by Ryan J. Downey
Some things in life get old after the third or fourth time. Winning Best Movie at the MTV Movie Awards? Not so much.
Not too many people are in a position to comment on that feeling, of course. And not too many movie franchises achieve the “phenomenon” status of “The Twilight Saga” (’though “The Hunger Games” may be on its way!), which collected a fourth consecutive Movie of the Year Golden Popcorn on Sunday.
“It’s always meaningful,” Nikki Reed told MTV News backstage, as she laughed off the idea that it could ever get old.
“Twilight” faced perhaps its toughest challenger yet in the form of “The Hunger Games,” whose box-office success surpassed every entry in the romantic vampires-and-werewolves series in terms of opening weekend gross and overall domestic numbers. The fan base for each franchise is fervent in its devotion, but the “Twilight” legions are the stuff of pop culture legend where the MTV Awards are concerned.
“There was a lot of competition this year,” Julie Jones admitted. “I think, for the first time, I was sort of like, ’I don’t know, Hunger Games.’ There’s some really amazingly large franchises now. And I guess we’re still winning.”
Some very large franchises, indeed. In addition to “The Hunger Games,” the second-to-last entry in the “The Twilight Saga” faced competition from the final “Harry Potter” movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” which claimed the Golden Popcorn for Best Cast. The rest of the category was rounded out by the hilarious surprise blockbuster “Bridesmaids” and the poignant Civil Rights era drama, “The Help.”
“[We are] just honored to be in the rankings with a lot of amazing films this year,” Jackson Rathbone said backstage.
As the “Twilight” crew in attendance took the stage to claim their prize, they were careful not to take anything for granted. “I think it’s just really incredible just to be up on that stage, accepting an award in front of everybody,” said Booboo Stewart. “Feeling the love from the fans. It’s really cool.”
Oscar winner Jodie Foster, who costarred with a preteen Kristen Stewart in David Fincher’s “Panic Room,” presented the big award to “Twilight.” Rathbone said he was “honored to be up there with Jodie Foster,” and Nikki Reed giddily shared a story about how nervous she was to meet her.
“She put her hand out after we walked offstage and I just said, ’Oh my God, it’s a real honor!’ And she said, ’What’s your name?'” Reed told us, laughing at the memory of forgetting to mention her own name. “I said, ’Oh! Nikki! Hi! Nice to meet you!’ And that was about it. That’s my Jodie Foster story.”
There’s still “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” on the docket, of course, which means the “Twilight” cast could be back to pickup Movie of the Year for a fifth time. Whether “Hunger Games” or some other big flick takes down them, the entire crew seemed happy to have collected this many awards already.
“Thank you very much, world,” Rathbone said, looking right into the MTV News camera. “[’Twilight’] has so much love, still, and you gave us a four-peat, so thank you. That’s something not a lot of people can say.”
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