‘Men’ tops MTV Movie Awards

“A Few Good Men” won best movie, while Denzel Washington and Sharon Stone captured top acting honors at the 1993 MTV Movie Awards, taped Saturday at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.

The event, to be broadcast Wednesday on MTV, is a light-hearted ceremony offering winners a gold popcorn-box trophy in such categories as “most desirable male/female” and “best kiss.” Winners were determined by votes to a 900 telephone number (proceeds donated to the Magic Johnson Foundation) and through Entertainment Weekly. Nominees were determined through a random sample survey of the MTV audience.

Typifying the antic nature of the event, lifetime achievement honors went to the Three Stooges. Mel Gibson capped his presentation ceremony by bonking himself on the head with an oversized wrench.

An unusually low-key Eddie Murphy hosted the proceedings, which were enlivened by performances from Rod Stewart, Dr. Dre, Stone Temple Pilots and Duran Duran.

A significant number of industry heavyweights were in attendance and/or working the show, including Arnold Schwarzenegger (who presented the best movie award), Whitney Houston, Wesley Snipes, Marisa Tomei, Christian Slater, Kelly Lynch and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Despite the light and lively atmosphere, best female performance winner Stone was moved to tears in accepting her honor, thanking her acting coach for his contributions to her success.

Washington presented the year’s best new filmmaker award to Carl Franklin, director of “One False Move.” The award is voted on by a panel of over 100 established directors. To be eligible, the candidate had to make his or her directorial debut of a feature film between March 1, 1992 and March 1, 1993. A scholarship will be donated in Franklin’s name to the film school of his choice.

The complete list of winners:

Movie: “A Few Good Men” (Columbia Pictures)

Movie (Europe): “The Bodyguard” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Male Performance: Denzel Washington, “Malcolm X” (Warner Bros.)

Female Performance: Sharon Stone, “Basic Instinct” (TriStar Pictures)

Breakthrough Performance: Marisa Tomei, “My Cousin Vinny” (20th Century Fox)

Desirable Male: Christian Slater, “Untamed Heart” (MGM)

Desirable Female: Sharon Stone, “Basic Instinct”

On-Screen Duo: Mel Gibson/Danny Glover, “Lethal Weapon 3” (Warner Bros.)

Villain: Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Single White Female” (Columbia)

Comedic Performance: Robin Williams, “Aladdin” (Walt Disney Pictures)

Song: Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You” (“The Bodyguard”)

Kiss: Marisa Tomei & Christian Slater, “Untamed Heart”

Action Sequence: “Lethal Weapon 3”

New Filmmaker: Carl Franklin, “One False Move”

Lifetime Achievement Award: The Three Stooges