Now, the highlight of the MTV Movie Awards 2013 ceremony wasn't a speech, an expletive, or Taylor Lautner's fat suit. Instead, that (somewhat dubious) honor goes to Safety Not Guaranteed and Parks and Recreation actress Aubrey Plaza, who tried to seize Will Ferrell's Comedic Genius Golden Popcorn onstage. (Image: Will Ferrell and Aubrey Plaza onstage at the MTV Movie Awards 2013.)
Now, if online reports are to be believed, that Will Ferrell vs. Aubrey Plaza match was unscripted. Plaza, with the name of her upcoming film The To Do List scribbled on her chest, was reportedly inebriated – and perhaps got hungry and felt the urge to eat popcorn? Or perhaps she was inspired by William A. Wellman's A Star Is Born, in which a drunken Fredric March accidentally slaps Best Actress Oscar winner Janet Gaynor onstage. But if so, why didn't Plaza slap Will Ferrell? Who the hell knows?
According to MTV, following the Ferrell Popcorn to-do, Aubrey Plaza was asked to leave the theater. Too bad, they should have made her the show's hostess. At least Plaza was one individual at the MTV Movie Awards 2013 who had no qualms about letting everybody know exactly why she attended the ceremony. (Scroll down for a video of the Will Ferrell / Aubrey Plaza popcorn-wrestling match.)
Twilight fans vs. MTV Movie Awards 2013
Apart from Aubrey Plaza stealing the spotlight from Will Ferrell, the most interesting thing about the MTV Movie Awards 2013 were Twilight fans stealing the spotlight from the MTV Movie Awards themselves. Twifans were mad as hell because this year MTV didn't give them a chance to vote for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart – especially in the Best Kiss category. Throughout the ceremony, the hashtag #BreakingDawnPart2Night was a Twitter trending topic, oftentimes above #mtvmovieawards. And when Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were announced as the Best Kiss winners, #RobstenIsTheBestKiss became a top trending topic as well.
MTV Movie Awards 2013 performers and presenters
Performers at the MTV Movie Awards 2013 included show hostess Rebel Wilson, Selena Gomez, Skylar Astin, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Anna Camp, Esther Dean, Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, Brittany Snow, Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis.
Needless to say, most of them with movies to be released in the coming months or currently in theaters, MTV Movie Awards 2013 presenters included Melissa McCarthy; Grown Ups 2's Adam Sandler and Chris Rock; Star Trek Into Darkness' Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana; Eddie Redmayne; Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Stuck in Love's Logan Lerman, Jonah Hill; Despicable Me 2 and The Way, Way Back's Steve Carell; The Big Wedding's Amanda Seyfried; Snoop Dogg, Ke$ha; and Peter Dinklage.
Also: Fast and Furious 6's Jordana Brewster, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Paul Walker; At Any Price's Zac Efron; Danny McBride; Seth Rogen; Quvenzhané Wallis; Carrie and Kick-Ass 2's Chloë Grace Moretz; Temptation's Kim Kardashian; Kerry Washington; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's Liam Hemsworth; Ashley Rickards; Scary Movie 5's Tyler Posey, and World War Z's Brad Pitt.
Watch the Will Ferrell-Aubrey Plaza to-do below.
The MTV Movie Awards 2013 came to a close earlier this evening at the Sony Pictures Studios in the Los Angeles area, after Brad Pitt announced the year's Best Film: Michael Haneke's Amour? David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis? Or even Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Ben Affleck's Argo, or Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty? Nope. Leos Carax's Holy Motors? Are you mad? Try The Avengers, Joss Whedon's special-effects fest starring grown men and women dressed in Halloween costumes. If only most Halloween parties were that successful: The Avengers grossed $1.51 billion worldwide. Take that, The Master, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and This Is Not a Film!
People are always complaining that the Academy Awards are elitist, that voters are too old, too male, and too white (and, if I may add, too wealthy and too L.A. Westside-based) to represent actual moviegoers. Well, the MTV Movie Awards give you an idea of what the Oscars would look like if “the average moviegoer” selected the year's top movies.
Instead of Satyajit Ray, Jean-Luc Godard, or Andrzej Wajda winning Honorary Awards, you'd get Will Ferrell (Comedic Genius) and Jamie Foxx (Generation Award). Instead of Best Editing or Best Cinematography or Best Foreign Language Film, you'd have Best Kiss, Best Fight, and Best WTF Moment. I don't know, but I'd venture to say that maybe it's not such a bad thing that Oscar voters are so “out of touch.”
MTV Movie Awards 2013 winners range from Life of Pi to Breaking Dawn - Part 2
Anyhow, besides The Avengers, the MTV Movie Awards 2013 winners were the following: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook for Best Kiss, with Cooper alone onstage – but not making love to himself à la Kristen Stewart a year or so ago; Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained for Best WTF Moment; and Martin Freeman a.k.a. Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for Best Hero. (So much for Christian Bale's Batman, the hero to end all heroes, in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.)
The Best Musical Moment went to Pitch Perfect; Bradley Cooper gave the Best Male Performance in Silver Linings Playbook; the Best Villain was Tom Hiddleston's Loki from The Avengers, while the Best Fight trophy also went to The Avengers.
Emma Watson was handed the Trailblazer Award, while MTV Movie Awards 2013 hostess Rebel Wilson won the Breakthrough Performance Award for Pitch Perfect. The Best Shirtless Performance went to Taylor Lautner for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. (Curiously, the MTV Movie Awards don't have a Best Pantless Performance category; hopefully that'll be rectified in the near future.)
No-shows get no award announcements
Missing from the show, but announced afterwards, were the winners in the following categories: Best Female Performance for absentee Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook; Best Scared-as-Sh*t Performance for Suraj Sharma for Life of Pi; and Best On-Screen Duo for Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane for Ted. Apparently, if you're a no-show at the ceremony, your MTV Movie Award automatically becomes a no-show as well. (That, gasp!, would indicate that the identity of the winners is known long before their names are announced to the public.)
Will Ferrell and Aubrey Plaza MTV Movie Awards 2013 screengrab: MTV.
Picture of Best Shirtless Performance winner Taylor Lautner at the MTV Movie Awards 2013: MTV.