2012 MTV Movie Awards add power to the popcorn

Justin Bieber at the MTV Movie AwardsThe 2012 MTV Movie Awards (MTV, June 3) feature some new categories with a few others retired.

You’ve probably noticed by now that the MTV Movie Awards aren’t exactly the most respected accolades in all of cinema (see photo). The gala has devolved into an annual tween girls’ fete for all things Twilight and a venue for Hollywood stars to sell their summer movies to an impressionable audience with disposable income. Thinking maybe it’s time to add a little more legitimacy to the quirky categories and comedy antics, MTV is polishing up this year’s awards show at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., on Sunday, June 3 (live at 9pm ET; tape-delayed on the West Coast.) A few categories were retired in favor of new ones that honor actual acting and one that incorporates music. Nominees were chosen by an academy consisting of industry insiders and MTV viewers. The Breakthrough Performance winner will be selected exclusively by a panel of directors. Jesse Ignjatovic, who led the 2011 Video Music Awards to the top audience in the show’s history, will produce the revamped Movie Awards. Indie pop band fun. will also perform a tribute to the best party films of all time. Russell Brand is host.

New Categories
Best Music
Best Onscreen Transformation
Best Gut-Wrenching Performance
Best Cast
Best Onscreen Dirt Bag

Movie of the Year Nominees
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Help
The Hunger Games
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1


Photo: Credit: Scott Gries/MTV/PictureGroup

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