‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Fault in Our Stars,’ ‘Hunger Games’ face off at MTV Movie Awards

Fanboys and fangirls will do battle when voting for this year’s MTV Movie Awards. The top nominees are the sci-fi action blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the young-adult romance “The Fault in Our Stars,” both of which have seven nominations including Movie of the Year. “Neighbors” also has seven bids, but it’s not up for the top prize.

For the complete list of nominations, click here.

“Guardians” earned four of its nominations for star Chris Pratt (Male Performance, Shirtless Performance, Musical Moment, and Comedic Performance). Elsewhere, Zoe Saldana earned a bid for Best On-Screen Transformation, and Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel are up for Best Duo.

In addition to its Movie of the Year nomination, “Fault” stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort picked up six bids. Woodley contends for Female Performance. Elgort is nominated for Male Performance, Breakthrough Performance, and Shirtless Performance. Together, they’re also up for Best Duo and Best Kiss.

Despite missing out on nominations in the top categories, “Neighbors” was singled out for Duo (Zac Efron and Dave Franco), Fight (Efron and Seth Rogen), Kiss (Rose Byrne and Halston Sage), WTF Moment (Rogen and Byrne), Musical Moment (Rogen and Efron), and Comedic Performance (Byrne). Efron also aims to defend his title for Best Shirtless Performance; he won last year for “That Awkward Moment.”

Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Fault in Our Stars” may have the most nominations, but they may face a tough challenge in the top category from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.” The penultimate installment of the “Hunger Games” franchise is nominated for just four awards, but the previous film, “Catching Fire,” won Movie of the Year last year, and star Jennifer Lawrence has won Best Female Performance for the last three years in a row.

Might fans decide they’ve awarded “Hunger Games” enough already? Maybe not. MTV voters aren’t shy about awarding their favorites again and again. The “Twilight” saga won the top prize four years in a row (2009-2012). Before that, the “Lord of the Rings” franchise went undefeated from 2002 to 2004.

None of the above films made a significant impact at the Oscars, except “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which earned a pair of bids for Visual Effects and Makeup/Hairstyling, but MTV still saved plenty of room for academy favorites. That’s surprising because this year’s Oscar movies were relatively low-grossing, and MTV usually favors big studio hits.

Like the Oscars, MTV nominated eight films for Movie of the Year, and half of them were also nominated for Best Picture: “American Sniper,” “Boyhood,” “Selma,” and “Whiplash.”

Meanwhile, 10 out of the 20 Oscar-nominated performances are represented. Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons earned a bid (Villain, “Whiplash”), as did Reese Witherspoon (Female Performance, “Wild“), Emma Stone (Female Performance, “Birdman“), Cooper (Male Performance, “American Sniper”), Rosamund Pike (Scared-as-S**t Performance and Villain, “Gone Girl“), Michael Keaton and Edward Norton (Fight, “Birdman”), Meryl Streep (Villain, “Into the Woods“), Eddie Redmayne (On-Screen Transformation, “The Theory of Everything“), and Steve Carell (On-Screen Transformation, “Foxcatcher“).

But while the Oscars turned out to be a duel between “Birdman” and “Boyhood,” awards-season films are usually underdogs with MTV viewers. The last time MTV viewers agreed with the academy on the best film was “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2004.

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