The belle of the MTV Movie Awards ball Sunday was surely Shailene Woodley, and though the awards are hardly known as benchmarks of artistic achievement, the actress had the biggest presence onstage throughout the night at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live, winning the Trailblazer Award, best female performance, best kiss (with costar Ansel Elgort) and movie of the year.
Yes, this is the awards show where "The Fault in Our Stars" beats "Selma" and "Boyhood" for movie of the year.
The best moments came in the second half. Not only did the Barden Bellas of "Pitch Perfect 2" premiere a clip from the coming film, but Jimmy Kimmel also gave the show a much-needed boost of funny presenting the comedic genius award to Kevin Hart.
"They said he was too small to be a comedic giant," Kimmel said. "They called him names like Eddie Smurphy ... Cedric the Entertiny. He scored his first big role playing Rudy on 'The Cosby Show.'"
After scoring some early laughs, some of host Amy Schumer's jokes seemed to fall flat with the Nokia crowd. And during a two-hour show that lacked the kind of colorful moments of years past, one standout proved to be the live performance by Charli XCX, joined by Tinashe and Ty Dolla $ign to perform "Drop That Kitty" as dancers in pink cat suits pranced around. The crowd seemed dumbfounded at the spectacle.
"That was interesting," one audience member said.
"Very interesting," another replied.