"Twilight" and "Slumdog" top MTV Movie nods
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In the first year the MTV Movie Awards allowed fans to choose nominees, the star-crossed vampire romance "Twilight" topped the field with seven nods, the popular cable channel said on Monday as it unveiled all the contending films.
"Twilight," a box office smash that until now has barely made a blip on the awards circuit, faces a Bollywood fight from critically acclaimed Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire," an Indian love story nominated for six MTV awards.
Both films were nominated for Best Movie, along with comic book epics "The Dark Knight" and "Iron Man" and song-and-dance romp "High School Musical 3: Senior Year."
The MTV Movie Awards are a far less serious affair than other Hollywood ceremonies, but it has become popular for its humor and star power, with celebrities hoisting trophies shaped like boxes of popcorn.
"This is the first year we've put the nominee decisions in the hands of our audience," Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music, Logo and Films Group, said in a statement.
"From 'Twilight' to 'Slumdog' -- this year's ceremony belongs to our most avid movie fans," Toffler said.
The two films have some similarities, as "Twilight" follows the dangerous romance between an immortal vampire and a high school student, while "Slumdog Millionaire" chronicles the love affair between two children of India's slums who grow up and rekindle their relationship despite threats from all sides.
Both movies star young actors who had been relatively unknown in Hollywood.
"Twilight's" Kristen Stewart was nominated for Best Female Performance, while fellow lead actor Robert Pattinson got a nod for Breakthrough Performance Male. Continued...