Los Angeles - The fan votes - not just the odds - were in The Hunger Games favour at the MTV Movie Awards.
The dystopian survival saga escaped from Sunday's 21st annual extravaganza with the most golden popcorn-shaped trophies, including best fight for the film's final three-way battle and best on-screen transformation for Elizabeth Banks' over-the-top futuristic makeover.
The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were also honoured for best female and male performances.
"I've wanted to hold a golden popcorn since I was 4 years old," beamed Hutcherson.
Best gut-wrenching performance
With four wins out of eight nominations, The Hunger Games didn't totally decimate the competition. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 won prizes for best cast and best hero, while The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 won for movie of the year, and Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson locked the best kiss trophy for the fourth straight year.
"God, Rob's not here, you guys. I don't really know what to do," said Stewart, who pretended to make out with herself.
Bridesmaids walked away with two awards, though their wins weren't televised. The cast of the naughty comedy won best gut-wrenching performance for the scene in which the ladies battled food poisoning, and Melissa McCarthy won the best comedic performance award.
The live, fan-favourite ceremony was hosted by bawdy actor-comedian Russell Brand.
He opened the show by poking fun of Michael Fassbender's full-frontal endowment in Shame and Kim Kardashian's short-lived marriage, which he acknowledged was hypocritical. (Brand filed for divorce last year from pop superstar Katy Perry, who performed at the Brand-hosted MTV Video Music Awards in 2009, after 14 months of marriage.)
"Tonight, I'm gonna keep my eyes peeled for my next wife," joked Brand. "Fasssssbender!"
In lieu of a wordy acceptance speech for his MTV Generation Award, the show's version of a lifetime achievement trophy, Johnny Depp performed with The Black Keys. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry presented the award to the 48-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star, who accompanied The Black Keys on guitar for Gold on the Ceiling and Lonely Boy.
"It's like the get-out-of-the-business award," said Depp.
Other winners Sunday included Shailene Woodley for breakthrough performance for The Descendants, Jennifer Aniston as best on-screen dirtbag for Horrible Bosses and LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem from 21 Jump Street for best music.
* The 2012 MTV Movie Awards will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Monday 4 June at 21:00.
24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.
David Fincher cast Ben Affleck in Gone Girl because he had the right smile to play murder suspect Nick Dunne. Read More »
Add your review
An Italian court will auction a vast porn collection next week as part of efforts to compensate the victims of a large-scale fraud. Read More »
Add your review
A candid quickie!
The aKING frontman!
The Top 3 couples!
The Top 12!
He's back on TV!
Mother City rockers!
A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!
Western CapeCity PressR532 278 - R627 000 Per Year
Western CapeCity PressR320 856 - R366 867 Per Year
KwaZulu-NatalWestern Cape Corporate Placements
HousesR 4 850 000
HousesR 2 400 000
HousesR 2 750 000