The nominees for the 2007 MTV Movie Awards were announced today, and they're a predictably colorful lot indeed. As is always the case, you can cast your very own vote and then sit down to root for your favorites on June 3, when the presentation will be broadcast LIVE with Sarah Silverman as your host. Whew, I sounded like a press release there for a minute. Let's dig through the nominees...

Best Movie: 300, Borat, Blades of Glory, Little Miss Sunshine, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Wow, Blades of Glory? Really? I mean, even among hardcore Ferrell-heads I doubt it's considered one of his best movies. Also, I know several young people who definitely fall within MTV's most coveted demographic ... and they've pretty much all seen (and adored) The Departed. (To say nothing of Pan's Labyrinth.) As much as I love MTV's willingness to throw a lot of love towards the "popcorn" movies, I don't think they need to dumb it down quite this much.

Best Villain
: Bill Nighy in Pirates 2, Jack Nicholson in The Departed, Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, Rodrigo Santoro in 300, Tobin Bell in Saw 3

Give it to anyone but that big bronze goofball. His were the (unintentionally) funniest scenes in 300.

Best Performance: Johnny Depp in Pirates 2, Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness, Gerard Butler in 300, Keira Knightley in Pirates 2, Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls, Beyonce Knowles in Dreamgirls

We'll give it to Will Smith just so they can play "Parents Just Don't Understand" when he comes up to collect the award. It'll be ironic because Happyness is about a parent who definitely understands ... the importance of overt melodrama. Otherwise, it's Johnny and Keira (???) duking it out, another Dreamgirls battle in the making, and ... oh, Gerard Butler. He'll definitely win.

Breakthrough Performance: Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine, Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada, Jaden Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness, Justin Timberlake in Alpha Dog, Columbus Short in Stomp the Yard, Lena Headey for 300

This is the Smith that will win. Just picture how cute it will be.
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