The 2011 MTV Movie Awards are only days away, and that means all the finishing touches are being made inside the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. MTV News’ Jim Cantiello was on hand as the seating cards were placed inside the theater, and he learned which of Hollywood’s biggest stars would be rubbing elbows during Sunday’s big show.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year, you guys: Seat cards are down at the Movie Awards!” Jim said from inside the Gibson. “This is where all the A-listers are going to be sitting, and look! MTV Movie Awards isn’t making a decision between Team Edward and Team Jacob,” Jim noted, pointing out that Kristen Stewart will be placed smack-dab in the middle of Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, much like her character in “Twilight.”
When we caught up with Movie Awards seating manager Stephan Lenart, he explained how he goes about choosing who sits where. “It’s like a puzzle,” he said, adding that he reads up on a ton of entertainment blogs to determine which celebs are in the spotlight before deciding where to seat them.
Jim has a special explanation for how one celeb ended up with her seat: “We have Nicki Minaj here with three empty seats. MTV gave her plenty of room for all of her personalities,” he joked about the presenter.
Other seating assignments include R&B superstar Trey Songz sitting next to … “Super 8” director J.J. Abrams? “Here we have frequent collaborators Trey Songz and J.J. Abrams, creator of ’Lost.’ ”
Other big attendees and nominees include Emma Stone, Generation Award winner Reese Witherspoon , Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Selena Gomez, Cameron Diaz, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy, Shia LaBeouf, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Duhamel and many more. Where everyone will be sitting come the big night could lend itself to some interesting, unexpected moments.
Will wizards, vampires or dream thieves steal the 2011 MTV Movie Awards? Find out June 5, when the 20th annual show airs live at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT that night for the “America’s Best Dance Crew” finale and Movie Awards pre-show, loaded with live action from the red carpet, exclusive movie clips and a special edition of “After Hours.” To get into the magical movie mood, it’s Sneak Peek Week — five days of exclusives and interviews with the casts of “Fright Night,” “Horrible Bosses” and more. Check out everything there is to know about Sneak Peek Week, the Movie Awards and the pre-show at MovieAwards.MTV.com!