‘Matrix,’ ‘Powers’ lead MTV pic nominations

Parker to host the June 3 ceremony

The MTV Movie Awards are back again for their ninth outing and — considering some of the categories — they promise to be as irreverent as ever.

“The Matrix” and “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” lead the pack overall with six nominations each, followed by “Cruel Intentions” with five. Both “Matrix” and “Powers” are up for Best Picture, along with “The Sixth Sense” and “American Pie,” which garnered four noms each. “American Beauty,” the fifth Best Pic nominee, had only one other nom, for Wes Bentley in the Breakthrough Performance category.

Some of this year’s nominees are Edward Norton vs. himself for Best Fight in “Fight Club”; Hilary Swank & Chloe Sevigny for Best Kiss in “Boys Don’t Cry”; and Matt Stone & Trey Parker for Best Musical Performance, a new category this year, for the memorable “Uncle F**ka” from “South Park.”

For Best Male Performance, the nominees are: Bruce Willis (“The Sixth Sense”); Keanu Reeves (“The Matrix”); Adam Sandler (“Big Daddy”); Ryan Phillippe (“Cruel Intentions”); and Jim Carrey (“Man on the Moon”).

The Best Female Performance nominees include: Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Cruel Intentions”); Drew Barrymore (“Never Been Kissed”); Neve Campbell (“Scream 3”); Julia Roberts (“Runaway Bride”); and Ashley Judd (“Double Jeopardy”).

Spoofs upcoming

In addition to awards presentations in 12 categories, the 2000 MTV Movie Awards will also feature film spoofs and live musical performances. Presenters and musicians have yet to be announced.

Host Sarah Jessica Parker will preside over the June 3 ceremonies at Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, and the telecast will air June 8 on MTV.

The broadcast will be produced by Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Prods. in association with MTV. Salli Frattini will exec produce, and Bruce Gowers will direct.

Nominees were selected via a national poll of MTV viewers. Winners will also be determined by MTV viewers, who can vote from now until May 18 by calling (900) 740-9000 or by visiting mtv.excite.com.

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