Sunday, June 5, 2011

5 Best MTV Movie Award Winners

The annual MTV Movie Awards are tonight.  I fondly remember when that used to be an event.  A big fun event for everyone in the MTV generation, something that people would watch and talk about the next day.  Even before my time (cough, the 90s), their winners were of consistent quality.  Then the mid aughts showed up.

I'm not saying that the MTV Movie Awards ever mattered, or that their obvious degridation means anything in the light of day, but it's just unfortunate is all.  People see this, and immediatly assume all the generation is stupid Twilight fans.  This sounds odd, but the small respect the Golden Popcorn once had has all but vanished.

Kill me please
Starting in 1992, the MTV Movie Awards had a nice run of quality and classy winners until about 2004.  In 2004, the ever-dubious and criminally-unfunny Napoleon Dynamite prevailed.  The years to follow vetted Wedding Crashers, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Transformers, and the first two adaptations of Twilight.  Prior to 2004, we had each of the Lord of the Rings film winning Best Movie, Gladiator, The Matrix, There's Something About Mary, and Terminator 2: Judgement Day.  I mean...what happened?  I mean, two years in a row Kristen Stewart best Oscar's Best Actress, and she looks to do the same this year to Natalie Portman.

Alas.  Here is what I think are their five best Best Movie winners.

01. Pulp Fiction
02. Se7en
03. Gladiator
04. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
05. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

And honestly, I could to a top 10, top 15 even.  I can't get over the shockingly abysmal drop-off in quality.  This year, The Twilight Sage: Eclipse is expected to be named Best Movie over Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Black Swan, and The Social Network.  In a brighter time, I'd say Fincher's film had a chance of winning, but when you have 15 year old girls voting for you ad nauseum, how can you lose?


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