With the 2010 MTV Movie Awards getting closer and closer to showtime (roughly four days and a few hours left to go!), we thought it would be a good idea to check in with the night's esteemed host, Aziz Ansari, to see how he's handling the pressure, what he's preparing and, most important, who he thinks deserves to win.
On getting the call to come host the show, the "Parks and Recreation"
star admitted he was "excited," yet "stunned all the people in 'Twilight' weren't available." Speaking of the famed vampire-centric franchise, Ansari said that he's been watching the films as part of his preparation.
"I watched 'Twilight' a bunch, 'Avatar' 400 times," he said. "I've been stalking Daniel Radcliffe, whatever I can do to get those movies in my head." He's also been doing a lot of writing for the show, adding, "I want to make sure all of my short films meet the high bar met by previous hosts."
Regarding the potential winners, Ansari had some pointed opinions, particularly with the Best Villain and Best Comedic Performance categories.
"I gotta throw my bit behind Christoph Waltz [in 'Inglourious Basterds']," he said of the Best Villain race. "That was an incredible performance. I vote Christoph all the way." Ansari also mentioned a character that was overlooked in that category. "In 'The Blind Side,' did society get nominated as Best Villain?" he joked. "That's my vote: society. Or poverty." So who would get up and accept that award? "I think we all would have to get up and get that award," Ansari responded.
The funnyman's pick for Best Comedic Performance was slightly more challenging, especially since we pointed out that he wasn't nominated in that category himself.
"I know, I guess they looked over me," he said, unfazed. "I'd have to go with Robert Pattinson in 'Remember Me' for that category. ... No, I was a big fan of Zach Galifianakis' performance in 'The Hangover.' He's been around for so long. He's never had the opportunity to be funny in a movie like that, and they gave it to him, and he knocked it out of the park."
Ansari ended our chat with suggestions for new categories, including Why the F--- Did They Make This Movie and Best Piece of S--- Performance.
Don't miss the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, airing live from Los Angeles this Sunday, June 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.