About the Show
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Fresh off 2005's comic book blockbusters Sin City and Fantastic Four , the lovely Jessica Alba came in to host the 15th annual MTV Movie Awards. The star-studded night began with a spoof of Mission Impossible III , the hit action movie starring Tom Cruise. The clip showed actor Topher Grace (That '70s Show) threatening to shoot legendary rapper Flava Flav (VH1's Flavor of Love) if Jessica didn't reveal the location of the Golden Popcorn Award. But the gun he had was no ordinary weapon -- it was a water pistol filled with Topher's own... er, fluids.
Back at the awards show stage, Jessica discussed with Google.com creator Ron Google (played by SNL's Andy Samberg) about how Jessica is the most searched woman on the Internet. In fact, Google pointed out that Seth Rogen (of nominated film The 40-Year-Old Virgin ) had Googled Jessica 10,000 times. Seth, who was sitting in the audience, admitted to loving her feet and thoroughly creeped out the crowd.
Creepy audience members aside, the show was chock-full of memorable moments, especially with an all-star list of musical performers. First up, cross-genre wunderkind Gnarls Barkley (made up of Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green) came onto the stage to perform their breakout hit "Crazy" dressed as different Star Wars characters. Cee-Lo rocked it as Darth Vader, while Chewbacca played the drums and Jedi Master Obi-wan Kenobi was on the keyboards. Then, with her vibrant vocal cords, pop diva Christina Aguilera belted out "Ain't No other Man" from her third studio album Back to Basics. Later on, goth-punk quartet A.F.I. brought the house down with their catchy single "Miss Murder" from Decemberunderground.
Owen WilsonAlthough the music was top-notch, this night was about the movies. The year was filled with a slew of great flicks, and MTV made sure to do them right. The top film of the evening was hit comedy The Wedding Crashers , which took home three Golden Popcorn Awards, including Best Movie. Stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn were awarded Best On-screen Team while newcomer Isla Fisher took top prize for Breakthrough Performance. Next, controversial drama Brokeback Mountain won two trophies, and Jake Gyllenhaal accepted his Golden Popcorn for Best Performance as well as Best Kiss for his hot-and-heavy silver-screen smooches with fellow cowboy Heath Ledger. Eva Mendes and Justin Timberlake presented the Best Kiss award to Jake, who said winning that category "made the whole thing worth it."
Meanwhile, Hayden Christensen received Best Villain for his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith , former Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell took home Best Comedic Performance for the Judd Apatow-directed The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Christian Bale got the Best Hero Popcorn Award for portraying the Dark Knight in Batman Begins.
But fear not: the night was not entirely a sausage fest! Jennifer Carpenter won Best Frightened Performance for playing the lead in The Exorcism of Emily Rose , host Jessica Alba took Sexiest Performance for her stint as pole-hugger Nancy in Sin City, and Angelina Jolie won Best Fight along with her on-screen (and real-life) leading man Brad Pitt for their over-the-top battles in Mr. & Mrs. Smith . Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell, co-stars of Miami Vice , presented the Best Fight Award, where Jamie claimed he wanted to fight Jessica Simpson (we think we'd put our money on Jessica).
There were also a few special awards given throughout the event. Will Ferrell presented fellow funnyman Jim Carrey with the MTV Generation Award, and forward-thinking filmmaker Spike Lee received the Silver Bucket of Excellence for his racially-charged masterpiece Do the Right Thing . And finally, Joshua Caldwell of Fordham University won the very first mtvU Student Filmmaker Award for his project A Beautiful Lie, symbolizing the great things to come in the future of film. Here's to 2007 and beyond!