The best thing about awards ceremonies like the 2010 MTV Movie Awards is that, when all the hype and hoopla is over with, there is always something to talk about afterward — who was the best dressed, who gave the best speech, who did the most outrageous thing, who did something embarrassing, etc., ad infinitum.
Many times who won and who lost becomes secondary to other incidents that happen at the show. The 2010 MTV Movie Awards were no different, and the winners have indeed become secondary to a couple things that happened during the show itself. Last year, the show-stealer at the MTV Movie Awards was Sasha Baron Cohen’s bare bottom descending into Eminem’s face. The American Music Awards had Adam Lambert scandalously kissing a guy. The MTV VMA’s last year saw Kanye West steal Taylor Swift’s microphone and moment. This year, although “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and its actors were the big winners, the 2010 MTV Movie Awards had two great must-talk-about moments that eclipsed them and all the other presentations: Tom Cruise’s unforgettable dance routine with Jennifer Lopez and Sandra Bullock’s kiss with Ryan Reynold’s stand-in, Scarlett Johansson.
Tom Cruise reprised his role as movie exec Les Grossman from “Tropic Thunder” and danced — yes, Tom Cruise was busting a move live onstage — with Jennifer Lopez. The show-stopper brought the audience to their feet. Cruise’s wife, Katie Holmes, looked as surprised as anyone that her husband was shaking it with J-Lo. She was also on her feet giving her husband a standing ovation.
Which is exactly the reception that Sandra Bullock received after Betty White announced her as the 2010 recipient of the MTV Generation Award, which is given to an actor for lifetime achievement in movies. After telling Betty White that she wanted her life and Betty White telling her not to ever wear her dress backwards (the black mini-dress was nearly backless), Sandra read a hilarious list of things she wanted to say about the last couple scandal-ridden months, then bluntly asked Scarlett Johansson (who, along with White and Brad Cooper, presented the award) what she was doing there.
Johansson told Sandra Bullock that since her husband, Ryan Reynolds, couldn’t be at the awards ceremony, she wanted to be there in case he and Bullock won the award for Best Kiss. Sandra Bullock pointed out that they had already lost, to which Scarlett Johansson said Bullock looked “so soft” and the two gravitated toward each other in a shy magnetic sort of way, ending with Bullock grabbing Johansson’s face and planting a solid kiss on her lips.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson might have won the 2010 MTV award for Best Kiss in a movie and shared an applause-filled moment re-enacting the scene when they accepted the award, but it was Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson’s kiss that had the internet burning afterward.
Besides being the Best Kiss winners, Pattinson and Stewart were up on stage all night. He won for Best Male Performance and Global Superstar. She won for Best Female Performance.
Of course, with all the foreshadowing, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” won for Best Movie.
“The Hangover,” which had received the most 2010 MTV Movie Awards nominations, won two: Best Comedic Performance (Zach Galifianakis) and Best WTF Moment (Ken Jeong for his naked trunk scene).
Stephen Colbert’s nemesis, Korean superstar Rain, won for Biggest Badass Star for his role in “Ninja Assassin,” so look for Colbert to do a segment about Rain on his show soon.
Beyonce and Ali Lautner won for Best Fight for their knock-down, drag-out in “Obsession.”
Anna Kendrick won Best Breakthrough Performance for her role in “Up In The Air,” a movie that, although it was nominated for hundreds of awards, sadly only received a handful, being overshadowed by movies like “Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker” at the more serious awards events and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” at the more juvenile-oriented ceremonies.
Amanda Seyfried won for Best Scared-As-S**t Performance for “Jennifer’s Body” and Tom Felton won for Best Villain as Draco Malfoy in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
In the end, the biggest “winners” of the night weren’t those who won trophies but those who didn’t. Tom Cruise and Jennifer Lopez. Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson (because, technically, the Generation award is honorary and not contest; Bullock was nominated in three categories but did not win). And the viewing audience. Anytime an awards ceremony can be as entertaining as the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, the audience wins. Hopefully, those in charge of next year’s Academy Awards were paying attention…
Winners List From the 2010 MTV Movie Awards (winners in bold italics):
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Channing Tatum, Dear John
Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Zac Efron, 17 Again
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Amanda Seyfried, Dear John
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Zoe Saldana Avatar
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Helena Bonham Carter, Alice In Wonderland
Ken Jeong, The Hangover
Stephen Lang, Avatar
Tom Felton, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Ben Stiller, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Bradley Cooper, The Hangover
Ryan Reynolds, The Proposal
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Zach Galifianakis The Hangover
Beyoncé Knowles vs. Ali Larter in Obsessed
Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber vs. Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Logan Lerman vs. Jake Abel in Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Robert Downey Jr. vs. Mark Strong in Sherlock Holmes
Sam Worthington vs. Stephen Lang in Avatar
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in The Runaways
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds The Proposal
Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner in Valentine’s Day
Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington in Avatar
BEST BREAKOUT STAR
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Chris Pine, Star Trek
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Logan Lerman Percy, Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Quinton Aaron, The Blind Side
Zach Galifianakis The Hangover
BEST WTF MOMENT
Betty White, feeling up the bride, in The Proposal
Bill Murray, as himself, in Zombieland
Isabel Lucas and her robot tongue, in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
Ken Jeong, booty call out of the box scene, in The Hangover
Megan Fox, projectile vomiting, in Jennifer’s Body
BEST SCARED AS SH*T PERFORMANCE
Alison Lohman, Drag Me to Hell
Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer’s Body
Jesse Eisenberg. Zombieland
Katie Featherston, Paranormal Activity
Sharlto Copley, District 9
BIGGEST BADASS STAR
GENERATION AWARD (HONORARY)