When Gwyneth Paltrow (recipient of the Best Kiss award for ”Shakespeare in Love”) shares the winner’s circle with the crotch-biting canine from ”There’s Something About Mary” (Best Fight), you know you’re a long way from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The MTV Movie Awards, held June 5 at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar, brought out Hollywood’s brightest, but left behind Oscar’s stuffiness. Of course, that freewheeling attitude can cause some trouble.
Witness the hot water the Farrelly brothers got into after Bobby Farrelly, accepting the Best Movie award for ”Mary,” sarcastically suggested the film could have inspired teen violence. ”We were just hoping people would see how silly it is to blame the people who made ‘Mary’ for a high school slaughter,” Farrelly explained afterward. ”We hadn’t thought that it would be offensive.” (The brothers issued an apology the next day. MTV said it was editing out the comments for its June 10 telecast.)
Causing nearly as big a stir was Jim Carrey, who brought the house down when he accepted Best Male Performance for ”The Truman Show” decked out in a Jim Morrisonesque getup. ”I didn’t f—ing recognize him,” shrieked Courtney Love. ”He had been waving at me, and I thought it was someone from Rob Zombie that I’d made out with in the ’80s.” Bet no one at the Oscars ever made that mistake.