The 2012 MTV Movie Awards Nominations Have Been Announced

'The Hunger Games' & 'Bridemaids' Garner the Most Noms

This June, MTV will host its annual Movie Awards show so that they can honor what they consider the best of the best in film. This year, the MTV Movie Awards has been overhauled a bit with new categories and a new voting process. The nominations for this year’s awards show have been announced today and The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids lead the pack with the most noms. Click below to find out what other films have been nominated for The MTV Movie Awards this year and learn more about this year’s show.

The nominees are in for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards,” with The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids neck-in-neck with eight nominations each, including the categories “MOVIE OF THE YEAR,” “BEST CAST” and “BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE.” Fans will have the “Power of the Popcorn” in their hands as winner voting opens today, May 1 at 8AM ET/5AM PT, at MovieAwards.MTV.com and will stay open through Saturday, June 2nd. As in previous years, the category of “MOVIE OF THE YEAR” will remain an ongoing battle throughout the live show when the 21st annual “2012 MTV Movie Awards” airs live on Sunday, June 3rd at 9pm ET/PT on MTV from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. The “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will put the spotlight on one of the most diverse roster of nominated films in years for the show. Featuring a broad array of movies that resonated with our audience this year, the nominations include both blockbusters and critically acclaimed films such as “Drive,” “Like Crazy,” “The Descendants,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and “My Week with Marilyn.” This year’s telecast will also be a theatrical throwdown between two funny ladies and an action star as Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Jennifer Lawrence all received four nominations each, the most for all female actors nominated. Emma Stone, Emma Watson and Rooney Mara are close on their heels, with three nods each and are in a dead heat in categories like “BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE.” The heat is on for the men too with Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Josh Hutcherson receiving four nominations and facing off in categories like “BEST MALE PERFORMANCE,” “BEST KISS” and “BEST FIGHT.”

Nominees for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” are as follows (*denotes new category/**voted on by an Academy of Directors):

MOVIE OF THE YEAR (voting stays live throughout the “2012 Movie Awards” ceremony)
Bridesmaids
Director: Paul Feig, Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend (Universal Pictures)
The Hunger Games
Director: Gary Ross, Producers: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik (Lionsgate)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Director: David Yates, Producers: David Heyman, David Barron, J.K. Rowling (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Help
Director: Tate Taylor, Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Brunson Green (DreamWorks)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Director: Bill Condon, Producers: Karen Rosenfelt, Wyck Godfrey, Stephenie Meyer
(Summit Entertainment)

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Emma Stone – Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures)

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Channing Tatum – The Vow (Sony Pictures)
Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50 (Summit Entertainment)
Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Ryan Gosling – Drive (FilmDistrict)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE**
Elle Fanning – Super 8 (Paramount Pictures)
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Liam Hemsworth – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures)
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants (Fox Searchlight)

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Jonah Hill – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Oliver Cooper – Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover Part II (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST CAST*
21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures) – Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Ellie Kemper, Brie Larson
Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures) – Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton
The Help (DreamWorks) – Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain
The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz

BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION*
Collin Farrell – Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Johnny Depp – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn (The Weinstein Company)
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures)

BEST FIGHT
Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill vs. Kid Gang – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
Daniel Radcliffe vs. Ralph Fiennes – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Tom Cruise vs. Michael Nyqvist – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Paramount Pictures)
Tom Hardy vs. Joel Edgerton – Warrior (Lionsgate)

BEST KISS
Channing Tatum & Rachel McAdams – The Vow (Sony Pictures)
Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
(Summit Entertainment)
Rupert Grint & Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone – Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST GUT-WRENCHING PERFORMANCE*
21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures) – Jonah Hill & Rob Riggle
Schmidt shoots Coach Walters in the d#@k
Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures) – Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper
Food poisoning turns the girls’ dress fitting into a disaster
Drive (FilmDistrict) – Ryan Gosling
Elevator beat-down
The Help (DreamWorks) – Bryce Dallas Howard
Minny gives Hilly a pie she won’t forget
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Paramount Pictures) – Tom Cruise
Ethan Hunt scales to new heights

BEST ON-SCREEN DIRTBAG*
Bryce Dallas Howard – The Help (DreamWorks)
Collin Farrell – Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Jennifer Aniston – Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Jon Hamm – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Oliver Cooper – Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST MUSIC*
“The Devil is in the Details,” Chemical Brothers – Hanna (Focus Features)
Interrogation scene
“Impossible,” Figurine – Like Crazy (Paramount Vantage)
Anna texts Jacob from across the pond
“Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
House dance party
“Pursuit of Happiness,” Kid Cudi (Steve Aoki Remix) – Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The party erupts into chaos
“A Real Hero,” College w/Electric Youth – Drive (FilmDistrict)
The Driver takes Irene and her son for a fun ride

My guess is that Bridesmaids will clean up in the comedic categories and The Hunger Games will do very well elsewhere. Because there are “academy voters” this year, MTV is hoping to legitimize its annual Movie Awards. Meh. We’ll see. The fans will still get to vote in some categories so the films with the most rabid fanbase (or have any association at ALL with Justin Bieber) will do well this year. What do y’all think of these noms, are you pleased? What do y’all think of the MTV Movie Awards overall? Is this an awards show that you enjoy from year to year? Who are YOU rooting for to win the coveted Golden Popcorn Award trophy?

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  1. ClaireMichelle

    I am pulling for the Hunger Games to win a lot of these awards! The film is just so fantastic, the awards would be well earned!

  2. The MTV Movie Awards are fun, but I don’t know that anyone really takes them too seriously. They definitely keep it entertaining, though!

    • Krissy

      I agree. The nominees only matter because that is who will show up to the show. I dont think I can remember any film/actor who has won one of these awards (with the exception of McAdams/Gosling best kiss).

  3. muchacha

    Man, I love the Hanna soundtrack. Props to MTV for recognizing the greatness.

  4. I cannot believe how that girl who made out with a taxidermy’d wolf in Cabin In The Woods was overlooked for Best Kiss.

  5. Caitlin

    Love that The Hunger Games has totally outshone twilight, as it should!

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