Robert Pattinson, Twilight, Christian Bale, Dark Knight

Peter Sorel / Summit Entertainment; Warner Bros. Entertainment

Gone is the Superbad funny business of yesteryear. Teenage romance and men in masks are what the 2009 MTV Movie Awards are all about.

That swoony, mushy love stuff—we're lookin' at you, Twilight, High School Musical 3: Senior Year and Slumdog Millionaire—and the studly superheroes—Iron Man, The Dark Knight—square off in the Best Movie category...and just about every other competition as well.

Not surprisingly, the vampires earned the most chances at the golden popcorn with seven nominations, including Male Breakthrough Performance for both Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, Female Performance for Kristen Stewart (apparently, she's already broken through) and Best Kiss.

They'll be up against the dump divers of Slumdog Millionaire with six of 'em—for stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto in the Breakthrough Actor and Actress categories, as well as for their, er, dump diving in Best WTF Moment.

HSM3 landed in third place with five nods, guaranteeing an appearance from Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. The Dark Knight earned four, including a shoo-in Best Villain honor for Heath Ledger. Miley Cyrus squeezed out two winks, for Female Breakthrough Performance and Best Song from a Movie, while one of her idols, Angelina Jolie, took three.

Andy Samberg, who's not actually the love child of Jack Black and Michael Cera, hosts the silly spectacular. Two new races have been introduced this year: the aforementioned Best WTF Moment and Best Song From a Movie. Best Summer Movie So Far, which earned Iron Man its first award last year, has been axed from the lineup.

This year marks the first year the network opened the nominating committee to anyone with a computer, allowing the audience to vote for the films they want to see take home the coveted prize.

Hunger-inducing buckets of popcorn will be handed out live on MTV on May 31. Here's the full list of nominees:


  • The Dark Knight
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Iron Man
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Twilight


  • Angelina Jolie, Wanted
  • Anne Hathaway, Bride Wars
  • Kate Winslet, The Reader
  • Kristen Stewart, Twilight
  • Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


  • Christian Bale, The Dark Knight
  • Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man
  • Shia LaBeouf, Eagle Eye
  • Vin Diesel, Fast & Furious
  • Zac Efron, High School Musical 3: Senior Year


  • Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia!
  • Ashley Tisdale, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie
  • Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Kat Dennings, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist


  • Robert Pattinson, Twilight
  • Taylor Lautner, Twilight
  • Ben Barnes, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Bobb'e J. Thompson, Role Models


  • Amy Poehler, Baby Mama
  • Anna Faris, The House Bunny
  • James Franco, Pineapple Express
  • Jim Carrey, Yes Man
  • Steve Carell, Get Smart


  • Derek Mears, Friday the 13th
  • Dwayne Johnson, Get Smart
  • Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
  • Johnathon Schaech, Prom Night
  • Luke Goss, Hellboy II: The Golden Army


  • Anne Hathaway vs. Kate Hudson, Bride Wars
  • Christian Bale vs. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
  • Ron Perlman vs. Luke Goss, Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • Robert Pattinson vs. Cam Gigandet, Twilight
  • Seth Rogen and James Franco vs. Danny McBride, Pineapple Express


  • Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy, Wanted
  • Freida Pinto and Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
  • James Franco and Sean Penn, Milk
  • Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Twilight
  • Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron, High School Musical 3: Senior Year


  • Amy Poehler, Baby Mama, Peeing in the Sink
  • Angelina Jolie, Wanted, Curved Bullet Kill
  • Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Slumdog Millionaire, Jumping in the Poop Shed
  • Ben Stiller, Tropic Thunder, Tasting the Decapitated Head
  • Jason Segel and Kristen Bell, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Naked Break-Up


  • "Jai Ho" by A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
  • "The Wrestler" by Bruce Springsteen, The Wrestler
  • "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie
  • "Decode" by Paramore, Twilight
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