'Star Wars: TFA' Has To Sweep The MTV Movie Awards

by Courtney Lindley

Now that the Oscars are over, it's time for the season of entertainment accolades to really kick into full gear — with the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. All right, I'm being slightly facetious. But only slightly. We have our hosts for the ceremony all set up (Yo, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson), and the network has just announced its 2016 MTV Movie Award nominees. Guess what's probably not surprising at all to you, or me, or any of us? Star Wars: The Force Awakens cleaned up nicely with 11 nominations.

The MTV Movie Awards are known for being the quirkier, crazier (read: less stuffy) version of your typical award ceremony. Nominees usually include more popular films than say, the Oscars, but, for die hard fans of certain franchises and films that often get snubbed by the Academy, that's perfect. The Star Wars franchise — though hugely influential — hasn't seen a big Academy win since the first installment took home "Best Original Screenplay" in 1978. But, when the Academy announced its nominations for its 88th ceremony, pretty much everyone who saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens (including yours truly) was disappointed to learn the film didn't get recognized in any of the major categories.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a massive hit both commercially and critically, but it was only nominated in your typical Sci-Fi areas: film editing, sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects, and music. And it lost. In every single one. Did I mention that TFA was the highest grossing film at the domestic box office in cinematic history? The Academy must have missed that stat.

No hard feelings though. Enter, The MTV Movie Awards. A place where films that the Academy snubbed can be lauded for their efforts — and by the people who are actually paying to watch them. Though MTV does choose the nominations, you, the people, get to pick the winners. So yeah, it's somewhat of a popularity contest, but don't hate the game. Because, if the winners are in the hands of fans, there's no doubt that TFA will (deservedly) win big. The film has a nom in each of the following categories: "Movie of the Year," "Best Female Performance," "Best Action Performance," "Best Hero," "Best Villain," "Ensemble Cast," "Best Fight," and two in "Best Breakthrough Performance" and "Best Virtual Performance." To see what TFA is up against, check out the full list of nominees below.

Movie Of The Year

Avengers: Age of UltronCreedDeadpoolJurassic World Star Wars: The Force AwakensStraight Outta Compton

Best True Story

ConcussionJoySteve JobsStraight Outta ComptonThe Big ShortThe Revenant

Best Documentary

AmyCartel LandHe Named Me MalalaThe Hunting GroundThe WolfpackWhat Happened, Miss Simone?

Best Female Performance

Alicia Vikander, Ex MachinaAnna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect 2Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury RoadDaisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force AwakensJennifer Lawrence, JoyMorena Baccarin, Deadpool

Best Male Performance

Chris Pratt, Jurassic WorldLeonardo DiCaprio, The RevenantMatt Damon, The MartianMichael B. Jordan, CreedRyan Reynolds, DeadpoolWill Smith, Concussion

Breakthrough Performance

Amy Schumer, TrainwreckBrie Larson, RoomDaisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force AwakensDakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of GreyJohn Boyega, Star Wars: The Force AwakensO’Shea Jackson Jr., Straight Outta Compton

Best Comedic Performance

Amy Schumer, TrainwreckKevin Hart, Ride Along 2Melissa McCarthy, SpyRebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect 2Ryan Reynolds, DeadpoolWill Ferrell, Get Hard

Best Action Performance

Chris Pratt, Jurassic WorldDwayne Johnson, San AndreasJennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2John Boyega, Star Wars: The Force AwakensRyan Reynolds, DeadpoolVin Diesel, Furious 7

Best Hero

Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury RoadChris Evans, Avengers: Age of UltronDaisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force AwakensDwayne Johnson, San Andreas Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2Paul Rudd, Ant-Man

Best Villain

Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Force AwakensEd Skrein, DeadpoolHugh Keays-Byrne, Mad Max: Fury RoadJames Spader, Avengers: Age of UltronSamuel L. Jackson, Kingsman: The Secret ServiceTom Hardy, The Revenant

Best Virtual Performance

Amy Poehler, Inside OutAndy Serkis, Star Wars: The Force AwakensJack Black, Kung Fu Panda 3James Spader, Avengers: Age of UltronLupita Nyong’o, Star Wars: The Force AwakensSeth MacFarlane, Ted 2

Ensemble Cast

Avengers: Age of UltronFurious 7Pitch Perfect 2Star Wars: The Force AwakensThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2Trainwreck

Best Kiss

Amy Schumer & Bill Hader, TrainwreckDakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of GreyLeslie Mann & Chris Hemsworth, VacationMargot Robbie & Will Smith, FocusMorena Baccarin & Ryan Reynolds, DeadpoolRebel Wilson & Adam DeVine, Pitch Perfect 2

Best Fight

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein), DeadpoolHugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) vs. The Bear, The RevenantImperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) vs. Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), Mad Max: Fury RoadIron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) vs. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Avengers: Age of UltronRey (Daisy Ridley) vs. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Star Wars: The Force AwakensSusan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) vs. Lia (Nargis Fakhri), Spy

To vote, just Google "MTV Movie Awards." Oh, and make sure to tune into the results on April 10. May the force be with you.

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