“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and “Spider-Man” lead the crop of nominees for the 2003 MTV Movie Awards with five nods apiece. The 12th annual awards ceremony will be taped May 31 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium for broadcast June 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, according to a network spokesperson.
The second installment in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy picked up nominations for Best Action Sequence (The Battle for Helms Deep) and Best On-Screen Team (Elijah Wood, Sean Astin and Gollum); while the superhero flick’s Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson) is up for Best Female Performance and Willem Dafoe (Green Goblin) is contending for Best Villain. Both films received props for Best Male Performance (Tobey Maguire for “Spider-Man” and Viggo Mortensen for “The Lord of the Rings”), as well as Best Movie. “8 Mile,” “Barbershop” and “The Ring” round out the films vying for the prestigious, all-encompassing honor.
“8 Mile,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “Barbershop,” “Daredevil,” “Jackass: The Movie” and “Star Wars: Episode II” – Attack of the Clones” trail the leaders with three nominations each.
Recognizing the dazzling strides being made in the special-effects arena, this year’s show has added the category Best Virtual Performance to honor the roles of the saber-swinging Yoda in “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” the Brooklyn-loving marsupial Kangaroo Jack, a “precious”-metal-obsessed Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” the trouble-making elf Dobby in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and mush-mouthed mutt Scooby-Doo.
All the nominees for the 2003 MTV Movie Awards were chosen by MTV and MTV2 viewers via a national poll.