Josh Hutcherson Wins MTV Movie Award for Best Male, Proving Leonardo DiCaprio Can't Win Anything
The MTV Movie Awards certainly are not the Oscars. Still, it manages to be just as surprising, mostly because the voters are approximately half the size and age of Oscar voters. And that was never more clear during the 2014 Movie Awards, during which The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's Josh Hutcherson won Best Male, beating the likes of Wolf of Wall Street's Leonardo DiCaprio, American Hustle's Bradley Cooper, 12 Years a Slave's Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Dallas Buyers Club's Matthew McConaughey. Let me repeat that: Josh Hutcherson — an actor whose biggest acting challenge in The Hunger Games was bad body paint — beat out Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey.
But, really, should we be surprised? After all, the MTV Movie Awards are fan-voted, and though performances from McConaughey and more certainly attracted more than a few critical fans, most critics aren't texting their votes for an awards show on a network that also brought us A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.
That said, that doesn't mean movie fans are any less disappointed to see Hutcherson pick up the golden popcorn for his work in the popcorn movie. Though the actor certainly is a force within the YA franchise — sorry, Team Gale fans — Hutcherson's win just means one less award for the awards-plagued Leonardo DiCaprio. Snubbed by Oscar and the MTV Movie Award? Poor Leo. At least he can hold on to that 1998 MTV Movie Award for Titanic tonight.