Shailene proves a Stars attraction
Emotional teen drama The Fault In Our Stars was named best film of the year at the MTV Movie Awards, adding to a big night for star Shailene Woodley.
The irreverent show at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles doled out such cheeky honours as best kiss and best shirtless performance, but it also served as an unofficial promotional platform for the upcoming blockbuster season. Winners included Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lopez, Channing Tatum, and Neighbours co-stars Dave Franco and Zac Efron.
Woodley, who picked up one of the first awards of the night for best female performance in The Fault In Our Stars in addition to the Trailblazer Award and best kiss (with Ansel Elgort), gave an emotional speech dedicated to the book's author, John Green.
"He gave this world a beautiful masterpiece," she said directly to Green, who was seated in the audience. She said that the book changed her life when she read it and that his words would transcend the test of time.
Lopez won for best scared-as-s**t performance in the campy thriller The Boy Next Door.
Tatum, who danced on stage with his co-stars from the upcoming Magic Mike XXL while presenting the award to Lopez, went on to win a prize of his own for best comedic performance in 22 Jump Street.
"It's unfair for me to get an award for just hanging out with my buddy Jonah (Hill)," he said.
Cooper, who won best male performance for portraying the late Chris Kyle in American Sniper, thanked the audience for making the film such a big success and bringing attention to the plight of the soldiers.
"Chris Kyle would have turned 41 four days ago. Chris, this is for you," said Cooper.
Popular films such as Marvel space adventure Guardians Of The Galaxy competed for the fan-voted Golden Popcorn statuettes. In addition to the kiss and shirtless categories, other wacky awards included best villain, and best WTF moment. Vin Diesel, Sofia Vergara and Mark Wahlberg were among the presenters.
Host Amy Schumer, still a rising comedian, joked at the outset that, "half of you don't know who I am and half of you think I'm Meghan Trainor", she said, referring to the All About That Bass singer, before poking fun at MTV, Hillary Clinton and even Harrison Ford.
"This is going to be the party of the year. I just hope Harrison Ford doesn't crash it," Schumer said, referring to the actor's recent plane crash.
Robert Downey Jr brought his fellow Avengers to their knees while accepting the Generation Award.
Cast mates Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner all took the stage to present their co-star with the award, which Downey called "the recognition I so desire". They then fell to their knees as Downey talked about his memories of the first MTV Movie Awards, and "clawing" his way to the top.
"I partied way too much. I've squandered, resisted, repented," he said, imploring the audience to "dream big, work hard, keep your nose clean".
Kevin Hart, receiving the award for comedic genius, brought his children up on stage, saying that he does it all for them. "I'm trying to leave a legacy behind," he said.
But the real focus was on what is coming up at the multiplex this summer. Last year's host Rebel Wilson and her Pitch Perfect co-stars introduced a new clip from their upcoming sequel.
The team behind Paper Towns, an adaptation of John Green's novel, debuted a new clip as well.
There was also an agenda behind Downey's accolade, of course: the promotion of Ultron. The Iron Man star introduced a new clip from the summer blockbuster, which debuts on May 1.
Even host Schumer had a film to promote: Trainwreck, a relationship comedy from director Judd Apatow that Schumer wrote and stars in.
"Go see my movie Trainwreck, I think that's the biggest lesson we've all learned here tonight," she said as the show's closing line.