"Twilight" sweeps MTV Awards

Mon Jun 1, 2009 11:20am EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Vampire movie "Twilight" took the honors at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, but it was an unscripted stunt involving "Borat" actor Sacha Baron Cohen and singer Eminem that stole the live show.

"Twilight" swept up five awards, including best movie, best kiss and best fight at the irreverent fan-driven event where viewers had a sneak preview of the movie's forthcoming sequel "New Moon."

Australia's Heath Ledger won the award for best villain, adding to the slew of trophies awarded to the "Dark Knight" actor after his death in January 2008.

But it was the outrageous Cohen, promoting his upcoming movie "Bruno" in which the British actor plays a gay Austrian fashionista, who brought the house down.

Sweeping high above the studio on a harness, Cohen hit an obstacle, spun down toward the audience and landed face down in the lap of Eminem, exposing his naked bottom to both the white rapper and to millions of viewers watching the awards show live on television.

MTV said Eminem stormed out "in a heated rage" after the incident at the Gibson Amphitheatre near Los Angeles where the live awards show was taking place.

"This is very exciting TV," host Andy Samberg ad-libbed.

"I enjoyed his (Cohen's) precision landing," actor Ben Stiller told reporters backstage. "I did not see that coming."   Continued...

<p>Robert Pattinson (R) holds his Breakthrough Performance Male award for his role in "Twilight" as presenters Vanessa Hudgens (L) and Jonah Hill stand onstage at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles May 31, 2009. Pattinson had earlier won Best Fight, also for "Twilight." REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>