The irreverent ceremony honored the little green Jedi, Yoda, for best fight scene from “Star Wars: Episode II–Attack of the Clones,” while the raspy creep Gollum from “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” won for “virtual performance” and for best on-screen team for its performance alongside human co-stars Elijah Wood and Sean Astin.
After the virtual performance award went to Gollum, actor Andy Serkis — who voiced the character and performed the movements for its computer animation — appeared on-screen to thank the filmmaker and special effects crew for their work in bringing the monster to life.
Then, the emaciated Gollum clamored over to snatch the trophy from Serkis’ hands.
“You’re a liar and a thief,” Gollum hissed. “It’s mine!”
Gollum went on to deliver an expletive-filled tirade against the filmmakers, actors, MTV and audience, while Serkis stood by looking embarrassed.
While Yoda and Gollum won in categories in which they competed against human actors, Gollum defeated Yoda in the new MTV class for virtual performance. Their competition included the jabbering marsupial from “Kangaroo Jack;” Dobby the self-torturing elf in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” or the talking dog from “Scooby-Doo.”
MTV says the award goes to the character — not necessarily the flesh-and-blood actor involved or special-effects team that create it.
“The Two Towers” won best movie, beating “Spider-Man,” “8 Mile,” “The Ring,” and “Barbershop.” And “Towers” star Astin used his acceptance speech to apologize for Gollum’s uncouth behavior. “Spider-Man’s” Kirsten Dunst was named best female star, while Eminem won best male for his role in “8 Mile.” —Associated Press, CNN News