With the Best Hero category heroically moving into the awards show proper, it was time for a new category to fill the void in the social-media department. So this year, fans got to vote in the 2014 MTV Movie Awards’ inaugural Best Character category.
A host of memorable characters battled it out for user-supported supremacy, including Loki (from “Thor: The Dark World”), Katniss Everdeen (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”), Veronica Mars (from “Veronica Mars,” duh), Beatrice “Tris” Prior (from”Divergent”) and Khan (from “Star Trek Into Darkness”).
For a while, it looked like there was going to be a two-way battle between the YA stars, with Katniss (memorably played by Jennifer Lawrence) going toe to toe with Tris (Shailene Woodley), as Tris was trailing behind Katniss by just a few thousand votes. But then Tris came up from behind and pulled off the win — and an upset at that, with more than 9 million votes in her favor!
The villainous god Loki (Tom Hiddleston) trailed in third, even though he has a magical scepter and oodles of raw charisma (doesn’t that count for something?), followed by former teenage gumshoe Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) and another baddie, Benedict Cumberbatch’s superhuman Khan. Poor, poor Khan.
Voters cast their ballots via hashtag (#votekatniss, #votetris, #voteveronicamars, #voteloki and #votekhan). But who gets the award: the character or the actor who plays the character? Best Character: a brand-new social media award and a metaphysical can of worms, all in one.