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:
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 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 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)