‘Hunger Games’: Five Things We Learned At Movie Awards

From filming locations to Finnick contenders, here are the facts we reaped from the stars on the big night.

The Hunger Games” made its MTV Movie Awards debut this past weekend, and the odds were clearly in the series’ favor as it walked away from the star-studded arena as victor, clutching four Golden Popcorns triumphantly. We, in turn, picked up a few party favors as well, namely five things about the cinematic series and its stars. Check them out:

The Games Have Only Begun
If there was any question whether “The Hunger Games” could carry “Twilight”‘s banner once the vampire romance makes its final Movie Awards appearance in 2013, the dystopian flick’s four wins set that debate to rest. With statuettes for Best Female Performance (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Male Performance (Josh Hutcherson), Best Fight (Lawrence, Hutcherson and Alexander Ludwig) and Best On-Screen Transformation (Elizabeth Banks), we expect “The Hunger Games” series to set the ceremony on fire for years to come.

Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks Are Good Sports
We knew co-stars Lawrence and Banks had well-honed senses of humor, but they continued to prove their gameness with two much-talked about moments during the show. In one of the night’s spoofs, Lawrence starred as herself — the unwitting victim of hapless archery expert Lester Boonshaft (played with aplomb by “The Soup” host Joel McHale). Let’s just say we don’t know a lot of actresses willing to wear an arrow through their head.

Then, in a lovely unscripted moment during her acceptance speech for Best On-Screen Transformation, Banks was surrounded by presenters and “Magic Mike” stars Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello (clad in half a fireman’s uniform), Banks (clearly enjoying the gyrating) mused, “I just want to thank MTV for this moment right here. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, MTV. This is just the best moment of my life.”

Buy Your Plane Ticket For Georgia … Maybe
Thanks to the Quarter Quell’s jungle-like arena, the stars of “Catching Fire” have been anticipating a tropical shoot locale for some time now, but Hutcherson revealed the cast could be heading down south, as well. “I haven’t heard anything confirmed yet, but Atlanta is definitely a big possibility,” he said. “And I know they’re looking at Hawaii too for some of the tropical stuff when we’re in the games. It’s gonna be somewhere nice!” We’re packing our sunscreen already, Josh.

Finnick Has Yet To Be Found…
Not so fast, Internet. Despite rumors that Finnick casting was down to actors Armie Hammer, Garrett Hedlund and Taylor Kitsch, producer Nina Jacobson told the L.A. Times that the studio is far from finding front-runners.

“That’s the thing that’s crazy — people are like way ahead of where we are,” she said. “We’ve not narrowed things down by any means. It’s funny to see how things can take on a life of their own.” So all you young, handsome, incredibly well-chiseled Hollywood actor types, you still have time to order a trident off eBay for auditions!

…Which Gives Cast Mates Time To Brainstorm
Despite the ardent fan and online speculation, many “Hunger Games” stars have yet to make their casting picks for the District 4 tribute. “I don’t [know], honestly,” Banks said. “Everybody that’s ever been mentioned seems fantastic. I’m sure they’ll find the right fit. I think the cast has come together in such an amazing way so far, and I know that their goal is to keep adding the best people and the people that it’s gonna be great.” Hutcherson added that he needs to brush up on the source material before weighing in. “I mean, honestly, I have no idea. I definitely need to re-read the second book,” he said. “I haven’t read it since I first read them, before the first one. So I think I kind of need to read it again to get a better grasp.”

What was your favorite “Hunger Games” moment at the MTV Movie Awards? Sound off in the comments below and tweet me @amymwilk with your thoughts and suggestions for future columns!

Earlier “Hunger Games” columns:
» How ‘Catching Fire’ Could Set Taylor Kitsch’s Career Ablaze
» ‘Hunger Games’ At The Movie Awards: Dos And Don’ts
» “Catching Fire” Countdown: What to Watch While You Wait
» Francis Lawrence’s “Catching Fire” To-Do List
» “Fifty Shades Of Grey”: What’s In It For “Hunger Games” Fans?