King Rules, Nemo Shut Out on MTV

New Line Cinema’s Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was the big winner at last night’s MTV Movie Awards, which was heavily infused with creepy horror-themed CG-animation. Director Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy ender took home the Best Movie Award, beating out Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Twentieth Century Fox’s X2: X-Men United and Sony Pictures’ 50 First Dates.

Peter Jackson appeared in a filmed gag in which Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn played studio suits trying to convince him to do another Lord of the Rings Sequel. The Kiwi director, who is busy shooting his remake of King Kong, wasn’t there to accept the Best Movie award, but controversial filmmaker Michael Moore was more than happy to step in and use the allotted speech time to promote his latest documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, which opens on Friday, June 25. The love for the Rings continued as the Battle at Gondor was voted Best Action Sequence.

Johnny Depp won Best Male Performance for portraying Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. MTV viewers picked him over Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai, Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ, Bill Murray in Lost in Translation and past favorite Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates.

Depp was also nominated in the Best Comedic Performance, but lost to Jack Black in School of Rock. Black also won out over Ellen DeGeneres’ voice work in Finding Nemo, Jim Carey in Bruce Almighty, and Will Ferrell in Elf.

Best Female Performance went to Uma Thurman for her work in Kill Bill: Vol. 1, beating Oscar winners Charlize Theron in Monster and Halle Berry in Gothika. Nominations also went to Queen Latifah for Bringing Down the House and Drew Barrymore for 50 First Dates.

Kill Bill Vol. 1, which includes an anime segment by Production I.G., ended up nabbing the most awards. In addition to Thurman’s win, the film’s Lucy Liu got Best Villain, trumping such baddies as Andrew Bryniarski (Leatherface in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake) and Geoffrey Rush from Pirates of the Caribbean. The showdown between The Bride (Thurman) and Go-Go (Chiaki Kuriyana) also took Best Fight.

To see the full list of winners and nominees, see www.mtv.com/onair/movieawards/ma04/nominees/.