The 2012 MTV Movie AwardsÂ nominees were announced today! But… don’t most of the movies nominated seem a bit old? Consider the choices for Movie of the Year:
The Hunger Games
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1
In fact, BridesmaidsÂ and The Hunger GamesÂ have split up most of the nominations, with nods to Kristen WiigÂ and Melissa McCarthyÂ as well as Jennifer LawrenceÂ and Josh Hutcherson. And it just feels odd, because BridesmaidsÂ was such a quintessential movie of 2011 and The Hunger GamesÂ is the first big blockbuster of 2012. Add to that the fact that Elle FanningÂ is being nominated for Breakthrough Performance for Super 8, and it just doesn’t line up.
What it is is just awkward timing: The MTV Movie Awards air on June 3, which means it naturally splits up the spring/summer movies, as opposed to the Oscars in January.Â Based on this cutoff, every year’s awards seems to reference the prior year of movies: 2011′s winners included Chloe MoretzÂ for Kick-AssÂ and Emma StoneÂ for Easy AÂ even though each had at least three buzzworthy roles lined up by then.
However, BridesmaidsÂ came out on May 13th, almost a month before the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. Especially because it had so much positive buzz and paid back on it tenfold, wouldn’t you have expected it to be automatically included in the 2011 awards? Again, awkward timing: Now that it’s been nearly a calendar year since the movie’s release, we haven’t thought about it much. And even though The HelpÂ came out in August, that horse was beaten to death thanks to the Oscars, and I just can’t imagine it picking up Â yet another award.Â To compare these to The Hunger Games, which is obviouslyÂ going to sweep the awards with this age group, just makes no sense.
Other nominations that made us go “huh,” even if the movies were released after last June:
Best Comedic Performance
Emma Stone, Crazy, Stupid, Love
Best On-Screen Transformation
Colin Farrell, Horrible Bosses
Tom Cruise vs. Michelle Nyqvist, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Best Gut-Wrenching Performance
Bryce Dallas Howard, The Help
You can check out the entire list here. Regardless, tune in on June 3rd at 9 p.m. EST to see if BridesmaidsÂ and The HelpÂ stand a chance against The Hunger Games!