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MTV Movie Awards 2003 - The nominations

Story by: Jack Foley

WITH the serious awards season now out of the way, it is time for the more jovial accolades to be dished out - and for the fans to have their say.

The MTV Movie Awards nominations have just been announced, with blockbuster duo, Spider-Man and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, going head-to-head in a number of categories, after bagging five nominations each.

Both movies will vy for Best Film and Best Actor, in what looks set to be one of the most keenly contested awards battles in recent years.

Also up for Best Film are the Eminem drama, 8 Mile, horror remake, The Ring, and surprise hit comedy, Barbershop.

Of the remaining categories Spider-Man will contest, Kirsten Dunst is up for Best Actress, Willem Dafoe has been recognised as a Best Villain contender, and both Tobey Maguire and Dunst must surely be strong contenders for the Best Kiss category.

The Two Towers, meanwhile, pits Viggo Mortensen against Maguire for best male performance, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio, for Catch Me If You Can, Vin Diesel, for xXx, and Eminem, for 8 Mile.

Peter Jackson's second instalment of Tolkien's classic is also nominated for best on-screen team and best action sequence, while a new category for 2003 is best virtual performance, which sees the critically-acclaimed CGI creation, Gollum, competing against Dobby, from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Yoda from Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and Kangeroo Jack and Scooby Doo from the films of the same name.

And while the Best Kiss is to be fought out between the likes of those contained in Spider-Man, Gangs of New York and Daredevil, the actual award for Best Fight will be contested between the likes of Yoda and Christopher Lee (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones), Jet Li versus the Ultimate Fighters (Cradle 2 The Grave), Johnny Knoxville versus Butterbean (Jackass) and Fann Wong versus the Palace Guards in Shanghai Knights.

The 12th MTV Movie Awards will take place on May 31 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The nominations in full:

Best Movie
8 Mile
Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
The Ring

Best Actor:
Tobey Maguire - Spider-Man
Viggo Mortensen - The Two Towers
Eminem - 8 Mile
Leonardo DiCaprio - Catch Me If You Can
Vin Diesel - xXx

Best Actress
Reese Witherspoon - Sweet Home Alabama
Kate Hudson - How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days
Halle Berry - Die Another Day
Kirsten Dunst - Spider-Man
Queen Latifah - Chicago

Best On-Screen Team
Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson - Old School
Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Sanoe Lake - Blue Crush
Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson - Shanghai Knights
Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, and Chris Pontious - Jackass: The Movie
Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Gollum - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Best Villain
Willem Dafoe - Spider-Man
Mike Myers - Austin Powers in Goldmember
Colin Farrell - Daredevil
Daveigh Chase (Samara Morgan) - The Ring
Daniel Day-Lewis - Gangs of New York

Best Comedic Performance
Mike Myers - Austin Powers in Goldmember
Will Ferrell - Old School
Cedric the Entertainer - Barbershop
Adam Sandler - Mr Deeds
Johnny Knoxville - Jackass: The Movie

Best Virtual Performance
Yoda - Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Kangeroo Jack - Kangeroo Jack
Scooby Doo - Scooby Doo
Dobby - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Gollum - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Best Kiss
Kirsten Dunst/Tobey Maguire - Spider-Man
Ben Affleck/Jennifer Garner - Daredevil
Leonardo DiCaprio/Cameron Diaz - Gangs of New York
Adam Sandler/Emily Watson - Punch-Drunk Love
Nick Cannon and Zoe Saldana - Drumline

Best Action Sequence
Collision on Highway 23 - Final Destination 2
The Battle for Helms Deep - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Escape - Minority Report
The Arena Conflict - Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Best Fight
Jet Li versus the Ultimate Fighters - Cradle 2 the Grave
Johnny Knoxville versus Butterbean - Jackass: The Movie
Fann Wong versus the Palace Guards - Shanghai Knights
Yoda versus Christopher Lee - Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Breakthrough Female
Nia Vardalos - My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Beyonce Knowles - Austin Powers in Goldmember
Jennifer Garner - Daredevil
Eve - Barbershop
Kate Bosworth - Blue Crush
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Secretary

Best Male Breakthrough
Eminem - 8 Mile
Kieran Culkin - Igby Goes Down
Ryan Reynolds - National Lampoon's Van Wilder
Nick Cannon - Drumline
Derek Luke - Antwone Fisher


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