The “2012 MTV Movie Awards” broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheatre with unexpected moments from a stage fashioned as a futuristic drive-in, immersing fans in the magic of the movies. Master of Ceremonies Russell Brand set the tone for a night of surprise moments and wins as well as electric musical performances. Among the biggest moments was an introduction by Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry of Johnny Depp, the recipient of this year’s Generation Award, right before the Academy Award® nominated actor shocked the audience by strapping on his guitar and joining The Black Keys for a no-holds-barred rendition of the rock duo’s “Gold On the Ceiling” into “Lonely Boy.”
Chart-topping indie rock band fun. got the show off to a rousing start with a rendition of their anthem “We Are Young,” performing inside a giant velvet-padded box and flanked by a 12-person choir and singer Janelle Monae. The band kicked off a night that recognized first-time golden popcorn winners as well as fan-favorite films and a diverse array of filmmakers, actors and musical artists. The audience was treated to an epic tribute to the first two installments of “The Dark Knight” trilogy and an exclusive sneak peek of “The Dark Knight Rises,” introduced by director, writer and producer Christopher Nolan, along with cast members Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman.
The most wins of the night went to “The Hunger Games” with four wins in the BEST FEMALE, BEST MALE, BEST FIGHT and BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION categories, followed by “Bridesmaids” with two awards and, in a fitting close to the franchise, Emma Watson was on-hand to accept BEST CAST and the first-ever socially voted BEST HERO popcorns for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” First-time Movie Awards winner Shailene Woodley was chosen by a special academy of film directors as this year’s BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE winner for “The Descendants,” and Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson took home her fourth-straight win in the BEST KISS category for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.”
This year’s newest categories also saw big wins, with Jennifer Aniston being honored in the ON-SCREEN DIRTBAG category, the cast of “Bridesmaids” taking home BEST GUT-WRENCHING PERFORMANCE for the flick’s infamous food poisoning scene, and LMFAO winning BEST MUSIC for “Party Rock Anthem” in “21 Jump Street.”
Emma Stone was honored with the inaugural MTV TRAILBLAZER AWARD, which went off the rails when the presentation turned into a hilarious roast featuring Octavia Spencer, Jim Carrey, Mila Kunis, Anna Faris, Steve Carell and Jason Sudeikis. With friends like these, Stone doesn’t need enemies.
The original party animal Charlie Sheen emerged on-stage to pay tribute to the greatest party films of all time, bestowing “Project X” as the next in line to become an Instant Cult Classic. Wiz Khalifa then took to the stage to perform his new single “Work Hard, Play Hard,” inside his very own house party, complete with kids dancing, and streamers and red cups flying. Throughout the telecast, DJ Martin Solveig re-invented classic movie soundtracks, bringing a beat to everything from “Jaws” to “Pulp Fiction” to “Star Wars.”
The final award of the night went to “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” in the MOVIE OF THE YEAR category.
Winners of 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)
- “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”
Director: Bill Condon, Producers: Karen Rosenfelt, Wyck Godfrey, Stephenie Meyer
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
- Jennifer Lawrence – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
- Josh Hutcherson – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
- Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight)
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
- Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids” (Universal Pictures)
- “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton
BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION*
- Elizabeth Banks – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
- Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
- Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart – “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”
BEST GUT-WRENCHING PERFORMANCE*
- “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
BEST ON-SCREEN DIRTBAG*
- Jennifer Aniston – “Horrible Bosses” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
- “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO – “21 Jump Street” (Sony Pictures)
House dance party
MovieAwards.MTV.com is the official site for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” where fans can get up-to-date info on this year’s show, watch video of the biggest occurrences, get the full list of 2012 show winners, and check out fashion and celebrity commentary from the red carpet.
The “2012 MTV Movie Awards” aired across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching more than 600 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content reached the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.
Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves serves as Executive Producer for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards.” Garrett English serves as Executive Producer and Executive In Charge for MTV. Amy Doyle is Executive in Charge of Music and Celebrity Talent. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music Talent. Wendy Plaut serves as Co-Executive Producer and Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. Lee Lodge serves as Co-Executive Producer.
Official sponsors of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards include Bing, Chevrolet®, Sprint®, State Farm® and Taco Bell®.
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About Den of Thieves:
Founded in 2007 by Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager, Den of Thieves has quickly emerged as a force for ambitious event shows and uniquely stylized reality television series. Using their extensive experience working with talent, Ignjatovic and Prager launched Den of Thieves as the TV arm of the Warner Music Group in 2007. After a successful three year partnership, they branched out and are now fully independent. Den of Thieves continues to create, develop and produce original television.