MTV Movie Awards | 2001

MTV Movie Awards

2001 MTV Movie Awards

Host: Jimmy Fallon & Kirsten Dunst
Venue: Shrine Auditorium
City: Los Angeles, California
Date: June 2, 2001

Best Movie: Gladiator

2001 Movie Awards Summary

Welcome to 2001 where, more importantly than anything else, James Van Der Beek won his second bucket of Golden Popcorn for his cameo in Scary Movie . We love you so much, The Beek. So much. Less importantly, the show was hosted by the hilarious Jimmy Fallon and the lovely Kirsten Dunst. Were we playing matchmaker? None of your business. Besides, shouldn't we be talking about awards?

The winners were all over the map in 2001. Gladiator took Best Movie over X-Men , Hannibal , Erin Brockovich and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon . But apparently it wasn't Russell Crowe's shoulders or his mole that put it over the top, because he lost to the tiniest Scientologist, Tom Cruise ( Mission: Impossible 2 ), in the Best Male Performance category. But so did Tom Hanks ( Cast Away ), Omar Epps ( Love & Basketball ) and crazy old Mel Gibson ( The Patriot ), so it's really no big deal.

Julia StilesIn the ladies column, Julia Roberts came out on top for her feisty performance as legal eagle Erin Brockovich , trumping Jennifer Lopez ( The Cell ), Julia Stiles ( Save The Last Dance ), Aaliyah ( Romeo Must Die ) and Kate Hudson ( Almost Famous ). Jim Carrey got Best Villain (he just ALWAYS wins) for Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas and he body-surfed to the stage where he delivered his speech telepathically. Ben Stiller won Best Comedic Performance for his cringe-inducing turn as Gaylord Focker in Meet The Parents . The movie also won Best Line for "Are you a pothead, Focker?"

Best Line was one of many new categories introduced in '01, including Best Dressed (Jennifer Lopez in The Cell), Best Music Moment (Piper Perabo singing "One Way Or Another" in Coyote Ugly ) and Best Cameo (as we already said, The illustrious Beek in Scary Movie).

On the music front there was no need for innovation. We had some of the world's best performers at our disposal and we just let them do their thing. Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink teamed up to knock out Moulin Rouge soundtrack smash, "Lady Marmalade." Dave Matthews Band, or as we call them, because they're such close personal friends, DAVE, played "The Space Between," and everybody's heroes Weezer slayed with "Hash Pipe."

In closing, John Travolta and Hugh Jackman exposed themselves. Do you really need to know anything else? No.

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