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.

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