Say what you will about Twilight fans, but they can’t be accused of not taking their idols seriously. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were left out of the Best Kiss category at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. That’s quite inexplicable — unless, of course, the MTV insiders who select the nominees felt that the MTV Movie Awards had been turned into the Twilight Movie Awards, and thus felt they needed to expand the show’s viewership now that Twilight is a movie franchise of the past. Or perhaps the strong possibility that Stewart and Pattinson would not attend the ceremony this year — following “the scandal” last summer — was another factor. Either way, that’s the first time a Stewart-Pattinson liplock has gone unrecognized in the last five years. (Scroll down for more MTV Movie Awards 2013 pictures.)
[Addendum: As clearly stated in the above paragraph, those are possibilities. What is obvious is that the MTV Movie Awards’ powers-that-be will nominate those who have a chance of showing up at the awards ceremony -- and thus help with the awards show’s TV ratings. Whether or not because of The Unmentionable (the scandal), they knew it’d be a waste of time to nominate Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, particularly in the Best Kiss category, when in all likelihood a) they would win the popular vote b) neither Stewart nor Pattinson would show up / act as television-ratings-boosters, especially considering that they don’t have any summer / fall movies to plug (unlike the overwhelming majority of MTV Movie Awards presenters and/or award recipients, who are there to sell their next gig). Did anyone notice that the Best Female Performance Award was not announced during the show -- ah, surely just a coincidence that winner Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t in attendance? Here’s more on the 2013 MTV Movie Award winners and on the Twilight boycott.]
As a result of the vampire-on-vampire-kiss snub (remember, Bella is now a vampire, too), the site Twilight Poison has urged Twi-fans to boycott this year’s MTV Movie Awards and watch The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 instead: "Let’s all pop our Breaking Dawn Part 2 DVDs at exactly the same time when the show starts … We’ll comment the movie … using the hashtag: #BreakingDawnPart2Night." (See also: “Breaking Dawn Part 2 Breaks Brazil Box-Office Record.”)
Nearly half an hour into the proceedings, #BreakingDawnPart2Night is a top trending Twitter topic in the United States. In fact, at this very moment it’s ahead of both #mtvmovieawards and #rebelwilson.
MTV Movie Awards 2013
Now, as for the MTV Movie Awards 2013, hostess Rebel Wilson talked about her "Iron Mangina," Channing Tatum’s butt, and, however unwittingly, paid homage to serial superstar Pearl White. How so? Well, Wilson told viewers that the MTV Movie Awards are celebrating their centenary, and "recalled" that back in 1913 one of the MTV Movie Award categories was Best Women Tied to Train Tracks. So, there you have it. (The fact that Pearl White’s The Perils of Pauline came out in 1914 is a minor technicality.)
MTV Movie Awards 2013 winners
Ah, as for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards winners, well, Bradley Cooper was named Best Actor (or rather, Best Male Performance deliverer) for David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. The Best Subtitled Arthouse Movie was … Oh, wait. Wrong awards ceremony.
Back to the 2013 MTV Movie Awards: Following a clip from Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, and Zachary Quinto presented the Best Fight Award. The winner was The Avengers. Accepting a bag filled with popcorn were Chris Pine (conveniently onstage), Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, and director Joss Whedon.
The Best WTF Moment Award went to Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson for their, huh, line delivery (or perhaps body language) in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Jackson’s acceptance speech featured an (inevitably censored) expletive as well. Unclear if that was supposed to induce shock, laughter, vomiting, itching, or all four.
Les Misérables’ Eddie Redmayne and Jonah Hill gave the Trailblazer Award to Emma Watson, she of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (and all of the preceding Harry Potter movies as well) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss
And finally (so far), Steve Carell and Amanda Seyfried, both of whom have movies coming up in the near future, presented the much-maligned 2013 MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss: The winners were Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva in Amour — oh, no, wait! The MTV Movie Awards are really not that different than the Academy Awards: the winners were Bradley Cooper and Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. (See also: “Best Actress Oscar Winner Jennifer Lawrence Answers ’Annoying’ Questions.”)
For the record, this year’s other Best Kiss nominees were: Emma Watson and Logan Lerman for The Perks of Being a Wallflower; Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman for Moonrise Kingdom; Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx for Django Unchained; and Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg for Ted.
Another one for the record: Steve Carell’s upcoming movies include Despicable Me 2 (voice only) and Sundance Film Festival hit The Way, Way Back. Amanda Seyfried will next be seen in Justin Zackham’s The Big Wedding, co-starring Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, and Ben Barnes, which opens on April 26.
Eddie Redmayne, Selena Gomez, Zachary Quinto and Logan Lerman photos: MTV Movie Awards.