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[04/30/07 - 12:44 PM]
MTV Puts Fans in the Director's Chair as Nominees for "2007 MTV Movie Awards" Are Announced
Dominating the pack is "300" with 5 nominations followed by "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" with 4 nods.

[via press release from MTV]

MTV PUTS FANS IN THE DIRECTOR'S CHAIR AS NOMINEES FOR "2007 MTV MOVIE AWARDS" ARE ANNOUNCED

"300" Leads the Way With 5 Nominations Followed By "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" With 4 Nods

MTV Unveils New Categories "BEST MOVIE SPOOF" And "BEST SUMMER MOVIE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN YET"

Sarah Silverman Will Host The "2007 MTV Movie Awards" LIVE On Sunday, June 3rd at 8PM/7c

April 30, 2007 (Santa Monica, CA) - The destiny of the coveted golden popcorn lies in the hands of the viewers as MTV: Music Television today announced the nominees for the "2007 MTV Movie Awards." Dominating the pack is "300" with 5 nominations followed by "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" with 4 nods. Also vying for the much sought-after statue is "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," "Blades of Glory," and "The Devil Wears Prada" with 3 nominations each. The 16th annual awards show will be executive produced by Emmy Award� winning producer Mark Burnett. Airing LIVE for the first time ever, the "2007 MTV Movie Awards" will be broadcast from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA on Sunday, June 3rd at 8pm/7c. Performers and presenters for the "2007 MTV Movie Awards" will be announced at a later date.

It is all about the fans this year as MTV rolls out its first-ever user generated category, "BEST MOVIE SPOOF" where viewers have the opportunity to submit their own original movie shorts parodying films from the past year. As previously announced, MTV and Yahoo! have partnered to launch this interactive website via Yahoo! Movies (http://mtvmovieawards.yahoo.com) which explores the convergence of entertainment and technology like never before allowing fans to be part of the show. The undiscovered talent will be revealed to the world during the "2007 MTV Movie Awards." Additionally, MTV unveils another new category, BEST SUMMER MOVIE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN YET giving a nod to upcoming summer blockbusters. And making its return this year is the mtvU Best Filmmaker on Campus award, offering the winner national exposure at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards and a $25,000 development deal with MTV Films.

"This year's star-studded show will be live, and inspired by all the new ways our audience experiences the movies," said Christina Norman, President, MTV. "From texting their vote for 'Best Fight,' to uploading their own original movie spoofs, to posting photos online, fans are just a click away from being in the spotlight in this year's celebration of the movies and stars they love."

Fans can vote by visiting movieawards.mtv.com before May 29th. Viewers can also vote from their mobile phones by texting "MOVIES" to 22422. Voting is also available by dialing toll free to 1-877-MTV-VOTE where fans can support their favorite nominees in each category. For the first time ever, the "2007 MTV Movie Awards" will offer live voting during the show. One category will remain open and viewers will be asked to cast their votes via mtv.com and text messaging on their wireless phones.

The "2007 MTV Movie Awards" will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.4 billion people via MTV's global network of 55 channels reaching 492.7 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming & content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV's more than 200 digital media properties around the world.

Nominees for the "2007 MTV Movie Awards" are:

BEST MOVIE

300 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Blades of Glory (Paramount Pictures)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (20th Century Fox)
Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Walt Disney Pictures)

BEST PERFORMANCE

Gerard Butler- 300 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Johnny Depp- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Walt Disney Pictures)
Jennifer Hudson- Dreamgirls (Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks SKG)
Keira Knightley- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Walt Disney Pictures)
Beyonc� Knowles- Dreamgirls (Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks SKG)
Will Smith- The Pursuit of Happyness (Sony Pictures)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

Emily Blunt- The Devil Wears Prada (20th Century Fox)
Abigail Breslin- Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight)
Lena Headey- 300 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Columbus Short- Stomp the Yard (Screen Gems)
Jaden Smith- The Pursuit of Happyness (Sony Pictures)
Justin Timberlake- Alpha Dog (Universal Pictures)

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE

Emily Blunt- The Devil Wears Prada (20th Century Fox)
Sacha Baron Cohen- Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (20th Century Fox)
Will Ferrell- Blades of Glory (Paramount Pictures)
Adam Sandler- Click (Sony Pictures)
Ben Stiller- Night at the Museum (20th Century Fox)

BEST KISS

Cameron Diaz & Jude Law- The Holiday (Sony Pictures)
Will Ferrell & Sacha Baron Cohen- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Sony Pictures)
Columbus Short & Meagan Good- Stomp the Yard (Screen Gems)
Mark Wahlberg & Elizabeth Banks- Invincible (Walt Disney Pictures)
Marlon Wayans & Brittany Daniel- Little Man (Sony Pictures)

BEST VILLAIN

Tobin Bell- Saw III (Lions Gate Films)
Jack Nicholson- The Departed (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Bill Nighy- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Walt Disney Pictures)
Rodrigo Santoro- 300 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Meryl Streep- The Devil Wears Prada (20th Century Fox)

BEST FIGHT

Jack Black & Hector Jimenez vs. Los Duendes- Nacho Libre (Paramount Pictures)
Gerard Butler vs. "The Uber Immortal"- 300 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Ken Davitian- Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (20th Century Fox)
Will Ferrell vs. Jon Heder- Blades of Glory (Paramount Pictures)
Uma Thurman vs. Anna Faris- My Super Ex-Girlfriend (20th Century Fox)

BEST SUMMER MOVIE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN YET

Evan Almighty (Universal Pictures)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (20th Century Fox)
Hairspray (New Line Cinema)
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Rush Hour 3 (New Line Cinema)
Transformers (Paramount Pictures)

mtvU BEST FILMMAKER ON CAMPUS

Robert Dastoli (University of Central Florida) � "Southwestern Orange County vs. The Flying Saucers"
Maria Gigante (Columbia College, Chicago) � "Girls Room"
Josh Greenbaum (University of Southern California) � "Border Patrol"
Alexander Poe (Columbia University) � "Please Forget I Exist"
Andrew Shipsides (Savannah College of Art and Design) � "Bottleneck"

2007 MTV Movie Awards

Total Number of Combined Category Nominations

300 5
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 4
Blades of Glory 3
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Kazakhstan 3
The Devil Wears Prada 3
Dreamgirls 2
Little Miss Sunshine 2
The Pursuit of Happyness 2
Stomp the Yard 2
Alpha Dog 1
Click 1
The Departed 1
Evan Almighty 1
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 1
Hairspray 1
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix 1
The Holiday 1
Invincible 1
Little Man 1
My Super Ex-Girlfriend 1
Nacho Libre 1
Night at the Museum 1
Rush Hour 3 1
Saw III 1
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 1
Transformers 1

* Nominees are chosen through a national poll of MTV and MTV2 viewers.

Mark Burnett serves as Executive Producer for the "2007 MTV Movie Awards." Salli Frattini is Executive Producer for MTV. Audrey Morrisey and Ted Smith are Producers, Joe DeMaio is the Director and Kathy Flynn serves as Event Producer.

Official sponsors of "The 2007 MTV MOVIE AWARDS" are GM, glac�au vitaminwater, Old Navy, Orbit, Secret, Sprint and Taco Bell Corp.�.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 120 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services � MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

About Mark Burnett Productions

Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) is a leading production company in content for both primetime television and the internet. MBP revolutionized television with hits such as Eco-Challenge, Survivor, The Apprentice, The Contender, Rock Star: INXS, Rock Star: Supernova and its upcoming co-production with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television, On The Lot (FOX). Other upcoming MBP projects include: Pirate Master (CBS) and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (FOX). MBP also partnered with AOL on the highly successful adventure Gold Rush, the first-ever unscripted project to be produced exclusively for the internet. MBP also successfully reintroduced product placement as an integral part of each of its shows and has garnered a total of 42 Emmy nominations since 2001.





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