Johannesburg/Lagos, 4 June 2012: The "2012 MTV Movie Awards", which took place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles last night (3 June 2012) immersed fans in the magic of the movies by providing unexpected moments from a stage fashioned as a futuristic drive-in.
Master of Ceremonies Russell Brand set the tone for a night of surprises, which saw the most wins of the night going to "The Hunger Games", which scored four wins in the BEST FEMALE, BEST MALE, BEST FIGHT and BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION categories. Second up was "Bridesmaids", which won two awards while, in a fitting close to the Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson was on-hand to accept BEST CAST and the first-ever socially-voted BEST HERO popcorns for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."
First-time Movie Awards winner Shailene Woodley was chosen by a special academy of film directors as this year's BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE winner for "The Descendants," and Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson took home her fourth-straight win in the BEST KISS category for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1."
This year's newest categories also saw big wins, with Jennifer Aniston being honoured in the ON-SCREEN DIRTBAG category, the cast of "Bridesmaids" taking home BEST GUT-WRENCHING PERFORMANCE (for the flick's infamous food poisoning scene), and LMFAO winning BEST MUSIC for "Party Rock Anthem" in "21 Jump Street."
Emma Stone was honoured with the inaugural MTV TRAILBLAZER AWARD, which went off the rails when the presentation turned into a hilarious mini-roast featuring Octavia Spencer, Jim Carrey, Mila Kunis, Anna Faris, Steve Carell and Jason Sudeikis. With friends like these, Stone doesn't need enemies…
The original party animal Charlie Sheen emerged on-stage to pay tribute to the greatest party films of all time, bestowing "Project X" as the next in line to become an Instant Cult Classic. Wiz Khalifa then took to the stage to perform his new single "Work Hard, Play Hard," inside his very own house party, complete with kids dancing, and streamers and red cups flying. Throughout the telecast, DJ Martin Solveig re-invented classic movie soundtracks, bringing a beat to everything from "Jaws" to "Pulp Fiction" to "Star Wars."
The final award went to "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1" in the MOVIE OF THE YEAR category.
Among the biggest moments of the evening was the introduction by Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry of Johnny Depp, the recipient of this year's Generation Award, right before the Academy Award® nominated actor shocked the audience by strapping on his guitar and joining The Black Keys for a no-holds-barred rendition of the rock duo's "Gold On the Ceiling" and "Lonely Boy."
Chart-topping indie rock band fun. got the show off to a rousing start with a rendition of their anthem "We Are Young," performing inside a giant velvet-padded box flanked by a 12-person choir and singer Janelle Monae. The band kicked off a night that recognized first-time golden popcorn winners as well as fan-favourite films and a diverse array of filmmakers, actors and musical artists.
Other highlights of the night included an epic tribute to the first two installments of "The Dark Knight" trilogy and an exclusive sneak peek of "The Dark Knight Rises," introduced by director, writer and producer Christopher Nolan, along with cast members Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman.
Winners of the "2012 MTV Movie Awards" are as follows (*denotes new category/**voted on by an Academy of Directors):
MOVIE OF THE YEAR (voting stays live throughout the 2012 Movie Awards ceremony)
· "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1"
Director: Bill Condon, Producers: Karen Rosenfelt, Wyck Godfrey, Stephenie Meyer
( Summit Entertainment)
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
· Jennifer Lawrence – "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate)
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
· Josh Hutcherson – "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate)
· Shailene Woodley – "The Descendants" (Fox Searchlight)
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
· Melissa McCarthy – "Bridesmaids" (Universal Pictures)
· "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton
BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION*
· Elizabeth Banks – "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate)
· Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig – "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate)
· Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart – "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1"
BEST GUT-WRENCHING PERFORMANCE*
· "Bridesmaids" (Universal Pictures) – Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper
BEST ON-SCREEN DIRTBAG*
· Jennifer Aniston – "Horrible Bosses" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· "Party Rock Anthem," LMFAO – "21 Jump Street" (Sony Pictures)
House dance party