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[05/12/10 - 08:04 AM]
Fan Favorite Blockbusters Go Head-To-Head for the Golden Popcorn as "The Hangover," "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "Avatar" Lead Film Nominations for the "2010 MTV Movie Awards"
Aziz Ansari hosts this year's event, airing Sunday, June 6 at 9:00/8:00c.

[via press release from MTV]

FAN FAVORITE BLOCKBUSTERS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD FOR THE GOLDEN POPCORN AS "THE HANGOVER," "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON" AND "AVATAR" LEAD FILM NOMINATIONS FOR THE "2010 MTV MOVIE AWARDS"

Hit Comedy "The Hangover" Leads With Six Nods While "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "Avatar" Face-Off With Five Nominations Each

Aziz Ansari Hosts the "2010 MTV Movie Awards" LIVE on Sunday, June 6 at 9pm ET/8pm C

NEW YORK (May 12, 2010) - The MTV fans have spoken! Voting their favorite motion pictures into the stratosphere for the "2010 MTV Movie Awards," film fans everywhere have made "The Hangover," "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "Avatar" this year's top nominated films. Fans can expect to see another cinematic fight to the finish as these three juggernauts battle some heavy competition from each other and from the two mega-movies nipping at their nominated heels: "The Proposal" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Winner voting for the "2010 MTV Movie Awards" in 12 returning and brand-new categories begins today, Wednesday, May 12 at 12pm ET/9am PT at MovieAwards.MTV.com and closes Saturday, June 5. Aziz Ansari hosts the "2010 MTV Movie Awards" LIVE on Sunday, June 6 at 9pm ET/8pm C from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA.

Making this year's show another battle of the super-fans, the hit comedy "The Hangover" leads with six nominations; the blockbusters "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "Avatar," are neck-in-neck with five nods each; and audience favorites "The Proposal" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" are each up for four awards. "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob" -- make room for "Team Na'vi" as "The Twilight Saga" prepares to defend its popcorn statue legacy against "Avatar" in the "BEST MOVIE," "BEST KISS" and "BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE" categories. Comedies get a little cut-throat too as stars of "The Proposal" Sandra Bullock and Betty White get in the faces of "The Hangover" stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong in the "BEST WTF MOMENT" and "BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE" categories. Showing that fan loyalty of "The Twilight Saga" knows no limits, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will go up against each other in the "GLOBAL SUPERSTAR" category and the men of "New Moon" will face-off against "Harry Potter" superstar Daniel Radcliffe for the "BEST MALE PERFORMANCE" award.

Nominees for the "2010 MTV Movie Awards" have the following to say about their nominations and the fans that voted:

"Six years ago I sat in the nosebleeds with my family watching the awards as a fan. Now I'm a nominee and we won't have to use binoculars to see the show." - Jake Abel, nominated in the "BEST FIGHT" category for the feature film "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief"

"I am so honored and very humbled by the nominations. Thank you to all the fans that voted for me and my penis." - Ken Jeong, nominated in the "BEST WTF MOMENT" and "BEST VILLAIN" categories for the feature film "The Hangover"

"I'm completely honored to be nominated for 'Breakout Star' and 'Best Fight.' I've been a fan of movies for as long as I can remember and it's really cool to think that the fans voted for me in the same categories that some of my own favorite actors were once nominated. Plus, who doesn't love Aziz Ansari!? I can't wait for the show, thank you to all of the fans who voted!" - Logan Lerman, nominated in the "BEST BREAKOUT STAR" and "BEST FIGHT" categories for the feature film "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief"

"The moment I heard it my heart jumped a little and oddly I have ALWAYS wanted golden popcorn!!" - Gabourey Sidibe, nominated in the "BEST BREAKOUT STAR" category for the feature film "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire"

It's anyone's and any film's game as the MTV fans hold the destiny of the golden popcorn awards in their hands. From May 12 - June 5, viewers can visit MovieAwards.MTV.com to vote to make winners of their favorite nominated films, movie moments and actors. Continuing its tradition for being one of the most shocking and atypical awards show on television, the "2010 MTV Movie Awards" will feature three all-new and outrageous categories that include "GLOBAL SUPERSTAR," "BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCE" and "BIGGEST BADASS STAR." For the first time EVER in "Movie Awards" history, voting will go international as fans worldwide will be able to vote for their favorite global stars in the "GLOBAL SUPERSTAR" category by visiting their local MTV websites.

Starbucks Coffee Company joins the "MTV Movie Awards" for the first time as this year's voting partner which includes the category of "BEST MOVIE." This one, special category will remain an ongoing battle 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 then stay to get up-to-date information on this year's show; watch video of last year's biggest occurrences; get the full list of 2009 show winners; and check out fashion and celebrity commentary from the golden carpet.

Nominees for the "2010 MTV Movie Awards" are:

BEST MOVIE (voting stays live throughout the 2010 Movie Awards ceremony)
· Alice In Wonderland
Director: Tim Burton, Producers: Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd, Joe Roth and Richard D. Zanuck (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
· Avatar
Director: James Cameron, Producers: James Cameron and Jon Landau (Twentieth Century Fox)
· Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Director: David Yates, Producers: David Heyman and David Barron (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· The Hangover
Director: Todd Phillips, Producers: Todd Phillips and Dan Goldberg (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Director: Chris Weitz, Producers: Wyck Godfrey and Karen Rosenfelt (Summit Entertainment)

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
· Amanda Seyfried - Dear John (Screen Gems/Sony Pictures)
· Emma Watson - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· Kristen Stewart - The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Summit Entertainment)
· Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· Zoe Saldana - Avatar (Twentieth Century Fox)

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
· Channing Tatum - Dear John (Screen Gems/Sony Pictures)
· Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· Robert Pattinson - The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Summit Entertainment)
· Taylor Lautner - The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Summit Entertainment)
· Zac Efron - 17 Again (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST BREAKOUT STAR
· Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air (Paramount Pictures)
· Chris Pine - Star Trek (Paramount Pictures)
· Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (Lionsgate)
· Logan Lerman - Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Twentieth Century Fox)
· Quinton Aaron - The Blind Side (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· Zach Galifianakis - The Hangover (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
· Ben Stiller - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Twentieth Century Fox)
· Bradley Cooper - The Hangover (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· Ryan Reynolds - The Proposal (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
· Sandra Bullock - The Proposal (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
· Zach Galifianakis - The Hangover (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST VILLAIN
· Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company)
· Helena Bonham Carter - Alice In Wonderland (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
· Ken Jeong - The Hangover (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· Stephen Lang - Avatar (Twentieth Century Fox)
· Tom Felton - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST FIGHT
· Beyonc� Knowles vs. Ali Larter - Obsessed (Screen Gems/Sony Pictures)
· Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber vs. Ryan Reynolds - X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Twentieth Century Fox)
· Logan Lerman vs. Jake Abel - Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Twentieth Century Fox)
· Robert Downey Jr. vs. Mark Strong - Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· Sam Worthington vs. Stephen Lang - Avatar (Twentieth Century Fox)

BEST KISS
· Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson - The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Summit Entertainment)
· Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning - The Runaways (Apparition)
· Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds - The Proposal (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
· Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner - Valentine's Day (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington - Avatar (Twentieth Century Fox)

BEST WTF MOMENT
· Betty White - The Proposal, Cops a Feel (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
· Bill Murray - Zombieland , Bill Murray?! A Zombie?! (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures)
· Isabel Lucas - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Unexpected Transformation (Paramount Pictures)
· Ken Jeong - The Hangover , Naked Trunk Surprise (Warner Bros. Pictures)
· Megan Fox - Jennifer's Body, Vomits a Mysterious Black Ooze (Twentieth Century Fox)

GLOBAL SUPERSTAR (New Category)
· Robert Pattinson
· Kristen Stewart
· Taylor Lautner
· Johnny Depp
· Daniel Radcliffe

BEST SCARED-AS-SH**T PERFORMANCE (New Category)
· Alison Lohman - Drag Me To Hell (Universal Pictures)
· Amanda Seyfried - Jennifer's Body (Twentieth Century Fox)
· Jesse Eisenberg - Zombieland (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures)
· Katie Featherston - Paranormal Activity (Paramount Pictures)
· Sharlto Copley - District 9 (TriStar Pictures/Sony Pictures)

BIGGEST BADASS STAR (New Category)
· Rain
· Angelina Jolie
· Channing Tatum
· Sam Worthington
· Chris Pine

2010 MTV Movie Awards: Total Number of Combined Category Nominations
The Hangover 6
Avatar 5
The Twilight Saga: New Moon 5
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 4
The Proposal 4
Alice In Wonderland 2
The Blind Side 2
Dear John 2
Jennifer's Body 2
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2
Zombieland 2
17 Again 1
District 9 1
Drag Me To Hell 1
Inglourious Basterds 1
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 1
Paranormal Activity 1
Obsessed 1
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire 1
The Runaways 1
Sherlock Holmes 1
Star Trek 1
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 1
Up in the Air 1
Valentine's Day 1
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 1

2010 MTV Movie Awards: Total Number of Combined Studio Nominations
Warner Bros. Pictures 15
Twentieth Century Fox 11
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 6
Sony Pictures 6
Summit Entertainment 5
Paramount Pictures 4
Apparition 1
Lionsgate 1
The Weinstein Company 1
Universal Studios 1

The "2010 MTV Movie Awards" will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV's global network of 64 channels reaching 641 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV's more than 200 digital media properties around the world.

Mark Burnett serves as Executive Producer for the "2010 MTV Movie Awards." Audrey Morrissey is Executive Producer. Lee Rolontz is Executive Producer for MTV, Garrett English is Executive In Charge for MTV and Jane Mun serves as Supervising Producer. For MTV, Wendy Plaut is the Celebrity Talent Executive and Amy Doyle and Joanna Bomberg serve as the Executives in Charge of Music and Talent.

Official sponsors of the "2010 MTV Movie Awards" include Kia Motors, Orbit(R) gum, Starbucks Coffee Company, Taco Bell(R) and T-Mobile USA. Orbit is a registered trademark of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.

About MTV:

MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture. For over 28 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 24.6 million monthly unique visitors during the first quarter of 2010 -- up +9% from Q4/2009 and up +13% year-over-year. Average video streams for the first quarter of 2010 increased +19% from the Q4/2009 and is up +18% over the same time period last year. And MTV's successful sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving young males, music fans, and college students 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.





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