UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — On a stage that looks like an enchanted garden topped with a crystal collage, stars of some of last year's biggest blockbusters and this summer's most anticipated movies will gather Sunday night for the MTV Movie Awards.
"Saturday Night Live" star Jason Sudeikis will host the two-hour film fete, in which fans vote for their favorite movies in quirky categories such as best kiss, best fight and best jaw-dropping moment. The ceremony will be held at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, Calif., and broadcast live at 9 p.m. EDT on MTV.
The show has become as much a promotional platform for the Hollywood studios as awards ceremony, this year promising sneak peeks at the latest "Twilight" installment, "Breaking Dawn"; the final Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2"; and the action-packed "Super 8" presented by the films' stars.
The awards will also introduce Sudeikis to millions of viewers just as he's making his largest splash on the big screen. He stars in the upcoming summer comedy "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy," out in September, and plays a supporting role in the star-filled "Horrible Bosses," out in July.
Reese Witherspoon will receive the annual Generation Award for her range as an actress and for delighting the MTV audience throughout her career. MTV President Stephen Friedman called the 35-year-old Oscar-winner "one of the most versatile and accomplished performers of her time." Witherspoon joins previous Generation Award winners Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.
The Foo Fighters, Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz are set to perform on the Sunday night show, and presenters of the popcorn-shaped MTV Movie trophies will include Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Shia LaBeouf, Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz, Selena Gomez and Nicki Minaj.