MTV Movie Award Nominee Voting Is Open

Fans to pick nominees for the first time in show's 18-year history.

It’s time for some serious pop-culture studying because MTV is putting you — and your love of the year’s best movies — to work. For the first time in the 18-year history of the MTV Movie Awards, we’re opening up the nomination process to fans.

Here’s how it’ll happen: Starting Monday (April 13), head over to the official Movie Awards site to select the nominees in categories like Best Movie, Best Fight and Best Kiss. You’ll be able to pick from a list of more than 200 movies. MTV Mobile users can also make choices in the Best Movie category by texting VOTE to 66333. Voting for this round will close on April 20.

On May 4, the official list of nominees will be announced. You can then start voting to choose the winners online or from your cell phone. This round of voting will close on May 18. But voting for Best Movie will stay open during the show itself, meaning whatever happens live onstage may affect which movie takes home that most coveted of Golden Popcorn statues.

“Saturday Night Live” funnyman Andy Samberg will host the MTV Movie Awards from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, on Sunday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET. Eminem is already set to take the stage for a performance. The list of presenters and additional performers will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Who will be 2009′s big winners? Critical darling “Slumdog Millionaire”? Box-office champ “The Dark Knight”? Nationwide sensation “Twilight”? First things first: It’s up to you to make sure your favorite movies and performers get nominated.

Don’t miss the MTV Movie Awards, airing live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, on Sunday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET.