‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Spider-Man’ Lead Nominees For MTV Movie Awards

Ceremony to air June 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

“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.

Nominees for the 2003 MTV Movie Awards:


Best Movie:

  • “8 Mile” (Click for photos )

        See: “Eminem: His ’8 Mile’ Journey”

  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (Click for photos )

  • “Spider-Man”

  • “Barbershop” (Click for photos )

  • “The Ring”

    Best Male Performance:

  • Eminem – “8 Mile”
  • Vin Diesel – “XXX” (Click for photos )

        See: “Vin Diesel: Not Your Father’s Action Hero”

  • Leonardo DiCaprio – “Catch Me If You Can”
  • Tobey Maguire – “Spider-Man”
  • Viggo Mortensen – “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”

    Best Female Performance:

  • Reese Witherspoon – “Sweet Home Alabama” (Click for photos )

        See: “Reese Witherspoon: America’s Sweetheart”

  • Kirsten Dunst – “Spider-Man”
  • Halle Berry – “Die Another Day” (Click for photos )

  • Kate Hudson – “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (Click for photos )


  • Queen Latifah – “Chicago” (Click for photos )

    Best Comedic Performance:

  • Mike Myers – “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (Click for photos )

  • Will Ferrell – “Old School” (Click for photos )

        See: “‘Old School’: From Middle Age To Kegger Rage”

  • Cedric the Entertainer – “Barbershop” (Click for photos )

  • Adam Sandler – “Mr. Deeds” (Click for photos )

  • Johnny Knoxville – “Jackass: The Movie”

    Best On-Screen Team:

  • Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson – “Old School”
  • Elijah Wood, Sean Astin and Gollum – “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
  • Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake – “Blue Crush” (Click for photos )

  • Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson – “Shanghai Knights” (Click for photos )

  • Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O & Chris Pontius – “Jackass: The Movie”

    Best Villain:

  • Mike Myers – “Austin Powers in Goldmember”
  • Willem Dafoe – “Spider-Man”
  • Colin Farrell – “Daredevil” (Click for photos )

  • Daveigh Chase – “The Ring”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – “Gangs of New York”

    Breakthrough Male:

  • Eminem – “8 Mile”
  • Kieran Culkin – “Igby Goes Down”
  • Ryan Reynolds – “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder”
  • Nick Cannon – “Drumline”
  • Derek Luke – “Antwone Fisher”

    Breakthrough Female:

  • Nia Vardalos – “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
  • Beyoncé Knowles – “Austin Powers in Goldmember”
  • Jennifer Garner – “Daredevil”
  • Eve – “Barbershop”
  • Kate Bosworth – “Blue Crush”
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal – “Secretary”

    Best Kiss:

  • Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst – “Spider-Man”
  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner – “Daredevil” (Click for photos )

  • Nick Cannon & Zoe Saldana – “Drumline”
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz – “Gangs of New York”
  • Adam Sandler and Emily Watson – “Punch-Drunk Love” (Click for photos )

    Best Fight:

  • Yoda vs. Christopher Lee – “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” (Click for photos )

  • Jet Li vs. the Ultimate Fighters – “Cradle 2 the Grave” (Click for photos )

  • Johnny Knoxville vs. Butterbean – “Jackass: The Movie”
  • Fann Wong vs. the Palace Guards – “Shanghai Knights”

    Best Action Sequence

  • Collision on Highway 23 – “Final Destination 2″ (Click for photos )

  • The Battle for Helms Deep – “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
  • The Escape – “Minority Report” (Click for photos )

  • The Arena Conflict – “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones”

    Best Virtual Performance:

  • Yoda – “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones”
  • Kangaroo Jack – “Kangaroo Jack”
  • Gollum – “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
  • Dobby – “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (Click for photos )

  • Scooby-Doo – “Scooby-Doo” (Click for photos )