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Samuel L. Jackson to host June 4 broadcast

NEW YORK — Leonardo DiCaprio may have been snubbed by the Oscars in the best actor category, but he was not forgotten by the audience of MTV, which nominated the “Titanic” heartthrob for best male performance for the 1998 MTV Movie Awards.

DiCaprio, along with “Titanic” co-star Kate Winslet, also was nominated in the best kiss and best onscreen duo categories for the MTV awards, which will be taped May 30 in Santa Monica for airing at 9 p.m. June 4.

Samuel L. Jackson will host the event this year, announced MTV president Judy McGrath and Joel Gallen, the producer of this year’s show.

The event, now in its seventh year, has developed into one of MTV’s highest-rated shows. Last year’s movie awards, hosted by Mike Myers, earned a 3.9 rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, more than five times the average MTV primetime audience.

The nominations for the awards were chosen through a national poll of MTV viewers, who also determine the winners. Viewers can cast their votes via a special telephone number that will appear on the cabler, on MTV Online and at Blockbuster Video stores from Thursday through May 15.

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards nominations are as follows:

MOVIE

“Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (New Line)

“Face/Off” (Paramount)

Good Will Hunting” (Miramax)

“Men in Black” (Sony)

“Titanic” (20th Century Fox/Paramount)

MALE PERFORMANCE

Nicolas Cage, “Face/Off”

Matt Damon, “Good Will Hunting

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Titanic”

Samuel L. Jackson, “Jackie Brown” (Miramax)

John Travolta, “Face/Off”

FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Neve Campbell, “Scream 2” (Miramax)

Vivica A. Fox, “Soul Food” (Fox)

Helen Hunt, “As Good as It Gets” (Sony)

Julia Roberts, “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (Sony)

Kate Winslet, “Titanic”

COMEDIC PERFORMANCE

Jim Carrey, “Liar Liar” (Universal)

Rupert Everett, “My Best Friend’s Wedding”

Mike Myers, “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”

Adam Sandler, “The Wedding Singer” (New Line)

Will Smith, “Men in Black”

ONSCREEN DUO

Matt Damon/Ben Affleck, “Good Will Hunting”

Leonardo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet, “Titanic”

Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore, “The Wedding Singer”

John Travolta/Nicolas Cage, “Face/Off”

Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones, “Men in Black”

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

Joey Lauren Adams, “Chasing Amy” (Miramax)

Rupert Everett, “My Best Friend’s Wedding”

Sarah Michelle Gellar, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (Sony)

Heather Graham, “Boogie Nights” (New Line)

Jennifer Lopez, “Selena” (Warner Bros.)

VILLAIN

Nicolas Cage/John Travolta, “Face/Off”

Mike Myers, “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”

Gary Oldman, “Air Force One” (Sony)

Al Pacino, “The Devil’s Advocate” (Warner Bros.)

Billy Zane, “Titanic”

KISS

Joey Lauren Adams/Carmen Llywellyn, “Chasing Amy”

Matt Damon/Minnie Driver, “Good Will Hunting”

Leonardo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet, “Titanic”

Kevin Kline/Tom Selleck, “In & Out” (Paramount)

Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore, “The Wedding Singer”

ACTION SEQUENCE

Speedboat chase, “Face/Off”

T-Rex attacks San Diego, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (Universal)

Bugs attack fortress, “Starship Troopers” (Sony)

Ship sinks, “Titanic”

Motorcycle/helicopter chase, “Tomorrow Never Dies” (MGM)

FIGHT

Harrison Ford/Gary Oldman, “Air Force One”

Milla Jovovich/aliens, “The Fifth Element” (Sony)

Demi Moore/Viggo Mortensen, “G.I. Jane” (Buena Vista)

Will Smith/alien, “Men in Black”

Michelle Yeoh/bad guys, “Tomorrow Never Dies” (MGM)

DANCE SEQUENCE

Cameron Diaz/Ewan McGregor, “A Life Less Ordinary” (Fox)

Lisa Kudrow/Mira Sorvino/Alan Cumming, “Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion” (Buena Vista)

Mike Myers/Londoners, “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”

Full Monty cast, “The Full Monty” (Fox Searchlight)

Mark Wahlberg/cast, “Boogie Nights”

SONG

“Deadweight,” Beck (“A Life Less Ordinary”)

“A Song for Mama,” Boyz II Men (“Soul Food”)

“Mouth,” Bush (“An American Werewolf in Paris”) (Buena Vista)

“My Heart Will Go On,” Celine Dion (“Titanic”)

“Men in Black,” Will Smith (“Men in Black”)

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