LOS ANGELES (AP) — Last year, the MTV Movie Awards moved up its broadcast date from June to April to incorporate a summer movie plug-fest. Sunday night's show cemented that change as clips from anticipated blockbusters debuted at the madcap ceremony.
Now in its 22nd year, the MTV Movie Awards show has become an important event for Hollywood studios. And, oh yes, there were some awards, too.
Last year's show, which saw an average of 3.8 million viewers, up from 3.2 million for the previous year's telecast, included new footage from "Iron Man 3" and the world premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" trailer, which was introduced by Liam Hemsworth, one of the film's stars.
Sure, an abundance of golden popcorn-shaped prizes were again presented for fun fair, like the award for best shirtless performance, which Zac Efron accepted, well, shirtless. But it's the summer movie teasers — and the stars attached to them — that really make the show.
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone (who will also appear in Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight," opening July 25) and Jamie Foxx star in the seventh installment of Sony's "Spider-Man" franchise, which kicks off the summer movie season on May 2. The trio introduced a film clip showing Spider-Man (Garfield) and the sparkling blue villain Electro (Foxx) battling in New York's Times Square.
Fox's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" was touted with an intro by Ellen Page, who plays Shadowcat. The film, out May 23, sees the X-Men joining forces with their younger selves and introduces a number of new mutants — Blink, Sunspot, Warpath and Bishop.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, star of Warner Bros.' "Godzilla," which opens May 16, presented the award for best fight. A short clip of the film, showing the monster preparing to wreak havoc, aired before Taylor-Johnson appeared onstage.