinson vs. Cam Gigandet – Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
•Seth Rogen and James Franco vs. Danny McBride – Pineapple Express (Columbia Pictures)

•Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy – Wanted (Universal Pictures)
•Freida Pinto and Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight)
•James Franco and Sean Penn – Milk (Focus Features)
•Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson – Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
•Paul Rudd and Thomas Lennon – I Love You, Man (Paramount Pictures)
•Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron – High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Walt Disney Pictures)

BEST WTF MOMENT (New Category)
•Amy Poehler – Baby Mama, Peeing In the Sink (Universal Pictures)
•Angelina Jolie – Wanted, Curved Bullet Kill (Universal Pictures)
•Ayush Mahesh Khedekar – Slumdog Millionaire, Jumping in the Poop Shed (Fox Searchlight)
•Ben Stiller – Tropic Thunder, Tasting the Decapitated Head (DreamWorks SKG/ Paramount Pictures)
•Jason Segel and Kristen Bell – Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Naked Break-Up (Universal Pictures)

•“Jai Ho” – AR Raham, Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight)
•“The Wrestler” – Bruce Springsteen, The Wrestler (Fox Searchlight)
•“The Climb” – Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie (Walt Disney Pictures)
•“Decode” – Paramore, Twilight (Summit Entertainment)

I’ll sometimes watch the broadcast because some of the skits they do can be pretty funny… but overall it’s a total waste and I hope everyone is smart enough to not actually give any real weight to the results of it. (source: Rama Screen)

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43 thoughts on “MTV Movie Awards (AKA Pointless, Useless, Meaningless Movie Awards) Nominees Announced

  1. ive just noticed dat every year the “new category” is used just to promote a movie. 2007 it was transformers, 2008 it was iron man, this year i think the new categories are used to promote slumdog millionaire

  2. I have an addition to the:

    “Best WTF Momment” category:

    -When the MTV Movie Awards announced their nominees

  3. the BEST FIGHT SCENE category didn’t even nominate the real BEST FIGHT SCENE of the year:
    quantum of solace-bond vs. greene in exploding building

  4. If HSM or Twilight get best film I will never watch MTV again.

    The fight in Twilight shouldn’t be on the list. That wasn’t a fight. That was foreplay. All they did was jump on each other and bitchslap.

    Sean Penn and James Franco for best kiss! LOL

  5. I think my IQ level dropped 100 points just reading that crap! WTF?!?!?!? This has to be the biggest garbage load of nominations yet even for the stupid F’n MTV awards!
    Excuse me….I’m going to go puke my lungs out now.

    1. i think the people who pick nominations IQ dropped 100 points right before nominating them (except slumdog for best movie)

  6. Oh…god…its just awful, sorta makes you think that there was only three good movies for the whole year… HSM3???? I just don’t even understand. It’s a ludicrus list and I’m going to go vomit in my shoe now and watch that because I’m sure that will be much more entertaining.

  7. I like the Oscars, and I like the Mtv Movie awards, for different reasons obviously. Yes, I am going to more weight to a movie being nominated for an academy award, but to say that either award is more valid kind of funny.

    Remember, the Oscars gave Forrest Gump Best Picture over The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction, and also didn’t give Scorsese a Best Director win until The Departed…

    Both shows are popularity contests and marketing gimmicks when you get down to the bottom line.

    The Oscars are about who campaigns the best in their category most of the time.

    The Mtv Awards are who stuffs the internet ballot box best.

    Just consider the Mtv awards like I do, as a chance to seeing cool clips of upcoming movies on YouTube the next day…

  8. My prediction of who will win


    •Angelina Jolie – Wanted (Universal Pictures)

    •Zac Efron – High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Walt Disney Pictures)

    •Miley Cyrus – Hannah Montana: The Movie (Walt Disney Pictures)

    •Robert Pattinson – Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
    •James Franco – Pineapple Express (Columbia Pictures)

    •Luke Goss – Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Universal Pictures)
    •Christian Bale vs. Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight (Warner Bros. Pictures)

    •Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson – Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
    BEST WTF MOMENT (New Category)
    •Ben Stiller – Tropic Thunder, Tasting the Decapitated Head (DreamWorks SKG/ Paramount Pictures)

    BEST SONG FROM A MOVIE (New Category)
    •“The Wrestler” – Bruce Springsteen, The Wrestler (Fox Searchlight)


    yes the MTV movie awards is just a popularity contest no one at MTV is interested in story or anything… for christ sakes go watch 3 minutes of The Hills and you will know that there is no god.

  9. What’s more shocking is that people actually had seen Bride Wars. Hey, it kind of beats the award for the film nobody seen yet, right?

    Anyhow, having loved Slumdog Millionare, I think MTV ought to be ashamed of themselves in nominating it a “WTF” award. Since that was there, I will therefore assume that they did not understand the context of that scene and what it set up. It was humorous, but also sad: young hero of the film is locked in the outhouse and wants an autographed picture from a Bollywood celebrity. With courage, he jumps into the cesspool. and comes out. Gets the autograph!

    This establishes:

    *the determined hero
    *the living conditions of the area
    *hope for something better, a prize to cherish for years.

    The next scene? His brother steals it, and sells it for his own personal gain.

    But this is MTV and when you…well, look, when you put the Oscar Winner against the likes of The Dark Knight, Twilight and High School Musical 3 that sends a message.


    Please, take note: no Wall-E.
    I mean, hey, if they are gong as fall as Iron Man, Get Smart and Dark Knight…?

    So where’s Wall-E?
    It would beat the tarnation out of HSM3 and Twilight, that’s why!

    Anyway, I liked Twilight as well, but would I DARE put it in the same breath as The Dark Knight let along Slumdog Millionare ? Well, eat my grits and lick my tits.

    But folks, int’l friends…

    •Johnathon Schaech – Prom Night (Screen Gems)

    That rotten film? That title stealin’ bad remake in name only pissy poor excuse for a horror film?! A film which is best left forgotten? Mentioned in the same breath as “Jason” let alone Heath Ledger as The Joker??

    Since the BEST FIGHT isn’t given here, I’ll go with:
    •Seth Rogen and James Franco vs. Danny McBride – Pineapple Express (Columbia Pictures)

    What? No Hulk vs. Abomination? Okay…

    Not given, but I’d lean towards Amy Pohler or Steve Carrell.
    (I would have selected Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder)

    Y’know summthn’ …I’m feeling depressed….

  10. I dont actually think anyone that gets to vote for the oscars are any different then a bunch of screaming teenagers that vote for the mtv awards.

  11. The fact that High School Musical 3 is at all on that list discredits it. It not only sucks as a movie, but I know people in it’s target audience that hate it.

    Also, Twilight was awful. The acting was awkward and you could tell that they hated the material, the writing was cliched, and the whole thing was just bad.

  12. Best Movie – The Dark Knight [ why would they put High School Musical or the dreadful Twilight ]

    Best Female Performance – Shameless enough i have to pick Kate Winslet , Why ? Because the rest of the list sucked, Tarai J henson had moments but not great ones.

    Best Male Performance – Christian Bale , Same reason for the female departement. Why Zac Efron , A monkey with black relatives could play his part.

    Breaktough Performance female – Freida Pinto – Why ? Because there is too much High School Musical 3 on that list.

    Breaktough Performace Male – Bobb’e J. Thompson , I think this little guy i going to be the next Chris Rock. If thats a good thing.

    Best Comediac Performance – Steve Carrell , i think he will beat Jim Carrey this year. Yes Man was funny but not great. Get Smart had more sharp humor.

    Best Villian – Heath Ledger but i want to choose a alive one so i take Derek Mears. How he is Jason Voorhees , he deserves the award.

    Best Fight – Christian Bale vs. Heath Ledger , best fight of the whole year.

    Best Kiss – Freida Pinto and Dev Patel , i was so sick of Slumdog Millionaire that i just hoped he would kiss the girl , knock her up and lives in a 1 star motel at Slum Street.

    Best WTF Moment – Ben Stiller – that was really grose , but funny as hell.

    Best Song from a Movie – The Wrestler – Bruce Springsteen , the first catogorie i totally agree my pic.

    So there are my chooses , most of them are lame i know but what chose did i got. For now , lets hope that Birthlight and High Flop Musical will not win any of the awards and that the show really is going to be a MOVIE award.

  13. “Twilight leads all movies with 7 nominations. Need I say more?”

    John, correct me if I’m wrong, but I could have sworn that in your Twilight review you said you “loved” that movie, I’m not certain because the review now seems to be missing from this site, but that’s what I want to remember. Considerring that the MTV Movie Awards are essentially a popularity contest for pre-teens and they probably vote for their favorite movie in every category, whether or not it is really exceptional in that area, is it really “SO BAD” that they seem to share your affection for Twilight? Personally I find the list disheartening because I disliked Twilight quite a lot (not in it’s entirety, I was intrigued for about the first 15 minutes) but I am curious as to why you specifically mentioned a film that I remember (again, that’s the key word, I couldn’t find the review) you being very fond of, as a key example of the pointlessness of the awards show? Did your affection for Twilight lower since you’ve revisited it on DVD or something?

    Just curious, I too agree that the MTV Movie Awards are pointless and feel free to correct me if you didn’t “love” Twilight.

    “Best WTF moment”…… That is a horrifying category, I’m ashamed in humanity. Haha

    1. Hey Matt,

      I did… but I also acknowledged all the flaws in the film and I ended up just giving it a 7/10. Hardly a movie worthy of any sentence that starts with “best”.

    2. Fair enough, John. I guess me being one of the film’s detractors it’s not a huge suprise that my brain only retained the fact that you loved it, not that you said it had flaws also. No harm no foul.

      I’m curious, is your Twilight review on the site anymore, or do posts get deleted after a certain ammount of time, or is it’s absence just a big ol’ mystery? ‘Cause I couldn’t find it for the life of me.

  14. I have said it before at other websites, MTV is, and has been irrelavent for years, they have nothing to do with music, or movies for that matter, and they have some nerve to keep hosting video music awards since they don’t even play music videos anymore. Hell MTV2 was created for the express purpose of playing music videos because MTV knew they had to do something to justify the M in MTV, and now even MTV2 doesn’t play videos anymore. I wish MTV would just go away, all of their programming is mindless dribble and sadly the target audience, today’s teens, gobble it up. That’s a sad statement on the modern teenager.

  15. I think that MTV should do anything else. I don’t think they care about movies or music. You can see it on TV lineup. nothing but Reality stuff.

    This just a popular vot and Twlight well win as we know it, and it is sad to see.

  16. $50 says fucking Zac Efron will win as will the twilight people and Heath Ledger. In the past 5 years all but a few had lame skits like the tropic thunder one was the only good one last year.

  17. “Anne Hathaway – Bride Wars (20th Century Fox)”


    Have they dropped that ‘most anticipated movie’ award then? I was rather looking forward to that one.

    1. Honestly, without the self-serving promotion of their products it’s like the heart and soul has been ripped out of these awards.

      I think I shall not watch them:)

  18. It’s a fun show. It’s everyone together for one night where they can pat each other on the back and congratulate one another.

  19. Their movie awards are good for a laugh, but if you look at who attends, it’s mostly people who aren’t in movies at all.

  20. “MTV Movie Awards (AKA Pointless, Useless, Meaningless Movie Awards)”

    That makes it different from every other awards show how precisely?

    1. I don’t know Jim,

      One is voted on by an Academy of over 6000 producers, directors, actors and artists who are all in the film industry and know what they’re talking about…

      The other is a pop culture company that lets teenie boppers vote on their website. Gosh… I don’t know if there’s any difference at all.

  21. I look at all the awards shows as pointless drivel. What weight should we give to all the other crap awards? Sorry, but I’m very cynical about this stuff, and only see it as another way for the entertainment industry to squeeze a few bucks out of the sheep that follow it. I mean how does one measure the acting performance of one person in a movie against a completely different performance in a different movie? I think all these award shows are completely meaningless except to make money.

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