MTV has announced the nominees for the 18th annual MTV Movie Awards, to the delight of whoever it is that watches MTV or is interested in the opinions of those who do. Predictably, the film with the most nominations is Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman's dizzyingly surreal examination of mankind's fear of mortality. No, I'm kidding, it's Twilight.

The creepy-but-not-the-way-they-intended vampire romance leads the pack with seven nominations, including best movie, best female performance (Kristen Stewart), breakthrough male performance (Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner), best fight, best kiss, and best song (apparently Twilight had a song).

The other best movie nominees are, in ascending order of WTF-ness, Slumdog Millionaire, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, and High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Speaking of which, they've added two new categories: the best song group (which also includes Bruce Springsteen's Oscar-snubbed theme from The Wrestler), and best WTF? moment (nominees include Amy Poehler peeing in the sink in Baby Mama).

Heath Ledger is posthumously nominated in the best villain category, where his competition includes Dwayne Johnson in Get Smart (I guess that's a spoiler, since we don't find out he's a bad guy until the end) and Johnathon Schaech from Prom Night. Do you suppose Ledger's family will fly in from Australia to accept the award like they did at the Oscars? Will the experience be diminished by having the golden popcorn trophy handed to them by Lady Gaga?

Andy Samberg will host the show, airing live on MTV on Sunday, May 31. Eminem is among the scheduled performers. MTV viewers selected the nominees, and anyone can vote for them at MTV's site. This is democracy in action, people. Take your responsibility seriously.
categories Awards, Cinematical