''Pirates'' leads MTV Movie Awards noms. The swashbuckling saga is up for six popcorn tubs, followed by four-time nominees ''50 First Dates'' and ''X2''

By Gary Susman
Updated April 21, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

When it comes to the MTV Movie Awards this year, keep your eye on the sparrow. That’s Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp’s staggering swashbuckler from ”Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” The movie is up for six of MTV’s coveted popcorn-tub trophies, including three nods for Depp himself. Up for four awards each are ”50 First Dates” and ”X2: X-Men United,” which will compete for Best Movie with ”Pirates,” ”Finding Nemo,” and this year’s Best Picture Academy Award Winner, ”The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

The irreverent awards ceremony includes, as always, such MTV-exclusive categories as Best Villain, Best Kiss, Best Fight, and Best Action Sequence. There’s also a new category this year, Best Dance Sequence, which pits the primarily comic dance moves from ”Along Came Polly,” ”American Wedding,” ”Bringing Down the House,” and ”Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” against the seriously competitive street dancing of ”You Got Served.” The awards will be presented in a ceremony that will air June 10, with hosts and performers yet to be announced. A complete list of nominees is below.

Best Movie
”50 First Dates”
”Finding Nemo”
”The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
”Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
”X2: X-Men United”

Best Male Performance
Adam Sandler, ”50 First Dates”
Bill Murray, ”Lost in Translation”
Johnny Depp, ”Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
Tom Cruise, ”The Last Samurai”
Jim Caviezel, ”The Passion of the Christ”

Best Female Performance
Drew Barrymore, ”50 First Dates”
Queen Latifah, ”Bringing Down the House”
Halle Berry, ”Gothika”
Uma Thurman, ”Kill Bill — Vol. 1”
Charlize Theron, ”Monster”

Best Comedic Performance
Jim Carrey, ”Bruce Almighty”
Will Ferrell, ”Elf”
Ellen DeGeneres, ”Finding Nemo”
Johnny Depp, ”Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
Jack Black, ”School of Rock”

Best On-Screen Team
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, ”50 First Dates”
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, ”Bad Boys II”
Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, ”Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
Jack Black and the School of Rock band, ”School of Rock”
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, ”Starsky & Hutch”

Best Villain
Demi Moore, ”Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”
Lucy Liu, ”Kill Bill — Vol. 1”
Kiefer Sutherland, ”Phone Booth”
Geoffrey Rush, ”Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
Leatherface, ”The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”

Breakthrough Male
Ludacris, ”2 Fast 2 Furious”
Cillian Murphy, ”28 Days Later”
Shia LaBeouf, ”Holes”
Shawn Ashmore, ”X2: X-Men United”
Omarion, ”You Got Served”

Breakthrough Female
Lindsay Lohan, ”Freaky Friday”
Scarlett Johansson, ”Lost in Translation”
Keira Knightley, ”Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
Jessica Biel, ”The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
Evan Rachel Wood, ”Thirteen”

Best Kiss
Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston, ”Bruce Almighty”
Keanu Reeves and Monica Bellucci, ”The Matrix Reloaded”
Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci, ”Monster”
Owen Wilson, Carmen Electra, and Amy Smart, ”Starsky & Hutch”
Shawn Ashmore and Anna Paquin, ”X2: X-Men United”

Best Action Sequence
Intercoastal freeway pursuit, ”Bad Boys II”
Escape from Mongolia, ”Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”
Battle at Gondor, ”The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King”
Champion crane chase, ”Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”

Best Fight
Queen Latifah vs. Missi Pyle, ”Bringing Down the House”
Uma Thurman vs. Chiaki Kuriyama, ”Kill Bill — Vol. 1”
Keanu Reeves vs. Hugo Weaving , ”The Matrix: Reloaded”
The Rock vs. Kontiki Rebels, ”The Rundown”
Hugh Jackman vs. Kelly Hu, ”X2: X-Men United”

Best Dance Sequence
Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston (hot salsa dance), ”Along Came Polly”
Seann William Scott (disco dance-off), ”American Wedding”
Steve Martin (in da club), ”Bringing Down the House”
Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu (burlesque revue), ”Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”
Omarion, Marques Houston, and the Lil Saints Dance Crew (the big bounce), ”You Got Served”

50 First Dates

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 96 minutes
  • Peter Segal