MTV Movie Awards: “Twilight” Actors Compete Against and Among Each Other
By Tracy Rosenfield
hollywoodnews.com: As you may know, the MTV Movie Award nominations were announced last week. This year, we see something different than we saw last year. The “Twilight Saga: New Moon” actors had such a busy year filming other movies, they are now competing against each other and themselves at the awards. At the Oscars, competing against yourself is usually considered the kiss of death because it’s assumed your votes will be split. However, with the “New Moon” cast, questions remain as to whether their other films can pull the same audience and votes as the second “Twilight” film.
In the “Best Kiss” category, Kristen Stewart is nominated twice – once for “New Moon” and once for “The Runaways”. “New Moon” had a significantly larger audience, but Kristen had enough votes to get both movies nominated. Now the question becomes: which movie will fans vote for? The easy answer is “New Moon”. More people saw it, more people have heard of it, and more people want to see Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart accept another “Best Kiss” award and almost kiss. But, what about the people who voted for her in “The Runaways”? Will they continue to vote, knowing that the movie had far less visibility and distribution? Voting for “The Runaways” may actually cannibalize Kristen’s chance at winning, but we won’t know until the awards air on June 6th. (Taylor Lautner is purposely not mentioned here because he is not competing against himself.)
In the “Best Male Performance” category, Robert Pattinson is nominated for “Edward Cullen” and Taylor Lautner is nominated for “Jacob Black”. The Team Edward and Team Jacob fans are going to come out of the wood work, though they were never really in hiding. This category IS going to be won by one of them and people will be feverishly voting up until the last moment to get their vampire or werewolf at the podium. This category will be the most controversial, and die hard fans really sway one way or another. I don’t expect “boos” if someone’s favorite doesn’t win, but either way, some people will be thrilled and some will be disappointed.
Where we have the biggest conundrum is in “Global Superstar”. Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson are all nominated. The Twifecta, as they are known, dominate in this category. The only other nominee who has a fighting chance is Johnny Depp, as he’s loved by many and has been around the longest. Assuming for a moment that Depp doesn’t win, who will the votes go to? Again, for Robert Pattinson and Jacob Black, it depends on who’s team you’re on. If you decide to forgo teams all together and vote for Kristen Stewart (aka “Team Bella”), do you run the risk of cannibalizing “New Moon” votes? This category will not necessarily be the most controversial, but may the toughest choice for the fans. All three actors have made other films in the past year, and all three are tapped for more films this year. Eyeballs everywhere will be glued to the TV for this one.
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Make sure to set your DVRs or be ready to watch the MTV Movie Awards on June 6th at 9/8C to see the results.