The folks over at MTV made a shocking decision for the 2012 Movie Awards - they cut "Breaking Dawn, Part 1" stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson from the list of nominees in the Best Female Performance and Best Male Performance categories (the network better get ready for some Twihard hate mail).
Now there are probably tons of people out there cheering this move - after all, K-Stew and R-Patz certainly don't give Oscar-worthy performances in any of the "Twilight" movies. However, you can't argue with their track record -- Kristen has won the Best Female Performance award three times, while Rob has taken home the golden popcorn for portraying Edward Cullen twice. And the only reason he doesn't have three Best Male Performance trophies is because he wasn't nominated in 2009.
So what gives? The MTV Movie Awards aren't the Oscars - they're voted on by fans, and obviously Rob and Kristen have plenty of Twihards supporting them year after year. It's possible that MTV made the decision to cut them from the competition this year just to shake things up a bit - it is getting extremely tiresome seeing "Twilight" sweep the awards year after year.
However, this was a very bad year to choose not to include them. Everyone has been comparing "The Hunger Games" to the "Twilight" movies since they're both based on popular young adult books; have legions of hardcore fans; and feature love triangles. This would have been the first time that the two franchises' stars would get to face off, and it would have been very intriguing to see if Rob and Kristen could finally be taken down by "The Hunger Games" stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. The showdown between Jen and Kristen would have really been interesting since it would have revealed if girls are still obsessed with the idea of being the damsel in distress who needs a super-strong, knight in sparkly armor to save her or if they've embraced Katniss' tough, independent character.
Some Twihaters might be happy that Kristen and Rob got snubbed, but wouldn't it have been more satisfying to actually see them get beat on the show?
Jen still has some tough competition in the Best Female Performance category even though she doesn't have to beat Bella. She'll be facing off against Emma Stone for "Crazy, Stupid, Love;" Emma Watson for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part Two;" Kristen Wiig for "Bridesmaids;" and Rooney Mara for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." In the Best Male Performance Category, Josh's competition will be Channing Tatum for "The Vow;" Daniel Radcliffe for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part Two;" Joseph Gordon-Levitt for "50/50;" and Ryan Gosling for "Drive."
Even without Rob and Kristen, there are a lot of very popular actors and actresses competing against Jen and Josh. So if "The Hunger Games" stars do manage to take them all down, perhaps their wins could be seen as evidence that they've achieved a "Twilight"-like fan following.
The MTV Movie Awards might have screwed up in the Best Performance categories, but those hoping for a showdown between "Breaking Dawn, Part 1" and "The Hunger Games" will still get to see it - both movies are in the Movie of the Year category along with "Bridesmaids," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Part 2," and "The Help." Josh and Jen will also get to compete with Kristen and Rob for the Best Kiss award, but "Breaking Dawn, Part 1" isn't in the Best Cast category with "The Hunger Games," either.
So are you disappointed that Kristen, Rob, and the rest of the "Breaking Dawn, Part 1" cast got left out of the acting categories, or are you relieved that a "Twilight" movie won't be able to sweep the MTV Movie Awards for the fourth year in a row?
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