Last night’s MTV Movie Awards were… uh… hmm… how do I put this? Strange, for starters. From host Jason Sudeikis’ overabundance of Arnold Schwarzenegger jokes in his opening monologue (did he really think his audience would be into that?), to the most awkward introduction of all time (I’m looking at you, R-Pattz, for dropping the F-bomb and fumbling over handwritten notes before inviting Reese Witherspoon to the stage to accept the Generation Award), to Gary Busey in a plastic bubble/hamster ball presenting the most coveted award of the night, Best Movie (while probably 95% of attendees wondered who he was), the whole event was just bizarre.
In the big faceoff between Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Twilight won handily, with Harry Potter only taking home only one award — Best Villain (Tom Felton/Draco Malfoy). Note that this was the only category in which the wizards weren’t up against the vampires and werewolves. For those of you who tuned in, was it just me, or did Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) look visibly annoyed throughout the show? Perhaps she was coming to the realization that the torch has most certainly been passed. Her franchise used to dominate the MTV Movie Awards, and now it’s nothing but Twilight. I’d tell her to chin up, though: in the not-too-distant future, the Twilight cast is going to be yesterday’s leftovers once The Hunger Games hits theaters (Breaking Dawn Part 2 and the first Hunger Games film will both be out in 2012 — showdown!).
Watson was on hand to introduce what was supposedly an exclusive clip from Deathly Hallows Part 1, but I felt like I’d already seen it before (I guess that’s what happens when there are about ten bazillion different cuts of the same trailer and accompanying TV spots floating around). But what was truly new was the Breaking Dawn Part 1 trailer, which debuted near the end of the two-hour telecast to much fanfare. And here it is… (if you’d like to see the HD version, it’s here.)
I’ve been monitoring the online reactions to the trailer, and Twilight fans seem to be extremely pleased with it. I’m a little perplexed, because while Breaking Dawn was my favorite of Stephenie Meyer’s novels, I thought the trailer left a lot to be desired. I mean, come on… no matter how much you love Taylor Lautner (do you love him more than Pattinson does? Did you see their big smooch?), you gotta admit that the scene with Jacob ripping his shirt of was not only gratuitous, but laughable. The acting looks as melodramatic as ever. What’s giving me hope, however, is the fact that the trailer cuts out just when the story starts getting really good.
I’ll leave you with the classiest moment of the night (which isn’t saying much): Reese Witherspoon’s Generation Award acceptance speech.
For those of you who watched the MTV Movie Awards, what was your favorite moment of the night?
MTV Movie Awards winners and nominees at redbox: