The 2011 MTV Movie Awards: The Best And Worst Moments

It’s funny. I always thought I despised the red carpet arrival specials that proceed most awards shows and are a flurry of what-are-you-wearing questions. But for last night’s MTV Movie Awards, the network decided to do away with this tradition. Instead, they aired the season finale of “America’s Best Dance Crew” and then dropped us straight into the awards show with a “Hangover 2” spoof. It felt like there was no wind up, no anticipation built. Let’s just say that I will never roll my eyes at another red carpet special again, as I now see that they serve a purpose.

Overall, last night’s MTV Movie Awards seemed a little … flat. Jason Sudeikis’ jokes elicited scowls rather than laughter. The presenter pairings—always people starring in a movie together—felt a little shillfesty. And almost all of the awards for the night went to the same movie—”Twilight: Eclipse“—a problem since the cast members didn’t seem to even want them.

But that said, there were some great moments, too. After the jump, the five best and worst moments. The Best Moments:

  • The world premiere previews for “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” Both may be one-half of two-part final installments of mega-franchises, but they also both look good.

  • This year, MTV debuted a new award category: Best Line From A Movie. It was totally adorable when 7-year-old Alexis Nicole Sanchez won for her genius “chocolate wasted” moment in the movie “Grown-ups.” Her acceptance speech was so sweet because she was one of the few all night who seemed genuinely excited to win.
  • I appreciated when Jason Sudeikis called out Blake Lively for her nude pics. (While her publicist has denied they are real, as more details emerge, it seems clear they are.) As Jason announced Blake’s entrance along with her “Green Lantern” co-star, he said, ”Here’s Ryan Reynolds and someone that we believe is the real Blake Lively though she won’t confirm it.”
  • When Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson won for Best Kiss they didn’t smooch themselves. Instead, Robert ran into the audience and planted one on Taylor Lautner. Writers of gay “Twilight” fanfic no doubt rejoiced!

  • Yeah, Robert Pattinson kind of made the awards show. He presented Reese Witherspoon with her Generation Award (which, huh? she’s only 35!) along with Patrick Dempsey and Chelsea Handler. When it was his turn to speak, he froze awkwardly. Chelsea told him to look at the teleprompter. “It just says ‘ad-lib,'” explains Robert. He began to read from a napkin with notes on it, explaining that in his first movie, Reese played his mother but had him cut out of the final film, and that in his most recent flick, “Water for Elephants,” he played her lover. “I didn’t cut you out, but I did f**k you,” he said, letting an f-bomb fly through the censor. Reese later corrected him. “By the way, Rob, the punch line to your joke was, I played your mother, then we had a sex scene, so really you’re the best mother f**ker in Hollywood.

The Worst Moments:

  • The trailer for “Super 8.” The plot of the movie has largely been kept a secret until now and we wish it had stayed that way. The teaserish trailers we’d seen until now looked terrifying. But this one just felt a touch hokey.

  • I know others liked this, but I thought it was totally lame when Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake grabbed each other’s bits saying they’re like “brother and sister.” Right, because siblings usually grope each other?
  • MTV really needs to work on making their movie awards something actors actually want. When Tom Felton won for Best Villain, he said, ”This will look very nice in my downstairs toilet, thank you.” It seemed to sum up a basic feeling. And if no one wants to win, why are we watching?
  • Last night’s performances by the Foo Fighters and Lupe Fiasco were fine, but also a touch sad. Where were the huge exciting musical numbers from mega-stars that I was expecting? This is MTV, no?
  • Close to the end of the show, Jason joined Jason Bateman and Charlie Day on stage to promote their new movie “Horrible Bosses.” At one point, Jason said, ”I have a lot of pressure on me… I might be a dad soon.” Funny. But hey, it’s on January Jones to say whether he’s the father of her baby or not. And so far she’s chosen to keep quiet on the matter.

So obviously, I was a little disappointed with the show. But what did you think?

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