Stars light up stage as MTV puts its twist on movie talents
Robert Downey Jnr brought his fellow Avengers to their knees while accepting the Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards.
Castmates Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner all took the stage to present their co-star with the award, which Downey called "the recognition I so desire". They then fell to their knees as Downey talked about his memories of the first MTV Movie Awards, and "clawing" his way to the top.
"I partied way too much. I've squandered, resisted, repented," he said, imploring the audience to "dream big, work hard, keep your nose clean".
The irreverent show doles out such cheeky honours as best kiss and best shirtless performance, but also serves as an unofficial promotional platform for the upcoming blockbuster season. Early winners included Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Lopez, Channing Tatum and Dave Franco and Zac Efron for best duo.
As the first winner of the night for best female performance in The Fault in Our Stars, Woodley, who also received the Trailblazer Award, gave an emotional speech dedicated to the book's author, John Green.
"He gave this world a beautiful masterpiece," she said directly to Green, who was seated in the audience.
Lopez won for best scared-as-s**t performance as the unlucky teacher in the campy thriller The Boy Next Door.
Tatum, who danced on stage with his co-stars from the upcoming Magic Mike XXL while presenting the award to Lopez, went on to win a prize of his own for best comedic performance in 22 Jump Street.
"It's unfair for me to get an award for just hanging out with my buddy Jonah (Hill)," he said.
Host Amy Schumer, still a rising comedian, joked at the outset that "half of you don't know who I am and half of you think I'm Meghan Trainor", referring to the All About That Bass singer. Vin Diesel, Sofia Vergara and Mark Wahlberg we re among the presenters on the LA stage.
But the real focus was on what's coming up at the multiplex this summer, with previews planned for Pitch Perfect 2 and other films.
Even host Schumer had a film to promote: Trainwreck, a relationship comedy from director Judd Apatow that Schumer wrote and stars in.