Russell Brand may have gotten "Teen Mom" confused with "Teen Wolf," and Robert Pattinson may have disappointed the Twi-hards by not being present to accept his Best Kiss award with Kristen Stewart, but the 2012 MTV Movie Awards still had plenty of memorable moments.
This year, the "Hunger Games" crew joined (and in several cases beat out) the "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" stars in their debut outing at the awards, picking up four Golden Popcorn trophies for their devoted fandom. "Amazing Spider-Man" star Emma Stone was feted in a hilarious tribute for her Trailblazer Award, and Johnny Depp rocked the stage with his Generation Award acceptance.
Thanks to the laugh-aloud pre-recorded bits and a few touching scenes (as in, Elizabeth Banks touching the "Magic Mike" guys), the 2012 show was an affair to remember.
The Awards got off to a Fun start with the indie pop band's performance of their catchy (and ubiquitous) anthem, "We Are Young." With a little help from the pompadour-stylin' R&B singer Janelle Monae, the New York rockers set the mood with a tribute to youth that perfectly describes the audience for the night's festivities.
What a Breakthrough
The Academy Awards might have snubbed Shailene Woodley, but at least the MTV Movie Awards acknowledged her brilliant Breakthrough performance in "The Descendants." The surprised 20-year-old thanked George Clooney and Alexander Payne for showing her how it's done and then was gracious enough to give a special shout-out to the movie's most overlooked character – the state of Hawaii.
The Shiniest Stone: Part 1
To celebrate the trailblazing career of Emma Stone, several of her co-stars and friends were filmed in a video tribute to the "Easy A" star. At first the A-list pals ( Octavia Spencer, Mila Kunis, Steve Carell, Anna Faris, Jason Sudeikis, and self-professed Stone fanboy Jim Carrey) were all gushing with their praise, but the accolades soon turned to bitter (and sidesplitting) recriminations about how Stone was a physically abusive, awful "McMasshole." Of course they were just kidding, but the insults were hands-down the funniest (and most untrue) jokes of the night.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's wedding kiss from "Breaking Dawn" may have prevailed over Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson's swoony first "Hunger Games" smooch, but K.Stew's acceptance speech had to leave "Twilight" fans as unsatisfied as everyone else watching the show. Without her on-and-off-screen love by her side, Kristen asked her "Snow White" co-stars Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and even Taylor Lautner for the expected on-air kiss but ended up lamely trying to kiss herself.
The Friend-liest Dirtbag
Jennifer Aniston officially shed her nice girl image in the movie "Horrible Bosses," so it's only fitting that she was honored with the Best On-Screen Dirtbag award for playing the hypersexual dentist who keeps making Charlie Day's work life miserable. The comedic superstar thanked not a person but the show "Friends" for allowing her to unleash her inner sweetheart so she could eventually move on to jerkier roles.
Charlize Theron is not an actress you want to mess with or underestimate. When her "Prometheus" co-star Michael Fassbender suggested he take the lead on announcing the "Best Fight" award (being Irish – and a man), Theron appropriately responded by kicking his Fighting Irish arse. The ginger-bearded hunk even remained on the floor until Theron was done naming Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson versus Alexander Ludwig the winners.
Hitting the Target
As anyone who watches "Community" knows, Joel McHale is a man of many talents. The fake behind-the-scenes video of him playing a Hollywood archery coach who supposedly trained Jennifer Lawrence was particularly hilarious. In the pre-recorded sketch, Lawrence reveals that McHale's character is spectacularly inept as an archer ("It's dangerous!" he justifies) and is pervy to boot (he sexts her unidentifiable body parts).
The Shiniest Stone: Part 2
This year's Trailblazer Award went to the always awesome Emma Stone, who was so humbled to be bestowed the honor that she spent most of her speech thanking the trailblazing actors who inspired her like Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Charlie Chaplin and "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels. Their originality, she explained, is what inspired her to follow her own path.
Depp Rocks It
One of the night's biggest moments belonged to Generation Award winner Johnny Depp, who was introduced by legendary Aerosmith rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. After a montage of Depp's cinematic milestones, he appeared on stage alongside the Black Keys to perform their hit song "Gold on the Ceiling." As is to be expected from the uber-cool actor, Depp gave a short and sweet "thank you," and then went back to rockin' out with his guitar.
Best Presenters Ever?
"Magic Mike" stars Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey hit the stage in all of their hot (albeit clothed) glory to present the Best On-Screen Transformation Award. Before the winner was announced, a shirtless Joe Manganiello appeared in his "Big D**k Richie" costume with the envelope stuck in his pants. Winner Elizabeth Banks, who scored for playing Effie Trinket in "The Hunger Games," proclaimed "This is the best moment of my life" as she rubbed up against the guys.
"Hunger Games" was the new kid on the block, but the teen phenomenon had an impressive debut, winning four awards: Best Female Performance for Jennifer Lawrence; Best Male Performance for Josh Hutcherson; Best Fight; and Best On-Screen Transformation for Elizabeth Banks. Considering there are likely three more movies in the dystopian franchise, the odds are ever in their favor that they'll take home the Best Movie award eventually.
The Batman Legend
To introduce the new "Batman" trailer, Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman were all on hand to remind viewers why Christopher Nolan's Caped Crusader series is the stuff of legend. After a video of scenes from the first two movies, an obviously verklempt Bale paused to say how nice it was to see Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight" clips. We admit we got a little teary eyed too.
Best Movie Shocker
With so much momentum for four-time winner "The Hunger Games" and the epic, final "Harry Potter," it looked like "Twilight" would only snag one award this year, but instead the vampire romance saga's penultimate installment won Best Movie. The popcorn trophy in hand, K.Stew thanked all the fans and reminded everyone that even though she's currently promoting "Snow White and the Huntsman," her heart belongs to "Twilight." Apparently MTV viewers agree.