The Poster for the Final Season of Mad Men.
MTV made two big announcements this week. First, Conan O’Brien will be hosting the MTV Movie Awards this year (an interesting choice to say the least). And second, they just released this year’s nominees.
Click on the link below to see the full list of nominees:
American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street each lead with eight nominations. Followed by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with seven and We’re the Millers with six,
As you can see, the MTV Movie Awards are far different that the Oscars. They honor widely popular films gearing towards a younger demographic. For example, films like Nebraska, Her, and Philomena were completely snubbed while Anchorman 2, Identity Thief, and This Is The End received a handful of nominations.
Have these awards become better than the Oscars?
Before you laugh at my face (well, you can’t really anyway), let me explain.
Obviously, these awards aren’t as sophisticated as the Academy Awards, but look at how in-sync these nominations are with its target audience. Do you think the average adult went out to see Nebraska? Now go to any mall and ask a teenage if they saw Catching Fire. Heck, ask an adult!
I’ve noticed quite a turnaround with the nominations last year. Oscar-nominated films like Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained joined The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and Ted for Movie of the Year. This was the first/last/only time a Twilight film failed to be nominated for the show’s highest honor.
This year, three out of the five nominees were up for Best Picture at the Academy Awards: 12 Years a Slave (the Best Picture winner), American Hustle, and The Wolf of Wall Street. They join The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in the category.
And take a look at the acting categories. Oscar nominees Amy Adams (American Hustle), Sandra Bullock (Gravity, the film’s only nomination), and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) along with Jennifer Aniston (We’re the Millers) and Jennifer Lawrence (Catching Fire) are up for Best Female Performance. Meanwhile four Oscar nominees, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) join Josh Hutcherson (Catching Fire) in the Best Male Performance category.
On top of that American Hustle's Christian Bale and Dallas Buyers Club's Jared Leto are up for Best On-Screen Transformation, Captain Phillips's Barkhad Abdi and 12 Years a Slave's Michael Fassbender are up for Best Villain, and The Wolf of Wall Street's Jonah Hill is up for Best Comedic Performance.
That’s twelve out of the twenty Oscar-nominated performances (excluding Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle, who additionally is up for Best Musical Moment and Best Kiss with Amy Adams).
Plus, this year’s Movie Awards is recognizing many Oscar-buzzed films that were snubbed by the Academy, including the breakthrough performances from Liam James of The Way Way Back, Michael B. Jordan from Fruitvale Station, and Miles Teller of The Spectatcular Now (He is also nominated for Best Kiss with Shailene Woodley).
When you look at the categories, the MTV Movie Awards couldn’t be more different than the Oscars. There is no Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography or any of that sort. Instead, there are categories like Best Scared-As-Sh*t Performance, Best Shirtless Performance, and Best WTF Moment.
Yes, these awards are far-less mature than the Oscars, but they have certainly grown up with their nominees. I’m sure many teenagers went out to see 12 Years of Slave or were able to get into the heavy R-rated The Wolf of Wall Street. They could have easily honored blockbuster films from last summer, but they were lucky to even be nominated in Best Hero and Best Fight.
If you follow my blog, you know how underwhelmed I was with this year’s Oscars (both the show itself and the overly-predictable winners). Here, anyone can vote. Granted, most of the voters will be teenagers and there’s a great chance that Catching Fire will sweep these awards. But hey, that’s not a bad thing. Considering it stands with a 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and it was the biggest box office hit of 2013, the general public shouldn’t have much of a problem with it.
There is no argument that the quality of films nominated at the Academy Awards are far superior than those nominated at the MTV Movie Awards and the prestige of winning an Oscar makes winning the Golden Popcorn look like you’re bringing home a bowl of nuts from the bar. However, for years the Academy has struggled to boost ratings, especially with the younger demographic. There’s one thing MTV continues to accomplish year after year that the Academy sometimes fails to do. MTV gives its audience what it wants.
Here are some of the many random thoughts I had while watching Season Two of House of Cards (Warning: Potential Spoilers).
1. HOLY F********************CK! :-I —> :-O —> ;-(
2. Remy Danton has the same facial expression like 90% of the time.
3. Does anyone else think the baseball stadium looked SO fake?!? #definitelygreenscreen
4. I really want to try those ribs. Chili’s isn’t cutting it for me anymore.
5. Supposedly, this has happened before in politics. I just find it silly.
6. Even though the bombshell interview was one of the biggest highlights of the season, many of those questions were definitely forced… (This line of questioning would NEVER have happened in real life)
7. When was the last time a single public figure was protested simply for having an abortion years ago?
B. Really Never.
C. Not in a really, really, really long time.
8. Did you spot Tony-winner Deanna Dunagan (who played Susan Marbury aka the widow of Claire’s abortion doctor)? I acted with her in a small local production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof before she went on to Broadway in August: Osage County. No big deal…
9. Totally thought Claire and Connor Ellis were going to fuck. #nothappening
10. Did not see this coming, or should I say cumming. #threewayfuck #iheartpuns #punny
11. It’s too bad that these journalists aren’t as professional in real life as they are on House of Cards (I’m looking at you CNN & MSNBC).
12. Did anyone else jump in their seats when he pounded the desk?
Click on the link below to read my full review of this season of House of Cards.
Ellen DeGeneres did a fine job at the Oscars this year, but you can’t help but wonder who they’ll have to host next year.
Here are ten people that would make great Oscar hosts.
1. Jimmy Kimmel
Former Emmy-host Jimmy Kimmel would bring an Average Joe likeness to the Oscars. He has a huge presence on late night television and is an expert on how things go viral. Plus, he’s funny!
2. Queen Latifah
I don’t even know how the Oscars have lasted this long without having Queen Latifah as a host at least once. She has reentered into the spotlight with her own talk show. Not only that, she’s a triple threat! She can entertain the hell out of an audience. She would be make a down-to-earth Oscars host.
3. Stephen Colbert
Jon Stewart recently said that hosting the Oscars was awful, so why not ask his buddy Stephen Colbert? He has risen to the top both in ratings and awards. Colbert is a different kind of funny than Stewart, a less cynical and more genuine funny that would blend well as an Oscar host. Plus, the guy can sing.
4. Kevin Spacey
During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin Spacey expressed interest in hosting the Oscars. Who’s better to host than a two-time Academy Award-winner? He’s a very talented actor and widely-respected in Hollywood. And wait til you hear his Johnny Carson and Jack Lemmon (two former legendary Oscar hosts) impressions. They’re pretty great.
5. Neil Patrick Harris
This is an obvious choice. It has been announced that Hugh Jackman will be hosting this year’s Tony Awards, so why not have NPH hop on over to the Oscars? He’s funny, well-liked, and is a triple threat. If he can own the Oscars like he did with the Tonys, we’d have a great show.
6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Probably one of the funniest women working in showbusiness is Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She makes everyone laugh during interviews and acceptance speeches. Whether or not she can handle a monologue is unknown. I suggest we find out.
7. Ty Burrell
If you’re looking for a family man, look no further than Ty Burrell. It seems that he’s always in good spirits in the public eye. And if he is as enthusiastic and silly as Phil Dunphy, he’d do a great job at the Oscars.
8. Melissa McCarthy
She may be a type-cast in films, but Oscar-nominee Melissa McCarthy is great on live television. Her three hosting gigs on Saturday Night Live prove she can make the best of the material (despite how poor the writing is). McCarthy would also be physically dedicated to her work. Perhaps a funny video intro of all the Oscar nominees is a way to kick things off. Either way, she’s a natural.
9. Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy was originally supposed to host two years ago before then-Oscar producer and Murphy’s friend Brett Ratner stepped down. Murphy himself stepped down as well leaving Billy Crystal to fill in the shoes. Sure, Murphy hasn’t been in the spotlight for some time now, but his contribution to film is priceless (Coming to America, Beverly Hills Cops, The Nutty Professor, Shrek, etc.). The Academy should give him another shot.
10. Robert Downey Jr.
There’s no doubt that Robert Downey Jr.’s career has never been hotter. It wouldn’t be too farfetched to have one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors be the Oscars host. And if you’ve seen the Golden Globes in the past few years, he’s always steals the show when he comes on to present. Plus, his sarcastic sense of humor can make the ceremony feel fresh. Some may raise their eyebrows to the idea of having him host, but I certainly wouldn’t rule it out so fast.
Who do you think should host the Academy Awards?