Cue the leather pants and wake up Kurt Loder: On June 3, host Sarah Jessica Parker and a phalanx of hipster celebrities will disseminate the hallowed popcorn statues at the ninth annual MTV Movie Awards (the ceremony airs June 8). This irreverently punchy pageant doesn’t have the Oscars’ prestige or refined taste. But with that ceremony getting longer and drier by the year, MTV has become the most entertaining trophy toss on Hollywood’s self-congratulation circuit, so we decided it warranted its own watcher’s guide. It’s a tight race in 2000: With omni-winner Jim Carrey (who has an unchallenged record of eight awards) scoring only one nomination, the night’s true battles will be between two-time victor Keanu Reeves for The Matrix and three-peater Mike Myers for Austin Powers. A tough contest to call, but with our finger on the pulse of the Kid Rock-cheering, Sisqo-hooting, MTV-viewer voting contingent, here are EW‘s predictions for this year’s winners.
The Sixth Sense – American Pie – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – The Matrix – American Beauty
With raunch, gross-out gags and enthusiastic nudity, American Pie seemed like it had all the ingredients to be the MTV Generation’s Citizen Kane. Unfortunately, it also came in the same year as The Matrix: Sure, Oscars mean nothing in this contest (sorry, Beauty, your winning streak ends here), but Matrix‘s Visual Effects and Sound Academy Awards officially certified that it looked and sounded awesome, in addition to just being awesome.
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Bruce Willis (The Sixth Sense) – Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) – Adam Sandler (Big Daddy) – Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions) – Jim Carrey (Man on the Moon)
Octuple-winner Carrey would have been better off doing a Dice Clay biopic, and if Willis wants to be rewarded for an understated performance, he’s playing to the wrong crowd. The young upstart Phillippe may have a strong ”Isn’t he hot?” support group, but it’s not big enough to overtake longtime faves Reeves and Sandler. Ultimately, for pure cool cred, Reeves’ bullet time will edge out Sandler’s public-pee time, although the comic whiz will be victorious elsewhere (see below).
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Cruel Intentions) – Neve Campbell (Scream 3) – Julia Roberts (Runaway Bride) – Drew Barrymore (Never Been Kissed) – Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy)
A close race, as all five actresses’ films loogied in the face of critical derision to become hits. But with the memory of Bride erased by Brockovich, Campbell having already won an MTV award for the better-received Scream 2, and Barrymore’s klutzy character lacking the glamour of a Best Female (makeover be damned), the final showdown will come down to beauty-of-the-moment Judd versus Gellar. It would take more than Judd’s wet T-shirt scene to make an MTV-er turn against Buffy.
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Adam Sandler (Big Daddy) – Mike Myers (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) – Ice Cube (Next Friday) – Jason Biggs (American Pie) – Parker Posey (Scream 3)
In a category where subtlety is not an option, even Biggs’ pie poking isn’t broad enough to take the prize. It comes down to a battle between the SNL juggernauts who know from belly laughs: Sandler and Myers. Myers’ ha-ha-hat trick of roles deserves the prize for sheer volume, but with the man of many waist sizes likely to win other categories, viewers will want to make Sandler the Big man here.