Can Anyone Beat Robert Pattinson For Breakthrough Male Performance?

Taylor Lautner, Dev Patel, Bobb'e J. Thompson and Ben Barnes will try at the MTV Movie Awards, airing Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

In order to be nominated for Breakthrough Male Performance at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, you had to be foreign, dreamy, British, funny or a combination of all four.

The obvious front-runner is [movie id="369195"]“Twilight”[/movie] star [movieperson id="365131"]Robert Pattinson[/movieperson], who has a rabid fanbase on his side. The category also finds [movieperson id="979740"]Dev Patel[/movieperson] nominated for his role in the Oscar-winning flick [movie id="364450"]“Slumdog Millionaire.”[/movie] Then there’s [movieperson id="351601"]Bobb’e J. Thompson[/movieperson] for his hysterical turn in [movie id="393416"]“Role Models,”[/movie] [movieperson id="373803"]Taylor Lautner[/movieperson] in “Twilight” and [movieperson id="471602"]Ben Barnes[/movieperson] in [movie id="291891"]“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.”[/movie]

Patel might have starred in one of the biggest films of the past awards season, but it’s going to be hard for him to beat out Pattinson. The same goes for Barnes, who is pretty dreamy himself but hasn’t amassed Pattinson’s faithful following. And Thompson is adorable and funny, but he is the clear underdog in this match.

But enough about those other guys: Pattinson has female fans who are most likely voting over and over again as you’re reading this for their beloved RPattz. Playing brooding vampire Edward Cullen hasn’t been so bad for Pattinson. If he doesn’t win, it might be the show’s biggest upset, but there’s always the possibility that Team Jacob will mobilize to get the award for the other “Twilight” heartthrob, Taylor Lautner.

Pattinson once told us that if he hadn’t become an actor, he had another very interesting career path in mind. “I always wanted to be a rapper when I was younger,” he revealed. “That’s always what I wanted to be before I started acting. … I didn’t have the right physicality about it. I’m not very threatening.”

Will the vampires grab more trophies than the slumdog? What was the year’s ultimate onscreen WTF moment? It’s up to you to decide the winners of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. Vote now, and tune in on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, when the big show airs live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

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