UPDATE MONDAY: Dealing with the fallout from its profanity-laden MTV Movie Awards last night, MTV issued a statement apologizing for the 100+ curse words uttered from the stage of the show, some of which made it into the live broadcast without being bleeped.
“The MTV Movie Awards is a live televised event known for irreverent comedy and a party atmosphere where our guests speak more freely than they otherwise might,” an MTV spokeswoman said. “While we aired the live broadcast with a delay, we were unable to mute every word that some might find objectionable. All of these words will be muted in subsequent airings. We sincerely apologize to those in our audience who were offended by any objectionable words that might have slipped by for the live airing.”
The always-vigilant Parents Television Council used the opportunity to attack the current cable system that offers basic cable channels in packages. (Cable nets are not regulated by the FCC.) It addressed the MTV Movie Awards as well as the premiere of the new MTV series The Hard Times of RJ Berger that followed it and, for some reason, kept referring to the awards show as the MTV Music Awards.
“Families were assaulted by the content found on the MTV Music Awards and on Hard Times and we should not have to pay for this kind of filth on our cable bills – especially since it’s targeted directly towards our children,” said PTC President Tim Winter. “The fact that both programs were rated as appropriate for 14-year-olds demonstrates the lack of any serious regard Viacom or MTV have for the television content ratings system. A movie with the same amount of profanity as on both shows would (or at least should) garner an R-rating…The Music Awards and Hard Times should have been rated TV-MA.”
PREVIOUS SUNDAY 11 PM: Two words summed up tonight’s MTV Movie Awards: Twilight and f**k. Both found their way into pretty much every segment, with Twilight: New Moon winning every category it was nominated in and the number of F-bombs dropped probably setting a record for a TV broadcast. Here are some pf the night’s highlights:
In his opening, host Aziz Ansari reenacted James Cameron’s pitch for Avatar:
“Cameron: I wanna make a movie about blue aliens, it’s gonna take me 12 years, and it will cost me $500 million.
Studio executive: Wow, that’s it? Do you have anything else?
Cameron: Oh yeah, and at some point a dude is gonna f**k a dragon with his pony tail.”
Later on, Ansari performed a cool music tribute to Avatar that culminated with:
“Its a bummer when nature is destroyed. Which reminds me: Fuck you BP.” (see video)
Tom Cruise reprised his Tropic Thunder character, the foul-mouthed hot-headed studio executive Les Grossman in the opening segment as well as an on-stage music number with Jennifer Lopez. (see videos) Also memorable was Ansari’s taped skit with Zach Galifianakis. (see video)
A lot of people came down on wires, including Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Katy Perry, but there was no Sacha Baron Cohen/Eminem moment this year. And it wouldn’t be an MTV’s awards show without a girl-on-girl kiss. This time, it was Sandra Bullock, the MTV Generation award recipient, who made out with Scarlett Johanson.
The weirdest moment of the night: Christina Aguilera’s music performance ended with glowing neon heart lighting up over her vagina. Second weirdest moment: Angelina Jolie getting nominated for a movie that has not been released yet, Salt.
And here are some memorable/awkward lines from the show:
- Presenter Jonnah Hill, talking about the clash between team Edward and team Jacob from Twilight: “Those two teams would never mix. Its like Israel and Palestine.”
- Presenter Betty White: “My ovaries were recently named a national monument.”
- Winner Robert Pattinson: “I want to thank my parents for conceiving me.”
- Peter Facinelli, accepting the best movie award for Twilight, on keeping his thanks to Twilight author Stephenie Meyer clean in his expletive-laden acceptance speech: “I’m not going to curse with you because you’re Mormon.”
Full list of winners:
• “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” (Summit Entertainment)
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE • Robert Pattinson – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE • Kristen Stewart – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”
BREAKOUT STAR • Anna Kendrick – “Up In The Air” (Paramount Pictures)
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE • Zach Galifianakis – “The Hangover” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BEST VILLAIN • Tom Felton – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BEST FIGHT • Beyoncé vs. Ali Larter – “Obsessed” (Screen Gems/Sony Pictures)
BEST KISS • Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”
BEST WTF MOMENT • Ken Jeong – “The Hangover”
BEST SCARED AS S**T PERFORMANCE • Amanda Seyfried – “Jennifer’s Body” (Twentieth Century Fox)
BEST BADASS • Rain – “Ninja Assassin” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
GLOBAL SUPERSTAR • Robert Pattinson – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”