While the live-action comedies Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Mean Girls lead the pack with four nods each, there was plenty of love of animated pics as MTV today announced the nominees for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards. Fever Pitch star Jimmy Fallon will host this year’s event, which will air on June 9 at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Joining the list of categories this time around are Best Frightened Performance and Best Video Game Based on a Movie.
Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles is the only animated film up for Best Movie this year. The action-packed superhero spoof is up against Miramax’s Kill Bill Vol. 2, Fox Searchlight’s Napoleon Dynamite, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man 2 and Universal’s Ray. Last year, the Disney/Pixar production, Finding Nemo, was the only toon in the pond, losing out to New Line’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Incredibles cast members Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Spencer Fox and Sarah Vowell are up for Best On-Screen Team. The super-powered screen family will flex their vocal muscles against the casts of the live-action movies Mean Girls (Paramount), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (DreamWorks), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (20th Century Fox) and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (New Line Cinema).
Representing DreamWorks’ Shrek 2, Antonio Banderas received a Best Comedic Performance nom for his vocal portrayal of the scene-stealing Puss In Boots. Also in the running for the award are Dustin Hoffman for Universal’s Meet the Fockers, Will Ferrell for DreamWorks’ Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Ben Stiller for 20th Century Fox’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Will Smith for Sony Pictures’ Hitch.
Sony’s blockbusting Spider-Man 2 picked up three nominations, including a Best Villain nod for Alfred Molina (Doc Ock). Molina is in good company with Tom Cruise for DreamWorks’ Collateral, Ben Stiller for Dodgeball, Rachel McAdams for Mean Girls and Jim Carrey for Paramount’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The subway battle from Spider-Man 2 is up for Best Action Sequence, a category filled out by the vfx-loaded destruction of Los Angeles from 20th Century Fox’s The Day After Tomorrow, the Beverly Hills plane crash from Miramax’s The Aviator, the Moscow car chase from Universal’s The Bourne Supremacy and The Desert Terrorist Assault from Paramount’s Team America: World Police.
In addition, Activision’ Spider-Man 2 will vie Best Video Game Based on a Movie.
The other interactive titles on the list are THQ’s The Incredibles, EA’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and the Vivendi Universal Games releases, Van Helsing and Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. This award will be announced pre-show and viewers will be able to vote for their favorite games by dialing *MTV on their Virgin Mobile phones.
The nominees for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards are chosen through a national poll of MTV and MTV2 viewers. The winners will be viewer-selected. Votes can be cast online from May 4 through May 20 by visiting www.MTV.com, or by telephone at 900-562-2300 at 99 cents per call. See www.MTV.com for a complete list of nominees.