But as is often the case at the annual ceremony, it was upcoming movies that carried the most interest, with a number of big releases receiving key promotional pushes.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" and
"I know what this really means. Many people have gotten this award before," he said. "And you know what they all had in common? None of them were invited back.... This is the 'too … old to come back' award."
The show, hosted by a lightly seen
Perhaps the most anticipated of the summer films isn't a branded action-adventure but a drama, the
Elgort also was on the red carpet before the ceremony flogging the movie, telling The Times that "we put a lot of heart and soul into it."
Awards given to 2013 releases also can serve a promotional purpose, as it did for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" whose follow-up,
Orlando Bloom's presence as a presenter and as a winner (for best fight in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug") also served as reminder for his upcoming holiday movie, the third installment in that series.
In the press tent, Bloom said he "was lucky enough to play Legolas again after 10 years" and also slipped in that "the new 'Hobbit' can only be better" due to its further "orc versus elf, dwarf versus the dragon" battles.
The awards, most of which are voted on by fans, can seem like an afterthought, or at least a coordinated effort. Four out of the five nominees for male performance were not present. It was the fifth — Hutcherson of
Like many past editions, this year's show also aimed for viral popularity, with mixed results. After winning the prize for shirtless performance,
There were a sprinkling of serious moments amid the raucousness, including
Channing Tatum also gave a heartfelt talk after winning the trailblazer award. After
"Ten years ago I was sitting in front of my TV watching this show," he said. "I didn't have the faintest thought I could actually be standing up here talking to y'all. I had no idea if I'd be good at anything, much less acting."