MTV Movie Awards 2011: On the scene for all the wackiness at L.A.'s Gibson Amphitheatre


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EW’s Archana Ram already recapped what you saw on television during last night’s Twilight Promotional Show MTV Movie Awards (and asked for your thoughts, too!), but what happened in the house during the always wacky ceremony at L.A.’s Gibson Ampitheatre? Oh, so much, folks — so much! And I’ve got those deets for you, as I was there to experience the madness first hand. There’s lots to talk about: The insane fashions! The beautiful stage! The speech that charmed the crowd! And so much more, but mostly — let’s be honest — it was all just one big plug for Twilight. Read on for a take of what went on behind the scenes, what you didn’t see on your television last night…

The Fashions: Some of the best action at any event is beforehand, so I arrived a few minutes early to do a cursory walk through the lobby of the Gibson to get a flavor of the crowd. The fashion was the most startling. There was the high end stuff, like the pretty-pretty Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson in a cute, short, flirty dress. And the sensible, like the demure — but appropriate — frock Friday Night Lights‘ star Aimee Teegarden was wearing. But mostly: The people at the show were wearing the craziest of outfits, highlighted by the trashiest, shortest skirts on the planet; dresses that looked to be from the Real Housewives collection; the guy behind me in the theater who was wearing a sparky suit with a cheetah-print hankerchief in the pocket; at least one fur coat (in L.A.?!? in June?!?); the guy in front of me who was wearing multiple rhinestone-encrusted skulls around his neck; and just generally the idea of glitter. Anyway, it was really a bunch of winners in the theater there last night.

The Stage: I’m sure it came off well on screen, but live, in person, the stage was particularly delightful. Host Jason Sudeikis kept making fun of it, but really, it came off as something like a spectacular, icicle spider web… in a forest? Maybe? Anyway, it really seemed to embody youth and MTV. Bravo.

The Trivia: Before the show began, the audience was treated to trivia on the screens to pass the time. Who was the actor to play the lead in the new Karate Kid? (Jaden Smith.) What group performed “It’s Gonna Be Me” at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards? (‘NSYNC.) What movie did Gnarls Barkley pull inspiration from for their performance at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards? (Star Wars.) Kinda fun to pass the time, but not exactly mind-bending, as you can tell.

The Old People: I saw a bunch of handlers parade them in before the show and take them down toward the stage, and just thought: What are they doing here? I was obsessed! And the answer came quickly, when early on host Jason Sudeikis made the joke about The King’s Speech fans being in the house and the cameras cut to them. I just have to wonder: Did they understand anything else that was going on during the evening?

The Tweets: Screens above the stage urged the live audience members to engage via Twitter! “Tweet From Your Seats” it said, telling folks to use the #atmovieawards hash-tag to detonate that they were there in person.

The Warm-Up Comic: Bill, the guy responsible for getting the crowd ready to go, got funny (go figure!) before the show, imploring the crowd to get rowdy. “What kind of energy is that?” he yelled, after he didn’t get the enthusiastic response he asked for. “That’s like, yay, Sanjaya is here.” Oh, burn!

The Host: Jason Sudeikis really enraptured the crowd in the theater, and he received a standing ovation when he first walked out. On commercial breaks, it was easy to spy him casually walking around the stage, not looking harried or nuts at all. In short: He done good, especially evidenced by the near-constant chuckles from the audience. Can we give him a shot at the MTV VMAs this fall maybe? Let’s get that campaign started.

The Twilight Insanity: The big winner of the night was, of course, Twilight. Not only did the movie take home multiple awards, it got the biggest response from the crowd. Always. Robert Pattinson? Yay! Kristen Stewart? Yay! Taylor Lautner? Yay! Honestly, when it was time to award the Best Movie, lots of the crowd inside the theater were already headed for the door because, duh, there was no way that Twilight wasn’t going to take home the popcorn trophy. Actually, kind of made of a bit of an annoying awards show. Too much Twilight! What fun is it when you know what movie is going to win every award?

The Performances: Of course, you saw the two performances, from the Foo Fighters and Lupe Fiasco/Trey Songz. They were great (errr…) and all, but something that you didn’t see made them kind of fall flat live in the theater. During the commercial breaks, video of vintage musical performances from past MTV Movie Awards played on the screens. The old performances — everyone from The Fugee’s “Killing Me Softly” in 1996 to Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” in 2005 — made the ones from last night seem, sadly, mediocre. It’s hard to explain, but it’s true. Like, where were the super superstars? The Movie Awards have had some seriously amazing performances in the past.

The Green Suit: On TV, you saw Jim Carrey appear on stage in a suit that was showing clips of, among other things, two dogs going at it. On stage, however, we just saw him wearing a green suit. But what a cool effect, right?

The Best Speech: At least inside the Gibson, the best received speech was by Grown Ups‘ pint-sized cutie-pie Alexys Nycole Sanchez, who completely charmed the crowd after winning Best Line from a Movie with the now-classic, “I Wanna Get Chocolate Wasted.” Move over, Reese and Robert! Alexys one-upped you.

The Cat Calls: While Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were on stage, accepting for Best Kiss, you could hear multiple people in the crowd screaming, “Do it!” And while Ashton Kutcher stood on stage with Nicki Minaj? My favorite shout-out from the audience was the simple word: “Winning!” Made me smile.

The After Party: I skipped the official after party because it was raining (ewww, in L.A.!) as I left the show and the event was being held outside, but the invite promised that “this event is not yet rated.” The only thing that would make the party worth going to would be an appearance by host Jason Sudeikis. Mmhmm.

And that’s that.

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  • Squishmar

    This seems like it would be a fun awards show to go to. Very laid back.

    • KatieG2634

      I was actually really disappointed with the show this year. It literally felt like they maybe pulled the whole thing together in less than a week – and that might be giving them too much credit. It was awkward, and Kristen Stewart really pissed me off when she accepted her award with “Well this is silly”. Clearly the people are voting for the movie and not the actress because this girl has no personality and doesn’t appreciate her fans in the slightest. She actually seems to be annoyed with them. Same goes for Robert. About the only person from that cast that I like and think is truly genuine is Taylor.

      • Seriously Awkward

        It’s been awkward every year since Twilight started getting nominated. All thanks to the most awkward couple I’ve ever seen in my life, K-Stew and RPatz.

    • Tom

      And it doesn’t actually require any talent either.

      • horned up

        It deos take talent, it takes a special, “intimate”, casting couch type of talent.

  • addisu

    i really really want that either Robert Patterson or tailor laughter wont win this award but….

    • Tom

      What would make me watch this show is a dunking machine for the losers.

  • anti

    rob pattinson stole the show, this is way better than the recent lame oscar, but what show isn;t? Golden Globe, MTV is so much fun because they make fun of the stars.

    • Caitie F

      BY acting like he was high? Yeah that is really stealing the show

      • Hilda

        He was acting like his adorkable, awkward self. He is really uncomfortable in things like this. If you had seen his many interviews and appearances over the years you would know that!

      • Tom

        Don’t mistake dumb for high.

    • bao

      robert pattinson was a joke. He was a jerk during MTV Generation tribute

  • amanda

    How dare you say Foo Fighters aren’t superstars?

    • Brett

      The Foo Fighters are MUCH bigger (and better) than the over-rated Fugees.

    • Tom

      Who are the Foo Fighters? Is that a Mexican wrestling show?

  • Natasha

    I liked the fact that lame-o, I’m such a seriouse guy with an ego out of this world Justin timberlake was pissed off by the host.
    Made me like the host that much more!!!

  • kim in kentucky

    The awards have gone downhill ever since the Twilight movies have come out and all the tweens vote in that dwreck

    • Tom

      Nobody actually watches this anymore.

  • Clara

    I didn’t think Jason was great. His opening monolgue was a bit staid and the Arnie jokes seemed to go on forever. Thi year’s show lacked the energy of last year’s event.

  • Tina G.

    The show was a lot of fun, which is what matters in awards shows like this. When it’s about who wins, then that’s no fun.

  • Beauty

    Did anyone notice Jason’s quick joke when he said he might be having a baby? I wonder if he was responding to all the speculation that he’s one of January Jones potential baby daddy’s. It was pretty funny.

  • Jess

    Yay Tom Felton for winning Best Villain! Represent #teampotter ! :) haha

  • Elizabeth

    Most unorganized event I’ve ever watched.

    • KatieG2634

      Could not agree more!

    • Tom

      Look who is producing the show !

    • Liz Lemon

      Agreed. Terrible event.

    • Ann

      Nobody really watches this anymore.

  • dravell

    i hated the show it was not funny many jokes were leth in the crowd of slience

  • Jackie

    I thought the host, while very comfortable onstage, didn’t do ANYTHING original. The opening? Been done year in, year out. Playing on the piano about the movie nominees? Directly stolen from Jimmy Fallon (who did it better/funnier with his Elton impersonation) and Ed Helms.
    Even his jokes were stolen from late-night comedians (e.g. Ashton Kutcher taking over an older man’s role).
    Otherwise the show was good, and had some surprising stars show up.

  • Jenna

    Tom Felton was hot thats all

  • ????

    Boring Show. really hopped that anyone other than those conected to twilight would win. even the trailer sucked. even more bad acting in a way. dosen’t anyone know TALENT anymore?

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