With the 21st annual MTV Movie Awards just under a week away, it’s time to get you as prepared as possible for the biggest night in movies. That’s why we’re kicking off Movie Awards Week here at MTV News with exclusives, interviews with A-listers and deep dives into the awards, leading right up to the big night on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
For our first look at the categories, we’re dissecting Best Fight blow by blow. Sure, an action-packed fight sequence will always grab our attention, but the ones that really stay with us are the ones that are bigger, badder and funnier than anything else we saw this year.
But which one takes home the golden popcorn is up to you to decide, so head over to MovieAwards.MTV.com to cast your vote.
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill vs. Kid Gang – “21 Jump Street”
There are two distinctly different fighting styles on display in this brawl from “21 Jump Street.” First, you have the typical Channing Tatum route with well-executed blows and multiple opponents going down. Then you have Jonah Hill’s style, the way we would all fight. You run away a little bit, and when things get really, really scary, you do your best to convince your foe that “the fight’s over.” As you can see in the clip, one works better than the other.
Daniel Radcliffe vs. Ralph Fiennes – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2″
The Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader of our time, after eight movies, Harry Potter finally faced off against the dark wizard who left him an orphan in the series’ most epic fight sequence. The millions who had read the final book before seeing the film knew that everything would turn out OK for HP, but you couldn’t help but hold your breath as Harry and Voldemort dueled one last time.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig – “The Hunger Games”
And then there were three. Thanks to a last-minute rule change, the star-crossed (maybe) lovers Katniss and Peeta had an opportunity to both make it out of the arena alive. The only one in their way was the violent, but not completely evil Cato. For most of the tournament, Katniss was able to best her foes through cleverness or luck, but for his last fight, it would have to be up-close and personal.
Tom Cruise vs. Michael Nyqvist – “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
If you look at Cruise and then you size up Nyqvist, the fight seems a little one-sided. Ethan Hunt is a world-class secret agent, and Kurt Hendricks is a kind-of chubby nuclear strategist. Something’s got to give. What you don’t count on is just how crazy Hendricks is, but we all learned the hard way when he takes a swan dive off the top level of a car park to ensure his victory. That’s hard-core.
Tom Hardy vs. Joel Edgerton – “Warrior”
When two estranged brothers enter a mixed martial arts competition to determine the best in the world, they will inevitably end up fighting in the final round. We knew that much going into “Warrior.” What we didn’t know was that Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy would not pull any punches, so to speak, and deliver one of the most brutal and heart-wrenching bouts of 2011.