By: Megan Carnahan
I fall victim to obsessing over celeb and athlete buzz. So what better way to satisfy those guilty pleasures than watching something that brings all those celebrities together such as the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
The awards kicked off Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9 p.m. with the role of host being held by late night talk show host, Conan O’Brien. Even though while hosting, Conan almost caught on fire when emerging from the smoking popcorn at the beginning of the show and he found out how old he really was – “I didn’t know who two-thirds of the people were!” he admitted – he says that he had a really good time. (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1726189/conans-2014-mtv-movie-awards-memories-7-hilarious-observations.jhtml)
While we reflect on Conan’s award-hosting skills, let’s look back on some of the more memorable moments.
MR. ZAC EFRON:
The young heartthrob won the award for “Best Shirtless Performance” for his movie “That Awkward Moment.” And in that heat of the moment, award presenter Rita Ora proceeded to rip his shirt off, fulfilling the wishes of the many female viewers.
Thank you, Rita.
TWO BIG AWARDS
The biggest honors of the night went to Channing Tatum and Mark Wahlberg. Tatum won the “Trailblazer Award” for his diverse roles in many genres of film such as The Vow, She’s the Man, White House Down, Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street and more. Speaking of 21 Jump Street, its sequel is coming out in June. Who better to present this award than his costar of that upcoming comedy, Jonah Hill. “What’s more trailblazing than an attractive man becoming a movie star, eh?” Hill said as he presented the honor to Tatum. (http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/14/showbiz/tv/mtv-movie-awards-top-5-moments/)
The other big honor of the night is the “Generation Award” which was awarded to Mark Wahlberg. The former rapper joked about how this award meant that too old and that you’ve done enough over your time. “This is the ‘You’re f***g-done award. But look, it was a great run!'” he said with a laugh. When in reality, his new movie “Entourage” will be released next year.
Even though these awards are about movies and films, where would we be without great musical performances? A long time fan of Eminem, I was so excited to watch him perform his hit “The Monster” which features singer Rihanna. The two will be headed out on a mini-tour that will hit Los Angeles, New York and Detroit this summer. Needless to say, 41-year-old Marshall Mathers still rocks the stage and looks as good as ever.
REMEMBERING PAUL WALKER
The late “Fast & Furious” star, Paul Walker was remembered at the 2014 Movie Awards. With a tear-jerking montage introduced by his costar Jordana Brewster and narrated by costar Vin Diesel, the video clip featured his roles from “Varsity Blues,” “Pleasantville” and “Fast & Furious” as well as clips from his work in his foundation Reaching Out WorldWide, which provides disaster relief to areas devastated by storms and other natural disasters.
“I’m always going to be here for you even when you tell me to go,” Diesel said in the remembrance video of his close friend, “That’s who Paul Walker was.”
To watch the dedication video, go to: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1726074/paul-walker-tribute-mtv-movie-awards.jhtml
So there you have it, moments of laughter, sadness, honor all filled the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. That’s why I love pop culture.