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In her first televised appearance post Bombshell McGee-gate, Sandra Bullock was characteristically humble while accepting the Generation Award from co-presenters Betty White, Bradley Cooper, and Scarlett Johansson. ''I'd like to thank Bradley for still calling me his friend, given that the only film he's ever been in that bombed was one that I made.'' Bullock also declared she'll be working again (''No matter what you might have seen or heard or read lately, I love what I do, and I'm not going anywhere''), praised White (''I want your life!''), and, because it's become mandatory at these things, ended up locking lips with Johansson.
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MOST UNEXPECTED MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
It started promisingly enough: Ed Helms in a Lady Gaga getup playing ''Doug'' from The Hangover on piano as Ken Jeong minced around the stage in a tiger-striped one-piece. Then things got weird: Enter Tom Cruise as Les Grossman joined by J. Lo for a vigorous dance performance to Ludacris' ''Get Back,'' complete with matching jewel-encrusted pimp sticks.
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BEST BETTY WHITE MOMENT
Apologies to host Aziz Ansari, but it was Betty White who got the biggest laughs of the night, while co-presenting the Generation Award to Sandra Bullock. ''Sandy, you're a national treasure, which I know a thing or two about, since my ovaries...were recently named national monuments.''
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MOST SQUIRM-INDUCING MOMENT
In presenting the nominees for Best Breakout Star, presenter Jonah Hill found a colorful way to reveal his preference for Team Jacob to his co-presenters (and Get Him to the Greek co-stars) Russell Brand and Diddy: ''Oh my God, you guys. Is Taylor Lautner here? Cuz if he is, I'm about to bust through the front of my pants.''
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BEST MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Katy Perry ''surfed'' on stage wearing a blue Betty Page wig to meet up with Snoop for a raunchified rendition (check the hand motions!) of the now-official song of the summer, ''California Gurls.'' Consider our popsicle melted, Katy!
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The Hangover costar Ken Jeong was all over the place while picking up the Best WTF Moment Award. His speech started out zany (''Me and my penis would love to thank MTV...''), then turned serious as Jeong broke down, thanking friends for their support during his wife's battle with cancer; then got weird again, as Jeong signed off with Mr. Chow's trademark ''Toodaloo, motherf-----.'' All in the space of, like, 30 seconds.
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Christina Aguilera (or is it officially Xtina now?) did her best to delay her slide toward irrelevance with a Lady Gaga-inspired performance of ''Bionic'' that featured backup dancers cupping her boobs and ended with a tight shot of her crotch, decorated with an illuminated heart. In a word: Classy.
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Okay, we know it's anything-goes MTV, but couldn't Adam Sandler, who showed up with his Grown Ups cast mates to present Kristen Stewart with her Best Female Performance award wearing a raggedy T-shirt and cargo shorts, have tried a liiiiitle bit harder?
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WELL, SHE GETS POINTS FOR HONESTY
Amanda Seyfried was impressively diplomatic while claiming the Best Scared-as-S--- Performance award for her role opposite Megan Fox in the Diablo Cody-penned flop Jennifer's Body. ''Believe it or not, I had a really good time making this movie...and even though not a lot of people saw it...I'm really proud of this!''
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TRAPPED IN A KINDA LAME AWARDS SHOW
Readers of our live blog were divided on host Aziz Ansari's performance as host, but we loved his musical tribute to Avatar, which he delivered as a Trapped in the Closet-era R. Kelly. The big finish? Ansari thrusting his pelvis while singing ''F--- yooooou, BP!''
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MOST HILARIOUS HIGH-WIRE ACT
''The Other Guys'' costars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg crashed the Best Villain award presentation when they ''botched'' their Bruno-style entrance, dangling awkwardly over the stage, where they traded quips with each other (Wahlberg: ''You told me I was gonna land on Eva's face, man!'') before heckling winner Tom Felton (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince).
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TWILIGHT VS. HARRY POTTER
Judging by the scream-o-meter, the audience's favorite moment of the night (and perhaps the reason most of you tuned in) was the sneak peek at a few scintillating moments from Eclipse and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Some advice for the Eclipse folks: Sometimes less is more.
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When Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson inevitably took the stage to accept the Best Kiss award, there was no way we were going to settle for another Miley Cyrus-style fakeout like last year. After a bit of will-they-or-won't-they teasing, RPattz managed to plant one on an apparently surprised Stewart. Or was she in on it? You can never tell with these show folk.
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BEST KISS (MAN-ON-MAN CATEGORY)
During the Best Kiss award, a ''Kiss Cam'' swept the audience, landing first on Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, who thrilled the HSM set with a chaste peck. But it was Get Him to the Greek costars Russell Brand and Jonah Hill who really steamed up the lens.
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AND THE WORD OF THE NIGHT IS...
...''f---,'' apparently. The telecast was so filled with F-bombs, the censor's trigger finger must have been fatigued by the end of the show. What else could explain the mostly uncensored blue streak uttered by New Moon star Peter Facinelli, who accepted the Best Movie award on behalf of Team Twilight.