Just when you thought the awards season was over, there comes the final show guaranteed to heat up the small screens: the MTV Movie Awards 2015. The Oscars’ much younger brother, first staged in 1992, may not be as prestigious but it’s almost as star-studded and arguably more entertaining and unexpected than the former. Hosted by comedian Amy Schumer on April 12 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, this year’s show promises, as always, a campy ceremony with lots of funny, slightly awkward moments and commercial appeal, officially kicking off the summer blockbuster season. Let’s have a look at the nominees, general tendencies and interesting facts about the ceremony.
Three commercial smashes from the past year scored the most nominations, with seven each: “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Neighbors”. “22 Jump Street” and “Whiplash” came just behind, with five nominations, while “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” and “Gone Girl” were nominated for four awards. Once again it proves that these awards have a huge youth fan base, which contributes to the overall diversity of nominees; these range from dystopian fantasies to coming of age stories and laugh-out loud comedies. The tendency to mix critical darlings and big-budget fan favourite pictures is obvious both in the Movie of the Year category and in the acting departments, where “Birdman”, “American Sniper” and “Whiplash” compete against “Lucy” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
Of course the MTV Movie Awards couldn’t live up to its reputation as a spoof of traditional awards without keeping some of the more unconventional categories and adding others each year: Best Shirtless Performance, Best Fight, Best Kiss and Best WTF Moment, all feature in order to make everything more thrilling for the audiences. Although they’re possibly the least predictable of the bunch, it looks as if Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley have the third category locked for their romantic drama “The Fault in Our Stars” and Zac Efron might just win himself another award for his sculpted body, although he will have to face stiff competition from Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum.
Speaking of awards, two special honorary ones will be offered to two very different actors. First off, Shailene Woodley is set to receive the MTV Trailblazer Award, which “recognizes actors who are blazing a distinctive and innovative path for their Hollywood peers”. The hugely successful 23-year-old will be presented with the honor by Miles Teller, opposite whom she starred in the first two movies of the “Divergent” series. Previous recipients of the award are Emma Watson, Emma Stone and Channing Tatum. The second prize – Comedic Genius Award – will be offered by late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel to Kevin Hart for his bold and irreverent comedic style which captivated audiences in box office smashes such as “Ride Along”, “The Wedding Ringer” and “Think Like A Man”.
The 2015 MTV Movie Awards appears to be a must-see event with all the ingredients needed for a memorable and engaging time in front of the TV. Still going strong after 23 years of airing, the show has no plans of stopping, as it taps into new generations with its over-the-top antics and good-natured entertainment. Don’t forget to tune in on Sunday to see who wins. See you next year!