‘Hunger Games’ nabs its first award, thanks to Josh Hutcherson


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In the first of what we assume will be a number of accolades, ‘The Hunger Games’ landed a new kind of tribute — for star Josh Hutcherson.

The man who plays Peeta Mellark just picked up a NewNowNext award from Logo TV in the category of Next Mega Star. (The awards, held Thursday, were broadcast Monday night.)


‘This is so much better than the Oscars,’ Hutcherson cracked. ‘I get so bored at those award shows.’

‘For me, I just love making movies, and the fact that anybody shows up to them is just a bonus,’ he said. Yes, Josh. A few people did show up to see ‘The Hunger Games.’

While his costars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth are empty-handed at the moment, talk at NewNowNext turned to the coveted best kiss trophy handed out annually at the MTV Movie Awards. Hutcherson and Lawrence could go head-to-head with reigning couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

‘[Rob and Kristen’s] was so passionate. Ours was like — I was on my deathbed, wasn’t very sexy. I don’t know. We’ll see. Maybe. I’d be so lucky. One can only hope!’ Hutcherson told VH1.


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— Matt Donnelly