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MTV Awards: 'Kong's' revenge? 'Brokeback' kiss-off?

April 24, 2006 |  7:32 am

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That poor, big, misunderstood ape didn't even get nominated for best picture at the Oscars, but "King Kong" came out swinging for the top prize at the MTV Movie Awards when nominations were announced today. He's got a good chance of winning, too, considering voters (viewers of MTV and MTV2) like butt-kicking actioners like "Gladiator" and all three "Lord of the Rings" installments. There's hope for "40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Wedding Crashers," too, though. Sometimes comedies get the last laugh — like "There's Something About Mary" did eight years ago.

Meantime, voters resolved that whole "Brokeback Mountain" vs. "Crash" thing by nominating neither of them for best pic. "Virgin" and "Crashers" lead with the most noms each: five.

"Brokeback's" poor Heath Ledger got overlooked in the best performance category despite the fact that his Significant Other got a hug — very curious sinceJake Gyllenhaal had been demoted to the supporting race at other award shows. Recent Oscar champ Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote") got snubbed, too, but not his female counterpart. Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line") squares off against Joaquin Phoenix just like the Cash couple did on screen, but not for a dance or a duet.

Curiously, Paris Hilton ("House of Wax") could go from Razzie to redemption at the MTV kudos. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are nommed for both best fight and best kiss, but they can kiss that latter kudo goodbye considering they're up against the "Brokeback" boys.

The kudocast airs on MTV on June 6 at 9 p.m. eastern.


BEST MOVIE
"Batman Begins"
"The 40-Year Old Virgin"
"King Kong"
"Sin City"
"Wedding Crashers"

BEST PERFORMANCE
Steve Carell, "The 40-Year Old Virgin"
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Brokeback Mountain"
Terrence Howard, "Hustle & Flow"
Rachel McAdams, "Red Eye"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Walk the Line"
Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line"

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Steve Carell, "The 40-Year Old Virgin"
Tyler Perry, "Madea's Family Reunion"
Adam Sandler, "The Longest Yard"
Vince Vaughn, "Wedding Crashers"
Owen Wilson, "Wedding Crashers"

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Photo: "Brokeback" has a lip lock on the best kiss award, of course.
(Focus Features)

BEST ON-SCREEN TEAM
Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and Romany Malco, "The 40-Year Old Virgin"
Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Jessica Simpson, "The Dukes of Hazzard"
Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis, "Fantastic Four"
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, "Wedding Crashers"

BEST VILLAIN
Tobin Bell, "Saw II"
Hayden Christensen, "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"
Ralph Fiennes, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
Cillian Murphy, "Batman Begins"
Tilda Swinton, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Andre "3000" Benjamin, "Four Brothers"
Jennifer Carpenter, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
Taraji P. Henson, "Hustle & Flow"
Isla Fisher, "Wedding Crashers"
Nelly, "The Longest Yard"
Romany Malco, "The 40-Year Old Virgin"

BEST HERO
Jessica Alba, "Fantastic Four"
Christian Bale, "Batman Begins"
Kate Beckinsale, "Underworld: Evolution"
Ewan McGregor, "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"
Daniel Radcliffe, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

SEXIEST PERFORMANCE
Jessica Alba, "Sin City"
Beyonce Knowles, "The Pink Panther"
Rob Schneider, "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo"
Jessica Simpson, "The Dukes of Hazzard"
Ziyi Zhang, "Memoirs of a Geisha"

BEST FIGHT
Kong vs. the Planes, "King Kong"
Stephen Chow vs. Axe Gang, "Kung Fu Hustle"
Angelina Jolie vs. Brad Pitt, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"
Ewan McGregor vs. Hayden Christensen, "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"

BEST KISS
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, "Brokeback Mountain"
Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, "Hustle & Flow"
Anna Faris and Chris Marquette, "Just Friends"
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"
Rosario Dawson and Clive Owen, "Sin City"

BEST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE
Rachel Nichols, "The Amityville Horror"
Jennifer Carpenter, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
Derek Richardson, "Hostel"
Paris Hilton, "House of Wax"
Dakota Fanning, "War of the Worlds"

mtvU STUDENT FILMMAKER AWARD
Joshua Caldwell (Fordham University), "A Beautiful Lie"
Sean Mullin (Columbia University), "Sadiq
Stephen Reedy (Diablo Valley College), "Undercut"
Jarrett Slavin (University of Michigan), "The Spiral Project"
Landon Zakheim (Emerson College), "The Fabulous Felix McCabe"



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