New MTV Movie Award categories come and go. Best Kiss has been around since the beginning (“My Girl” co-star Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin were the inaugural winners in 1992), while Sexiest Performance and Best Virtual Performance lasted just a year (congrats, Jessica Alba and Gollum!).
For the 2011 show, one new category joins the field: Best Line From a Movie. Folks like Justin Timberlake (“Social Network”), Taylor Lautner (“Eclipse”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“Inception”) will compete to make the final list of nominees.
We should add, however, that we’ve seen something like this before. For two years at the turn of the millennium, we presented a category called Best Line. Robert De Niro won that first year for asking Ben Stiller in “Meet the Parents,” “Are you a pothead, Focker?” The next year, “Legally Blonde” star Reese Witherspoon triumphed for delivering this line to Selma Blair: “Oh, I like your outfit too, except when I dress up as a frigid bitch, I try not to look so constipated.”
While comedic movie lines won twice in the past, there’s no telling what’s going to happen this year. Potential nominees are both young (“Grown Ups” star Alexys Nycole Sanchez: “I want to get chocolate wasted!”) and, well, not as young (“Tron: Legacy” star Jeff Bridges: “You’re really ruining my Zen thing”). There are laugh lines (“With no power, comes no responsibility,” Aaron Johnson said in “Kick Ass”) and deadly serious ones (“If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you’d have invented Facebook,” Jesse Eisenberg declared in “The Social Network”). A few quotes are a little too dirty to print in full (“It’s in the shape of a giant co–,” cracks Chloë Moretz in “Kick Ass”). And then there are two “Eclipse” quotes facing off against each other: Lautner (“Let’s face it, I’m hotter than you”) versus Robert Pattinson (“Doesn’t he own a shirt?”).
Which lines will make the final list of nominees? It’s up to you, and voting is already under way at MovieAwards.MTV.com. Polls for Best Line From a Movie and the rest of the categories will stay open through April 5. After the final nominees are announced, another round of voting will kick off on May 3 and run through June 4. But voting for Best Movie will remain open during the awards show itself.
The 20th annual MTV Movie Awards will air live on Sunday, June 5, at 9 p.m. ET from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.
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