Nemo, Pirates Plunder MTV Movie Noms

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl came out on top when MTV today announced the nominees for the 2004 MTV Movie Awards. With six total nominations, the swashbuckler will go up against fellow Mouse House blockbuster Finding Nemo, New Line Cinema’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Twentieth Century Fox’s X2: X-Men United and Sony Pictures’ 50 First Dates for the title of Best Movie. The thirteenth annual awards ceremony will be taped on June 5 at Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, Calif. and broadcast on MTV June 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Nemo’s Ellen DeGeneres has been nominated in the category Best Comedic Performance for providing the voice of Dory. Filling out the category are Jim Carrey for Universal’s Bruce Almighty, Will Ferrell for New Line’s Elf, Johnny Depp for Pirates, and Jack Black for Paramount’s School of Rock.

Johnny Depp also received a Best Male Performance nod for Pirates, taking on Tom Cruise in Warner Bros.’ The Last Samurai, Bill Murray in Focus Features’ Lost in Translation, Jim Caviezel in Newmarket’s The Passion of the Christ, Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates. Depp and co-star Orlando Bloom were nominated for Best On-Screen Team, while the film’s Geoffrey Rush was put in the running for Best Villain and Keira Knightley joined the list for Breakthrough Female.

Miramax’s Kill Bill: Vol 1 also got some love as Uma Thurman was nominated for Best Female Performance, along with Charlize Theron from Newmarket’s Monster, Halle Berry from Warner Bros.’ Gothika, Queen Latifah from Touchstone Pictures’ Bringing Down the House and Drew Barrymore from 50 First Dates. In addition, Thurman’s on-screen showdown with Chiaki Kuriyama is one of the Best Fight contenders and Lucy Liu will vie for Best Villain.

Another Best Fight nominee is the X-2 match-up between Hugh Jackman and Kelly Hu. The film’s Shawn Ashmore got a Breakthrough Male nod and his smooching scene with Anna Paquin was nominated for Best Kiss, along with the liplock between Keanu Reeves and Monica Bellucci in Warner Bros.’ The Matrix: Reloaded.

Return of the King’s Battle at Gondor is in the running for Best Action Sequence, going up against the Champion crane chase from fellow VFX spectacle Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines from Warner Bros.

To see a full list of nominations, visit www.MTV.com. Nominees for the MTV Movie Awards are chosen through a national poll of MTV and MTV2 viewers, who will also determine the winners. Virgin Mobile USA customers will be able to vote from the “*MTV” area on their phone screens, found under “VirginXtras.” In addition, votes can be cast from April 21 through May 19 online by visiting MTV.com or by telephone at 900-868-1100 at 99 cents per call (must be 18 years or older to call).