“Rings” Wins Top Honors at 2002 MTV Movie Awards

Director Peter Jackson accepted the MTV Movie Award for best film in a videotaped speech, dancing with his hobbit-costumed cast, after MTV viewers named The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001’s top film.

Unlike the Oscars, however, the most coveted prize at the MTV Movie Awards is not necessarily the best film award. Top honors are reserved for more saucy awards like best kiss.

Seann William Scott and Jason Biggs won best kiss for their succulent lip-lock in American Pie 2. In his acceptance speech, Scott gave credit where credit is due and thanked the dozens of girls he has kissed since the sixth grade, The Associated Press reports.

Although Moulin Rouge star Nicole Kidman was disappointed that she and co-star Ewan McGregor didn’t win best kiss, the duo did win for best musical sequence.

“I’m really bummed we didn’t win best kiss,” Kidman lamented to McGregor in her acceptance speech. “We should have rehearsed more.”

Kidman also won for best female performance for her role as the seductively beautiful Satine in Moulin Rouge.

Pop stars were also in the spotlight this year, with Will Smith winning best actor for Ali and singer Mandy Moore taking home the breakthrough actress honors for A Walk to Remember.

“I’m a baaad man,” Smith said doing his best Muhammad Ali impersonation when he took the stage to accept his award. Smith thanked his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, for putting up with the long filming schedule and added, “But it wasn’t all that bad, because I got in real good shape.”

Although The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was the most nominated film with nods in six categories, it only won two, with Orlando Bloom taking home the second for breakthrough actor of the year for his role as Legolas Greenleaf.

Best villain went to Denzel Washington for his role as crooked police officer Alonzo Harris in Training Day. Washington faced stiff competition from the other nominees in this category, including Tim Roth for Planet of the Apes, Christopher Lee for The Lord of the Rings, Aaliyah for The Queen of the Damned and Zhang Ziyi for Rush Hour 2.

While Rush Hour 2‘s villain may have been overlooked, its fight sequences certainly weren’t. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan walked away best fight winners for the action comedy.

Best on-screen team went to Vin Diesel and Paul Walker for their roles in The Fast and the Furious, a surprise hit film about illegal street racing.

Reese Witherspoon walked away with best comedic performance in Legally Blonde.

Last summer’s Pearl Harbor won top action sequences, with director Michael Bay dedicating the trophy to the thousands of lives that were lost in the bombing that propelled the United States into World War II, the AP reports.

Winners of the 2002 MTV Movie Awards were picked by a nationwide survey of MTV viewers, with nearly 8 million votes collected online. The show, which was taped at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday, will air on June 6 on MTV.