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Can 'Avatar' crush 'Twilight: New Moon' at the MTV Movie Awards?

March 30, 2010 |  5:56 pm
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Our forum posters don't believe recent Oscar champ "The Hurt Locker" will even be nominated for best picture at the MTV Movie Awards. As they post their predictions in our message boards, our posters agree that front-runners for nominations are "Avatar," "The Hangover" and "Twilight: New Moon" plus maybe "Star Trek," "Inglourious Basterds," "Up" and/or "The Blind Side."

Voting commenced Monday to determine nominees, which will be unveiled around May 11. Cast your own vote here. Awards to be presented on June 6 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

Oscar's recent winner of best supporting actor, Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds"), is a good bet to be nominated for the MTV Movie Award as best villain. And he may win – just like Heath Ledger pulled off the dual wins for his sinister turn in "The Dark Knight." But that's the only overlap between Oscars and MTV Awards you're likely to see this year. The two awards agreed on best picture only three times in 18 years: "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King," "Gladiator" and "Titanic." Otherwise, the Academy Award winners – to be brutally frank about it – rarely even get nominated by the MTV hipsters. Last year "Slumdog Millionaire" made the list, but it lost to "Twilight."

The newest "Twilight" installment, "New Moon," was beloved by the hipsters too, so it could win. Voters have no problem embracing sequels. All three installments of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy reigned as best picture, after all. The hipsters are also not afraid to choose comedies ("Wedding Crashers," "Napoleon Dynamite"), so that means "The Hangover" has a chance to win.

But not a great chance, let's face it. "Avatar" will probably be hard to beat. Popcorn doesn't get any better than that and its loss at the Oscars – in the minds of most hipsters -- needs to be avenged, of course.

Photos: "Twilight" (Summit), "Avatar" (20th Century Fox)

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