2013 MTV Movie Awards: Staff picks for shirtless category

Apr 10, 2013 at 4:07 p.m. ET

We love the MTV Movie Awards because they pick the award categories we’re most interested in. Yes, we are specifically referring to the Best Shirtless Performance award. But why should MTV have all the fun? Here are a few of the nominees who got left out.


Rodney Downey Jr. — anywhere, anytime

Our beloved copy editor, Kate, who keeps me from looking like a dumb-a** at least once a day says, “The last movie I saw in the theater was Iron Man, so for me I guess Robert Downey Jr. — even in Iron Man 2, even in Tropic Thunder.” While RDJ may not have been on most of our shirtless radar, once you spend hours Googling pictures of him (so we’re told) you can’t deny what a sexy beast he is. Like most of our nominated hunks, he looks amazing with his shirt on or off, or in a comic book character costume.

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Robert Downey Jr.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

Deirdre, fellow entertainment writer, concurs with Kate. “Were any of the Avengers shirtless in the movie? I can't remember. If so, I'd take any of them. Scratch that. I'd take all of them. Even Cap, who happens to be my least favorite Avenger based solely on the fact that the Captain America movie wasn't [my favorite].” Then, Deirdre made my whole day by nominating the ever-delicious Hugh Jackman. “OMG — Hugh Jackman in Les Mis! I think he was supposed to look more malnourished and decrepit. But it's Hugh Jackman — I’m not sure that's possible. I want to take that Brie, Nutella and raspberry sandwich we [just posted] and make him the bread. Yum!” That logic is hard to argue with. Only Hugh could make starvation look that good.

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Freddie Stroma

Freddie Stroma

Entertainment editor Kristine’s nomination is Freddie Stroma from Pitch Perfect. Uh-huh. Perfect indeed. Kristine says it best when she says, "Freddie Stroma as Luke in Pitch Perfect is one good lookin' acafella." Is it wrong to openly ogle a young man who has starred in the Harry Potter series? If so, we don’t want to be right. This obvious omission from the MTV Movie Awards’ Best Shirtless Performance is nothing short of a tragedy, but we are here to right this terrible wrong. No thanks necessary. It is our extreme pleasure.

Photo credit Pitch Perfect/Universal Studios

Zac Efron

Zac Efron The Lucky One

If I was one of the powers that be at MTV and someone brought me a “best shirtless performance” list that didn’t have Zac Efron on it, I’d cordially disinvite them from working for me anymore. I wouldn’t even care if he had a movie that year or not, but he just so happened to have a movie last year (The Lucky One) and he just so happened to be shirtless in it — very, very shirtless. We don’t even care that the movie itself had dialogue and plot lines that made even sappy chicks’ toes curl. We also don’t care that the casting director spent so much money on Zac Efron and Blythe Danner that there wasn’t much left over for a compelling female lead. We’ll forgive a production crew just about anything as long as they give us lots and lots of shirtless Zac. Sigh.


Sean Lowe

Sean Lowe The Bachelor

Yeah, so I get that technically Sean wasn’t in a movie last year. However, until very recently he did grace our every Monday night with his fineness on The Bachelor and now on Dancing with the Stars. And it’s my article, so I’ll whip up an excuse to search for, drool over and post a picture of half-naked Sean if I want to. Something tells me you’re not going to mind too much.

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