The Hunger Games: Catching Fire just walked away with the 2013 MTV Movie award for Best Movie, while Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson both took lead acting prizes. While this franchise certainly is a stronger addition then the overrated Twilight mess, it still is tiresome to see repetitive blockbusters winning top honors over far worthier movies.
I grew up when the MTV Movie Awards actually had DECENT winners that reflected both the times and cool factor. Back then MTV was mostly viewed by young adults and of course, they actually played music videos. Voters for this Popcorn bucket were a select panel of hip individuals who actually had some taste. Now, they're 12 year-old girls name checking off their iPads. We live in a Tween Generation where the only movies that will win this honor are the Popcorn Megablockbusters. There's no art to it anymore, and yeah its MTV- but again, you had to be around back in the 90s to understand.
Below I have listed the Best Movie Winners from the 90s and 2000s. You will see a difference in how our times have changed.
BEST MOVIE AWARD WINNERS 1990s:
Terminator 2: Judgment Day, A Few Good Men,
Menace II Society,
Se7en, Scream, Titanic, There's Something About Mary,
Scream aside (and even that has more unique relevancy), all these choices are very deserved and reflect their years. Menace II Society (1993) was a socially important pick, much like 12 Years a Slave would have been this year. No, not all choices have to be in this bracket. But it's kind of insulting when you have a Best Movie list that includes American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street and 12 Years a Slave- and then you see Hunger Games checked off. No, this isn't the Oscars- but these movies were MTV contenders none the less. Therefore, they should be just as competitive for discussion.
Would a film like Menace II Society have won with today's crowd? Doubtful. Same for the likes of Se7en, A Few Good Men and Pulp Fiction.
BEST MOVIE AWARD WINNERS 2000s:
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring,
Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Napolean Dynamite,
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Transformers,
Twilight: New Moon, Twilight: Eclipse, Twilight: Breaking Dawn- Part 1,
The Hunger Games- Catching Fire
What do all the movies have in common post 2005? All franchises, popcorn fluff and not really substantial storytelling (Avengers and Hunger Games are far better then the others in this bracket, but still).
Even the early 2000s allotted for some unique choices. And best movie isn't the only case. Did Josh Hutcherson really deserve Best Male Performance over the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Bradley Cooper- the latter four all in Oscar-nominated roles, McConaughey winning. Did Jennifer Lawrence really deserve to beat out the likes of Oscar-winner Lupita Nyongo, Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams? (Jennifer Aniston is sitting in Cate Blanchett's spot).
And if I'm reading too much into this- maybe I need to go eat some popcorn rather then ranting about it. But MTV is no longer what it once was. Voters are no longer creative or fun with their approaches (Alicia Silverstone's Clueless victory is an original gem). We live in a society that is desperate to remain tween oriented in their logic, and sadly that includes their preferences for what constitutes a worthy movie. 2013 was an amazing year for film, and the choices this year do NOT reflect that.