The MTV Movie Awards turns 22 this Sunday, April 14, which means yes, our beloved awards show has been drinking legally for a year.
In people years, the MTV Movie Awards still wouldn't be able to rent a car at the regular rate; but in the accolades-passing-out universe, 22 consecutive years of awarding popcorn statues to the A-list, producing the funniest movie spoofs ever, trying to wrangle Jim Carrey through his many stunts and witnessing the horror that was Borat's booty in Eminem's face has made it one of the most fun, most can't-be-missed awards shows in all Awards Show Land.
To celebrate the upcoming show (Sunday, April 14, 9:00 p.m. ET, MTV), here's our walk down memory lane with stops along the way to recall the 20 most memorable Movie Awards moments ever.
2000: When Tom Cruise Met Tom Crooze
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Ben Stiller cut short his honeymoon and hopped onto a 15-hour plane ride to fly home to Los Angeles and film the classic clip in which he plays Tom Crooze, the movie stunt double for Tom Cruise. Making the most of the Cruise impersonation Stiller had been perfecting for years, the video finds the duo working on "M:I 2" with director John Woo, while Cruise struggles to find the words to describe his zealous double ("He's harmless" is oft repeated) and both Toms dissolve into creepy laughter at the end. "The part where we're both laughing is kinda real," Stiller said in an "MTV Movie Awards Confidential" special, "because we're both laughing at the absurdity of the moment." | Watch the video
2007: Best (or Is That Most Disturbing?) Kiss
You have to know that when Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen get together on an irreverent awards show, and the precedent is for one funny guy to outdo the last one, there's likely to be some outrageous activity ahead. And the "Talladega Nights" co-stars didn't disappoint while accepting their Movie Award statue for Best Kiss. In fact, they put most other Best Kiss winners to shame by not only reenacting the film buss, but by adding to the, um, passion, when they went into full makeout mode, complete with groping and rolling around on the stage. | Watch the Video
2009: Eminem Becomes the Butt of Brüno's Joke
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Or was he? Turned out, no. When Sacha Baron Cohen, as his flamboyant fashionista alter ego Brüno, dropped from the rafters of the Gibson Amphitheatre, booty up, into the lap of Eminem — his thonged bottom mere inches from the rapper's face — it appeared that Eminem had been Brüno'ed. Especially when, in response to Brüno's "Nice to meet you," Em shouted, "Are you serious? Are you f***in' serious?!" But the real Slim Shady later admitted in an interview that he was not only in on the gag, but found it hilarious. "I'm thrilled that we pulled this off better than we rehearsed it," Eminem said. "After the ceremony I went back to my hotel and laughed uncontrollably for about three hours. Especially after I saw it on air." | Watch the Video
2007: Sarah Silverman Goes There With Paris Hilton
No, not there ... though 2007 Movie Awards host Silverman did almostsortakinda lock lips with Jessica Biel. But no, we are referring to Silverman's far more outrageous moment as host, when, during her opening monologue, she made reference to the impending jail sentence of celebutant — and MTV reality show star — Paris Hilton. The Awards took place on June 3, and Hilton was scheduled to begin serving her DUI-related jail stint on June 5, so it was an especially big oh-no-she-di'int moment when Silverman unleashed this: "In a couple of days, Paris Hilton is going to jail ... I heard that, to make her feel more comfortable in prison, the guards are going to paint the bars to look like penises. I just worry that she's going to break her teeth on those things."
Hilarious? To some — though, not, of course, Hilton, who was just rows away in the audience and looked less than thrilled at Silverman's verbal jabs. No worries, though, because Paris got the last word. She fooled everyone when she secretly headed off to begin serving her jail term two days early, right after the Movie Awards, denying paparazzi their chance at getting a shot of her heading to the hoosegow. | Watch the Video
1999: Jim Carrey Loves Him Some Foghat
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Who was that long-haired, bushy-bearded hippie taking the stage to accept Jim Carrey's Best Male Performance MTV Movie Award for "The Truman Show"? It was Carrey, even though half the audience hadn't recognized him until he sauntered onto the stage to accept his statue. Never breaking character during his nearly four-and-a-half-minute schtick (which no one, even Movie Awards producers, had been privy to before the show), the actor gave a shout-out to the ladies in the audience, and had a little musical request for MTV.
"There sure is some fine-looking p***y in this room tonight, I'll tell you that much. You're all going in my fantasy file," he said to the delight of audience members like Courtney Love, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Keri Russell. And a request for MTV network execs: "I got a little bone to pick with the programming department. I like rap music as much as a nice, frightened Caucasian ... But would it kill you every once in a while to play a little Foghat?" | Watch the Video
2011: 'Twilight' Stars Finally Make Out
No, not Best Kiss winners Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who prefer keeping their relationship on the DL. But while R.Pattz and K.Stew enjoying being coy about their rumored romance — teasing MTV Movie Awards audiences with an onstage kiss, yet never quite doing the deed — Rob had no problem locking lips with someone who would "appreciate it a little more": his other "Twilight" co-star, Taylor Lautner. Did we just witness the start of a new movement? Team Edward + Jacob? | Watch the Video
2008: High Times With James Franco and Seth Rogen
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Did they or didn't they? They most definitely did, as in "Pineapple Express" co-stars Franco and Rogen did most definitely walk out onto the Movie Awards stage holding a bag of what appeared to be weed, and they did light up and puff on what appeared to be a giant joint, as they proclaimed to the audience. MTV producers freaked out, pulling out to a wide shot and covering the alleged joint with graphics. But was the weed — and the lit joint — even real? 2008 MTV Movie Awards producer Mark Burnett says he still doesn't know, but, despite the fact that the offense has been edited out of subsequent airings of the show, he acknowledges that it "was great for 'Pineapple Express,' great for the Movie Awards and another funny, MTV Movie Awards pop culture moment." | Watch the Video
2001: Jimmy Fallon — It's Funny in Herre
Back in 2001, would anyone have predicted that Jimmy Fallon would become the clever late-night talk show host he's become today? Perhaps not, but this intro for the 2001 Movie Awards, which Fallon co-hosted with Kirsten Dunst, should have been a giant clue. Fallon had displayed his musician impersonation skills on "Saturday Night Live," but the Movie Awards opening medley, in which he performed Movie Awards-related spoofs of tunes by Dave Matthews, Avril Lavigne and Eminem, was highlighted by a cheeky exchange with audience member Nelly, as Fallon questioned the rapper's pronunciation of the word "here" while performing "Hot in Herre." | Watch the Video
2003: Cut Off Yoda, You Won't
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Awards show orchestras are infamous for letting award winners know their time at the podium is up by playing music to shoo them off the stage. But when that winner was emotional Jedi master Yoda ("Promise myself, cry I would not"), the recipient of the Best Fight statue for his performance in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," even the Movie Awards musicians didn't dare to cut him off, as the diminutive green one had warned them not to. "Play off Yoda, no one does." | Watch the Video
2007: A Little Depp'll Do Ya
Let's be honest: Johnny Depp, the Johnny Depp, doesn't have to show up at any awards show. Which is why the fact that he did make a surprise appearance, graciously acknowledging that a little popcorn statue was coming to him courtesy of the fans who'd voted his gig in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" as Best Male Performance of the year, makes him such a rock star. Movie Awards audiences rarely react with such glee — Depp got a standing ovation — and even other famous types, like audience member Gerard Butler, seemed delighted by Depp's presence. | Watch the Video
2010: Les Grossman: Movie Awards Producer
He's back! The oily, tough-talking exec played so memorably by Tom Cruise in "Tropic Thunder" made a surprise appearance to open the 2010 Movie Awards, as he tried to sell "Twilight" hunks Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner an action flick called "Bad-Ass Cops" and cajoled Jaden Smith (with papa Will watching) into breaking his arm. The unsung genius of the Grossman sketch: Bill Hader, reprising his role as Grossman's studio underling, Rob Slolum, who kisses up to his tyrannical boss even though he's clearly horrified by his tactics. | Watch the Video
2010: More Les
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But Les Grossman wasn't content to be seen just on video at the 2010 Movie Awards; he also did a little song-and-dance number that outshined his "Tropic Thunder" dance to Flo Rida's "Low." Using pal Ludacris' "Get Back" as his musical inspiration this time around, Les, joined by a scantily clad Jennifer Lopez (this was pre-"American Idol" for J. Lo ... doubt she'd hoof it with Les now), got jiggy with it for an appreciative Movie Awards crowd that included the very amused Samuel L. Jackson, Lindsay Lohan and, of course, Mrs. Grossman ... err, Mrs. Cruise, Katie Holmes. | Watch the Video
1993: Oh, Mrs. Brady!
It was just so wrong, which is, of course, what made it so hilarious when the all-grown-up members of "The Brady Bunch" cast reenacted that naughty "Basic Instinct" interrogation scene with Carol Brady herself (aka Florence Henderson) in the role played by the sultry, legs-uncrossing Sharon Stone. Peter Brady (Christopher Knight) and sister Cindy (Susan Olsen) questioned her about "the nature of her relationship" with Sam the Butcher, prompting cool-as-a-cucumber Carol to 'fess up to an affair with Sam. "I liked having sex with him," she said. "He gave me a lot of pleasure ... and a 30 percent discount on rump roast." | Watch the Video
2005: Real/Reel-Life Best Kiss
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Who says real-life couples don't have chemistry on-screen? Well, lots of people, and it's usually true. But we'll have to point out an exception, via the 2005 Movie Awards. Best Kiss winners Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, who nabbed a popcorn trophy for their liplocking in "The Notebook," also happened to be a real-life couple at the time. And when they hit the stage to accept their award, they walked to opposite sides of the stage, removed their jackets and walked towards each other, meeting up in a scorching reenactment of their passionate "Notebook" smooch. Cameras panned to the audience, where stars like Hilary Swank, Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan looked awed ... and more than a little envious. | Watch the Video
2003: Justin Timberlake Underwear. Under Where? Under There!
Justin Timberlake and Seann William Scott cohosted the 2003 Movie Awards, and, as far as Scott thought, the hosts were supposed to show up in superhero costumes. He did, JT didn't; and when the frustrated "American Pie" star shed his heavy costume and stripped down to his skivvies, his lacy undershirt and boxers revealed a disturbing tribute to his pal Justin. | Watch the Video
1992: Shatner Boldly Goes to the Movie Awards — and Sings
If anything from the very first MTV Movie Awards in 1992 hinted at the kind of telecast we could expect for years to come, it was the presentation of the nominees for Best Song From a Movie. The contenders: MC Hammer's "Addams Groove" from "The Addams Family," Color Me Badd's "I Wanna Sex You Up" from "New Jack City," Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" from "Rush," Guns N' Roses' "You Could Be Mine" from "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and the eventual winner, Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" from "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."
But instead of a little snippet of the songs as performed by the artists, Movie Awards producers presented the songs in little snippets sung by Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner. And if you think Shatner performing his special spoken-word version of "Rocket Man" is a hoot, treat yourself to The Shat putting his spin on "I Wanna Sex You Up." Priceless. | Watch the Video
1998: A 'Titanic' Sequel?
In this movie-pitch spoof, a pair of execs, played by Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, tried to convince Oscar-winning "Titanic" director James Cameron he should make a sequel to "Titanic." The movie's premise, according to the execs, was that the passengers from "Titanic" didn't die, but managed to survive for decades in an "air pocket" they found in the ocean. And as ridiculous as it sounds, we'd be willing to bet a pile of cash that Cameron has been pitched some equally outlandish "Titanic" sequel ideas through the years. | Watch the Video
2012: Elizabeth Banks Gets Carried Away
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Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum, stars of the then-upcoming "Magic Mike," presented the award for "Best Transformation" to Elizabeth Banks for her near-unrecognizable portrayal of Effie Trinket in "The Hunger Games." "Magic Mike" then managed to upstage the entire bit as "Mike" star Joe Manganiello suddenly appeared as a shirtless fireman and carried Banks off stage. Effie would've freaked; Liz loved it. So did the audience. | Watch the Video
2001: Jim Carrey: Read His Mind
Jim Carrey just gets it, which is why he can always be counted on for a little something special at the Movie Awards. Like when he won the Best Villain award for playing The Grinch in the live-action "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." On his way to the podium to snag his trophy, he took a quick timeout for a bit of body-surfing through the crowd. Then, in a clever bit that -- spoiler alert -- proved the winners had been notified of their prizes in advance, Carrey took the stage and delivered his acceptance speech ... telepathically. | Watch the Video
2001: Halle Berry Wants You to See Her Naked
In a rather clumsy bit of promotion for the movie "Swordfish," future Oscar winner Halle Berry famously exposed her naked breasts. Flanked by "Swordfish" costars John Travolta and Hugh Jackman while presenting the 2001 Movie Award for Best Movie, Berry demanded her male movie cohorts also expose a body part. While she egged them on with a series of ever-louder squeals, Travolta and Jackman finally acquiesced and flashed the audience their ... bellies. Lame? Yes. Then Berry reminded the let-down crowd that they were still in for a treat -- for the price of a movie ticket. "If you pay $8.50 and see 'Swordfish,' you'll see these," she said, running her hands across her breasts. Classy! | Watch the Video
Originally published June 3, 2011.