In the 23 years of the MTV Movie Awards, only four same-sex scenes have won Best Kiss, and just one of those was between two women.
But another such sapphic smooch is tipped to take the prize this year: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams are the overwhelming favorites to win for locking lips in “American Hustle,” getting 1/5 odds from our predictors. (Take a gander at these gals in action at the bottom of this post.)
The only genuinely romantic same-sex kiss to win was between Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in “Brokeback Mountain,” which was probably the first and only time the award had cultural significance: only a few months after the Oscars rejected “Brokeback” for Best Picture, the MTV generation threw their support behind same-sex romance – and this time not as a joke.
The only instance when two women won was actually the first time any same-sex pairing prevailed: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair for “Cruel Intentions” (2000), though that scene, in which the inexperienced Blair practiced her technique, was intended as titillation rather than romance.
Lawrence and Adams’s kiss falls into neither category. In their scene, an emotionally erratic Lawrence plants an angry kiss on Adams after warning her to stay away from her husband.
Their closest competitor is “Were the Millers,” in which Emma Roberts and Jennifer Aniston show virginal Will Poulter the ropes. They get 12/1 odds. Only one other trio has won this category before: Owen Wilson, Amy Smart, and Carmen Electra in “Starsky & Hutch” (2004). There was same-sex action there also, but Wilson was always involved, so it only half counts.
The remaining nominees trail with 33/1 odds each: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson (“Don Jon“); Ashley Benson, James Franco, and Vanessa Hudgens (“Spring Breakers“); and Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley (“The Spectacular Now“).
Will Lawrence and Adams win? Watch their nominated smooch below and then make your predictions for Best Kiss by using our easy drag-and-drop menu.