Not even close. But at least they’re still trying. Nominated for The Best Movie of the Year are: The Dark Knight, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Iron Man, Slumdog Millionaire, and Twilight. The one thing all these movies have in common was they made a lot of money. Honestly, I’m surprised that Slumdog Millionaire even got nominated. I mean, wouldn’t a movie like Hancock or Tropic Thunder be a better fit for an MTV Movie Award than the Oscar-sweeping Slumdog Millionaire? Or is MTV trying to gain some credibility?
But wait a second, the MTV Movie Awards have had some very credible winners in the past. Movies like Titanic, Gladiator, and all three Lord of the Rings films are past winners of the award show’s Best Movie of the Year. So should the MTV Movie Awards be taken seriously?
Not by a long shot.
It seems as though that the formula for the nominees of Best Movie is this: Take some of the most popular, money grabbing films of the entire year + the biggest box office grossing movie from the five Best Picture Oscar nominees, and you get your MTV Movie Award nominees for Best Movie. Here are some past nominees:
2008 – Transformers (winner), Superbad, Juno, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and I Am Legend.
2007 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (winner), 300, Blades of Glory, Borat, and Little Miss Sunshine.
2005 – Napoleon Dynamite (winner and also an MTV production… do I smell conspiracy?), Kill Bill Vol. 2, The Incredibles, Spider-Man 2, Ray.
As you can see, each year had one Oscar Best Picture nominated film: Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, and Ray respectively. I do have to admit that out of the summer blockbusters MTV chooses for their nominees, they do pick some good ones. This year’s nominees include The Dark Knight and Iron Man, two of the best super-hero films in history. And of course what many people considered a snub for The Dark Knight to be left out of Oscar’s Best Picture race… MTV had no problem nominating it.
While there is absolutely no chance that Slumdog Millionaire wins the MTV Movie Award for Best Picture (it’s going to be The Dark Knight), they still get some props for nominating Oscar-caliber films. The real crime of the MTV Movie Awards lies in their acting awards. Come on now… Will Smith won best actor for I Am Legend? Kirsten Dunst won best actress for Spider-Man? Eminem for 8 Mile??? Something’s got to give.
But for what it’s worth, MTV puts on a show for tweens and teens everywhere. So there will surely be millions tuning into MTV on Sunday, May 31st for the 18th annual MTV Movie Awards, hosted by SNL’s Andy Samberg.