Force awakens for ‘Star Wars’

Fantasy film leads upcoming MTV Movie Awards with 11 nominations

News Desk March 09, 2016
Daisy Ridley and John Boyega are both nominated for their performance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. PHOTO: FILE

It may have been snubbed at the Oscars this year but the current Star Wars blockbuster finally proved its mettle, acquiring a leading 11 nominations at the upcoming MTV Movie Awards, reported Reuters.

Breakout British star Daisy Ridley led the way for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, getting nods for Best Female Performance, Best Hero and Best Fight in the Walt Disney movie, which has earned over $2 billion at the box office worldwide. Actor John Boyega has also been nominated for Best Breakthrough and Best Action Performance for his role as turncoat Stormtrooper Finn. The movie will also compete for the Movie of the Year award and Best Cast Ensemble.

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The MTV Movie Awards, however, are all about fans. “It’s about blockbuster movies that audiences line up to see; comedies, superheroes, science fiction, fantasy action,” said executive producer Casey Patterson in a statement. The show is known for its irreverent humour and quirky award categories like Best Villain. This year, Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio will be contesting the Best Fight category for his tussle with a ferocious bear in The Revenant, along with Best Male Performance.  Deadpool has received eight nominations of which two are for its stars Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens failed to win any of the five Oscar nominations it had received in February. Most of them were for visual effects and editing. The 2016 MTV Movie Awards will be hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hard and broadcast on April 10.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 10th, 2016.

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