The second installment of the hugely popular "Hunger Games"
books beat out this year's Oscar best picture winner "12 Years a
Slave" in online voting that continued through much of the show.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson won best female and male
performances for their roles as Katniss and Peeta, the two
youths fighting to give hope to an oppressed society.
At the unbuttoned awards ceremony in downtown Los Angeles hosted
by comedian Conan O'Brien, awards also went to the best
shirtless performance for Zac Efron and best kiss, a three-way
smooch between Will Poulter, Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts
in the comedy "We're the Millers".
But there were also serious moments in the show. Hutcherson
remembered his "Hunger Games" cast mate Philip Seymour Hoffman,
who died of a drug overdose earlier this year.
"I know that if Philip were here, he would think this is really
cool," said Hutcherson.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has earned more than $850
million at the worldwide box office and two more films,
Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, will complete the franchise from
In one of the night's upsets, Tris, played by Shailene Woodley
in "Divergent, won favorite character of the year, coming from
behind in last-minute voting to surpass Lawrence's Katniss. They
each received more than 9 million votes.
O'Brien, 50 years old and noticeably older than most award
winners and audience members, kicked off the show by trying to
break the record for the most celebrity cameos in his intro,
notching up 50. Among them were Taylor Swift, who gave him a
manicure, and Internet sensation Grumpy Cat, who slept in the
front row of the audience.
BEST SHIRTLESS ACCEPTANCE
Among the most buzz-worthy moments of the night were Efron's
shirtless acceptance of his award, thanks to help from singer
Rita Ora, and actor Seth Rogen giving his mother a prolonged
kiss on stage.
The night's musical performances included a duet by Rihanna
and Eminem singing "The Monster" before they head out on tour
together this summer. There was also a tribute to Paul Walker, a
fixture in the street car racing franchise "Fast and Furious,"
who died in a car crash last year.
[to top of second column]
The awards are an opportunity for film fans to pick their favorites,
in contrast to most of the film industry awards, like the Oscars,
which are voted by elite industry groups.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" and "American Hustle" got a chance to
redeem themselves after walking away empty-handed from the Oscars on
March 2. They each landed eight nods for the MTV awards, but also
won little on Sunday.
Jonah Hill won best comedic performance for his role as the
drug-addled swindling stockbroker in director Martin Scorsese's "The
Wolf of Wall Street," a role for which he was nominated for the
Oscar for best supporting actor.
And Jared Leto, who won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role
as a transgender woman in "Dallas Buyers Club," earned the MTV award
for best on-screen transformation
The MTV Trailblazer Award went to actor Channing Tatum for his
versatility in playing everything from a dancer from the wrong side
of the tracks to a hero trying to save the world from danger.
Mark Wahlberg, who most recently starred in the Afghanistan war
drama "Lone Survivor, received this year's MTV Generation Award, an
honor given to those who engage with the MTV audience throughout
Wahlberg, 42, joked with the much younger audience that the award
probably signaled that his career was over.
"This is 'You're (expletive) done'," said Wahlberg. "But you know
what? It was a great run."
(Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.