‘Towers,’ ‘Spider-Man’ jam at MTV

Movie Awards also honor best virtual performance

“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and “Spider-Man” topped the list of noms for MTV’s 2003 Movie Awards nabbing five nods a piece.

Ceremony’s twelfth edition will salute advances in film technology with the addition of a new category: best virtual performance.

“Some of this year’s best performances weren’t even human, so we added the category to honor this new generation of performers,” exec producer Joel Gallen said. Noms include Yoda in “Star Wars: Episode II,” Gollum in “Lord of the Rings” and Dobby in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

Others nabbing multiple nods were “8 Mile,” “Daredevil,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “Barbershop” and “Jackass: The Movie.”

Also, for the first time, Virgin Mobile subs will be able to vote via their cell phones. Under the company’s deal with Viacom, Virgin already provides its mobile customers with MTV branded games, graphics and interactive polls on shows such as the cabler’s “Total Request Live.”

Tenth Planet Productions’ Gallen and Salli Frattini will exec produce the kudocast. Bruce Gowers will direct and Michael Dempsey will co-produce.

Show, set to air June 5, will tape May 31 at the Shrine Auditorium.

And the nominees are . . .

Best Movie
8 Mile (Universal)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (New Line)
Spider-Man (Sony)
Barbershop (MGM)
The Ring (DreamWorks SKG)

Best Male Performance
Eminem (8 Mile – Universal)
Vin Diesel (XXX- Sony)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Catch Me If You Can – DreamWorks SKG)
Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man – Sony)
Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – New Line)

Best Female Performance
Reese Witherspoon – Sweet Home Alabama (Touchstone)
Kirsten Dunst – Spider-Man (Sony)

Halle Berry – Die Another Day (MGM)
Kate Hudson – How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (Paramount)
Queen Latifah – Chicago (Miramax)

Best Comedic Performance
Mike Myers – Austin Powers in Goldmember (New Line)
Will Ferrell – Old School (DreamWorks SKG)
Cedric The Entertainer – Barbershop (MGM)
Adam Sandler – Mr. Deeds (Sony)
Johnny Knoxville – Jackass: The Movie (Paramount)

Best On-Screen Team
Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn & Luke Wilson – Old School (DreamWorks SKG)
Elijah Wood, Sean Astin & Gollum – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (New Line)
Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez & Sanoe Lake – Blue Crush (Universal)
Jackie Chan & Owen Wilson – Shanghai Knights (Touchstone)
Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O & Chris Pontious – Jackass: The Movie (Paramount)

Best Villain
Mike Myers (Goldmember) – Austin Powers in Goldmember (New Line)
Willem Dafoe (Green Goblin) – Spider-Man (Sony)
Colin Farrell (Bullseye) – Daredevil (20th Century Fox)
Daveigh Chase (Samara Morgan) – The Ring (DreamWorks SKG)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Bill the Butcher) – Gangs of New York (Miramax)

Breakthrough Male
Eminem – 8 Mile (Universal)
Kieran Culkin – Igby Goes Down (United Artists)
Ryan Reynolds – National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (Artisan)
Nick Cannon – Drumline (20th Century Fox)
Derek Luke – Antwone Fisher (Fox Searchlight)

Breakthrough Female
Nia Vardalos – My Big Fat Greek Wedding (IFC Films)
Beyonce Knowles – Austin Powers in Goldmember (New Line)
Jennifer Garner – Daredevil (20th Century Fox)
Eve – Barbershop (MGM)
Kate Bosworth – Blue Crush (Universal)
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Secretary (Lions Gate)

Best Kiss
Tobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst – Spider-Man (Sony)
Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner – Daredevil (20th Century Fox)
Nick Cannon & Zoë Saldana – Drumline (20th Century Fox)
Leonardo DiCaprio & Cameron Diaz – Gangs of New York (Miramax)
Adam Sandler & Emily Watson – Punch-Drunk Love (Sony)

Best Fight
Yoda vs. Christopher Lee – Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (20th Century Fox)
Jet Li vs. the Ultimate Fighters – Cradle 2 the Grave (Warner Bros.)
Johnny Knoxville vs. Butterbean – Jackass: The Movie (Paramount)
Fann Wong vs. the Palace Guards – Shanghai Knights (Touchstone)

Best Action Sequence
Final Destination 2 (New Line) – Collision on Highway 23
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (New Line) – The Battle for Helms Deep
Minority Report (20th Century Fox) – The Escape
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (20th Century Fox) – The Arena Conflict

Best Virtual Performance
Yoda – Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (20th Century Fox)
Kangaroo Jack – Kangaroo Jack (Warner Bros.)
Gollum – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (New Line)
Dobby – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (New Line)
Scooby-Doo – Scooby-Doo (Warner Bros.)

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