The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids will battle for the upcoming MTV Movie Awards as each landed eight nominations on Tuesday to edge out The Twilight Saga, which picked up only two nods for the widely-watched television programme.
Post-apocalyptic action film The Hunger Games, which has stormed box offices with $600 million in ticket sales, earned nods for movie of the year and best cast. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth landed in the best actress, actor and breakthrough performance categories, respectively.
Meanwhile, female-led comedy Bridesmaids picked up nominations for movie of the year and best cast, while the film’s writer and star Kristen Wiig scored best actress and best comedic performance nods. Lawrence and Wiig will be up against Emma Stone, Emma Watson and Rooney Mara for best actress while Hutcherson will be competing with Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ryan Gosling for best actor.
Joining Hunger Games and Bridesmaids in the best movie race is civil-rights drama The Help, the final instalment of the Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1. The Twilight Saga however picked up only one other nod in the best kiss category for stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
Stewart and Pattinson have strong contenders in the best kiss category this year from Lawrence and Hutcherson in The Hunger Games, Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams in The Vow, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in Harry Potter, and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Crazy, Stupid, Love.
The MTV Movie Awards will take place in Los Angeles on June 3 this year. Fans vote online in 12 categories and a group of directors pick the winner of the breakthrough performance category, where Hemsworth will compete with Elle Fanning, Melissa McCarthy, Rooney Mara and Shailene Woodley. New categories for 2012 include best movie cast, best music, best on-screen dirt bag and gut-wrenching performance, which features nominations from 21 Jump Street, Bridesmaids, Drive, The Help and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2012.