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MTV Movie Awards 2003 - The winners



Story by: Jack Foley

IT may have been overlooked at the Oscars, but Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers has taken top honours at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles - thanks to audiences.

The second part of Tolkien’s trilogy took a total of four awards on the night, including best movie, best action sequence, best virtual performance (for Gollum) and best on-screen team, for Elijah Wood, Sean Astin and Gollum.

The virtual performance statuette was accepted by Andy Serkis, who voiced the character, but in one of many comic highlights of the awards ceremony, the actor was confronted by an emaciated Gollum while thanking Jackson and crew, before being forced to listen to an expletive-filled tirade from the virtual creation against the cast, crew and MTV.

In what proved to be a tough category, competition for the award came from Yoda, the light-sabre wielding Jedi from Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, as well as Dobby, the elf, in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.

Yet Yoda did not go home empty-handed, winning a prize for his scene-stealing fight with Christopher Lee. The character appeared on a giant screen to accept his award, saying: "Hmmm... grateful am I to this award receive. To win, I did not expect."

The winners of the MTV awards are picked by the network's viewers, and the whole ceremony is presented as an alternative to the usual Hollywood award shows, taking place at the Shine Auditorium in LA.

Of the other notable winners on the night, rapper, Eminem, took best male and breakthrough male for 8 Mile, while Kristen Dunst won best actress for Spider-Man.

In what proved to be an excellent night for super-heroes, Spider-Man triumphed in the best kiss category, for the clinch shared between Dunst and Tobey Maguire, while Jennifer Garner won a breakthrough gong for playing Elektra, in Daredevil.

Another popular winner on the night was Irish star, Colin Farrell, who won the trans-Atlantic breakthrough award for his leading role in sniper thriller, Phone Booth.

The best comedy performance was won by Mike Myers, for his role(s) in Austin Powers in Goldmember.

Full list of winners:

Best movie - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Actor - Eminem, 8 Mile

Actress - Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man

Kiss - Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man

Action sequence - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Fight - Yoda and Christopher Lee, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Breakthrough female performance - Jennifer Garner, Daredevil

Breakthrough male performance - Eminem, 8 Mile

Trans-Atlantic breakthrough - Colin Farrell, Phone Booth

Comedic performance - Mike Myers, Austin Powers in Goldmember

On-screen team - Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Gollum, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Virtual Performance - Gollum, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Villain - Daveigh Chase, The Ring

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