2014 MTV Movie Award Nominees Are a Bizarre Mix of Oscar Winners ... and Peeta
I love the Oscars, but there's something very highbrow about the industry's celebration of the year's top films. Luckily, there's an awards show for all of you whose movie viewing habits included ogling a shirtless Zac Efron, instead of you know, Sandra Bullock in a space ship. To that end, MTV just announced the list of nominees for the MTV Movie Awards and it's about as lowbrow as you can get. And that's the beauty of it.
What's so great and so ridiculous about the MTV Movie Awards is that it takes critically acclaimed movies and pairs them with films that were "wait for the DVD"-level of decent. Jennifer Aniston's stripper-y performance in We're The Millers was funny, but are we really comparing it to Lupita Nyong'o's role in 12 Years A Slave? Like, this is something that we're really doing? Turns out: yes. Yes we are. Both are nominated for Best Female Performance. (For the record, Aniston is also up for Best Shirtless Performance.)
The MTV Movie Awards is the only awards show that indulges those who go to see movies the most often, and that's teens with just enough disposable income to warrant a ticket for the second Thor movie. While Oscar-nominees like The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, and even Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave are all nominated for Movie of the Year, they're all dark horses when it comes to the film that is really going to win: The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Well, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smog has a chance, too, but it'll be tough for any film to beat Katniss.
And speaking of The Hunger Games, I love J.Law's BFF Josh Hutcherson as much as anybody, but even I know that his role as Peeta in no way compares to the nuanced performances we saw from Matthew McConaughey or Chiwetel Ejiofor. And yet, there's a really great chance that Hutcherson will sweep this category up and take home his very own golden popcorn trophy. It's just how the MTV Movie Awards work.
But hey, sometimes you need an award show that's more lighthearted than serious. Plus, I think Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan are going to be there, so... consider me invested.