Sure, Dude, Where's My Car? may have been nominated, but the 2001 MTV Movie Awards ended up looking suspiciously like the Academy Awards Saturday, as Roberts won yet another trophy (this time the coveted golden box of popcorn) and MTV viewers chose the Russell Crowe swordplay epic as their favorite movie.
But lest you think the Jackass network has sucked all the fun out of its typically rowdy movie bash, take heart: Will Ferrell still managed to pee his pants onstage, Christina Ricci and Ashton Kutcher groped each other, Andy Dick got naked (save for a strategically positioned coconut) and attendees got their daily recommended dose of F-words--which will no doubt get bleeped out when the show airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Meanwhile, a handful of popcorn flicks got their due. Mission: Impossible 2, Charlie's Angels, Meet the Parents and MTV Films' own Save the Last Dance each picked up two awards Saturday.
Girl Power also was in full effect at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium, as butt-kicking cutie Zhang Ziyi won for Best Fight in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Charlie's Angels nabbed prizes for Best On-Screen Team and Best Dance Sequence, for Cameron Diaz's infamous butt-wiggling underwear dance.
"I appreciate you guys watching me shake my ass," said Diaz, who showed up without her partners in crimefighting, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore.
Among the winners, Erika Christensen seemed the most surprised about scoring a golden popcorn, as she picked up Breakthrough Female Performance honors for Traffic. "I'm freaking out," she said backstage.
Tom Cruise, meanwhile, had little more to say than "thank you," "thank you" and "you guys are the best" in collecting his prize for Best Male Performance for Mission: Impossible 2. And Julia Roberts was a no-show despite winning Best Female Performance honors for Erin Brockovich, but presenters Marlon and Shawn Wayans promptly declared, "We accept this award on behalf of her, and anyone else with a vagina."
Perhaps the most memorable speech came from Ben Stiller, who was interrupted mid-acceptance by his "awards-speech coach" (Saturday Night Live's Ferrell), who berated Stiller's attempt to accept Best Comedic Performance honors for Meet the Parents--and then relieved himself in front of the crowd.
Uh, guess you had to be there.
Per tradition, hosts Jimmy Fallon and Kirsten Dunst presided over the whole affair with MTV's signature batch of off-color cracks and movie parodies, including a spoof of The Mummy Returns with Snoop Dogg and a "Blind Date" skit with Erin Brockovich and Gladiator's evil Commodus doing pottery ("They're called boobs, emperor").
Rounding out the show were performances from Weezer, the Dave Matthews Band and the ladies of "Lady Marmalade" from Moulin Rouge, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim.
Some celebrities came to party, and others simply turned out to mercilessly plug their films, as Diaz and Mike Myers pushed Shrek and Halle Berry goofed on reports that she appears topless in the upcoming film Swordfish, saying, "If you pay $8.50 and go see Swordfish, you see these."
The 10th annual MTV Awards were chosen by the viewers themselves, who plunked down 75 cents to pick their favorites via 900 number. Here's a complete list of the winners:
Best Movie: Gladiator Best Male Performance: Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible 2 Best Female Performance: Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich Breakthrough Performance, Male: Sean Patrick Thomas, Save the Last Dance Breakthrough Performance, Female: Erika Christensen, Traffic Best Villain: Jim Carrey, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Best Comedic Performance: Ben Stiller, Meet the Parents Best On-Screen Team: Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Charlie's Angels Best Kiss: Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas, Save the Last Dance Best Action Sequence: Mission: Impossible 2, motorcycle chase Best Fight: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Zhang Ziyi vs. Entire bar Best Dance Sequence: Charlie's Angels, Cameron Diaz fantasy sequence Best New Filmmaker: Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides Best Line from a Movie: "Are you a pothead, Focker?" Robert De Niro, Meet the Parents Best Cameo in a Movie: James Van Der Beek, Scary Movie Best Dressed Jennifer Lopez, The Cell Best Music Moment: Piper Perabo singing "One Way or Another," Coyote Ugly