FILM: Queering The 2012 MTV Movie Awards

Much like high school, the 2012 MTV Movie Awards have some hot guys, some cool girls and not enough gay folks.This year’s nomination list actually looks like a weird mash-up of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards and the Oscars, with serious flicks like Drive and The Help rubbing elbows with lowbrow crowd-pleasers like Captain America: The First Avenger, Twilight: Breaking Dawn and 21 Jump Street.

Yes, the whole show is mostly constructed to promote current and upcoming summer flicks, but it’s interesting to see what the young folk are into these days. Let’s take a look, shall we?

We guess MTV is on a different cycle than other awards shows because somehow The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids are both up for Movie of the Year, along with Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2The Help and Breaking Dawn. We’re gonna go with either Bridesmaids (comedy gold!) or Twilight (tween sex symbols!)

From Heath and Jake in Brokeback Mountain to Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions, Best Kiss has usually offered at least one same-sex smooch nominee. But not in 2012, when the contenders are Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid Love; Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in Deathly Hallows; Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games; Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams in The Vow; and Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in Breaking Dawn. Well at least the last one was directed by gay filmmaker Bill Condon (Chicago).

The Best Male category is as straight as a board, but packed with hetero allies like Daniel Radcliffe and Josh Hutcherson and major eye candy like Ryan Gosling and Channing Tatum. Speaking of, we’re kind of surprised Tatum got nominated so much—we don’t know anyone who even saw The Vow. And Tatum also got nominations for Best Kiss (above), as well as Best Fight, Best Cast and Best Hero (all for 21 Just Street).

Could it maybe have something to do with how MTV is promoting the hell out of his new stripper flick, Magic Mike?

She probably won’t win but we’re rooting for Rooney Mara in the Best On-Screen Transformation category. Her turn as bisexual bad girl Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo almost made us want to switch teams. Almost. More likely, it’ll go to Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn or Elizabeth Banks for Hunger Games. And, hey, why wasn’t Chris Evans nominated for Captain America? His buffed-out body was a work of physical (and probably chemical) perfection.

Movie fans will be happy to know exclusive trailers from both The Dark Knight Rises and The Perks of Being a Wallflower will air during the award. And LGBT advocates fun. will be performing live, so there’s that. But somehow we don’t expect to see host Russell Brand kissing Jonah Hill. (Then again, who knows?)

Honestly, the best chance we have of anything gay going down tonight are if there’s any onstage antics by the cast of Magic Mike, who are conveniently seated in the front row.  In the clip above, Jim Cantiello chats with Movie Awards producer Jesse Ignjatovic about just such an eventuality. Oh please let Fassbender join in!
The 2012 MTV Movie Awards air Sunday, June 3, at 9pm EST on MTV.