'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' sweeps MTV Movie Awards

Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:25am EDT
 
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By Mary Milliken

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Young adult favorite "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was voted 'movie of the year' and scooped top acting honors at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, reflecting the irreverent ceremony's appeal to young fans.

The second installment of the hugely popular "Hunger Games" books beat out this year's Oscar best picture winner "12 Years a Slave" in online voting that continued through much of the show.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson won best female and male performances for their roles as Katniss and Peeta, the two youths fighting to give hope to an oppressed society.

At the unbuttoned awards ceremony in downtown Los Angeles hosted by comedian Conan O'Brien, awards also went to the best shirtless performance for Zac Efron and best kiss, a three-way smooch between Will Poulter, Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts in the comedy "We're the Millers".

But there were also serious moments in the show. Hutcherson remembered his "Hunger Games" cast mate Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a drug overdose earlier this year.

"I know that if Philip were here, he would think this is really cool," said Hutcherson.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has earned more than $850 million at the worldwide box office and two more films, Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, will complete the franchise from Lionsgate.

In one of the night's upsets, Tris, played by Shailene Woodley in "Divergent, won favorite character of the year, coming from behind in last-minute voting to surpass Lawrence's Katniss. They each received more than 9 million votes.   Continued...

 
Actors Sam Claflin (L) and Josh Hutcherson pose backstage with their award for Best Movie of the Year and Hutcherson's award for Best Male Performance for the film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok