Sure, we loved Lady Gaga, the Britney tribute, Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement, and Adele's torchy performance, but "The Hunger Games" is the real reason we tuned in to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
As we exclusively announced last week, Jennifer Lawrence appeared on the VMAs (via satellite from the set) to introduce the first teaser from the much-anticipated film. Throughout the show, fans of Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy were buzzing with excitement, waiting to see the movie's clip and wondering on Twitter exactly when the clip would be revealed.
Two hours into the ceremony, a stunning Lawrence finally appeared in a prerecorded video: "...Like so many of you, I'm a huge fan of these books and I can't wait to share the movie with you in March. Here's the first glimpse of the Hunger Games."
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So what's in the sneak peek? Sadly not much. We hear a snippet of what we imagine is the pre-Games pep talk Katniss receives from her best friend and hunting partner Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth): "Okay, listen to me. You're stronger than they are, you are. They just want a good show, it's all they want. You know how to hunt, show them how good you are."
As we hear Gale's encouraging words, we see a montage of Katniss walking in the woods, running during the Games, dodging falling trees and zooming fireballs, and finally flinging her deadly accurate arrow straight into the movie's burning logo. While we didn't catch a glimpse of anyone but Katniss, it was still riveting to see the Girl on Fire finally in motion.
Lawrence certainly looks the part, and the brief running and jumping sequence confirms us as true believers that the Academy Award-nominee has the goods to be a perfect Katniss. But now we need more, Lionsgate. Fingers crossed the full trailer is released soon.
"The Hunger Games" doesn't hit theaters until March 23, 2012, but in the meantime, you can check out every single official photo (below), the fiery online poster, and all of our up-to-the-minute "Hunger Games" coverage.