Rebel Wilson (L) and Zac Efron speak onstage (Photo: Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, Calif. - For a reverential recap of the year's best movies, we have the Oscars. For a pop-infused, Jersey Shore-friendly take, we have the MTV Movie Awards.
Hosted by Rebel Wilson, the annual tongue-in-cheek awards show was held at Sony Pictures Studios on Sunday night, with the most popular popcorn fare toasted with - what else? - statuettes of the golden theater snack, as guests including presenters Adam Sandler, Amanda Seyfried, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Chris Rock, Danny McBride, Kerry Washington, Ke$ha, Melissa McCarthy, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Henry Cavill and Brad Pitt assembled, ready for some roasting. Wilson opened the show with her rendition of Miley Cyrus' The Climb, which led to a medley that included Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Thrift Shop, Alicia Keys' Girl on Fire and Eminen's Lose Yourself. Brad Pitt ended it by presenting The Avengers the trophy for movie of the year at the end of the broadcast.
"This is obviously stuffier," joked The Avengers director Joss Whedon on the red carpet, in reference to the tonal difference in awards shows. "I've been to the Oscars once. It's a good time, but it's a different kind of pressure. This is just, like, it really is an honor to be nominated. Here, it isn't a question of 'Did we take out ads?' or 'Are we art?' or 'Is it OK that people laugh?' "
Whedon, whose Avengers also won the best-fight trophy, also shared some news on the next installment in the franchise: "I just finished the script ... I like my first draft, but I don't want anyone to see it yet."
The ubiquitous Kim Kardashian (prepping to introduce Selena Gomez's live performance of Come & Get It) was there, too, draping her baby bump in black.
The event was pushed up from its usual summer slot this year, and Wilson, whose own year at the box office was nothing to shrug at, opened the show by reuniting with her Pitch Perfect cast.
"It's kind of a reunion of sorts," Brittany Snow said on the red carpet. Even though she said the group had been rehearsing for several days, she admitted to being nervous: "We've done it before for the film, but never in front of Brad Pitt."
Snow called Wilson "fearless," adding that "she really doesn't care about what people think of her."
Chloe Grace Moretz said of Wilson: "She's just the coolest person you'll ever meet. You just want to be friends with her."
Wilson's fans know the star for her wide-eyed ability to send off even the raunchiest of jokes, and she didn't shy away from making fun of herself.
"They thought I was Adele," she joked during her opening monologue.
On the red carpet, there were many raves about the Bridesmaids star.
"Rebel is a voice that is so unique," said Paul Feig, the film's director. "When we were doing Bridesmaids, there was a lot of ad-libbing and improv. Her jokes were so funny and weird. I'd go, 'You can't say that.' Then I thought, 'Well, maybe she can.' ... She's so innocent and looks so benign. She can say some horrible joke (and get away with it)."
"I love her," said Jordana Brewster of the Fast and the Furious film franchise. "I'm a Twitter follower of hers. She's irreverent. She does whatever she wants."
Special buckets of golden popcorn were handed out, too. Will Ferrell picked up the Comedic Genius prize from Game of Thrones pal Peter Dinklage, Jamie Foxx received the MTV Generation Award, and Emma Watson took home the MTV Trailblazer Award. "Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing. And it's a process," noted Watson during her acceptance speech.
Some categories were especially worth tuning in for, including best kiss (which went to Silver Linings Playbook's Jennifer Lawrence and Cooper, who accepted the award solo) and best shirtless performance (a new category, which was widely predicted to go to Channing Tatum but instead went to Twilight hunk Taylor Lautner). "This is as high as it gets," remarked Lautner during his acceptance speech. "This is the shirtless Oscar. For all of us who do take our shirts off - McConaughey, Tatum, Lena Dunham - this is it."
By Andrea Mandell