Host Rebel Wilson and the cast of "Pitch Perfect" perform onstage at the MTV Movie Awards in Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday April 14, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision /AP)
CULVER CITY, Calif. — For a reverential recap of the year’s best movies, we have the Oscars. For a pop-infused, “Jersey Shore”-friendly take, we have the MTV Movie Awards.
Hosted by Rebel Wilson, the annual tongue-in-cheek awards show was held at Sony Pictures Studios on Sunday night, with the most popular popcorn fare toasted with — what else? — statuettes of the golden theater snack, as guests including presenters Adam Sandler, Amanda Seyfried, Bradley Cooper, Chris Rock, Danny McBride, Kerry Washington, Ke$ha, Melissa McCarthy, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Henry Cavill and Brad Pitt assembled, ready for some roasting.
Wilson opened the show with her rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb,” which led to a medley that included Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”
“I’ve been to the Oscars once,” said “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon on the red carpet. “It’s a good time, but it’s a different kind of pressure. This is just, like, it really is an honor to be nominated. Here, it isn’t a question of ‘Did we take out ads?’ or ‘Are we art?’ or ‘Is it OK that people laugh?’”
Bradley Cooper won the first Golden Popcorn prize of the night for his performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” and returned to the stage to accept best kiss honors for his smooch with Jennifer Lawrence in that film. Lawrence, who won the Oscar for her performance in “Playbook,” wasn’t on hand for Sunday’s ceremony.
Jackson claimed two awards. He and Jamie Foxx won best WTF moment for their scenes in “Django Unchained,” and Jackson joined members of “The Avengers” cast to accept the best fight prize.
The MTV awards were pushed up from their usual summer slot this year, and Wilson, whose own year at the box office was nothing to shrug at, opened the show by reuniting with her “Pitch Perfect” cast.
“It’s kind of a reunion of sorts,” said Brittany Snow on the red carpet. Even though she said the group had been rehearsing for several days, she admitted to being nervous: “We’ve done it before for the film, but never in front of Brad Pitt.”
Snow called Wilson “fearless,” adding that “she really doesn’t care about what people think of her.”
Chloe Grace Moretz said of Wilson: “She’s just the coolest person you’ll ever meet. You just want to be friends with her.”
Wilson’s fans know the star for her wide-eyed ability to send off even the raunchiest of jokes, and she didn’t shy away from targeting some of the biggest stars in the audience at the top of the show, including herself.
“They thought I was Adele,” she joked during her opening monologue.
On the red carpet, there were many raves about the “Bridesmaids” scene-stealer.
“Rebel is a voice that is so unique,” said Paul Feig, director of “Bridesmaids.” “When we were doing ‘Bridesmaids,’ there was a lot of ad-libbing and improv. Her jokes were so funny and weird. I’d go, ‘You can’t say that.’ Then I thought, ‘Well, maybe she can.’ ... She’s so innocent and looks so benign. She can say some horrible joke [and get away with it].”
Special buckets of golden popcorn were handed out, too. Will Ferrell picked up the Comedic Genius prize from “Game of Thrones” pal Peter Dinklage, Emma Watson took home the MTV Trailblazer Award, and Jamie Foxx received the MTV Generation Award.
Gannett News Service