The hit comedies “The Wedding Crashers” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” topped the nominations for this year’s MTV Movie Awards, nabbing five nods each, including Best Movie, the network announced Monday.
Up against “Crashers” and “Virgin” are “Batman Begins,” “King Kong” and “Sin City.”
“Batman Begins,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Hustle & Flow,” “Sin City” and “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” have the second-most nominations with three apiece.
The annual honors usually honor films ignored during the traditional awards season, and features out-of-the-ordinary categories and a raucous show.
“This year’s Movie Awards will be more than an awards show — it’s an experience completely inspired by the movies, and everything we love about them,” said Christina Norman, president of MTV. “This year’s cast of movies and stars are all deserving nominees, and there is no doubt this year’s Movie Awards will in itself be a movie to remember.”
Instead of separating male and female performances, MTV has them grouped together.
Up for Best Performance are Joaquin Phoenix for “”Walk The Line,” Jake Gyllenhaal for “Brokeback Mountain,” Rachel McAdams for “Red Eye,” Steve Carell for “The 40-Year Old Virgin,” Terrence Howard for “Hustle & Flow” and Reese Witherspoon for “Walk The Line.”
Competing for the Best Comedic Performance award are Owen Wilson for “Wedding Crashers,” Adam Sandler for “The Longest Yard,” Steve Carell for “The 40-Year Old Virgin,” Tyler Perry for “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion” and Vince Vaughn for “Wedding Crashers.”
Apart from the usual acting nominations, the show features such unusual categories as Best Kiss and Best Fight Scene. Among the new categories this year are Sexiest Performance and Best Hero.
“Brokeback Mountain” made the cut for Best Kiss with a nomination for Heath Ledger and Gyllenhaal. Also up puckering up for the award are Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard for “Hustle & Flow,” Anna Faris & Chris Marquette for “Just Friends,” Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt for “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and Rosario Dawson & Clive Owen for “Sin City.”
The awards will be handed out June 3 in Los Angeles, and televised on MTV June 8.