MTV Movie Awards recap: did you watch and which were your favorite moments?

The 2014 MTV Movie Awards - Press Room
I didn’t stay up for all of last night’s MTV Movie Awards, but I watched them this morning and they get points for trying. They kept the show light, fun and interesting enough for the perpetually distracted young ‘uns. Still there was something very ADD and disconnected about the whole thing, like a party host who tries to make up for the fact that the guests aren’t mingling by cranking up the music. Props to MTV for keeping the whole ceremony at just 2 hours, including commercials. A full list of winners is here, and you can see the full show on MTV’s site.

Host Conan O’Brien yelled and clowned through his presenting duties, but he had some funny moments, like in his opening bit when he sang a song with Adam Devine about how he wasn’t going to do a song. There was a gospel choir and a giant flaming popcorn award, but it didn’t feel like overreaching. When O’Brien donned a muscle shirt and came out on stage ahead of the best shirtless award, that was just goofy. When winner Zac Efron had his snap-button shirt ripped off by Rita Ora, he looked almost as fake with his airbrushed abs.

The opening video involved Conan trying to top the record for most celebrity cameos in an MTV opening. He joked that “kids don’t laugh anymore, they see celebrities and go ‘woo‘” We then saw him surprise disgruntled celebrities in their natural element, including Anna Faris and Adam Sandler in the bathroom (not together), Ashton Kutcher and Jason Bateman in their cars and Jessica Alba at a photo shoot. Here’s that video:

Jared Leto picked up the award for Best Onscreen Transformation for his role as Rayon in Dallas Buyer’s Club. There was an “are they are aren’t they” moment when he hugged Lupita a little too long and fawned over her, but I got the impression it was wishful thinking on his part. Leto’s speech was a bit disjointed and like he was searching for words. Maybe he’s just burnt out from the entire awards season but at least he’s game. Leto donned a Hawaiian shirt and a big hat later for his presentation of Best Villain, which went to Mila Kunis. He asked for a ride to Coachella and some company.

Jonah Hill picked up Best Comedic Performance, for Wolf of Wall Street, and as Kaiser tweeted he finally won something! He seemed genuinely grateful and surprised, and it was cute how he gushed over Leonardo DiCaprio. Later, Hill presented the Trailblazer award to his 21 Jump Street costar Channing Tatum. He joked that there was nothing trailblazing about “a gorgeous man becoming a movie star.

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Mark Wahlberg was presented with the Generation Award by three members of his Entourage cast including Adrian Grenier and Kevin Dillon. He proceeded to swear so much that half of his speech was bleeped out, and then at the end he gave a shout out to the fact that it was Palm Sunday (Wahlberg is Catholic) and thanked The Lord. He also mentioned his incarceration, “one-hit rap career” and “underwear modeling career.”

Eminem and Rihanna gave an excellent performance of The Monster, I really enjoyed that. Other performances included Ellie Goulding and Zedd doing Beating Heart and Find You from Divergent and Twenty One Pilots doing Car Radio. For some reason all the surrounding people in the audience were wearing white ski masks, I have no idea why.

Here’s the Eminem and Rihanna performance:

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Orlando Bloom was pretty enough as he introduced the Eminem and Rihanna performance, but he made a faux pas later when he accepted the Best Fight Award for Desolation of Smaug. (Evangeline Lilly also won but she wasn’t there.) He did give a nice tribute to the cast who played the Orcs, saying “inside each of those gnarly… latex suits was a stunt man and woman who nearly killed themselves every day on set.” Later he said “outside of maybe Jennifer Lawrence, who is pretty handy with a bow, and Melissa McCarthy, because you’d have to be stupid to go against her, right, I think Legolas could kick all your asses.” Then he challenged Ron Burgundy to a fight. Did he just disrespect Melissa McCarthy’s size or was that a tribute to her badassery? Even if he meant it innocently, it was a dumb line and you know he planned it.

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Best Kiss winner Will Poulter gave the best speech, joking that he was dating both Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts and then reading off a faux text from Jennifer Aniston in which she scolded him for claiming to date him and called him a “dorky Tintin.” He does look like a dorky Tintin but you know Aniston could never come up with that line.

Josh Hutcherson had the honor of having the Best Male Performance award presented by The Other Woman stars. Each woman picked a nominee and talked about how hot he was. Kate Upton was the one who had Hutcherson, purring that “If we lived in a dark future and a controlling government made us fight for our lives and we had to eat poison berries and stuff, I’d be like totally down to do that.


When Hutcherson first went on stage he held the award, almost dropped it, and while facing Kate Upton said “top heavy.” I know he was referring to the award but Kate looked uncomfortable. He said “they’re all so tall, me and Kate would never work. It’d be hard.

Jordana Brewster did a tribute to the late Paul Walker that was so heartfelt it almost made me cry.

Finally, Johnny Depp presented Movie of The Year. He came out of the smoking giant popcorn thing and said “I want to thank Wiz Khalifa for the transportation.” Johnny was well accessorized as usual but there wasn’t a scarf in sight. I was disappointed. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire of course took home the honors. Only Peeta and Finnick (Hutcherson and Sam Claftin) were there to accept and I came away wishing Jennifer Lawrence could have come. She would have made us laugh, not just go “woo.”

The 2014 MTV Movie Awards - Press Room

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  1. lower-case deb says:

    why does Conan look like Bruce Jenner pre-Glenn Close?

  2. QQ says:

    I felt too old to watch a shoe where they gave Zac Efron’s Abs an award to distract us off his Skid Row Trolling Drug Problem… So I stayed with Game Of Thrones

    I however did love how Rihanna was out of fresh fks to give and showed up on her nightie!

  3. GeeMoney says:

    Didn’t watch. Game of Thrones was on… and the MTV Movie Awards became a joke once Twilight started sweeping the categories for like, 3 years straight.

    • MonicaQ says:

      THANK YOU! I was watching GoT, I’ll catch MTV Movie awards on a rerun or something.

  4. blue marie says:

    I didn’t watch it, would have only watched long enough to see Rhianna and Em and then changed the channel.

  5. Macey says:

    I watched to see Em and then changed it. I thought their performance was decent even tho I cant stand that song.

    I thought Conan was hard to sit thru, cant say I find him funny or entertaining. idk if Im just too old for these types of award shows or what but the whole thing seemed just awkward. I only heard of a few ppl that were there, cant say I knew most of the names or movies.

  6. Loopy says:

    haha the shade Nicki Minaj is in the movie though, she may not be a movie start but she is a music star. Anyways whats up with Eminems wide eyed look?

  7. Bananapants says:

    I feel so embarrassed for Johnny Depp lately. He looks ridiculous.

  8. Kimberly says:

    Thanks Rita. Lol.

  9. Abbott says:

    I only saw clips and am so embarrassed for Zac Efron.

    Also, I read Wahlberg’s police records from when he almost killed that guy as a teenager. Wahlberg is a monster. I can’t stand the sight of him.

    • Lindy79 says:

      Its OK, he found Jesus and thanked him when he collected his tatty golden popcorn.
      All is forgiven

      (I am kidding)

      • MonicaQ says:

        I love how people forget that he almost killed a person (and permanently blinded him) in a race based attack. But he’s sooooo down to Earth and he was a kid–

        Yeah, no.

      • Abbott says:

        I was surprised at how racially based and violent it was. He always skirts over it like it was a childhood mistake.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      How bad was it?

      • Dani2 says:

        He blinded the guy and to this day. he’s yet to make any amends because as long as he’s forgiven himself, it’s all good.

      • Abbott says:

        He was involved with 3 incidents of racially motivated violence. He threw rocks at a group of African American kids while yelling slurs; attacked 2 Vietnamese men the following year (gouged one’s eye out with a metal hook of sorts); attacked another person in 1992.

        Like it was mentioned above, he never apologized to the people he attacked and nearly killed bc he forgave himself and that’s all that matters.

  10. Mia4S says:

    Hahahahaha! What? Oh sorry, I was just remembering when this show was sort of relevant.

    Zac Efron’s publicist is working overtime on distraction (which makes the rumours seem more true than ever) but so is PR for Mila Kunis! She was unmitigated garbage in that Oz movie. Amateur and dreadful; I was stunned by it.

    • Rice says:

      Thank you, Mia! She was totally unconvincing as a witch in Oz.

    • GeeMoney says:

      Mila Kunis, as cool as she seems as a person, is a HORRIBLE actress. The fact that she’s so in demand now is dumfounding.

  11. Kali says:

    I love Chris Pratt so I’m just choosing to believe he was severely sleep deprived when he made his speech…

  12. Karen says:

    No way, I was watching Mad Men! I did tune in to see my cutie Johnny present at the end though haha.

  13. sarah says:

    would have watched but Game of Thrones AND Mad Men were both on last night. Priorities!

  14. Rice says:

    I haven’t watched MTV the channel in over 10 yrs. I think my disdain for MTV started with those “reality shows” like The Hills and whatnot. Anyway, I think Orly’s joke was in reference to Melissa’s kick@zz performance in “The Heat” where she took down a guy by beaming him with a melon.

    • Candy Love says:

      Omg yes they need to call themselves RTV aka Rality Television because that’s all they play. I mean really what happened to the music?

      • TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

        How many millenials even watch this dreck? What is sad is that MTV certainly in the 80s and into the mid 90s was fun, fresh, creative and an actual cultural force and barometer. Now, MTV is a cash cow for Viacom (along with it’s foreign affiliates).
        Honestly, how can anyone with integrity even appear at this silliness. Can you imagine Zeppelin or Queen in their heyday wasting their time with this nonsense? If today’s so-called musicians just put out great music that stood on it’s own, they wouldn’t need to endlessly famewhore. No, i’m not an Eminem fan, when you’re showing up at the MTV movie award show, you’ve lost you’re cred and you’re like any other pop star as far as i’m concerned.

  15. roxy750 says:

    I love Conan, seriously the guy always is my favorite to watch anytime. As far as Mark Wahlberg—he is so full of himself I am finally starting to not like him at all. HIs Wahlburgers show, the way he talks with his dirty mouth then says he is catholic and goes to church weekly—-what a moron and hypocrite. Not very smart. Marrying him would be quite the chore. I do like him in movies tho. But a dirty dirty ego he has.

  16. Peppa says:

    I think the small number of comments says everything about this show. I watched it this morning, because MTV repeats things 100 times. Obviously they give awards to people who will actually show up (except for JLaw of course) not because they won the votes or actually deserve them. It was a boring mess.

  17. Tig says:

    Conan is hysterical- don’t judge based on this alone! Hope everyone was tuned into Call the Midwife bef this started!

  18. Moore says:

    By far the best cameo was Grumpy Cat.