MTV Movie Awards 2010: A Hot Mess All ‘Round
Hosted by actor/comedian Aziz Ansari, last night’s MTV Movie Awards 2010 can only be described as a hot mess. While two moments in particular tugged at the heart strings—Ken Jeong‘s emotional acceptance speech (he won “Best WTF Moment” for The Hangover) about his wife Tran‘s winning battle with breast cancer, and the standing ovation given to Sandra Bullock as she received the MTV Generation award—the broadcast was definitely one of the network’s weaker awards shows.
The show seemed to be about middle-aged entertainers in the twilight of their careers desperately trying to stay relevant to a young audience (speaking of Twilight, the film saga’s scoop of awards appeared just as staged as the tired repertee between the various presenters on the night). Tom Cruise reprized his grotesque film agent character Les Grossman from Tropic Thunder as the “producer” of the award show, with his only real highlight being a dance duet with a smoking Jennifer Lopez to her hit “Get Right” mixed with Ludacris‘s hit “Get Back.”
A visibly older Snoop Dogg was wheeled out for his “California Gurls” performance with Katy Perry. While the stage set was bright and fun, the lack of chemistry between the duo (not to mention Perry’s continued awkwardness as a performer) made for an uninspired scene. Ansari’s “tribute” to Avatar under the guise of R. Kelly was also stale, including his rants of “F*ck you BP!” as he simulated a sex act. In fact, pretty much all the jokes on the night fell flat, including Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell‘s attempt at comedy during the “Best Villain” presentation (let’s hope their upcoming movie The Other Guys fares better).
Sandra Bullock ridiculously locked lips with Scarlett Johansson during her tribute. We get it, MTV. Celebrity females kiss during your award shows. It’s not shocking nor funny anymore. And the pulsating, glowing heart on her private parts revealed by Christina Aguilera at the end of her performance seemed like a cheap knock-off of Lady Gaga‘s theatrical bleeding heart from the MTV Music Awards.
Aziz Ansari’s (who was dressed like a low-budget Ali G in durag, fake braids and shades) “swagg lessons” sketch with Zach Galafianakis at the end of the show took the lame factor even higher (not to mention the annoying overload of Jersey Shore promos throughout the night). The cheese factor of the awards was high but the quality, low. In a big year for films (including Avatar, Harry Potter and Twilight films, The Hangover, Inglorious Basterds and more), the telecast could have been so much more.
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