MTV Movie Awards nominees

“Good evening, my dress is see-through,” 2000 MTV Movie Awards host Sarah Jessica Parker said during her introduction to the ceremony.

Snappy one-liners like those are what make the MTV Movie Awards – or any MTV awards show for that matter – unique.

Long after the dust has settled on the crowded movie-award season, MTV rolls out its own red carpet to honor, well, not always the best that Hollywood has to offer.

The whole event has an air of informality. The stars are much more likely to wear urban cool than evening formal. MTV’s viewers decide who walk away the big winners.

Jimmy Fallon and Kirsten Dunst will host the 10th annual show, scheduled for Thursday, June 7, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Up for Best Movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Erin Brockovich, Gladiator, Hannibal and The X-Men.

Joel Gallen, who produced last year’s awards show, told The Detroit News that the awards show gets harder each year to stage. Challenges come in the form of topping such features as the movie spoof segments.

The MTV Movie Awards show also is trimmed for two hours, which, Gallen said, is the target audience’s attention span.

“We keep the best stuff and capture a lot of really great moments backstage that I don’t think we would be able to do if the show was aired live,” Gallen told The Detroit News before last year’s ceremony. “All that stuff makes it a cooler and better show.”

The MTV Movie Awards aren’t your typical movie awards. Sure, there are prizes for Best Picture, Director, Actress, but there also are plaudits for Best Kiss, Villain, Fight Sequence, and more.

MTV relies on its audience, which considers anyone older than 35 decidedly over-the-hill, and polls viewers to select nominees. This year, the show will include four new award categories: Favorite line from a movie, Best Cameo, Best Music Moment and Best Dressed nominations.

The MTV Movie Awards always promises a few unforgettable moments. In 1999, when Jim Carrey, dressed like The Doors’ late Jim Morrison, stumbled onstage to accept the Best Male Performance award for The Truman Show.

The never-shy actor tossed his hair from side to side as he smoked his cigarette, thanked the ladies for “looking so pretty,” and dedicated his award to his “new biker friends.”

Music also plays a prominent role in the evening’s entertainment. Last year, ‘N Sync sang “It’s Gonna Be Me,” the second single from their No Strings Attached album, for the first time on television. Metallica offered up “I Disappear,” the metal institution’s contribution to the Mission: Impossible 2 soundtrack. Rapper D’Angelo’s, bearing his famous “six pack,” performed a selection from his Voodoo album.

The Nominees

Best Movie

The X-Men

Hannibal

Erin Brockovich

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Gladiator

Best Male Performance

Tom CruiseMission: Impossible 2

Mel GibsonThe Patriot

Omar Epps – Love and Basketball

Tom Hanks -Cast Away

Russell CroweGladiator

Best Female Performance

Julia RobertsErin Brockovich

Jennifer LopezThe Cell

Julia StilesSave the Last Dance

AaliyahRomeo Must Die

Kate HudsonAlmost Famous

Best Comedic Performance

Ben Stiller – Meet the Parents

Martin LawrenceBig Momma’s House

Tom GreenRoad Trip

Eddie MurphyNutty Professor II: The Klumps

Jim CarreyMe, Myself & Irene

Best On-Screen Team

Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz & Lucy LiuCharlie’s Angels

Robert De Niro & Ben StillerMeet the Parents

George Clooney, John Turturro & Tim Blake NelsonO Brother, Where Art Thou?

Tom Hanks & Wilson – Cast Away

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry & James MarsdenThe X-Men

Best Villain

Joaquin PhoenixGladiator

Anthony HopkinsHannibal

Kevin BaconHollow Man

Jim CarreyDr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Vincent D’OnofrioThe Cell

Breakthrough Performance Male

Ashton KutcherDude, Where’s My Car?

Jack BlackHigh Fidelity

Tom GreenRoad Trip

Sean Patrick ThomasSave the Last Dance

Patrick FugitAlmost Famous

Hugh JackmanThe X-Men

Breakthrough Performance Female

Zhang ZiyiCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

AaliyahRomeo Must Die

Piper PeraboCoyote Ugly

Erika ChristensenTraffic

Anna Faris – Scary Movie

Best Kiss

Julia Stiles & Sean Patrick ThomasSave the Last Dance

Ben Affleck & Gwyneth PaltrowBounce

Anna Faris & Jon AbrahamsScary Movie

Julianne Moore & Anthony HopkinsHannibal

Tom Hanks & Helen HuntCast Away

Best Action Sequence

Car Chase Through Construction Site – Gone in 60 Seconds

Roman Army vs. Germanian Horde – Gladiator

Motorcycle Chase – Mission: Impossible 2

Plane Crash – Cast Away

Best Fight

Zhang Ziyi vs. Entire Bar – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Russell Crowe vs. Masked Opponent and Tiger – Gladiator

Jet Li with Hose vs. Attackers – Romeo Must Die

Drew Barrymore vs. Attackers – Charlie’s Angels

Best Dance Sequence

Cameron Diaz Fantasy Sequence – Charlie’s Angels

Opening Cheer – Bring It On

Billy’s First Lesson – Billy Elliot

Club Scene – Save the Last Dance

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