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Hunger Games tops MTV Movie Awards

Knutsford Guardian: Josh Hutcherson picks up his Golden Popcorn trophy at the MTV Movie Awards Josh Hutcherson picks up his Golden Popcorn trophy at the MTV Movie Awards

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been named best film at the MTV Movie Awards, beating even top Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave.

Hunger Games stars also took home some of the night's biggest awards in Los Angeles. Jennifer Lawrence won best female performance and Josh Hutcherson was voted best male performer.

Zany categories were also in abundance. Zac Efron earned best shirtless performance, while properly accepting his award, well, shirtless.

Plenty of golden popcorn-shaped prizes were handed out at the 22nd annual awards, but it was the summer movie teasers - and the stars attached to them - that really had Hollywood excited.

Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, stars of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, introduced a brief clip of the film showing Spider-Man (Garfield) and the sparkling blue villain Electro (Foxx) battling in New York's Times Square.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the star of Godzilla, presented Orlando Bloom with the award for best fight for his and Evangeline Lilly's tussle with the Orcs in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Ellen Page, one of the stars of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, introduced a clip from the film that sees the X-Men joining forces with their younger selves.

The movie awards have become the ideal platform for the Hollywood studios to promote their summer movies and this year was no exception.

First-look footage from The Fault In Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, showed the beginnings of the on-screen couple's romance in the heartfelt comedy.

Jared Leto presented Mila Kunis with the award for best villain for Oz The Great And Powerful.

''You just made my 12-year-old self dream come true," said Mila, looking very pregnant in a short, loose black dress. "And I just realised I'm the only woman nominated and I won."

Receiving this year's trailblazer award was Channing Tatum. The first man to gain the honour after Stone and Emma Watson, he accepted the award from his Jupiter Ascending co-star Kunis and his 22 Jump Street co-star Jonah Hill.

On-hand to objectify the best male performance nominees were Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, Nicki Minaj and Kate Upton. "Matthew McConaugh-heyyy," said Nicki. "I have a pair of bongos you can play." But it was Josh Hutcherson who earned the win.

Jordana Brewster introduced the special tribute to Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, who died in a car crash last November.

"I witnessed the generosity of his heart every day I was with him," she said. "He wanted to make a difference in this world. His charm, wit, spirit and his beautiful smile will live on." Clips from a number of his films and a glimpse of footage of the actor accepting the MTV movie award for breakthrough male performance in 2002 were shown.

"I'm always going to be here for you even when you tell me to go," Vin Diesel said in a video clip. "That's who Paul Walker was."

Mark Wahlberg collected the generation award. "I know what this really means," he said, adding that this is the award that signifies "you're done".

Host Conan O'Brien kicked off the ceremony with a challenge to gain 50 celebrity cameos for his opening segment, a shtick with Will Arnett that merged two categories -best fight and best kiss - and a musical number about hating musical numbers in big awards shows.

Walking out to a track by rapper Rick Ross, O'Brien joked that he was almost injured by the show's flashing pyrotechnics. "Fire, explosions and rap music: all things you associate with Conan O'Brien," he deadpanned.

Earlier in the evening, Amanda Seyfried had trouble reading the teleprompter, blaming it on not wearing her contacts. "So far this is going about as well as the Oscars," said her co-presenter Seth MacFarlane - referencing his 2013 Academy Award hosting gig - before the pair presented Hill with his award for best comedic performance for The Wolf Of Wall Street.

In the pre-show awards, the prize for best cameo performance went to Rihanna for her appearance in the comedy This Is The End. Later, Rihanna took to the stage with Eminem to perform their hit The Monster.

Performing tacks from the soundtrack of Divergent, Ellie Goulding sang Beating Heart, while Zedd took the stage for Find You.

Best kiss went to Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter.

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