This year’s MTV Movie Awards was an evening of highly anticipated reunions, sneak peeks, and of course, the hostess herself, Rebel Wilson. Rebel’s opening sequence with James Franco was great, but she really blew it out of the water when she was joined onstage by her Pitch Perfect co-stars for a live mashup performance of “Lose Yourself/Girl on Fire.” Soon enough, when Rebel busted out the leather pants and nun chucks and the audience knew we were in for a hell of a show. Rebel’s opening monologue hit all the right notes, and aside from a few bits that landed a little flat later in the show, she proved to be an entertaining and capable host.
Like any awards show, viewers care about what truly matters: The clothes. Overall, the women were dressed to the nines, highlights being Kerry Washington in black and tangerine Michael Kors, Selena Gomez in a gold lace and fringed Julien MacDonald mini dress, and Anna Camp in a white, curve hugging Herve Leger frock.
Also, there was this.
On to the awards. The stars of the Star Trek reboot, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana (in a simple black blouse and thigh-high slit skirt) and Zachary Quinto (looking stellar in a cornflower blue suit) presented the award for best fight to The Avengers. Alas, there was no sign of Scarlett Johansson in a leather bodysuit. I blame Loki.
Eddie Redmayne, who’s character Marius puts the Les in Les Miserables, presented the Trailblazer Award to Emma Watson. Watson, as wonderfully charming as usual, appeared genuinely moved by the honor. She thanked her fans for their support, even in her awkward moments and confessed to being fixated on her “bad hair” in the first Harry Potter movie. She encouraged viewers to put their whole hearts into things, “even if it makes you feel vulnerable” and pledged to continue with her trailblazing spirit. Ten points to Gryffindor.
One of the best comedy bits of the evening came when Rebel Wilson showed footage of her roles in blockbusters that ended up on the cutting room floor. Her performance as “Head Whore” in Les Miserables, made me spit out my wine, which is very good and very bad at the same time.
There was unfortunately no lady loving in the Best Kiss category this year. (What was up with the lack of lesbian roles in movies this year btw?) The award ended up going to Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. Cooper accepted the award alone in Lawrence’s absence. The disappointment was evident in the #LadyToner tweets.
Musical guests Macklemore and Ryan Lewis tore up the stage, bouncing around and whipping the crowd into a frenzy. The sound mix wasn’t quite right but it didn’t really seem to matter, as Macklemore literally walked across an audience of screaming fans.
Selena Gomez also performed her new single, “Come and Get it,” where she appeared to be channeling her Spring Break character. She seemed at times to be a little tense, but her voice when she was singing live, was pleasant.
Rebel Wilson won Breakthrough performance for her role as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect, which in a delightful surprise, was presented by The Fast and The Furious stars Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez. OK, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker were there too. No word on whether or not sausage was being served at the after party.
The ladies of Pitch Perfect picked up the award for Best Musical Performance. Notably absent was Anna Kendrick, but Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Rebel and The Bellas were there to accept the award. There was a lot of beautiful on the stage at once, and not surprisingly, the #LadyToner hashtag blew up.
The show was not without its less awkward moments including a terrifying bottomless competition between Seth Rogan and Danny McBride, a rather graphic triple nipple reveal, and all of Will Ferrell’s acceptance speech for Comedic Genius. Bravo to Quvenzhané Wallis, who was not having any of it and just shook her head at Rebel Wilson during a rather bawdy bit.
Speaking of Quvenzhane, she and Chloe Moretz presented Tom Hiddleston with the Best Villain Award for his role as Loki in Marvel’s The Avengers, which turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the evening. The young ladies really brought the class, and Hiddleston me over by being an overall gentleman, and refereeing to Joss Whedon as a “beautiful badass”. Brad Pitt would later present a slightly nervous and quite humble Whedon (and Avengers company) the award for Movie of the Year.
The teaser trailer for Catching Fire, however, generated the biggest buzz of the evening. From the looks of the brief snippet, it’s even more dazzling and sinister than it’s prequel. It also reminded me that Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t there, falling up stairs or being awkward and adorable.
For a complete list of winners, videos, and red carpet pics, check out MTV.com.
Thank you to all who live tweeted with me. Your #ladytoner posts had me in stitches. Here are a few of my favorites.
What were your favorite moments from this year’s MTV Movie Awards?