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MTV Movie Awards: ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Wins Big

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For a night, at least, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” and “This is the End” got to be awards show darlings. Commercial hits, particularly those geared at audiences too young to legally drive or drink, were the big winners at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards. Let “12 Years a Slave” savor its Best Picture Oscar and “American Hustle” monopolize those critics best lists, “The Hunger Games: Catching Firewas the big winner at this year's honors. The blockbuster sequel nabbed three major awards, scoring Golden Popcorns for Best Movie as well as Best Female and Male Performances for stars Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence.

Accepting the evening's top prize, Hutcherson paused to offer a tribute to his co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a drug overdose in February at the age of 46.

“To have him in our movies was one of the coolest things in the world,” Hutcherson said. “He's one of the actors I've looked up to my entire life. We think about him every day on set.”

That was one of the few somber moments in a night filled with gleaming pecs, screaming tweens and oodles of product placements for upcoming movies like “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “The Fault in Our Stars.” Kicking things off, host Conan O'Brien strode out on a set that had been outfitted to look like the apocalypse, complete with rocks, images of burning buildings and loads of flames. It set the stage for an evening that veered, sometimes awkwardly, from the hormonal to the silly to the self-serious...

 

- Brent Lang

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