'Twilight' takes bite out of MTV Movie Awards
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"The fans are the ultimate driving force," Stewart said while accepting her best female performance trophy (which she promptly dropped on the floor, breaking off a chunk of the golden popcorn). Awards were decided by fan votes.
Other winners included
An award new to this year, the "WTF moment," went to
But even that was upstaged by Baron Cohen, who flew in on a wire, hanging above the audience. Dressed as flamboyant character
"Is the real Slim Shady about to stand up?" chirped Baron Cohen.
Eminem seemed visibly upset by the encounter, and members of his entourage roughly removed Baron Cohen as the rapper struggled to get out. But had the self-styled homophobic rapper been punked by Baron Cohen and MTV, or was he in on the elaborate stunt?
Free of the scene, Eminem stormed out with his entourage in tow — and cameras rolling — and hit the exits.
Baron Cohen's descent to the audience was included in rehearsals, but Eminem — who performed Sunday night — didn't take part in that piece of the run-through. As the rapper stormed off, it sounded as though he was wearing a microphone, and cameras were in position to record his fast exit, but he was not seen or heard from again.
Baron Cohen's publicist, Matthew Labov, had no comment when reached after the show. A spokeswoman for MTV would not confirm whether Eminem was caught by surprise, and representatives for the rapper did not immediately return requests for comment Sunday night.
It wasn't the first tantrum for Slim Shady at an MTV ceremony: Sparks flew when the rapper was interviewed by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at 2002's
Before this year's broadcast,
In addition to handing out awards for movies from the past year, MTV debuted new footage from the upcoming films "
Samberg kicked off the show with a movie mash-up featuring cameos from
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AP entertainment writer Sandy Cohen contributed to this report from Universal City, Calif.