LOS ANGELES — There was no troll standing inside the podium at this year’s MTV Movie Awards (that was so 2004) but had he returned, the little man would’ve been splattered with egg yolk and had an up-close-and-personal view of a 67-year-old man grabbing his crotch several times and two hot up-and-comers completely making out.
It was that kind of night, as it always is, at Saturday’s taping of the wackiest award show around. (Click for photos from the show .)
There were a lot of familiar Movie Awards faces up to their same old tricks — Eminem going after teen queens (“What are you going to remake next, ’Glitter’?” he asked Lindsay Lohan), Vince “Vignette” Vaughn stealing his scene, etc. — but in the end, the night belonged to two newbies, and gosh, was it frickin’ sweet.
Yes, Jon Heder (a.k.a. “Napoleon Dynamite”) proved a Mormon in moon boots can win awards — as long as Rachel McAdams isn’t in the same category. And while there’s quite a list of memorable onstage moments during past Best Kiss awards, McAdams might’ve taken the crown for steamiest.
While the youngsters were the big winners, the ceremony also paid tribute to a few veterans. Tom Cruise, who arrived on motorcycle with Katie Holmes (see “Backstage At The Movie Awards: Sandler, Rock, Cruise, Holmes” ), won a lifetime achievement award, which his girlfriend presented to him in a manner that winked at their recent “Oprah” appearance.
And then there were Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall, not exactly legends in the same vein as Cruise, but they did make some totally choice movies — and one of them, “The Breakfast Club,” was honored 20 years after it hit theaters.
“I would love to see it get remade,” Ringwald said of the teen classic while on the red carpet. “It’s a little early now, but I think in about 10 years some of my movies might start getting redone.”
During the tribute, Yellowcard covered the movie’s signature song, “Don’t You Forget About Me,” one of five memorable performances throughout the night.
Eminem got filthy with puppets for “Ass Like That” before getting sensitive with “Mockingbird,” while his rumored former fling, Mariah Carey, got her singing thing on with “We Belong Together.”
Also performing their new single were the Foo Fighters, who replaced Nine Inch Nails at the last minute, apparently not giving drummer Taylor Hawkins enough time to shop for an outfit. He came to the show in swim trunks and a T-shirt. (Check out the rest of the night’s fashions in “MTV Movie Awards Fashion Recap: Mary-Kate Clones And Logo Tees Rule Red Carpet.” )
Casual seemed to be the way to go, especially for the guys, a lot of whom rocked the T-shirt and suit jacket look over their summer tans. (“I’ve been outside making a movie, so my face and neck are fried,” the Rock said.) The ladies, meanwhile, wore a variety of summer dresses, showing off their summer waistlines. “You look so skinny,” pre-show guest reporter Nicole Richie said to Lohan with a wink.
As host, Jimmy Fallon found a variety of ways to get laughs, whether it was grabbing Sandra Bullock’s breasts or “killing Frankie Muniz.”
“I had a blast,” Fallon said afterward. “This crowd came to party.”
As it always does.