'Transformers' and 'Spider-Man 3' score handful of nominations in the 2008 MTV Movie Awards, while 'Iron Man' and 'Speed Racer' also score surprising nods.
The autobots get kudos for "Best Movie", "Best Male Performance" by Shia LeBeouf, and "Breakthrough Performance" by Megan Fox.
Spidey webs up a pair for "Best Villain" by Topher Grace and "Best Fight" with Tobey Maguire vs. James Franco.
An all new category, "Best Summer Movie So Far" recognizes the just-release 'Iron Man' and the not-yet-released 'Speed Racer'.
Here's the official press release and full nomination listing:
Nerds, pirates and robots take over as MTV: Music Television today announced the nominees for the "2008 MTV Movie Awards." Dominating the pack is "Superbad" with 5 nominations followed by "Juno" with 4 nods. Also vying for the much sought-after popcorn statue is "Enchanted," "Transformers," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and "Knocked Up" with 3 nominations each. The 17th annual awards show will be executive produced by Emmy Award(R) winning producer Mark Burnett. Hosted by Mike Myers, the "2008 MTV Movie Awards" will be broadcast LIVE from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA on Sunday, June 1st at 8pm/7c. Performers and presenters for the "2008 MTV Movie Awards" will be announced at a later date.
"As someone who had his nose rubbed up against a locker or two, it's great to see my cinematic nerd brothers get their just rewards," said Van Toffler, President, MTV Networks Music, Logo and Films Group. "It's our audience that has made these movies huge box office hits and they've clearly spoken by nominating films with strong characters they can all relate to."
Once again, the 2008 MTV Movie Awards roll out the red carpet for another star-studded evening. Celebrities, comedic moments, and special appearances will be among the many surprises during the live show. Additionally, MTV unveils another new category, "BEST SUMMER MOVIE SO FAR" giving a nod to most recent summer blockbusters.
The destiny of the coveted golden popcorn lies in the hands of the viewers. Fans can vote by visiting http://www.movieawards.mtv.com before May 23rd to support their favorite nominees in each category. Fans can also go online to vote for the user-generated category, "BEST MOVIE SPOOF" where viewers have the opportunity to submit their own original movie shorts parodying films from the past year.
As previously announced, MTV has partnered with some of the most popular UGC video sites, including Photobucket, MySpace, Daily Motion, Break, Buzznet, Heavy and FunnyorDie to give anyone and everyone with a creative vision their chance to shine in a celeb-filled arena. Finalists for the "BEST MOVIE SPOOF" will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the "2008 MTV Movie Awards" where one will be crowned the winner.
The "2008 MTV Movie Awards" will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.4 billion people via MTV's global network of 64 channels reaching 559.8 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming & content will reach the entire interactive community, via more than 180 MTV digital media properties around the world.
Nominees for the "2008 MTV Movie Awards" are:
2008 MTV Movie Awards
Total Number of Combined Category Nominations
Knocked Up 3
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 3
American Gangster 2
I Am Legend 2
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2
Spider-Man 3 2
The Bourne Ultimatum 2
Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem 1
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 1
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 1
Iron Man 1
National Treasure: Book of Secrets 1
Never Back Down 1
No Country for Old Men 1
Rush Hour 3 1
Sex And The City: The Movie 1
Speed Racer 1
Step Up 2: The Streets 1
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 1
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 1
This Christmas 1
* Nominees are chosen through a national poll of MTV and MTV2 viewers.
Mark Burnett serves as Executive Producer for the 2008 MTV MOVIE AWARDS. Audrey Morrisey is Co-Executive Producer. Jane Mun and Ted Smith serve as Producers.
Official sponsors of "The 2008 MTV MOVIE AWARDS" are Dibs, Dove Go Fresh, GM, Old Navy, Orbit(R), Secret and Taco Bell Corp. (R).