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Kill Bill and Lord of the Rings clean-up at MTV Awards

Story by: Jack Foley

WITH the serious awards season behind us, and the blockbuster season in full swing, the audience-friendly films battled it out for the top honours at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, on Saturday, June 5.

Needless to say, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill shared the spoils, winning most of the major awards between them.

The final part of Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy won the best film and best action sequence awards, while Uma Thurman took the best actress prize for Kill Bill: Volume 2, while co-star, Lucy Liu, was named best villain.

Thurman's battle with Chiaki Kuriyama was also named best fight, while Johnny Depp took the deserved best actor award for his laugh-out-loud Pirates of the Caribbean performance.

Speaking at the ceremony, a delighted Thurman thanked the MTV voters for choosing her 'kick butt, take-no-prisoners' character, The Bride, as well as making special mention of director, Tarantino, in a joke-laden speech.

She said: "Quentin spent many years writing this for me, and wants to be honoured as if he were dead tonight.

"But we don't have time, so I'll have to honour you as if you were living. Thank you, Quentin."

Another popular winner on the night was Jack Black, who took the best comedy prize for his performance in School of Rock, while Freaky Friday star Lindsay Lohan (soon to be seen in US hit, Mean Girls) and X-Men 2's Shawn Ashmore were named best breakthrough female and male actors respectively.

The best kiss trophy was presented to Carmen Electra and Amy Smart, for their lesbian smooch, with Owen Wilson, in the hilarious Starsky and Hutch, while Seann William Scott took the best dance sequence accolade, for his dance-off in American Wedding, for which he thanked Saturday Night Fever star, John Travolta, for inspiration.

The light-hearted ceremony takes place, each year, in California's Culver City, and winners receive buckets of golden popcorn for their achievements in a number of irreverent categories.

Prize-winner, Lindsay Lohan, hosted the event, while prizes were presented by Tom Cruise and Collateral co-star, Jamie Fixx, and rapper, Snoop Doggy Dogg, among others.

In what proved a colourful and brash occasion, musical performances also came from rapper, Eminem, who dropped his trousers while performing with his group, D12, the Beastie Boys and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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