'Hunger Games' wins 4 MTV Movie Awards

June 4, 2012 at 10:16 AM
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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 4 (UPI) -- The young-adult survival picture "The Hunger Games" won four Golden Popcorns at the MTV Movie Awards ceremony at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

The screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-seller picked up prizes for Best Female for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Male for Josh Hutcherson, Best Fight and Best On-Screen Transformation for Elizabeth Banks Sunday night.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1," based on Stephenie Meyer's vampire novel, won the top prize of Best Movie, as well as Best Kiss for its stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, who are dating in real life.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," the final installment in the magic-themed film franchise based on J.K. Rowling's books, won the awards for Best Cast and Best Hero.

Shailene Woodley earned the award for Breakthrough Performance for her work in the family drama "The Descendants" and Melissa McCarthy took home the statuette for Best Comedic Performance for her turn in the R-rated wedding comedy "Bridesmaids." McCarthy and her co-stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper won the award for Best Gut-Wrenching Performance for a scene in which their characters suffer food poisoning during a dress fitting.

Jennifer Aniston's portrayal of a dentist from hell in "Horrible Bosses" earned her the title Best On-Screen Dirtbag.

British comedian Russell Brand served as host of the prize presentation. Among the night's biggest moments was an introduction by Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry of Johnny Depp, recipient of this year's Generation Award. Depp, who is also a musician, then joined The Black Keys for a performance of the rock duo's "Gold On the Ceiling" into "Lonely Boy."

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