Keanu Reeves nominated for best actor? Impossible but true!
The MTV Movie Awards 2000 nominations were announced today, proving once again that the lighting-rod network for American youth culture knows what kids like, even if it only has about 10 different music videos in its rotation.
Truth be told, hipper-than-thou MTV's choices for the best of last year's film crop really aren't all that much hipper than the stuffy Academy Awards and Golden Globes, except for one truly revolutionary nod to the great Mr. Reeves.
Along with the best actor mention, the dude's sci-fi vehicle "The Matrix" nabbed 5 other nominations including best movie, best breakthrough female performance for co-star Carrie Anne Moss, best on-screen duo (Reeves and Laurence Fishburne), best action sequence and, finally, best fight sequence.
The MTV folks also really liked "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me", which also received six nominations, and "Cruel Intentions", the second-most nominated film this year with 5 nods. Rounding out the top-nominated flicks are Adam Sandler's "Big Daddy" with four nominations, and "American Pie" with three nominations.
The awards, hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker, will air June 8 at 9 p.m. EDT.
Here's the complete list of nominees:
Best Movie "American Beauty" "American Pie" "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" "The Matrix" "The Sixth Sense"
Best Male Performance Adam Sandler ("Big Daddy") Bruce Willis ("The Sixth Sense) Jim Carrey ("Man on the Moon) Keanu Reeves ("The Matrix") Ryan Phillippe ("Cruel Intentions")
Best Female Performance Ashley Judd ("Double Jeopardy") Drew Barrymore ("Never Been Kissed") Julia Roberts ("Runaway Bride") Neve Campbell ("Scream 3") Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Cruel Intentions")
Breakthrough Performance Male Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense") Jamie Foxx ("Any Given Sunday") Jason Biggs ("American Pie") Michael Clarke Duncan ("The Green Mile") Wes Bentley ("American Beauty")
Breakthrough Performance Female Carrie Anne Moss ("The Matrix") Julia Stiles ("10 Things I Hate About You") Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry") Selma Blair ("Cruel Intentions") Shannon Elizabeth ("American Pie")
Best On-Screen Duo Adam Sandler and Cole and Dylan Sprouse ("Big Daddy") Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense") Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne ("The Matrix") Mike Myers and Verne Troyer ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me") Tom Hanks and Tim Allen ("Toy Story 2")
Best Villain Christopher Walken ("Sleepy Hollow") Matt Damon ("The Talented Mr. Ripley") Mike Myers ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me") Ray Park ("Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace") Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Cruel Intentions")
Best Comedic Performance Adam Sandler ("Big Daddy") Ice Cube ("Next Friday") Jason Biggs ("American Pie") Mike Myers ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me") Parker Posey ("Scream 3")
Best Musical Performance "Just the Two of Us" ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me") "Uncle F**KA" ("South Park") "Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano" ("The Talented Mr. Ripley") "Can't Take Me Eyes Off Of You" ("10 Things I Hate About You")
Best Kiss Drew Barrymore and Michael Vartan ("Never Been Kissed") Hilary Swank and Chloe Sevigny ("Boys Don't Cry") Katie Holmes and Barry Watson ("Teaching Mrs. Tingle") Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair ("Cruel Intentions")
Best Action Sequence "The Blair Witch Project" (End Sequence) "The Matrix" (Rooftop/Helicopter Scene) "The Mummy" (Sand Monster Scene) "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" (The Pod Race)
Best Fight Sequence "Fight Club" (Edward Norton vs. Himself) "The Matrix" (Keanu Reeves vs. Laurence Fishburne) "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" (Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor vs. Ray Park) "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (Mike Myers vs. Verne Troyer)
The two faces of Don Corleone may be reunited in the upcoming crime drama "The Score." Daily Variety reports that Marlon Brando is in negotiations to co-star alongside Robert De Niro in the Frank Oz-helmed project. Also starring in the film is Edward Norton ("American History X").
Brando and De Niro last appeared in the same movie as the younger and older faces of Corleone in "The Godfather: Part II." Their collaboration on "The Score" marks the first time they will appear together in the same scenes.
The story involves a young con played by Norton who seeks out De Niro's veteran thieving skills to pull off one last heist. Brando will play De Niro's fence. Shooting on the Mandalay/Paramount project is set to begin in late April in Montreal.
AH-NULD SEEKS 'DAMAGE': Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed up for action in "Collateral Damage," a story about a man who hunts down the terrorist responsible for the bombing murders of his wife and child. According to Variety, "The Fugitive's" Andrew Davis is the assigned director on the Warner Bros. project based on a spec script titled "Thou Shalt Not Kill."
'TURNPIKES' HEADS FOR THE EXIT: The Kelsey Grammer project "New Jersey Turnpikes" has been directed to the off-ramp. Universal Pictures has put the brakes on the basketball comedy, a mockumentary about a fictional team during the last days of the American Basketball Association in 1975.
Grammer stars in director Bryan Buckley's 1998 film as the general manager of the worst team in the league. Other stars in the film include Robert Conrad, Lee Majors, Jim Brown and Orlando Jones.
Variety reports that the studio has pulled the film off its schedule and is putting it up for sale. The studio's also decided to rename its Norm MacDonald comedy to "Screwed." Other titles tossed around: "Ballbusted," "Pittsburgh" and "Foolproof."