• Mon, Jun 18 2012

Liam Hemsworth Wasn’t In The Hunger Games Long Enough To Be Nominated For ‘Choice Scene Stealer’

Liam Hemsworth Choice Scene Stealer Gale Hawthorne The Hunger Games Teen Choice AwardsTurns out the odds are in The Hunger Games‘ favor! The dystopian film has racked up 11 nominations at the upcoming Teen Choice Awards, in a variety of tongue-in-cheek categories not unlike the recent MTV Movie Awards. For the most part, we agree with categories like Choice Liplock (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson gave it their all in the movie’s famous cave scene), but unfortunately we have to challenge Choice Scene Stealer: Male. Crushable dream boyfriend Liam Hemsworth is nominated for his part playing Katniss’ best friend Gale Hawthorne, but that’s kind of a head-scratcher. How can you steal a scene if you’re on-screen for maybe eight minutes total in the whole film?

Then again, Fox might want to reevaluate their definition of scene-stealer, considering the rest of the nominees:

Chace Crawford, What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Chris Evans, The Avengers
Kevin Hart, Think Like A Man
Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games
Kellan Lutz, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Even though Chace Crawford seems like a funny, intelligent guy in real life, he was in way too much of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, to the point where we had to dub his storyline the movie’s least plausible. It’s difficult to award anyone in The Avengers a scene stealer nomination since it was an ensemble film with pretty equal billing… but if we had to, we’d give it to Robert Downey Jr. as snarky Tony Stark. I haven’t seen Think Like a Man, but I doubt that any performance in it warrants a scene stealer award. OK, maybe Kellan Lutz; he did have some pretty funny lines in Breaking Dawn, Part 1.

No hatred for Gale, I just think that Liam wasn’t in the movie enough to warrant the nomination. Unless the nomination committee were thinking of the scene where Katniss kisses Peeta in the Arena and the camera just cuts to Gale’s sad face. That was funny enough that my entire theater of French people cracked up and was an excellent reaction shot.

When I think male scene stealer in The Hunger Games, my mind goes to Woody Harrelson as the drunken Haymitch Abernathy, especially in the sequence where he actually bucks up and gets Katniss sponsors; or Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) playing along with the Capitol’s rules pre-Games while still helping the tributes in his small way.

When it comes to the women, Fox has a better handle on their nominees:

Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games
Ashley Greene, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Lea Michele, New Year’s Eve
Nikki Reed, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Nicole Scherzinger, Men In Black 3

A million times yes to Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, especially when she snapped the now-infamous line…

Effie Trinket "that is mahogany" gif Elizabeth Banks choice scene stealer female Teen Choice Awards

.gif: katnip–everdeen on Tumblr

Does Gale have a catchphrase? Didn’t think so.

Photo: Lionsgate

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