Twilight love-in at MTV Awards

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 Billy Crystal has nothing on Andy Samberg - except maybe a few decades.

Samberg, or the techies behind the MTV Movie Awards, flawlessly inserted him into a series of recent movies, from "Slumdog Millionaire" to "Star Trek" for Sunday's "Twilight" love-in. I mean awards show.

It proved the Robert Pattinson mania shows no signs of abating and Summit Entertainment was smart to keep Taylor Lautner on board for the "Twilight" sequel, due in November. A clip from the second movie showed a buff, bare-chested Lautner turning into a werewolf, and the scene obviously whet appetites for more. Above, winner Kristen Stewart on the red carpet, in a photo by Matt Sayles from the Associated Press.

I don't think Eminem (entirely) was in on the Sacha Baron Cohen joke that landed the faux fashionista in the rapper's, uh, lap and face. If the intent was to pick the performer who would be the most incensed and certain to create a scene, they scored.

If there were any doubt about the importance of the awards, which would be slapped with an R rating if it were a movie, you only had to look at the audience, the clips (and commercials) and the presenters, including the final one of the night. Denzel Washington, with his aspiring actress daughter, came out to present the top award of the night.

Washington next will be seen in "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," a remake of the Walter Matthau-Robert Shaw subway thriller. It opens June 12.


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