Shakespeare may know fancy words, but that don't win the Bard any points on Planet MTV, where a gross-out comedy about alternative hair gel rules.

There's Something About Mary led the way with eight nods as nominations were announced for the 1999 MTV Movie Video Awards, honoring the best (on-screen smooches, included) in film.

Oscar-winner Shakespeare in Love managed just four overall nominations. Leading lady Gwyneth Paltrow scored one of them--giving the fair one the chance to repeat her Academy Award night triumph in the company of cable TV heathens.

Winners are to be announced June 5. The show is scheduled to air June 10 on MTV. No word yet on host or performers.

There's Something About Mary and Shakespeare will battle it out for the Best Movie title against Armageddon, Saving Private Ryan and The Truman Show.

Paltrow's competition in the Best Female race shapes up this way: Jennifer Love Hewitt (Can't Hardly Wait), Jennifer Lopez (Out of Sight), Liv Tyler (Armageddon) and There's Something About Mary star Cameron Diaz.

In the boy division, Ben Affleck (Armageddon), Jim Carrey (The Truman Show), Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan), Adam Sandler (The Waterboy) and Will Smith (Enemy of the State) are up for Best Male. (Sorry, Roberto Benigni doesn't compute here.)

Chucky, the maniacal doll from the Chucky flicks, scored some rare award-show recognition, nabbing a nomination for Best Villain for his performance in The Bride of Chucky.

Nominations were determined by a national poll of MTV viewers. Winners also will be voted on by the public.

Here's a look at the other categories:

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE:

Cameron Diaz (There's Something About Mary) Chris Rock (Lethal Weapon 4) Adam Sandler (The Waterboy) Ben Stiller (There's Something About Mary) Chris Tucker (Rush Hour)

BEST VILLAIN: Chucky (The Bride Of Chucky) Matt Dillon (There's Something About Mary) Stephen Dorff (Blade) Jet Li (Lethal Weapon 4) Rose McGowan (Jawbreaker)

BEST ON-SCREEN DUO: Ben Affleck & Liv Tyler (Armageddon) Nicolas Cage & Meg Ryan (City Of Angels) Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) Freddie Prinze, Jr. & Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That) Ben Stiller & Cameron Diaz (There's Something About Mary)

BEST SONG: Aaliyah, "Are You That Somebody?" (Dr. Dolittle) Aerosmith, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" (Armageddon) Goo Goo Dolls, "Iris" (City Of Angels) Green Day, "Nice Guys Finish Last" (Varsity Blues) Jay-Z, "Can I Get A...." (Rush Hour)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE--MALE:

Ray Allen (He Got Game) Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare In Love) Josh Hartnett (Halloween: H20) Chris Rock (Lethal Weapon 4) James Van Der Beek (Varsity Blues)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE--FEMALE:

Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth) Brandy (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer) Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That) Katie Holmes (Disturbing Behavior) Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Mask Of Zorro)

BEST ACTION SEQUENCE:

Armageddon (Asteroid destroys New York City.) Lethal Weapon 4 (Mel Gibson/Danny Glover car chase on freeway and through building.) Ronin (Car chase in France with Robert De Niro pursuing Natascha McElhone.) Saving Private Ryan (Tom Hanks and company land on Normandy Beach.)

BEST KISS:

Jeremy Irons & Dominique Swain (Lolita) George Clooney & Jennifer Lopez (Out of Sight) Gwyneth Paltrow & Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) Ben Stiller & Cameron Diaz (There's Something About Mary) Matt Dillon, Denise Richards & Neve Campbell (Wild Things)

BEST FIGHT: Wesley Snipes vs. Vampires (Blade) Antonio Banderas vs. Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Mask of Zorro) Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker vs. Chinese gang (Rush Hour) Ben Stiller vs. Puffy The Dog (There's Something About Mary)

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