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This year's crop of MTV Movie Award nominees are so bad—so Superbad—they're good.

One of the raunchiest films to feature Judd Apatow's imprimatur (which is no small feat, mind you), raked in a leading five nominations today for the 2008 MTV Movie Awards, including the coveted Golden Popcorn for Best Movie.

Stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera each scored individual nominations for Breakthrough Performance for their roles as sex-seeking high school students. They'll compete against Superbad writer-producer and fellow Apatow repertory player Seth Rogen, who was nominated in the same category for his very different role as a sex-seeking twentysomething in Knocked Up.

Hill and Rogen will also go head-to-head in the Best Comedic Performance category, while Cera scored a Best Male Performance nod for his Apatow-free performance in the critical darling Juno.

Juno itself scored a second-best four nominations.

The indie comedy's Oscar-nominated star, Ellen Page, matched Cera's individual honor with a Best Female Performance nomination, while the duo also walked away with a nod—and, perhaps, a wink—for Best Kiss. The film rounded out its nominations as a contender for Best Movie.

Meanwhile, a slew of films raked in three nominations, including Enchanted, Knocked Up, Transformers and the final effort from the MTV crowd's perennial favorite franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

In addition to scoring a Best Movie nomination, Pirates also resulted in some booty for stars Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp, who took home a Best Female Performance and Best Comedic Performance nomination, respectively.

Depp also doubled his pleasure with a Best Villain nod for his blood-soaked titular barber in Sweeney Todd.

Meanwhile, one of the ceremony's most recent category additions, Best Summer Movie So Far, may well need to change its name to Best Summer Movie Yet to be Released.

While Iron Man has rightly made the list, coming off a boffo opening weekend, the remaining nominations—Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Sex and the City: The Movie, Speed Racer and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian—have yet to hit the Cineplex.

Mike Myers hosts the show, airing live on MTV June 1. Here's the complete list of nominees:

  • Juno
  • Transformers
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • I Am Legend
  • Superbad
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets


  • Will Smith, I Am Legend
  • Shia LaBeouf, Transformers
  • Denzel Washington, American Gangster
  • Matt Damon, The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Michael Cera, Juno

  • Ellen Page, Juno
  • Keira Knightley, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up
  • Amy Adams, Enchanted
  • Jessica Biel, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

  • Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Denzel Washington, American Gangster
  • Angelina Jolie, Beowulf
  • Topher Grace, Spider-Man 3
  • Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

  • Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Adam Sandler, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
  • Jonah Hill, Superbad
  • Seth Rogen, Knocked Up
  • Amy Adams, Enchanted

  • Matt Damon vs. Joey Ansah, The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Tobey Maguire vs. James Franco, Spider-Man 3
  • Hayden Christensen vs. Jamie Bell, Jumper
  • Sean Faris vs. Cam Gigandet, Never Back Down
  • Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan vs. Sun Ming Ming, Rush Hour 3
  • Alien vs. Predator, Alien vs. Predator—Requiem

  • Shia LaBeouf and Sarah Roemer, Disturbia
  • Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey, Enchanted
  • Daniel Radcliffe and Katie Leung, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Ellen Page and Michael Cera, Juno
  • Briana Evigan and Robert Hoffman, Step Up 2: the Streets

  • Zac Efron, Hairspray
  • Seth Rogen, Knocked Up
  • Jonah Hill, Superbad
  • Michael Cera, Superbad
  • Chris Brown, This Christmas
  • Nikki Blonsky, Hairspray
  • Megan Fox, Transformers
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Superbad

  • Iron Man
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Sex and the City: The Movie
  • Speed Racer
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
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