'American Hustle,' 'Wolf of Wall Street' beat 'Catching Fire' to lead 2014 MTV Movie Awards nominations
Is it just me or are the MTV Movie Awards trying to be a little more respectable? Yeah, stuff like "Identity Thief" and "We're the Millers" picked up multiple nominations this morning, but prestige Oscar players "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" led the field with eight each, besting even "The Hunger Games." And Best Picture Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave" is in there for Movie of the Year. Color me surprised, that's all.
No, no one around here is taking the MTV Movie Awards too seriously. I find myself endlessly fascinated by them, though, as a marker for, I don't know, youth progression? The "Twilight" years are thankfully behind us and we can all be happy for that (and boy was it a s**t-show for fans of that franchise when the final installment was mostly snubbed last year). The "Hunger Games" era doesn't seem to be so oppressive, so, hey.
Last year it was "Django Unchained" (along with "Ted") leading the field. If not youth progression, certainly there seems to be a conscious leaning toward films that straddle the line of prestige and entertainment these last few years. I do miss the days when something like "Se7en" or "Pulp Fiction" or "Menace II Society" could win the big prize at MTV. Maybe we'll get there again.
This year, "This is the End" could have done better with this demo, I think, though it picked up four nominations just like "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and the aforementioned "12 Years a Slave" did. Somehow "Gravity" ended up with just one nomination (Best Female Performance for Sandra Bullock). I would have expected more for such a juggernaut as that, but then there's "Dallas Buyers Club" with four nominations as well. Interesting.
Oscar nominees and/or winners in the bunch include Lupita Nyong'o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams. And Leonardo DiCaprio is in there FIVE times, for Best Male Performance, Best On-Screen Duo (with Jonah Hill) Best Shirtless Performance (er, okay), Best Musical Moment and #WTF Moment (hashtag theirs). So, by the way, is Michael B. Jordan, in the breakthrough category.
So a pretty varied year. Odds on winners? Dare we bother predicting?
The 23rd annual MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Conan O'Brien, will air Sunday, April 12 on — you guessed it — MTV.
Check out the full list of nominations below and remember it's all backed up at The Circuit.
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
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