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’Dynamite’ dominates the MTV Movie Awards (gellar mention)

By Stacie Peart

Friday 17 June 2005, by Webmaster

Napoleon swept the 2005 MTV Movie Awards show which aired on June 9. He and fellow award nominee, Rachel McAdams, cleaned up in every category in which they were nominated.

The show opened with Host Jimmy Fallon poking fun at the upcoming movie starring Christian Bale, "Batman Begins." In the spoof, Fallon calls for a limo and the new Batmobile, which looks like an assault vehicle from Iraq, pulls up driven by the caped crusader. Fallon and the superhero crash their way to the awards show with Andy Dick as a policeman hot on their trail. As they pull up to the backstage entrance, Batman reveals his true identity, Napoleon Dynamite.

The most unforgettable on-stage moments of the night included the Best Kiss acceptance speech, "The Breakfast Club" tribute and the amazing wins for Preston, Idaho’s low budget flick.

MTV, known for its tongue-in-cheek approach, has made fun of other award shows by creating unique award categories along with the traditional Best Actor/Actress and Best Movie. One award that has become an audience favorite is the award for Best Kiss. In recent years, the Best Kiss trophy has been given to same-sex kisses. For example, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair snagged the award for their smooching scene in "Cruel Intentions" while Seann William Scott and Jason Biggs won for their "American Pie 2" liplock.

This year the Best Kiss award took a heterosexual turn with winners, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Their notorious "Notebook" kiss beat out Jennifer Garner’s girl kiss in "Elektra." Apparently, a little girl-on-girl action couldn’t even save that movie. After the presenters announced "The Notebook" stars’ win, they took opposite sides of the stage. With Gosling on one side and McAdams on the other, they sexily strolled to each and recreated their famous kiss for the MTV audience.

Another great 2005 MTV Movie Awards moment was the tribute to "The Breakfast Club." Twenty years after the film was released, the John Hughes classic still accurately captures teen-angst and continues to win the hearts of film lovers. Hillary Swank introduced rock band Yellowcard who performed a remake of the movie’s hit song "Don’t You Forget About Me" as a montage of "Breakfast Club" clips flashed on a giant screen in the auditorium. Cameras also caught the "Breakfast Club" stars Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and an emotional Ally Sheedy watching from their seats in the audience. Swank introduced the cast and as they went on stage to accept their giant silver popcorn award.

Actor Jon Heder, or Napoleon Dynamite, won for Breakthrough Male Performance and Best Dance Sequence. Heder thanked Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and others for inspiring his famous dance moves. "Napoleon Dynamite" also took the top prize for the evening, Best Movie.

Some of the more head scratching moments at the MTV Movie Awards included veteran actor Dustin Hoffman’s crotch grabbing during his acceptance speech. Hoffman said that he was glad to be recognized by the younger generation. Hoffman said that watching Eminem’s musical performance where he touched himself 37 times gave him the idea that grabbing his crotch would give him a seat at the cool kids table.

Katie Holmes took the stage to introduce her latest fling, Tom Cruise, for the "Generations Award." After she talked about how Cruise "had us at hello," a tribute to his career was shown on screen. Ironically, none of the clips were scenes between Cruise and his ex-wife, Nicole Kidman. The entire segment was quite awkward.

Eminem initiated the MTV Movie Awards’ performances by hitting on Lindsay Lohan with the use of a puppet dog. Other performers for the night included Mariah Carey and, after Nine Inch Nails backed out, The Foo Fighters. Vin Diesel graciously took home the new award for Best Videogame Adapted from a Movie for "The Chronicles of Riddick." He said MTV is the first to acknowledge the growing collaboration between videogames and film.

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards presented some gold popcorn, had a few laughs and definitely entertained viewers for two hours. Those who missed the show can catch it in the numerous re-runs on MTV for the next few weeks.