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[05/04/09 - 07:01 AM]
'Twilight' VS. 'Slumdog Millionaire'! Top Fan-Nominated Films Get Ready to Rumble at the '2009 MTV Movie Awards'
"Twilight" leads all nominations with seven, followed by "Slumdog Millionaire" (six) and "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" (five).

[via press release from MTV]

'Twilight' vs. 'Slumdog Millionaire'! Top Fan-Nominated Films Get Ready to Rumble at the '2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS'

Vampire Blockbuster and Oscar Award(R) -Winning Breakout Neck-In-Neck with Both Films Receiving Nominations in 6 Categories

Andy Samberg Hosts the '2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS' LIVE on Sunday, May 31st at 9p.m./8p.m. C

NEW YORK, May 4

-- The hit films "Twilight" and "Slumdog Millionaire" get ready to battle it out as MTV: Music Television announces this year's final nominees for the "2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS." Pitting Hollywood vampires against the Mumbai slums, the movies' rabid fans proved their loyalty as they sent both flicks to the head of the cinematic pack with each film receiving nominations in six award categories including "BEST MOVIE," "BEST KISS" and "BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE MALE."

MTV will up the cinematic fun quotient this year by debuting the two new categories "BEST SONG FROM A MOVIE" and "BEST WTF MOMENT." Fans will get the chance to vote on such movie soundtrack hits as "The Climb" from "Hannah Montana: The Movie" as well as pick this year's most jaw-dropping "WTF" movie moment that left audiences speechless such as the naked break-up scene in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." The 18th annual awards show will be executive produced by Emmy Award(R) winning producer Mark Burnett. Hosted by Andy Samberg, the "2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS" will be broadcast LIVE from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA on Sunday, May 31st at 9p.m./8p.m. C.

"This is the first year we've put the nominee decisions in the hands of our audience. From 'Twilight' to 'Slumdog' -- this year's ceremony belongs to our most avid movie fans," said Van Toffler, President, MTV Networks Music, Logo and Films Group. "Our viewers' unending enthusiasm for the movies they love is why we've given them the platform to select the nominees for this year's show."

The "2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS" marks the first year in which the final nominees were decided on by the fans. From May 4 - May 27, viewers can visit MovieAwards.MTV.com (www.MovieAwards.MTV.com) to vote for their favorite film moments and actors but the category of "BEST MOVIE" will be a fight to the end as voting for favorite film of the year will remain open throughout the LIVE show. MovieAwards.MTV.com is the official site for the "MTV MOVIE AWARDS" where fans can visit to vote and stay to check out show promos starring Andy Samberg and some of today's hottest celebs, get up-to-date info and watch MTV News nominee interviews. During the voting window fans can also head over to facebook.com/mtv, myspace.com/mtv, Flixster and IMDB.com for a special "Movie Awards" social module that will enable them to cast their votes, take polls, watch promo videos, get special news and tweets about the show and special links to "Movie Awards" contests.

Nominees for the "2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS" are:

BEST MOVIE (voting stays live throughout the 2009 Movie Awards ceremony)

The Dark Knight Director: Christopher Nolan, Producers: Charles Roven and Emma Thomas (Warner Bros. Pictures)

High School Musical 3: Senior Year Director: Kenny Ortega, Producers: Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush (Walt Disney Pictures)

Iron Man Director: Jon Favreau, Producers: Avi Arad and Kevin Feige (Paramount Pictures)

Slumdog Millionaire
Director: Danny Boyle, Producer: Christian Colson (Fox Searchlight)

Twilight Director: Catherine Hardwicke, Producers: Wyck Godfrey, Greg Mooradian and Mark Morgan (Summit Entertainment)

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Angelina Jolie - Wanted (Universal Pictures)
Anne Hathaway - Bride Wars (20th Century Fox)
Kate Winslet - The Reader (The Weinstein Company)
Kristen Stewart - Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
Taraji P. Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount Pictures)

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE

Christian Bale - The Dark Knight (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Robert Downey Jr. - Iron Man (Paramount Pictures)
Shia LaBeouf - Eagle Eye (DreamWorks SKG/ Paramount Pictures)
Vin Diesel - Fast & Furious (Universal Pictures)
Zac Efron - High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Walt Disney Pictures)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE FEMALE

Amanda Seyfried - Mamma Mia! (Universal Pictures)
Ashley Tisdale - High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Walt Disney Pictures)
Freida Pinto - Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight)
Miley Cyrus - Hannah Montana: The Movie (Walt Disney Pictures)
Vanessa Hudgens - High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Walt Disney Pictures)
Kat Dennings - Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (Columbia Pictures)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE MALE

Robert Pattinson - Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
Taylor Lautner - Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
Ben Barnes - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Walt Disney Pictures)
Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight)
Bobb'e J. Thompson - Role Models (Universal Pictures)

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE

Amy Poehler - Baby Mama (Universal Pictures)
Anna Faris - The House Bunny (Columbia Pictures)
James Franco - Pineapple Express (Columbia Pictures)
Jim Carrey - Yes Man (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Steve Carell - Get Smart (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST VILLAIN

Derek Mears - Friday The 13th (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Dwayne Johnson - Get Smart (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Johnathon Schaech - Prom Night (Screen Gems)
Luke Goss - Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Universal Pictures)

BEST FIGHT

Anne Hathaway vs. Kate Hudson - Bride Wars (20th Century Fox)
Christian Bale vs. Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Ron Perlman vs. Luke Goss - Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Universal Pictures)
Robert Pattinson vs. Cam Gigandet - Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
Seth Rogen and James Franco vs. Danny McBride - Pineapple Express (Columbia Pictures)

BEST KISS

Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy - Wanted (Universal Pictures)
Freida Pinto and Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight)
James Franco and Sean Penn - Milk (Focus Features)
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson - Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
Paul Rudd and Thomas Lennon - I Love You, Man (Paramount Pictures)
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron - High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Walt Disney Pictures)

BEST WTF MOMENT (New Category)

Amy Poehler - Baby Mama, Peeing In the Sink (Universal Pictures)
Angelina Jolie - Wanted, Curved Bullet Kill (Universal Pictures)
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar - Slumdog Millionaire, Jumping in the Poop Shed (Fox Searchlight)
Ben Stiller - Tropic Thunder, Tasting the Decapitated Head (DreamWorks SKG/ Paramount Pictures)
Jason Segel and Kristen Bell - Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Naked Break-Up (Universal Pictures)

BEST SONG FROM A MOVIE (New Category)

"Jai Ho" - AR Raham, Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight)
"The Wrestler" - Bruce Springsteen, The Wrestler (Fox Searchlight)
"The Climb" - Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie (Walt Disney Pictures)
"Decode" - Paramore, Twilight (Summit Entertainment)

2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS: Total Number of Combined Category Nominations

Twilight 7
Slumdog Millionaire 6
High School Musical 3: Senior Year 5
The Dark Knight 4
Wanted 3
Baby Mama 2
Bride Wars 2
Get Smart 2
Hannah Montana: The Movie 2
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army 2
Iron Man 2
Pineapple Express 2
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 1
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button 1
Eagle Eye 1
Fast & Furious 1
Forgetting Sarah Marshall 1
Friday The 13th 1
The House Bunny 1
I Love You, Man 1
Mamma Mia! 1
Milk 1
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist 1
Prom Night 1
The Reader 1
Role Models 1
Tropic Thunder 1
The Wrestler 1
Yes Man 1

Mark Burnett serves as Executive Producer for the "2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS." Audrey Morrissey is Co-Executive Producer. Lee Rolontz is Executive Producer for MTV, Garrett English is Executive in charge for MTV and Jane Mun serves as Producer. Robin Reinhardt-Locke is Celebrity Talent Executive.

Official sponsors of the "2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS" include Coca-Cola(R), Kia Motors, Nikon, Orbit(R) gum, Taco Bell(R), T-Mobile USA, and Venus. Orbit is a registered trademark of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.

Organized by Laurie Ziegler of Branded Entertainment Marketing, nominee gifts for the "2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS" are provided by Netflix and Jil Sander Eyewear by Marchon.

About MTV:

MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture. For over 27 years, MTV has evolved, challenged the norm, and detonated boundaries -- giving each new generation a creative outlet and voice that entertains, informs and unites on every platform and screen. On-air, MTV is the number one rated full-day ad-supported cable network for P12-24. Online, MTV.com averaged 8.5 million monthly unique visitors during the first quarter of 2009 -- up +6% from Q4/2008 and up +6% year-over-year. Total video streams for the first quarter of 2009 increased 21% over the same time period last year. And MTV's successful sibling networks MTV2, mtvU and MTV Tr3s each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving music fans, college students and young American Latinos like no one else. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.

About Mark Burnett Productions:

Mark Burnett is a leading executive producer for primetime television, cable and the internet, and has produced over 1,100 hours of television programming which regularly airs in over 70 countries around the world. Mark Burnett (President of Mark Burnett Productions) has revolutionized television with continuing hits such as Survivor (CBS), The Apprentice (NBC), Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (FOX), which is currently being produced in 52 countries, and the daytime syndicated hit Martha. In the summers of 2007 and 2008, MBP entered the world of award shows, when Mark Burnett served as executive producer for the MTV MOVIE AWARDS. Since 2001, MBP has garnered a total of 51 Emmy nominations with Mark receiving 2 wins, along with 4 People's Choice Awards. Mark Burnett has been named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME magazine and named TV Guide's most valuable player. He has won both BRANDWEEK'S Marketer of the Year Award and the prestigious ROSE D'OR FRAPA Format Award. In 2007, Mark Burnett was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. In 2008, Mark was honored with the announcement that he is to receive a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. In 2009, MBP has garnered new series, including Shark Tank (ABC), StarMaker (MTV), Bully Beatdown (MTV), How'd You Get So Rich (TV Land), Expedition (History), Wedding Day (TNT), Toughest Cowboy (Spike) as well as new pilots for FOX and CBS.





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