“Titanic,” “Men in Black” “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” and “Face/Off” each won two trophies at the 1998 MTV Movie Awards Saturday, which will be telecast Thursday from 9-11 p.m. (ET/PT).
The MTV Movie Awards, usually one of the cable network’s highest-rated shows of the year, is unique among movie awards programs because of its unusual categories. Best villain, best fight and best kiss are among the categories.
“Titanic” (20th Century Fox/Paramount Pictures) won for best pic, and the film’s star, Leonardo DiCaprio, won for male performance.
Neve Campbell won the award for female performance for her work in Miramax’s “Scream 2.”
The actress doesn’t know if she’ll be back for another round. “I haven’t made a decision yet about ‘Scream 3,’ ” she said. “I’m talking to Bob and Harvey (Weinstein) about it. I’m talking to Wes (Craven), but I haven’t decided yet.”
Campbell, who is shooting the Warner Bros. romantic comedy “Three to Tango,” is co-writing a movie for WB about a classical ballet dancer.
The winner in the breakthrough performance category was Heather Graham for her role as a porn star who never removed her roller skates in “Boogie Nights” (New Line Cinema).
Mike Myers was voted best villain in New Line’s “Austin Powers.”
Will Smith’s title song for Col’s “Men in Black” won the award for best song from a movie.
Comedic performance nod went to Jim Carrey for “Liar Liar” (Universal Pictures).
John Travolta and Nicolas Cage were voted best onscreen duo for “Face/Off” (Paramount Pictures).
The winners in the best kiss category were Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore for their smooching in New Line’s “The Wedding Singer.”
The speedboat chase in director John Woo’s “Face/Off” took the award for best action sequence.
Woo said he would direct Paramount Pictures’ “Mission: Impossible 2,” which is in the script process. Tom Cruise is set to reprise his role as “team leader” Ethan Hunt as his next role after Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” (Daily Variety, Feb. 26).
“I’m very interested to do it because I’ve always looked forward to working with Tom,” Woo said. “It’s a fun movie. I like to have some more fun.”
The best fight statuette went to “Men in Black” for the battle between Will Smith and the giant cockroach.
Mike Myers & the Londoners won the award for Best Dance Sequence for their routine in “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”
The new filmmaker award went to Peter Cattaneo for his working-class English comedy “The Full Monty” (Fox Searchlight).
This year’s tongue-in-cheek Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Clint Howard for his work on “Apollo 13,” “Barb Wire” and “Silent Night, Deadly Night 5.”
Samuel L. Jackson hosted the awards, which were held in Santa Monica.
The winners were determined by a national poll of MTV viewers. Beginning in April, MTV viewers were able to cast their votes through a special phone number, via MTV Online and at Blockbuster Video stores.