MTV Movie Awards Honors ‘Catching Fire’ With Best Movie

Academy Awards Winners Were No Match For Katniss Everdeen.

For fans, the MTV Movie Awards are always the most fun of the movie awards season because of how the show mashes up highbrow critics’ picks and multiplex favorites, and this year was no exception.

On Sunday night (April 13), big-time Oscar nominees like “Wolf of Wall Street,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “American Hustle” found themselves vying for the coveted Golden Popcorn along with blockbuster fare like “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

But, of course, a victor had to be chosen and tonight, that victor was Katniss and the rest of the post-apocalyptic gang from “Catching Fire.” The super-size YA adaptation beat out the Academy Award-winning Best Picture “12 Years a Slave,” plus critical darlings “American Hustle” and “Wolf of Wall Street,” and similarly beloved sequel “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

Josh Hutcherson, a winner earlier in the night for Best Male Performance, and handsome lad Sam Claflin were on hand to accept the award from Johnny Depp, whose new movie “Transcendence” opens next week.

“These are big movies. There are hundreds of people who work on these movies. We thank all of them so much,” said Hutcherson before turning his attention to their fallen castmember, Philip Seymour Hoffman .

“And if Philip were here, he would think it was really cool. We think about him every day on set.”

It was a heart-tugging end to a night devoted almost exclusively to abject silliness, but it felt just right.