Well, this one’s self-explanatory. Should we be objectifying men by ogling at their taut, tan bodies on-screen? Meh, probably not. But, hey, MTV created an entire award around the premise, so we’re just gonna roll with it. This year, this glorious category brings us undressed cameos from mega-hotties Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum, The Dark Knight Rises’ Christian Bale, Skyfall’s Daniel Craig, Twilight’s Taylor Lautner and, uh, Ted… the filth-talking teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane.
Outside of the shirtless stuff, we tend to gravitate toward the stuff that incites the absolute opposite reaction of a tender embrace or Channing Tatum’s chiseled abs — the stuff that instead of making us say “OMG” has us muttering “WTF?!” The category is a bit of a mixed bag emotionally. Denzel Washington in Flight, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained and a super-creepy Javier Bardem in Skyfall hit you in the gut with austerity. And then there are the other two nominees. Anna Camp, as Aubrey in Pitch Perfect, makes us lose our lunch when she tosses hers in a big way. Thankfully, there’s Ted, the talking teddy bear, humping a cash register to add levity to the group.
Those MTV producers sure know how to pique a libido! The Best Kiss award is just as steamy as the Best Shirtless category. And, with Twilight out of the running after dominating the category for the past four years, we can’t wait to see what unbridled passion the new contenders will bring to the stage. Can Silver Lining Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper make awards show magic with an onstage smooch as epic as Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams when they won for their Notebook liplock back in 2005?
What is it that makes people want to pour into a crowded theater, sit in the dark with a bunch of strangers and get the ever-lovin’ daylights scared out of us? While there’s likely some deep psychological reasoning, we don’t really care. We just know we can’t wait to watch people jump out of their seats when this year’s nominees flash across the screen, washing the audience in suspense. While there are some seriously heart-racing moments up for the award, we’re rooting for Jennifer Lawrence in House at the End of the Street, who lives out every girl’s worst nightmare upon discovering the guy she was seriously crushing on is seriously crushing too… other chick’s larynxes, that is.
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