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'Twilight,' Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers rock the Teen Choice Awards

August 9, 2009 |  9:33 pm

Giving out surf boards as trophies turned out to be appropriate at the Teen Choice Awards, where "Twilight," Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron and the Jonas Brothers rode waves of victories.

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"Twilight" won 11 of its 12 Teen Choice Awards nominations, even beating Oscar champ "Slumdog Millionaire" for best drama, Robert Pattinson crushed "Slumdog" star Dev Patel, and Kristen Stewart beat Freido Pinto in the performance races. "Twilight" also claimed more offbeat categories such as best romance, liplock, rumble, villain (Cam Giganget), fresh face female (Ashley Greene) and fresh face male (Taylor Lautner).

The Teen Choice Awards were held at Universal Studios' Gibson Amphitheatre and hosted by the Jonas Brothers, who performed "Much Better" and won five surf boards, including male red-carpet icons and breakout TV show ("Jonas").

Miley Cyrus performed "Party in the U.S.A." and claimed six kudos, including best comedy TV show ("Hannah Montana"), comedy actress, music/dance movie actress, hissy fit, music single ("The Climb") and summer song ("Before the Storm"). She also presented Britney Spears with the ultimate choice awards, crowing, "I'm a big fan of hers!"

"Gossip Girl" won a series prize plus surf boards for Chace Crawford, Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick as choice drama actor, actress and villain.

Zac Efron won best music/dance actor for "High School Musical 3" and comedy movie actor and rock-star moment for "17 Again."

There were also musical performances by Black Eyed Peas, and Sean Kingston. The awards show will air on Fox at 8 p.m. Monday night.


Photos: Red-carpet arrivals at Teen Choice Awards

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Photo of Jonas Brothers by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

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Can '17 Again' star Zac Efron ever win . . . a Golden Globe?

April 17, 2009 |  1:44 pm

Forget about Oscars. Let's ponder what potential Zac Efron has to win other awards ahead since it looks like his first post-"High School Musical" venture — "17 Again" — is destined to rule the box office this weekend. That means Zac Efron will probably be around for a while.

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Zac Efron has so far won two Teen Choice Awards and a MTV Movie Award, all for being a breakout star, but he's never received a serious bid for acting. (Oh, cruel world!) Not unless you count the SAG ensemble nomination he got for being part of the "Hairspray" cast (they lost to "No Country for Old Men").

Last year, up at the Toronto Film Festival, Zac got great reviews from critics for his brief, serious role in "Me and Orson Welles," but the flick is still in the can without a release date.

"I'm definitely not the best actor in the world at this point," he tells USA Weekend. "But hopefully, with time and effort and smart decisions, that will change."

In its review of "17 Again," USA Today says, "Efron's acting range is limited, he has a genial charm and decent comic timing."

Observes the New York Times: "Although he can hit all the emotional notes in a scene, there is a level of calculation behind his performance and piercing blue eyes, a protective barrier or just self-consciousness that needs dismantling."

Photo: New Line Cinema


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Will 'High School Musical 4' be a real winner too?

March 4, 2009 |  2:12 pm

When the "High School Musical" franchise was launched on the Disney Channel, the first few installments did fairly well in the awards derby. The dance-a-thons got tripped up, though, when part three headed to movie theaters as a feature film, forsaking a first run on cable TV like the first two parts. It earned $250 million worldwide, but didn't fare well with awards.

"High School Musical 4" will return to TV and — yikes — not star Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. Curiously, it may not even include Kenny Ortega, the director of the first three installments. Word is still out on that. Writer Peter Barsocchini will pick up his pen again, though, and its original producers will return.


According to the Disney news release, new stars will be cast as leads and "High School Musical 4" will feature a love triangle "set against the cross-town rivalry between the East High Wildcats and West High Knights."

The original "High School Musical" was nominated for six primetime Emmys and won two. It beat "Dancing With the Stars" for best choreography and tied HBO's "I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me" for best children's program. It also won best children's programming at the awards bestowed by the Television Critics Assn.

At the Teen Choice Awards, the original "High School Musical" won best TV comedy/musical show, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens won best chemistry. However, in the individual category for best breakout stars,  Zac beat Vanessa! But, hey, he also clobbered Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana"), so he wasn't just picking on poor Vanessa!

One year later, "High School Musical 2" was nominated for best children's program at the Emmys again, but got clobbered by "Nick News With Linda Ellerbee" and HBO's "Classical Baby." Its only other nomination was for best choreography, but it lost to "So You Think You Can Dance."

At the Kids' Choice Awards, part two nabbed only one nomination: best TV movie, which it won, beating "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story" and "Jump In," a Disney Channel film about a wannabe boxer who leaps into a jump-rope competition while chasing a girl.

Director Kenny Ortega won the Directors Guild of America Award for the first installment, but "High School Musical 2" lost to "Jump In!"

At TCA, part two lost best children's programming to the educational cartoon show "WordGirl" on PBS.

When "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" came out, it competed for film awards, not TV, since it was a feature release. The only kudos nibble it got was from a crafts guild, the Motion Picture Sound Editors, which nominated it in a category for musicals. It lost to "Mamma Mia!"

Photos: Disney


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