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“Twilight” sweeps top MTV Movie Awards? Is this some kind of joke?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: MTV announced the winners of its 2010 MTV Movie Awards during a tribute to “Twilight” … um, star-studded telecast last night in Los Angeles, and all I can muster the morning after is a question. Is this some kind of a joke?

I know, I know. The MTV Movie Awards aren’t pretending to be the Oscars. Not that the Oscars are the most dependable gauge of cinematic quality these days. (I’m looking at you, “The Blind Side.” You too, “Avatar.”)

But a “Twilight” sweep of the night’s top prizes doesn’t come across as legitimate. It comes across as a desperate grab for ratings by hitching your wagon to a tween-driven vehicle. Unless MTV’s board is made up of teenage girls. In which case, I stand corrected.

The second “Twilight” film, “New Moon,” took home five of the top 12 popcorn statues last night, including the coveted Best Movie. Which would be fine if “New Moon” wasn’t a hot mess of terribleness.

Listen, I understand a lot of people reading our site like “Twilight.” We have very talented bloggers covering every move the “Twilight” cast makes. And it’s very possible that they think “New Moon” deserves a Best Movie trophy. I don’t agree. At all. And if you think I’m an idiot, so be it.

But don’t trust only my opinion. Ask the rest of the critics. “New Moon” currently has an embarrassing 27% FRESH rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Top critics have weighed in, saying:

I can’t comment on the acting because I didn’t catch Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner doing any. They basically primp and pose through the same humdrum motions they did before. — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

And Travers loves EVERYTHING!!

(The) pacing is so limp you’re going to need the electricity generated by a live audience to keep from yelling, “Hurry it up!” — David Edelstein, New York Magazine

And then there is the most esteemed film critic of our generation.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon takes the tepid achievement of Twilight, guts it, and leaves it for undead. — Roger Ebert

Even Kurt Loder of MTV dismisses it as “a very silly picture.”

But the MTV Movie Awards are for the fans, and the fans let their voices be heard. Some other head scratchers include Anna Kendrick for “Best Breakout Star,” even though she has been acting since 2003. She was even in the first “Twilight,” released in 2008, but apparently didn’t “break out” until 2010.

And then there’s the coveted “WTF Moment,” which went to a naked Ken Jeong leaping from a trunk in “The Hangover,” but could have gone to the entire night. Seriously, folks, “New Moon” as Best Movie? What movie were you watching?

The only hit-the-nail-on-the-head moment belonged to Sandra Bullock, who was graceful and funny as she strolled back into the limelight to accept a made-up Generation Award.

“Now that we have done that, can we please go back to normal,” Bullock pleaded to the audience.

Not with another “Twilight” sequel on the horizon, Sandy. Seems like we’re in for more of the same nonsense in 2011.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • June 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    Good post. Twilight has become type of sellout.

  • June 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    Truer words have never been spoken. Or, in this case, typed. I feel like bashing my head against the table when I watch the awards and see all these talentless pretty boys and airhead girls (maybe they’re not all, but Kristen Stewart just seems an idiot to me). I resent every idiot who votes for it as best movie just because they’re in love with the actors.

  • July 20, 2010 | Permalink |

    I read your blog. From this blog we came to know about the 2010 MTV Movie Awards .
    Very entertaining site.

    I hope in the all nominees best one win this award.
    Thank you for sharing.


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