A far cry from the old "Sugar and spice and everything nice" adage, there's something to be said for strong women, and this year's Best Female Performance category at the MTV Movie Awards is packed with them.
Despite their diverse backgrounds — from otherworldly Pandora and Hogwarts to the small town of Forks, Washington — the one thing all five nominees have in common is their strength. Here's a look at the five contenders in the Best Female Performance category who will face off Sunday, June 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV:
Amanda Seyfried, "Dear John"
In this have-tissues-handy tearjerker, Seyfried is Savannah, an idealistic college student on spring break, who meets and quickly falls in love with John Tyree (Channing Tatum), a soldier on leave from the Army Special Forces. Their romance and eventual long-distance courtship through correspondence is the stuff from fairy tales. And Seyfried plays the perfect princess.
Emma Watson, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
Moviegoers and "Potter" fans alike have watched the college freshman grow up onscreen. In the sixth installment of the hugely popular franchise, Watson is as bewitching as ever. In "Half-Blood Prince," Hermione must confront the death of a dear friend and unrequited love. Watson's transition from bossy schoolgirl to brazen young woman is a seamless one.
Kristen Stewart, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"
Kristen Stewart doesn't have legions of obsessive, die-hard fans for nothing. Her endearingly clumsy-yet-steadfast portrayal of Bella is so spot-on, fans have convinced themselves that Stewart is her character and that she and her onscreen star-crossed love interest, Robert Pattinson (Edward), are a couple in real life.
Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"
If it were any other awards show, an argument could be made that competing against an Academy Award winner isn't quite fair — especially one who was perfectly cast as the fiery Leigh Anne Tuohy, a character based on the inspirational real-life mom who takes in a teenager, Michael, from foster care and raises him to be a part of her family.
Zoe Saldana, "Avatar"
When images and trailers started surfacing before the momentous release of "Avatar," there were grumblings about "those blue people" and the actors who played them. Not so after the movie opened. Moviegoers were blown away and completely transported to a new world of filmmaking. Zoe Saldana's performance as Neytiri, a woman who stands by her people, planet and man, embodies every letter of the phrase "strong woman" and is absolutely deserving of the Best Female title.
Who is your pick for Best Female Performance? Sound off in the comments!
Don't miss the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, airing live from Los Angeles on Sunday, June 6, at 9 p.m.