The fans of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” have come out swinging for the Best Hero category at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. The battle for heroic supremacy, which tallies votes through hashtags on Twitter and Instagram, has taken on a life of its own in the past week and is now a duel between Bilbo Baggins and Snow White.
Between the two of them, the sword-wielding nominees have totaled nearly 2 million tweets and Instagrams, starting what is essentially becoming an all-out internet war.
The photos submitted as votes have ranged from pictures with Rob and Kristen and Middle-earth collections. One Vimeo user (via TheOneRing.net) even took it upon himself to draft Bella Swan to the side of Team #votebilbo with the help of some crafty video editing skills. In the video, several characters from Middle-earth, including Orlando Bloom’s Legolas, step in to court Bella instead of Edward Cullen.
At the moment, Bilbo holds a slight lead over Bella, but all of that can change in the course of an afternoon, and it already has. Voting will remain open up until the announcement of the winner during the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Rebel Wilson.
So in the strictest sense of the phrase, the battle for Best Hero at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards is not over until it’s over. Keep voting using the hashtags #votebilbo and #votesnowwhite to make sure that your hero is standing tall when it is all said and done.
The winner will be announced live during the MTV Movie Awards, which air this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT live on MTV.