With actors like Andrew Garfield, Chloe Moretz and Olivia Wilde such a large part of our movie culture at this point in 2011, it’s hard to believe that they were technically new mainstream stars at this time last year.
But that’s why the MTV Movie Awards are here to remind you that we have plenty to look forward to in these bright breakout stars’ careers. Read on for a full list of the Best Breakout Stars nominees, then cast your vote for the winner today!
Olivia Wilde, “Tron: Legacy”
She might not be new to our hearts thanks to her recurring role on “House,” but Wilde’s blockbuster debut certainly got us piqued for what her big screen future holds. And with “Cowboys & Aliens” just around the corner, our hopes are pretty high.
Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network”
Considering Garfield is now the new Spider-Man, it’s hard to imagine a time in our recent history without him, but he was the relatively unknown star who caught the world by surprise in “The Social Network” last year. The role got him a Golden Globes nomination and the career boost everybody dreams of.
Chloë Grace Moretz, “Kick-Ass”
It’s fair to say Moretz stole the show — and our hearts — last year in “Kick-Ass,” but she also proved to us that she is definitely setting herself up to be one of the greats. The fact she starred in a killer (literally) adaptation of “Let Me In” certainly helped endear her to us as well.
Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
In her first big screen role, Hailee Steinfeld earned herself an Oscar nomination and went head to head against acting greats Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. She certainly is doing a lot better than we were at age 13!
Jay Chou, “The Green Hornet”
This Taiwanese actor’s Hollywood debut as Kato in “The Green Hornet” was a scene-stealing, show-stopping fun comic book romp. Chou managed to mesh well between Michel Gondry’s distinct directing style and Seth Rogen’s sense of humor to make the movie exactly what we hoped it would be.
Xavier Samuel, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
Samuel’s portrayal of the love-stricken vampire Riley gave a sober sense of sadness to the love triangle-heavy “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” and his scenes were some of the best in the entire film. That shot of him leading the newborns out of the lake still gives us chills every time we see it!