We are less than a week away from the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, airing live Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, and it’s time to celebrate the biggest cinematic performances of the year — including the ones that came out of nowhere and smacked us sideways.
Women love a man who can sing, and they definitely love a man who can sing live for the film version of the mega-musical “Les Misérables.” That’s exactly what Eddie Redmayne did in the romantic role of Marius, and his rendition of “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” a highly emotional song of mourning done in one close-up take. The future looks bright for Redmayne, having recently signed on to join Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in the Wachowskis’ “Jupiter Ascending.”
He may have freaked out a nation in “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” but Ezra Miller quickly proved his range in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” as Patrick, a character in Stephen Chbosky’s book adaptation who was impossible to dislike. Patrick was many things: stepbrother to Sam, played by this year’s Trailblazer Emma Watson , a much-needed friend to Logan Lerman’s Charlie and, perhaps most importantly, one-half of the crime-fighting duo “Slut and the Falcon.”
As Hushpuppy, 9-year old Quvenzhané Wallis left no doubt in our mind who was “the man.” The petite force of nature broke our hearts and records, becoming the youngest-ever nominee for the Best Actress honor at this year’s Academy Awards. She may not have won, but her signature puppy purses redefined red-carpet accessories forever.
The 2013 MTV Movie Awards aren’t the first time host and nominee Rebel Wilson has pulled double-duty. As Fat Amy in “Pitch Perfect,” Wilson had to be funny and on-key as a member of the Barden Bellas. It was also that combination that made Wilson such a promising host for the evening. You’ll be able to catch her and her fellow “Pitch Perfect” castmembers onstage for a live musical performance.
For his acting debut, Suraj Sharma had perhaps one of the most difficult co-stars of all time: an entirely CGI tiger named Richard Parker. Even if the tiger wasn’t real, the emotion between the two characters certainly was and brought praise for the adaptation of the beloved book, a feat many thought to be impossible.