‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ Lead 2012 MTV Movie Award Nominations

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Katniss will have to duke it out with the hilarious ladies of Bridesmaids for top honors at this year’s 21st Annual MTV Movie Awards. The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids lead the nominations with 8 each.

The two will compete in categories including the categories “MOVIE OF THE YEAR,” “BEST CAST” and “BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE.” Fans will have the “Power of the Popcorn” in their hands as winner voting opens today, May 1, at MovieAwards.MTV.com and will stay open through Saturday, June 2nd. As in previous years, the category of “MOVIE OF THE YEAR” will remain an ongoing battle throughout the live show when the 21st annual “2012 MTV Movie Awards” airs live on Sunday, June 3rd at 9pm ET/PT on MTV from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

The movies nominated this year include both blockbusters and critically acclaimed films such as “Drive,” “Like Crazy,” “The Descendants,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and “My Week with Marilyn.” This year’s telecast will also be a theatrical throwdown between two funny ladies and an action star as Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Jennifer Lawrence all received four nominations each, the most for all female actors nominated. Emma Stone, Emma Watson and Rooney Mara are close on their heels, with three nods each and are in a dead heat in categories like “BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE.” The heat is on for the men too with Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Josh Hutcherson receiving four nominations and facing off in categories like “BEST MALE PERFORMANCE,” “BEST KISS” and “BEST FIGHT.”

Nominee for “Breakthrough Performance” Shailene Woodley was excited by her nomination and said, “Does this mean I get to be in a music video?!”

The 2012 MTV Movie Awards will take place June 3rd at 9 PM ET/PST on MTV. Click inside for the full list of nominees.

MOVIE OF THE YEAR (voting stays live throughout the 2012 Movie Awards ceremony)
• Bridesmaids
Director: Paul Feig, Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend (Universal Pictures)
• The Hunger Games
Director: Gary Ross, Producers: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik (Lionsgate)
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Director: David Yates, Producers: David Heyman, David Barron, J.K. Rowling (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• The Help
Director: Tate Taylor, Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Brunson Green (DreamWorks)
• The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Director: Bill Condon, Producers: Karen Rosenfelt, Wyck Godfrey, Stephenie Meyer
(Summit Entertainment)

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
• Emma Stone – Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
• Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
• Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures)

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
• Channing Tatum – The Vow (Sony Pictures)
• Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50 (Summit Entertainment)
• Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
• Ryan Gosling – Drive (FilmDistrict)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE**
• Elle Fanning – Super 8 (Paramount Pictures)
• Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
• Liam Hemsworth – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
• Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures)
• Shailene Woodley – The Descendants (Fox Searchlight)

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
• Jonah Hill – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
• Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
• Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
• Oliver Cooper – Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover Part II (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST CAST*
• 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures) – Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Ellie Kemper, Brie Larson
• Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures) – Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton
• The Help (DreamWorks) – Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain
• The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz

BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION*
• Collin Farrell – Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
• Johnny Depp – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
• Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn (The Weinstein Company)
• Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures)

BEST FIGHT
• Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill vs. Kid Gang – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
• Daniel Radcliffe vs. Ralph Fiennes – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
• Tom Cruise vs. Michael Nyqvist – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Paramount Pictures)
• Tom Hardy vs. Joel Edgerton – Warrior (Lionsgate)

BEST KISS
• Channing Tatum & Rachel McAdams – The Vow (Sony Pictures)
• Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
• Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
(Summit Entertainment)
• Rupert Grint & Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone – Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST GUT-WRENCHING PERFORMANCE*
• 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures) – Jonah Hill & Rob Riggle
Schmidt shoots Coach Walters in the d#@k
• Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures) – Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper
Food poisoning turns the girls’ dress fitting into a disaster
• Drive (FilmDistrict) – Ryan Gosling
Elevator beat-down
• The Help (DreamWorks) – Bryce Dallas Howard
Minny gives Hilly a pie she won’t forget
• Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Paramount Pictures) – Tom Cruise
Ethan Hunt scales to new heights

BEST ON-SCREEN DIRTBAG*
• Bryce Dallas Howard – The Help (DreamWorks)
• Collin Farrell – Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Jennifer Aniston – Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Jon Hamm – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
• Oliver Cooper – Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST MUSIC*
• “The Devil is in the Details,” Chemical Brothers – Hanna (Focus Features)
Interrogation scene
• “Impossible,” Figurine – Like Crazy (Paramount Vantage)
Anna texts Jacob from across the pond
• “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
House dance party
• “Pursuit of Happiness,” Kid Cudi (Steve Aoki Remix) – Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The party erupts into chaos
• “A Real Hero,” College w/Electric Youth – Drive (FilmDistrict)
The Driver takes Irene and her son for a fun ride